AGORA – A Gathering place to cO-design and co-cReate Adaptation

AGORA will support the overall objectives of the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change by leveraging and step forwarding best-practices, innovative approaches, policy instruments and governance mechanisms to meaningfully and effectively engage communities and regions in climate actions, accelerating and upscaling adaptation process for building a climate resilient Europe. It will promote democracy, climate justice, gender equality, equity, and foster adaptive capacity and citizens’ empowerment to pro-actively support decision-making processes.

3 years from 01/01/2023 to 31/12/2025
Funded by
  • - AGORA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) under grant agreement No. 101093921 (HORIZON-MISS-2021-CLIMA-02-05 - Local engagement of citizens in the co-creation of societal transformational change for climate resilience)

Coordinating organization
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Institutes

CMCC Divisions
CMCC Offices
  • Communication & Outreach

General aims

General objectives
AGORA’s main ambition, beyond the state of the art, is to promote societal transformational processes in different social, economic and political contexts through transdisciplinary tools and approaches. Citizens, civil society organizations, academics, experts, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and other relevant actors will be engaged in the co-design and co-creation of innovative problem oriented climate adaptation solutions that could be extensively adopted in Europe also considering the deep social changes on going and the awareness that no one size fits all solution. A set of pilot regions will constitute the co-production arena to co-design, co-develop and co-implement climate adaptation solutions. AGORA will also develop a roadmap for transformational change and upscale of citizen engagement, for transferability of effective policy instruments and for ensuring long term legacy.

CMCC role
Fondazione CMCC is the Coordinator for the Project. 

Fondazione CMCC is involved in all the Work Packages in several cases with significant responsibilities. It leads the WP5 “Capacity building for stakeholder engagement”, aimed at strengthening AGORA’s vision with activities, tools and materials to improve citizen and stakeholder engagement to accelerate the transformation towards climate resilience, and the WP7 “Project Management”, aimed at ensuring the timely and high-quality achievement of the project results through technical and administrative coordination, as well as to provide efficient organisational and financial coordination”. Moreover, Fondazione CMCC is responsible for several Tasks in the development of Digital tools (e.g., “Digital Academy to access and use Climate Data and monitor Climate Risks” and “Climate Adaptation Citizen engagement digital handbook”). Finally, it is responsible for the Italian Pilot Case.

Expected results
AGORA will provide:
• A package of digital tools and co-developed frameworks relying on multi-directional communication technologies.
• Innovative problem-oriented climate adaptation solutions.
• Blueprints for effective decision making and collaborative processes that build on the dialogue among stakeholders and on the integration of different types of knowledge.

Verein der Europäischen Bürgerwissenschaften e.V. / European CitizenScience Association (ECSA) – Germany
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – Spain
Fondazione Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale (CIMA) – Italy
ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH (ICLEI Europasekretariat GmbH) (ICLEI) – Germany
Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (APRE) – Italy
Internationales Institut für Angewandte Systemanalyse (IIASA) – Austria
Stiftelsen The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI HQ) – Sweden
Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford Office Ltd. (SEI Oxford) – UK
Stockholm Environment Institute, Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn) – Estonia
Fundación Ibercivis (IBE) – Spain
Athens Technology Center Anonymi Viomichaniki Emporiki kai Techniki Etaireia Efarmogon Ypsilis Technologias (ATC) – Greece
Université de Genève (UNIGE) – Switzerland

Project manager
Nicola Zollo
Alfonso Rossi Filangieri


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