Adapt Norther Heritage Conference 2020

5th to 6th May 2020 Surgeons Quarters, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

7th May 2020 Site visits

Climate change is threatening historic places across the world, especially in the northern regions. The international Adapt Northern Heritage Conference 2020 will explore practices and research concerned with:

· assessing the environmental impacts of climate change on, and associated risks to, historic places

· planning and/or implementing adaptation measures to make historic places more resilient to, or manage their loss because of, climate change

This peer-review conference offers themed parallel session over the course of two days with oral and poster presentations. On the third day, relevant case study visits and other social activities are on offer, details of which will be announced in autumn 2019.   

The conference is organised by the European project Adapt Northern Heritage (2017-2020), which is supported by the European Union, Iceland and Norway through the Interreg Programme for the Northern Periphery and Arctic. The project has researched climate change adaptation for historic places and supported communities in understanding better the impacts of climate change on their historic places and preparing for their adaptation.   

We have now officially contacted all successful abstract authors! A big thank you to everyone who submitted! See Important Dates for Speakers for your next deadline. 

Conference Themes

1.    Assessing the risks of climate change to historic places.

2.    Engaging communities with regard to historic place adaptation.

3.    Planning adaptation of historic places to climate change.

4.    Management of loss of historic places due to climate change.


Please click here to access our draft programme. Session timings and themes are subject to change.

Site Visits - 7th May

Following the two-day conference, we will also be offering a variety of optional site visits on Thursday 7th May. These excursions will incur an extra cost and tickets will be available on the conference Eventbrite page.

We will be arranging several trips around central Scotland, all inkeeping with the conference themes of climate change and the adaptation of historic places.

Please keep checking back for more information on our site visits, or sign up to the Adapt Northern Heritage newsletter to get our official announcement of the site visits and get your ticket.

Buy tickets

Conference tickets are now on sale!     

Check out our Eventbrite page now!

Please note that you have until Friday 10th April to register for your ticket.

Contact Details

The conference is organised by the Adapt Northern Heritage project partners of Adapt Northern Heritage: Historic Environment Scotland, Minjastofnun Íslands, Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning and Riksantikvaren.

You can contact us by email at adaptnorthernheritage{at}

Important Dates for Speakers

Please see below for the conference timeline:  

Submission of draft short papers         19 February 2020

Notification of review results                     20 March 2020

Submission of final short papers              24 April 2020

Submission of presentations                    30 April 2020 

Exhibition Spaces

To enquire about exhibition spaces, please email the conference organisers.