Rationale:

    Climate change is adversely responsible for a number of unfavorable impacts on ecological systems, energy consumption, global warming to name just a few, which, unavoidably, affect the very way of life of mankind. Future global warming situation tends to dramatically spread its effects towards human, living species, and ecosystems, which required measures have to be carefully addressed and delivered. Not only biodiversity and ecological services are negatively influenced, but this eventually leads to diseases, unexpectedly long draught, food security and supply, etc. rendered by such undesirable phenomenon.

    There are various types of adaptation efforts initiated to mitigate risks and alleviate difficult situations caused by climate change, ranging from individuals, communities, governments, and the private sector. Higher education institutions, serving as a major source of knowledge, research, and technology, need to play their significant roles in identifying potential issues that are threating us at global scale and addressing likeable solutions and efforts to reduce damage and impacts of climate change. Advanced medical technology and treatments, greener and cleaner technology and the use of alternative energy, and raising awareness of stakeholders may serve the purpose of how we could efficiently adapt ourselves to respond well with this controversial change.

    The 34th AUAP Annual Conference 2019 on “Climate Change Adaptation - The Challenging Role of Higher Education Institutions,” which will be hosted by Naresuan University, Thailand, in cooperation with the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) on November 10-14, 2019, offers a wide range of opportunities for academia, researchers, and the industry to brainstorm and come up with practical solutions to deal with climate change through the three main theme clusters; Health Sciences Cluster, Science and Technology Cluster, and Social Sciences Cluster.

Objectives:

To offers an opportunity for academia, researchers, and the industry to share experiences, know-hows, technology transfer and proposed solutions for climate change.
To build up an academic/industry network among partners.
To develop existing knowledge, research, and innovation on climate change through the three main theme clusters; Health Sciences Cluster, Science and Technology Cluster, and Social Sciences Cluster.

Theme:

“Climate Change Adaptation - The Challenging Role of Higher Education Institutions”

Sub Themes:

• The Health Sciences Cluster: Technology Advancements in Medical Treatments to Deal with Diseases Rendered by Climate Change

• The Science and Technology Cluster: Cleaner and Greener Environment for a Safer World

• The Social Sciences Cluster: Raising Realization and Awareness towards Climate Change