VCN's Climate Adaptation Conference 2016 and ECR Masterclass Travel Scholarship Programme

NCCARF and CSIRO's 5th National Climate Adaptation Conference 2016 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre July 5-7. Like previous conferences, this iteration promises to showcase Australian and international climate change adaptation knowledge and its application to policy development.

Conferences can be expensive events to attend, especially if you are an early career researcher, student, or up and coming practitioner or policy-maker. To assist with this expense, VCN is providing two exciting travel scholarship pathways for members wanting to attend the conference and/or the VCN Masterclass with Prof. Kristie Ebi to be held just after the conference (July 8).  

The Vulnerable Communities Network’s (VCN) Adapt16 Scholarship Programme represents a valuable opportunity to share knowledge on how climate change will affect already vulnerable populations, how resilience can be enhanced, and the role of research in informing policy development. Up to 32 scholarships will be awarded which will cover costs associated with conference registration, reasonable travel, accommodation, and food.

Applications are now open (for both scholarship pathways) to Australian-based early career researchers (5 years and under since being awarded a PhD), practitioners in industry or government sectors, and Masters or PhD candidates, with an interest in climate change adaptation and resilience research related to vulnerable communities or populations.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. If you are not already a member of VCN, please join by going to

  2. Submit an oral presentation abstract on the Adapt2016 conference website and note in your abstract that you are wishing to present at the Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN) session. Please note: Conference abstract submissions close 8 March, 2016.

  3. Email a copy your conference abstract and academic CV to by 22 May 2016. Please include a photocopy of your PhD if you are an ECR. Within your email, please nominate two referees to support your submission. Also, please indicate your address and academic or practice/policy area of interest.

Please note: If you are only applying for a travel scholarship to attend the Masterclass Worksop with Prof. Ebi, only address step 3 above and include an abstract of your current research or project work.