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May 10–12, 2021 | Durham, NC


Meeting people with new insights into shared challenges and the opportunity for follow-up conversations are often one of the best parts of any conference. To capture some of those discussions during conference sessions, we have designed an interactive program to allow for more engagement among participants, including new approaches for virtual participation. The information on this page provides details about cross-cutting themes and key topics that will make up the conference program.

Virtual Presentations

We are committed to making the CCRC accessible for everyone in the Carolinas resilience community. We will offer virtual session and presentation options for those who opt to participate remotely. In-person participation is limited to 80 people and will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Registration information is available on the Attend page.

If ongoing health concerns and large gathering restrictions limit our ability to host any in-person attendees, we will move all conference sessions and presentations to a virtual format. We will provide support for session organizers and speakers to ensure successful participation online and an engaging, valuable event for all attendees.


Session Formats

All Sessions

All sessions (excluding the virtual pre-conference workshops) will be hosted in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual speakers and attendees. Information on presenting is available below.

All conference sessions and presentations will be recorded. All recorded content will be available to registered attendees through the virtual conference platform until August 31, 2021.

Pre-Conference Workshops

We will host 4 virtual pre-conference workshops the week of May 3. Each session will be held from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on the virtual conference platform with interactive features such as audience polling, Q&A, and facilitated discussion. Workshops are open to all registered CCRC attendees (in-person or virtual).

Poster Sessions

Each presenter will give a brief 5-minute overview of their poster presentation, followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion . All posters will be available through the virtual conference platform to view at any time throughout the conference. Winners of the student poster competition will be announced during the Wednesday closing plenary.


These 1 ½ hour sessions will include panel discussions with multiple speakers around key climate-related issues in the Carolinas.

Oral Presentations

These 1-hour sessions will include 10-minute presentations from 4 speakers around related topics and cross-cutting themes followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

Lightning Talks

These 1-hour sessions will include 5-minute presentations from 5-6 speakers followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion.


Cross-Cutting Themes

The major events of the last year, including the coronavirus pandemic, social justice movement, and extreme weather events, have presented the adaptation community with both challenges and opportunities as we look towards a more resilient future. Lessons learned and active research about these current issues and their connections to climate change in the Carolinas will be included as session and presentation topics for the 2021 CCRC.

Actionable Climate Science

Understanding the data is one thing, applying it for real-world decision-making takes additional experience and expertise; examples of how adaptation in the Carolinas has been supported through applied climate science; methods for understanding, assessing, and/or evaluating the nature of climate risks and impacts in the Carolinas

Climate Resilience Planning and Recovery

From hurricanes and flooding to extreme heat and drought, lessons learned from past extreme events in the Carolinas; incorporating recent extremes and future climate considerations into planning and recovery strategies for a more resilient future

Collaborative Climate Adaptation

Holistic approaches to adaptation in the Carolinas, such as cross-sectoral collaboration, regional planning efforts, and public/private partnerships

Communication and Engagement

Effectively communicating risk, opportunity, resilience, and adaptation in the face of climate change; creative messaging and visualization strategies through art, music, and cultural preservation to inspire action; virtual engagement strategies; strategies to effectively engage diverse perspectives

Economics of Climate Adaptation

Finance, funding, and investment mechanisms to support your climate adaptation action items; understanding the cost of inaction

Equitable Adaptation

Development and implementation of equitable, community-driven solutions to climate impacts in the Carolinas; designing adaptation strategies that address vulnerabilities, multiple hazards, and compounding stressors

Policy, Governance, and Law

Strategies for adapting local and state regulations to support the implementation of adaptation strategies in the built and/or natural environment; eliciting support from and/or working with elected officials


Submission Information

— Submission and Acceptance Timeline —

December 4 — Submission deadline
February — Acceptance notifications
March — Preliminary conference program announced
April 2 — Deadline to confirm all workshop/training/symposia speakers

Submission Information for Presenters

  • Your abstract will not be edited; you are responsible for any spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors.
  • By submitting an abstract, you grant CISA permission to publish it in the conference program and on the conference website.


Information for Presenting In-Person and Remotely

Here you will find information about in-person vs. remote presentations, the Socio platform, session support that we will coordinate, and presentation slides. Please read this information carefully as you prepare for your CCRC presentation.

View the Speaker "How To" and FAQ (PDF)

In-Person Speakers

In-person participation will resemble previous conferences. Speakers will give their presentations at a podium in a breakout room. There will be a camera in each of the breakout rooms to video speakers. The video will be livestreamed through the Socio streaming platform for virtual participants. PowerPoint presentations will be on a laptop at the podium so speakers can view the slides in front of them during their presentation.

Remote Speakers

Speakers who plan to participate virtually will use the Socio platform to livestream their webcams and share their screens. This article provides instructions for virtual presenters about using the Socio platform. Check out these tips and tricks for successful virtual presentations:

Socio Livestreaming

  • We will use the livestreaming feature directly through Socio for all concurrent sessions.
  • There is a chat feature associated with each individual session on the platform. Attendees, speakers, and moderators can chat with one another throughout the discussion.
  • We can post materials to each session room to share presentation slides, handouts, or links to additional resources. These will be available to view at any time, not only during your live session.
  • Speakers and symposia organizers will have access to Polling directly through Socio if you choose to use this feature. You should plan your polling questions prior to the conference. Polling questions must be submitted by Monday, May 3 to cisa@sc.edu. Polls will be set up prior to the session and scheduled to go live just before the start of the session.
  • All sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees through August 31, 2021.

Session Support

Several people will help facilitate logistics for each session.

  • Moderator: This person will introduce speakers, keep presentations running on time, and help to facilitate Q&A and discussion during the session.
  • Q&A/Chat Facilitator: This person will moderate the chat box and Q&A in Socio, to share questions and comments with the moderator and speakers.
  • Additional Support: We will provide a volunteer to moderate the chat to answer any technical questions about the Socio platform. An A/V technician will be in the session room at the Convention Center to help switch the camera angle, change speaker and presentation views on the projector for in-person attendees, and manage audio.

Presentation Slides

All speakers who send us a copy of their presentation slides by Friday, May 7 will have a copy loaded to the computer in the session room.