IRDR fourth annual conference

Meeting or Conference
University College London, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)) (UCL)
18 Jun 2014
United Kingdom (London)
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre on the Main UCL Campus

Convenor: Rosanna Smith Session 1: Critical Infrastructure under Stress The winter floods have again alerted us to the vulnerability of the UK's infrastructure to natural hazards. The IRDR will host a panel discussion of invited experts to interrogate how to reduce our vulnerability to future events and how to increase the resilience of critical infrastructure, from hospitals to nuclear power stations. Session 2: Cascading Crises UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the disasters of conflict, refugees, rising food and fuel prices and drought as a cascading crisis sweeping the Sahel. But cascading crises are not new: the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, with fire sweeping the city fanned by an ill-timed cyclone, caused unprecedented damage but also political change as police assignation squads eliminated political and trade union leaders under the cover of the disaster. This session examines the interaction between physical phenomena and society, emphasis cross-boarder and international aspects of cascading crises. Lunch Session 3: Keynote address Session 4: In Conversation session Dougal Goodman, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Science and Technology, former head of safety at BP and former Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey, will be interviewed by Pallab Ghosh, a BBC Science Correspondant, on "Managing Risks in Business and Government". Session 5: Poster Session on "Building resilience of communities and infrastructure to single and multi- hazards". This will be accompanied by the IRDR Summer Party. Call For Abstracts: Call for abstracts for the poster session on, "Building resilience of communities and infrastructure to single and multi- hazards" is now open. We invite submissions relating to understanding the hazards, understanding and assessing their impacts, and on how to build both societal and physical resilience to these hazards. Abstracts should include a title, author names and affiliations, and main text no longer than 300 words, preferably without references. Please submit to Dr Gordon Ross ([email protected]) by Monday 18th May.

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Contacts: Email: [email protected] Phone: 02031081101 Ext: 51101 Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle


Disaster Risk Management, Critical Infrastructure
United Kingdom
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