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On March 7-8, the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) held its second general assembly in Brussels. The theme of this year’s assembly was “Climate Change and Vulnerable Regions”.

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The one-and-a-half-day event brought together more than 110 climate scientists, policy makers, and representatives from relevant climate initiatives to discuss priorities in European climate research.

The assembly started with an introductory session summarising the work and initiatives being carried out under ECRA’s four Collaborative Programmes - Arctic Climate Stability and Change (during which the APPLICATE project was mentioned), High Impact Events and Climate Change, Sea Level Change and Coastal Impacts, and Changes in the Hydrological Cycle.

Following this, an evening panel discussion with representatives of the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), the European Environment Agency (EEA), and researchers from ECRA member organisations debated what European research priorities should be and which regions around Europe should receive particular attention in light of climate change.

The next day, researchers from ECRA member organisations presented their work during four sessions, each focused on the themes of ECRA’s four Collaborative Programmes.

The website now hosts the general assembly agenda along with four fact sheets focused on ECRA's four collaborative programmes (Arctic Climate Stability and Change, High Impact Events and Climate Change, Sea Level Change and Coastal Plains, and Changes in the Hydrological Cycle) presenting key issues as well as recommendations for research priorities in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and beyond.

The European Cliamte Resarch Alliance was founded in 2011 by research institutes from around Europe to promote closer cooperation and harmonise priorities between climate research institutions throughout Europe.