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Upcoming Meetings & Conferences on Early Warning
Please submit information on upcoming events related to early warning to If possible please indicate the meeting or conference title, date, location, contact person, email address and website.
March 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
3-8 1st Regional Coordination Meeting is organised by the International Ocean Center/UNESCO convenes a technical meeting of experts from the interested Member States and relevant regional and international organizations. The goal of this meeting will be harmonizing the different early warning initiatives emerging for the Indian Ocean and defining the scope and characteristics of the global system. Paris, France
14-15 Multidisciplinary Workshop on the Exchange of Early Warning and Related Information including Tsunami Warnings in the Indian Ocean. Jakarta, Indonesia
16-18 WMO Expert Meeting on the Exchange of Early Warning and Related Information including Tsunami Warnings in the Indian Ocean.
21-23 First International Symposium on Geo-information for Disaster Management. Delft, the Netherlands
Late March Tsunami Workshop in India India  
March/April Tsunami Conference in Indonesia - Idea put forth by National Geographic. Indonesia  
April 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
14-16 The second International Coordination Meeting for the Development of an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System. Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius  
24-29 EGU (European Geosciences Union), special session: "The Sumatra earthquake and the Indian Ocean tsunami". Vienna, Austria
27-29 The SSA (Seismological Society of America), special session on the earthquake and tsunami. Lake Tahoe, NV, USA
May 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information

The European Commission's Directorate General for "Information Society and Media". Workshop on assessing the current technological gaps for the development and implementation of tsunami early warning and alert capabilities.

Brussels, Belgium Please note that attendance to the workshop is by invitation only.
8-11 Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference. The program committee is expanding the program to provide some information on the Asian tsunami. Charleston, SC, USA
22-26 Japanese Geophysical Union Japan  
23-27 AGU - American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly Meeting New Orleans, LA, USA
25-27 Third International Symposium on Flood Defence Nijmegen, The Netherlands
June 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
7-9 12th Regional Disaster Managers Conference Lae, Papua New Guinea
Early June University of Washington: Tsunami Deposit Workshop - Proposed by on the Tsunami Bulletin Board.  - in planning stages Seattle, Washington, USA  
13-16 ISDR/Asian Broadcast Union Workshops on Information Flow Management and Public Awareness Bangkok, Thailand  
20-23 Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society, with a special session on tsunamis Singapore
27 Catastrophes: The Growing Threat London,
Great Britain
27-29 June 22nd International Tsunami Symposium is organised in the framework of the Tsunami Commission of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). Chania, Crete,
July 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
3-7 Waves 2005 Special Session on Sumatra Tsunami Madrid,
10-13 15th World Conference on Disaster Management. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
13-15 The 13th PAMS/JECSS Bali, Indonesia
18-21 DPC Climate Forecast Application Consultation Workshop Bangkok, Thailand  
July Typhoon Operational Forecasting Training, (at RSMC Tokyo Typhoon Center) APP Tokyo, Japan  
25-28 Meeting of Experts on Space Applications for Disaster Management Chiang Mai, Thailand
25-29 Third Workshop on Storm Surges, Waves and Ocean Circulation Forecasting Beijing, China  
August 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
3-5 First Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWS) Perth, Australia  
25-26 Managing Extreme Weather & Flooding
Christchurch, New Zealand
August IAG/IAPSO/IABO Joint Assembly Cairns, Australia  
September 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
1-10 11th International Conference and Field Trip on Landslides (ICFL) Norway
4-7 18th Emergency Preparedness Conference: Community Resilience; A Future for All,
Vancouver, British Columbia
4-8 Asian and Pacific Coasts (APAC) 2005, Third International Conference on Asian and Pacific Coasts. Indian Ocean Tsunami session to be coordinated by F. Imamura. Seogwipo, Korea
5-6 A Regional Planning Workshop Enhancing an Early Warning System for Pacific Island Countries Suva, Fiji
5-6 Technical Conference on International Cooperation in Meteorology and Hydrology in RA VI Heidelberg, Germany  
5-8 2nd. International Conference on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 2005 Oslo, Norway
5-9 WWRP International Symposium on Nowcasting and Very Short-Range Forecasting Toulouse, France
6-9 2005 Conference of the Floodplain Management Association (FMA) "Flood Risk Management: Structural and Non-Structural Solutions. How Much Is Enough?" Sacramento, California, USA
12-23 Seventh Regional Training Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management
Bangkok, Thailand
17-18 Integrated Planning Against Risk: Exploring Interfaces Between Disasters and Development
Bangkok, Thailand

