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The AdaptNSW 2023 Forum

Since 2013, the AdaptNSW Forum has brought together a range of climate stakeholders to highlight the climate risk management and adaptation challenge; the work of the NSW government and private sector; as well as the opportunities and co-benefits of embracing adaptation.

The AdaptNSW Forum is back in 2023 at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney. Delivered over two days in December, the Forum will connect adaptation professionals, and those interested in adaptation, to share ideas and tackle challenges together.


Where: Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

When: Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 December 

Why attend?

We have arrived in the climate age.

The seasons and rhythms of the natural world are changing in unfamiliar ways. Extreme events cascade and compound, leaving those affected in a constant state of flux. In this new era, change and uncertainty are the prevailing normal.

While there is loss and grief, we are also in a time of profound possibility to reimagine and find new ways of being in our world.

The Program

The theme this year is ‘navigating uncertainty together’. The Program will bring together a range of multidisciplinary speakers to explore how we can navigate uncertainty through four sub themes.

Four small images next to each other reading new narratives, systems transformation, cultural and scientific knowledge and managing risk

You've had your say and we've listened

Building on the feedback from last year’s forum, content has been carefully curated to meet the interests of our diverse audiences and will be offered in a range of formats including plenary panel presentations, keynotes, breakout sessions and workshops.

Join us to acknowledge and embrace the uncertainty, collectively anchor ourselves, and chart a path forward together.

Who should attend?

All climate adaptation practitioners and anyone interested in learning from multi-disciplinary leaders in the climate adaptation field.

Planners, resource managers and decision makers from all sectors, including all levels of government, business, education, NGOs, community leaders and industry. 

Regional Local Government Assistance

This year, we are offering 15 two-day tickets for regional (outside Sydney metropolitan) local government staff. These places are for officers who would benefit from the professional development opportunity that the forum provides but are financially restricted from attending.

How do I apply?

To apply, please email us with the following information  

  1. Your name, position, and council
  2. How you, and your LGA, would benefit from attending the forum

Applications close 23rd October at 9am

Sun rising in a valley

Tickets are now available!