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

Early Registration Fees (25% discount compared to Standard Fees)

Early registration: 1 April – 31 May 2018

Standard registration: 1 April – 31 May 2018 (+20%)

Late registrations: 1 June 2018 – 21 June 2018 (+25%)

High Income & Higher Middle Income Countries  
Student  * 4 200
Early Career Researcher or Practitioner ** 5 600
Academic/ Professional 7 000
Low Income & Lower Middle Income and African Countries
Student  * 3 000
Early Career Researcher or Practitioner ** 4 000
Academic/ Professional 5 000
Student Day Pass 1 000
Business Day Pass 2 000
* Student: a person enrolled at an accredited academic institution to study for a degree.
** Early Career Researcher / Professional: a person under 35 years of age, having completed a doctorate.


The registration fees include attendance at all events on the main conference programme, as well as open side events from Monday to Thursday. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided every day, as well as lunch from Tuesday to Thursday. All are welcome to attend the Cheese and wine social event on Tuesday evening.



Monday – Cape Town Learning Journeys. This is a chance to visit local sites and link them to broader international issues in the company of experienced local and international academics and practitioners.

Wednesday evening – the Conference Dinner. This will be held at a restaurant with a strong local ambience, in walking distance from the conference venue.

Friday – Masterclasses.  Early career researchers and practitioners have the option of attending a day of Masterclasses with top international experts.