Top Climate Change Conferences 2018

Adaption Futures Conference 2018

Date: 18 – 21 June

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Adaptation Futures is the world’s premier conference on climate change adaptation. We invite you to join over 1000 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world to connect, learn and inspire. Adaptation Futures 2018 aims to facilitate dialogues for solutions between key actors from diverse perspectives and regions. This is the first time the conference is held on the African continent. We aim to use this setting to foreground developing country adaptation issues and increase developing world and African participation.


On Climate Conference: Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

Date: 20 + 21 April

Venue: Berkley, USA

The Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses features research addressing the following annual themes: THEME 1: SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THEME 2: ASSESSING IMPACTS IN DIVERGENT ECOSYSTEMS THEME 3: HUMAN IMPACTS AND IMPACTS ON HUMANS THEME 4: TECHNICAL, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL RESPONSES. Michel Gueldry Professor, International Relations and Sustainability Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, USA. Jonathan Berkey, Adjunct Professor, Professor, International Relations and Sustainability Stud

International Conference on Climate Change & Global Warming

Date: 23 + 24 May

Venue: New York, USA


Global Climate Action Conference 2018

Date: 12 – 14 September

Venue: San Francisco, USA

The Effects of Climate Change on the Worlds Oceans

Date: 4 – 8 June

Venue: Washington, D.C. USA

What are the consequences of different levels of 21st century climate change for ocean ecosystems and ocean dependent communities?

The Symposium is a great opportunity to share information, highlight activities, build partnerships and shape the future of this important field. One objective for this Symposium is to present current research results and to facilitate the uptake of these new results in other analyses, including (but not restricted to) the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). We plan a Special Volume of the ICES Journal of Marine Science and we expect that additional Special Volumes in peer-reviewed journals may emerge from this Symposium.



How to choose the right research methodology?

Once you have formulated your research hypothesis and questions it is time to decide how to answer those questions. Before beginning to dive deeper into methods of data collection, variables required for results, discussion of research and analysis of conclusions we need to decide how to choose the right research methodology?

The research method chosen will affect the outcomes of your research. It will also have an impact on the design of your thesis, the presentation of your data and the ways in which you can develop your research further.

Factors effecting your research method

  • Type of research (empirical or theoretical)
  • Field of study
  • Ethics
  • Time available to conduct the right amount of research
  • Budget
  • Access to appropriate data
  • Design skills – use of statistical tools

Top Two approaches

Quantitative Research

This is one of the most popular approaches and used across most disciplines. This method employs the use of statistical and numerical analysis. Questionnnaires, surveys, polls or re-purposing existing data are popular ways of collecting data for quantitative research. When conducting quantitative research you are hoping to uncover the relationship between one population or group of parties and a particular situation or question.

Careful design of the research instrument before any data is collected is essential for quantitative studies. Use statistical analysis to determine the appropriate sample size (Krejcie & Morgan, 1970). In general, a research supervisor will advise to sample a population of more than 500 persons. Noteworthy quantitative studies can be replicated and repeated with different samples. The results of the research are often presented in tables, charts and figures.

Qualitative research

Observational approach, case studies, interviews, not as clearly defined as quantitative methods but valuable. Used most often in social sciences and humanities.

Questions to ask before you begin your next research project:
  • What type of research am I most interested in? (Empirical versus theoretical)
  • What are your research objectives? (Define your Hypotheses)
  • What results do you hope to achieve? (list the possible outcomes)
  • What tools are required for collecting data? (questionnaire etc)
  • What factors will prevent you from achieving results? (sample size, access to information)
  • What skills are required for analysing the data collected? (SPSS)

Environmental Conferences

With the unprecedented level of environmental issues it is more important than ever that environmental researchers, academics, professionals and scientists meet. Conferences provide a forum to address concerns, highlight new findings and discuss areas of environmental research. Through Environmental Conferences we have the opportunity to learn about the health of our ecosystems and any damage that is being caused to our natural habitats. Popular conference subjects include: Climate Change, environmental research, sustainable development, ecological change, pollution and economic impacts.

Here are some of the top international conferences addressing environmental issues:

SDEWES Conference 2018

The 13th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems will take place from Sept 30 – October 4 in Palermo, Italy. Expert panels will discuss scenarios, policies and future opportunities for sustainable development. This four day conference will highlight smart energy systems, advances in technology, decarbonisation and policies impacting on the future of sustainable development. Presenters include researchers, academics and students in the field of environmental science.

