Adaptation Futures 2018 invites multiples types of participation by diverse stakeholders from the global adaptation community:

  • Presenters – delegates wishing to present academic research, innovative adaptation practices, or new policy work;
  • Exhibitors – businesses, consultancies, development agencies and NGOs wishing to demonstrate their services or products;
  • Attendees – those wishing to attend the conference to learn and connect.

Because this conference is taking place in Africa, we aim to attract as many African delegates as possible, and hope to provide Attendance Grants to enable this. 

Business opportunities

The conference will host a Business and Practice Day on Wednesday 20 June with a special rate for business leaders. This will start with an Executive Breakfast, and continue with special sessions of interest to companies in diverse adaptation sectors.  Participating in Adaptation Futures 2018 will offer companies a unique opportunity to engage with climate change adaptation leaders from around the world in the following sectors: agriculture, biodiversity, soil, forests, fisheries, coastal zones, water, energy, tourism, health and infrastructure. Businesses are invited to participate in Adaptation Futures 2018 in several ways:

  • Sponsor a session that deals with an adaptation issue in your field and engage strongly with the organisers;
  • Sponsor a delegate – provide an attendance grant for delegates from developing countries, thus ensuring a truly global conference, and receive great branding opportunities plus a stand at the Expo ;
  • Sponsor a social networking event and benefit from visibility and branding opportunities;
  • Exhibit products or services at the Adaptation Expo.


Early career researchers and practitioners are encouraged to participate in the conference and will be accommodated in as many sessions as possible. In addition, a dedicated MasterClass Day will be held for Early Career Researchers on the day following the formal conference. This will be held in Cape Town’s world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and will be hosted by SANBI. See more about Kirstenbosch Gardens at the following link


The Adaptation Expo will be held in the Exhibition Hall of the conference venue, where delegates will enjoy tea breaks, lunches and networking. the Adaptation Expo will run in parallel with the main conference and offer various opportunities for scientists, practitioners and businesses to showcase their work.


Various exhibitors will showcase their adaptation products, practices and solutions and are ready to engage with you.

Tool Shed

Adaptation tools will be demonstrated at the Tool shed, in the Adaptation Expo. The programme for the tool shed is published in a separate flyer that you will find in your conference bag and in the tool shed itself. Presentations last for between 20 and 30 minutes.  the call for applications to demonstrate an adaptation tool will open in 2018.

Project Expo

The Project Expo displays innovative adaptation projects from a diverse range of countries. In selecting the projects, the focus will be not only on success stories: one should also acknowledge components that could be improved, and lessons that can be learned for future similar projects. Most importantly, the selected projects are considered innovative, inspiring adaptation solutions, which could prove examples for future adaptation approaches.


Posters of scientific abstracts will be presented at the Adaptation Expo.