Save the new dates! Cultural Adaptations Conference postponed to March 2021
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Save the (new) dates: the Cultural Adaptations conference will now take place in Glasgow, from 2-4 March 2021.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our team, our organisations and our wider society we have decided to postpone our conference from October 2020 to March 2021. Since we originally planned our programme, the world has changed, and it feels appropriate to shift our plans to reflect these circumstances.

We look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow in better and brighter times.

In the meantime, we’ll be working on developing our digital resources, sharing new online outputs, and exploring alternatives for hosting our planned workshops in Dublin and Ghent.

About the Cultural Adaptations conference

This unique event will combine keynote presentations and participatory workshops to share international learning on how culture can play a central role in climate change adaptation.

Across three days, the conference will present the learnings from workshops in four European nations (Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland) as well as expert speakers from case studies, successful initiatives and exemplary international leadership in adaptation and culture.

Delegate discussions and workshops will finalise the Cultural Adaptations digital resource and final toolkit, which will subsequently be made available for free use and replication.

The programme will explore:

  • How cultural organisations can adapt to the projected impacts of climate change using new methods and digital tools
  • How adaptation by cultural SMEs can lead and support other city-region organisations to adapt
  • How creative methods and arts practice can shape how regions adapt to climate change
  • How cross-sector collaboration on climate issues can be a future role for the arts

Who should participate?

The Cultural Adaptation conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in climate change adaptation or arts and culture.

This event is therefore particularly relevant to: adaptation professionals working at the national, regional or city scale;

  • Policy makers from local and national government with a remit in: culture; sustainability; adaptation; regeneration or development;
  • Cultural managers of creative organisations, civic creative spaces or cultural initiatives;
  • Artists and creative practitioners with an interest in working in different sectors to achieve social/political change; and
  • Academics with a research concentration in transformation, cultural value, environmental art and adaptation complexity


67 Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 6AE

The venue is located in the centre of Glasgow (47 seconds from the central train station), with a range of spaces and amenities and views across Scotland’s largest city.

Glasgow is an international cultural city, and was previously a European Capital of Culture (1990). With a historical role in the industrial revolution, it is now at the forefront of sustainable development, it is due to host the next United Nations ‘COP’: high level climate change negotiations.

More information and registration

Registration will open in Autumn 2020.

Cultural Adaptations is an action research project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and co-funded by the Scottish Government.

More about the project and partnerships can be found on our About page. 

(Editor’s note: due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was held entirely online 2-5 March 2021.)

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