International Conference on Water Resource and Environment

This International conference (WRE) will take place from July 17 – 21 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. The sessions will focus on issues of environmental sustainability and water resources. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Coastal Research or the Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Keynote speakers include Prof. Tianfu XuProf. Tianfu Xu Prof. Slobodan P. Simonovic Prof. Jimmy (C.M.) Kao.

HydroVision International Conference

The next HydroVision International Conference will take place from June 26 – 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over 20,000 attendees will gather to hear about the latest renewable technologies, hear expert presenters, learn from case studies, discuss renewable trends and network with industry professionals.

Ecological Society of America

The annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America will take place from 5 – 10 August, 2018 in New Orleans. The theme of the conference is Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being. It will focus on our eco-systems ability to respond to challenges such as mass flooding and fires. The meeting is focused on developing an understanding of how biodiversity relates to many of our ecosystem services. Academic researchers engaged in the topics to be discussed are invited to submit proposals to speak at the conference.

Sustainable Food Summit

Two summits take place, the North America Sustainable food summit will take place in San Francisco from Jan 30 – 31, 2018. Topics covered include: Food Traceability, organic farming, eco-labels, tackling waste and sustainable practices. Industry representatives, retailers, suppliers, academics and researchers are invited to attend.

On Sustainability International Conference

The next On Sustainability Conference will take place from 17 – 19, 2019January in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the 15th international conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. The themes for this conference include environmental sustainability, sustainability in economic, social and cultural contexts, sustainability policy and practice and sustainability in education. Interested parties and researchers are invited to submit proposals for the programme.

20th International Conference on Environment and Climate Change

This conference will take place in Singapore from March 22 – 23, 2018. It brings together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to share research results, experiences and discuss trends. Relevant participants and researchers are invited to submit abstracts and conference papers. and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Environment and Climate Change. This is only a handful of conferences that address environmental issues.

If you are aware of international conferences to be added to the current list please contact a member of the YouConfer team.



15 unique conference catering ideas

Food can leave a long-lasting impression on delegates and is often undervalued in the planning stages. For large conferences of over 1,000+ food is crucial and it can be difficult to get all of the logistics right. Planning the catering menu for each day you will need to consider: what types of foods to put on the menu so that the delegates don’t complain, the timings of each serving, how the food will be served and how will the food be presented. And here we are only discussing lunch options. What about the welcome drinks reception, the evening entertainment and the tea/coffee breaks. Getting this right can be a difficult task but if you use your creativity and come up with some unique foodie treats you will get smiles all around.

IMPORTANT: Be weary of dietary requirements: food allergies, food intolerances and religious considerations

1. Donut Wall

Fun and easy way to make one of the tea and coffee breaks extra special

2. Tapas

Buffet style tapas selections would be a lovely idea for a welcome drinks reception. Some of our top tapas to serve up, include: Gambas, Croquetas and Calamares.

3. Mexican theme

Fun and full of flavour, mexican food will always bring a party atmosphere. One evening of nachos is a treat at any convention.

4. Fruit platters

Instead of biscuits or croissants with tea/coffee breaks offer fresh fruit platters.

5. Cocktails

Adding cocktails to an evening menu will delight the delegates. If you can’t fit individual cocktails into the budget then pick one and make a large bowl of punch.

6. Noodle station

Noodles are great for large gatherings. They are quick to make, can be done in large batches and served easily.

7. Juice station

Energy booster ideas are great to include for any conference over three days or more. The body and mind are tired from all that learning. Give them some juice power.

8. Wine & Cheese boards

Easy to serve and the perfect idea for any welcome reception.


9. Food trucks

Often heralded as the hipster food option, food trucks have become common in the tech convention sphere but a food truck market is a great idea for any large conference of over 2000 delegates. As long as pick the right trucks, you will be offering the delegates a great selection of different foods to try out.

10. Sweet cart

Fun and sweet. This is a nice inclusion in the afternoons when delegates are looking for a sugar rush. Only include if you have enough space.

11. Bruschetta

If you are looking for easy, tasty bites to add some Italian flavour to your conference menu than platters of bruschetta always work.

12. Smores

If you are searching for evening conference entertainment with a twist then smores are the perfect addition. They are fun and delicious.

13. Mini burgers

Underestimated in popularity and taste, burgers are a great way to make a delegates mouth water. For a unique welcome reception why not opt for a beer & burger option rather than the familiar wine and champagne receptions.


