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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 interactive presentation formats, cross-cutting themes, and key topics that will make up the conference program.

Keeping reading for more information on the session formats, themes, and what is expected of participants.

Virtual Presentations

Although we are planning to gather mostly in-person for the 2021 CCRC, we understand that it may not be safe to do so, or there may be other factors that limit
in-person participation. We are committed to making the CCRC accessible for everyone in the Carolinas resilience community. Therefore, we will offer virtual session and presentation options for those who opt to participate remotely.

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

Request for Conference Presentations and Speakers

The CCRC Program Committee invites submissions for oral presentations, posters, symposia, workshops, and trainings. This invitation is open to anyone working to increase climate resilience in the Carolinas including, but not limited to, local, state, tribal, or federal government representatives, regional government entities, non-profit organizations, military installations, small businesses, researchers, educators, or consultants.

Get additional details about the submission and review process. [PDF]

Before submitting your abstract, please preview the online submission form to see what information is required for the type of session(s) you are interested in: workshops and trainings, symposia, posters, and/or oral presentations.

Then use the online form to submit information about the presentation, poster, symposia, workshop or training you would like to propose for the 2021 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, December 4, 2020.


Session Formats

Workshops & Trainings

We will accept submissions for 1 ½ to 2-hour workshops and trainings. These sessions are open to any relevant climate resilience skill building topic in the Carolinas. Workshops/trainings should include interactive elements for learning and discussion. A limited number of time slots will be available in this format. Please include a description of how you would conduct the session virtually, if necessary.
Preview the Workshop and Trainings submission form.


Are you part of a climate adaptation project team? Do you know of several projects that should be highlighted together in the program? We encourage 1½-hour symposium proposals, consisting of 3 to 4 speakers around a climate resilience topic. The format is up to you, but it should include an interactive element, such as a panel discussion and Q&A or demonstration of a climate tool or resource. Please include a description of how you would conduct the session virtually, if necessary.
Preview the Symposia submission form.

Individual Presentations

Individuals are encouraged to submit presentation ideas to share information about ongoing research, projects, and partnerships that address climate variability and change. Individual presentations will be combined into 1 ½ hour sessions organized around key topics and cross-cutting themes. If remote participation is necessary, you will be asked to record your presentation in advance and participate in the session via conference call or webinar.
Preview the Presentation submission form.

Poster Session & Student Poster Competition

We will host a poster session during the Monday evening networking reception. Posters will continue to be on display throughout the conference. If remote participation is necessary, posters will be available via the conference website for attendee access. Students are encouraged to submit to the Student Poster Competition. Winners will be announced during the Wednesday closing lunch plenary.
Preview the Posters submission form.


Cross-Cutting Themes

The major events of 2020, 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 are welcome as part of 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, preliminary conference program announced
April 2 — Deadline to confirm all workshop/training/symposia speakers
Mid-April — Conference program finalized

Review Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed based on:

  • Adaptation in Action. Preference will be given to presentations and sessions that highlight real-world examples of applied climate science and decision making.
  • Equity and Diversity. Preference will be given to submissions that include a diversity of speakers, variety of perspectives and/or organizational representatives, and/or which highlight work in the communities most heavily impacted by extreme weather and climate change.
  • Interactive Elements. Preference will be given to submissions that incorporate audience participation and engagement.
  • Topical Relevance. Submissions must be relevant to climate resilience in the Carolinas and cross-cutting themes for the conference.

Important 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.
  • Due to limited space on the agenda, proposals not accepted for oral presentations/sessions may be invited to participate as poster presentations.
  • All accepted abstracts will be notified in time to register at the early registration rate.
  • Due to public health concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic, the CCRC Planning Committee may decide to move the conference to a virtual format. We ask all session organizers and presenters to indicate if you are willing to participate virtually. If you propose a workshop, training, or symposium, we ask that you describe how you will conduct the session virtually.