Workshop and meeting reports: project-wide engagements

FRACTAL inception meeting (August 2015): The Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project inception workshop was hosted by the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) in Cape Town 12-14 August 2015. The workshop brought together consortium members and city partners at the Steenberg Golf Estate. Through a three-day process participants worked: to improve the understanding and collaboration between all FRACTAL partners; and to finalise an integrated FRACTAL work plan that is solidly predicated on well-posed science questions, matched with details about targets and actions for year one. This report outlines the main sessions that took place during the workshop, focusing mainly on discussion points and outputs where appropriate. See the report from this meeting here.

Ball and sheet exercise during the inception meeting

Catch-up “imbizo” (June 2016): FRACTAL was initiated in June 2015, and a kick-off meeting was held in August 2015. Acknowledging the progress that was achieved during Year 1 of the project – both in terms of research and operations – an “imbizo” (Zulu word meaning a gathering, usually called by a traditional leader) was organized for June 2016. The main aims of this event were to reflect on FRACTAL one year in, share updates and feedback on research undertaken among clusters of collaboration, as well as provide insights into Year 2. This report outlines the main sessions that took place during the workshop, focusing mainly on discussion points and outputs where appropriate.

FRACTAL annual meeting (November 2016): Following the inception meeting in August 2015, the first FRACTAL annual event was held at Monkey Valley in Noordhoek, Cape Town, on 2&3 November 2016. This report provides information that was both collated and generated at the event, including an overview of and outputs from the sessions.

FRACTAL team at the 2016 annual event

FRACTAL embedded researchers workshop (27 February – 3 March 2017): In late February 2017, the FRACTAL embedded researchers workshop was held in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop was designed to introduce all the embedded researchers working on the project to important concepts and methods that are being implemented within FRACTAL. Furthermore, the workshop was designed to take place during the week of the Fifth International Conference on Climate Services to capitalise on this capacity-building opportunity. Six embedded researchers took part in the workshop, travelling from areas within Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Lusaka and Windhoek. Read the report from this workshop here.

Embedded researchers gathered on day 1 of the workshop