14. Chocolate fountain

Another option for an afternoon pick-me-up.

15. Cupcakes

There is no better thing to serve with a warm cup of team. Cupcakes will please delegates morning, noon and night.

For more conference tips and travel advice contact a member of the YouConfer travel team.



10 Winter Poems for your Christmas Reading list

There is no better time to catch up on some well deserved you time then over the Christmas holidays. Christmas trees, lights, blazing fires, chocolates and mulled wine; your setting is perfect. Now you are free to choose how you spend your time off and we love to pick out the books we didn’t get a chance to read during the year and the poems that remind us of winter nights. Poets have a way with words that force you to contemplate. The landscapes, the sounds, the many meanings and the lyrical words will get you in the mood for celebrating this festive season.

Here are some classic winter poems to read when you are curled up by the fire:

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti
A Winters Tale by Dylan Thomas
A Winter Eden by Robert Frost
Woods in Winter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Cradle Song by William Blake
Waking in Winter by Sylvia Plath
The Snowman by Wallace Stevens
A Christmas Carol by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare
The Magi by William Butler Yeats

A Winter Eden is a personal favourite with the perfect balance of nature and prose. What is your favourite poem to read beside a roaring fire? We would love to hear your recommendations. We will return to the business of conferencing in the New Year but for now enjoy this classic winter poems and sing a few carols for Christmas.

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10 Things to know about Zurich for business travel

German speaking Zurich is perfectly positioned in the heart of Europe. You will have easy access to many major European cities from this base.

1. Currency

Once you arrive in Zurich remember to change currency as you are no longer in EU. Changing euro to swiss francs is easy. You can always find a currency exchange in the airport or the main train station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof). Remember to always choose to be charged in the local currency if you are withdrawing cash from an ATM.

2. Getting Around

From Zurich Airport it is easy to get to the city centre which is just 6 miles away. You can either take the train which will take approximately 10 minutes or grab a cab which will take 15 minutes (depending on where you are staying). It costs 6.80 CHF for a single train ticket or 60 – 70 CHF in a cab. The ZVV tram runs all around the city. If you are planning to spend between 24 – 72 hours in the city then opt to get a ZurichCard which will offer you free public transport and free entry to a lot of the main tourist attractions.

3. Accommodation

The Storchen Zurich, the Widder Hotel and the Baur au Lac are three popular business class hotels in Zurich city centre.

4. Visit the Old Town

The Grossmünster Church is the perfect starting point to get acquainted with the City. Fraumunster church is another cultural site in the city. The Bahnhofstrasse is Zurichs main shopping district. Here you can explore everything from high street fashion to vintage boutiques.

5. Nightlife

Zurich is packed full of piano bars, restaurants and late night clubs. You won’t have a hard time finding a good time in the capital.

6. Weather

Winter months around January can drop to as low as 0 degrees. Make sure to bring a hat and scarf. It sometimes snows between November and February but doesn’t usually get deep snow. The spring and summer months are much more temperate with temperatures averaging between 19 – 22 degrees celius.

7. Languages

German is the dominant language in the city but you will also hear French spoken which is more commonly thought of as the national language in the West of Switzerland.

8. Fondue

When in Switzerland it would be rude not to taste a little of the Swiss fondue speciality. Remember not to touch the fork off your tongue as it has to be placed back in the pot.

9. What to pack

Zurich has all four seasons so your packing will depend on the time of year you choose to visit. July is usually the hottest month (approximately 20 degrees). The winter months can drop to below zero so you will need your hat and gloves. When packing for a conference it is easy to forget to pack evening wear. Review the conference social programme to decide what attire is most suitable for the evening events. Remember to always check the weather forecast before you travel.

10. Closing times

Unlike major US cities, the small towns in switzerland and some shops in the major cities will close from midday until 2pm for lunch. It is also common for many shops to be closed on Sundays. If you are planning a short shopping spree stick to midweek or Saturdays when you will find plenty of options for picking up souvenirs (some Swiss chocolate is a must).

Don’t forget to explore your surroundings when you are visiting the Swiss capital. Some top things to do when you are in Zurich include a visit to the old town and a hike up Uetiberg Mountain. If you have an extra day at either side of your conference in Zurich check out the Glacier express.

For more business travel tips in Zurich you can contact one of our travel experts at anytime.