18-23 8th Symposium of the International Association for Fire Safety Science Beijing, China
19-23 The International Workshop on Flash Flood Forecasting - Coordinated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service and the World Meteorological Organization. San Jose, Costa Rica
23-24 International Seminar on Natural Hazards-Disaster Mitigation
Hyderabad, India
26-28 3rd International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management Bochum, Germany
27-29 The Conference of Geohazards, Natural Disasters and Methods of Confronting with them Tabriz University Iran
27-29 Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction Beijing, China
End Sept IOC/ITSU meeting and Tsunami Workshop Chile  
Fall Workshop on near shore tsunami sources in California. Los Angeles, CA, USA  
October 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
9-12 ASBPA (American Shore and Beach Preservation Association) Fall Technical Conference. Tsunami session or presentation being organized. San Francisco, CA, USA
9 -13 6th OPEN MEETING BONN 2005 - Global Environmental Change, Globalization and International Security: New Challenges for the 21st Century
Bonn, Germany
11-13 12th Session of the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-12) Fukuoka, Japan
12-14 International Symposium on Remote Sensing 2005 Jeju City, Korea  
16-19 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting; Special Tsunami Sessions: Pardee Keynote Symposium:"2004 South Asian Tsunami" Convened by B. Atwater and J. Bourgeois. Technical Session (posters): "Waves of Destruction: Historical and Geological Records of Tsunamis and Their Effects" (Convened by J. Bourgeois and H. MacDonald) Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
17-21 The First Regional Training Course on Skills for Effective Training (SET-1)
Bangkok, Thailand
17-22 Third Biennial Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters (CAFF) Conference
Trinidad & Tobago  
18-21 The 2nd International Yellow River Forum (IYRF) on Keeping the Healthy Life of the River and Modern River Basin Management Zhengzhou, China
26-27 Extreme natural hazards - Scientific discussion meeting Location London, UK

November 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
4-6 ISPRS Joint Workshop on "Disaster Monitoring and Assessment Through Images" Bangkok, Thailand
7-11 26th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS2005) Hanoi, Vietnam
7-25 32nd Regional Course on Disaster Management (DMC-32) Bangkok, Thailand
10-11 Planning for a Volcano Crisis
21-23 12th World Water Congress of IWRA-Water for Sustainable Development Towards Innovative Solutions New Delhi, India
16-17 International Symposium "Worldwide disaster prevention – Awareness is the key" Hohenkammer/ Munich, Bavaria, Germany

World Conference on Disaster Reduction. As a follow up event of the Hyogo Declaration from the UN World Conference held in Kobe last January the World Conference on Disaster Reduction will focus on the crucial role the corporate sector could play in mitigating human suffering brought by disasters.

Mumbai, India
16-18 International Workshop on Strengthening the Resilience of Local Communities in Coastal Areas to Water Related Natural Disasters Copenhagen, Denmark  
22-24 12th session of the United Nations Inter Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction
Geneva, Switzerland

December 2005
Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
5-9 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA, USA
7-9 Indian Geophysical Union 42nd Annual Convention and Meeting on "Earth system processes related to Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanic Eruptions"

Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India
12-13 International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering for Disaster Mitigation and Rehabilitation (GEDMR)

Date Meeting or Conference Location Contact/Information
2-4 (Tentative) March Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2006 Republic of Korea  
9- 11 March International Symposium on Management System for Disaster Prevention (ISMD 2006) Location Kochi, Japan
16-22 March 4th World Water Forum Mexico
21-24 March Fourth Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop Tucson, Arizona, USA
27-29 March Third International Conference on Early Warning Systems Bonn, Germany
24-25, May Tsunami Symposium in Hawaii Hawaii, USA
26/8-1/9 International Disaster Reduction Conference, a joint GADR-GDIN Conference Davos, Switzerland  
27 Nov – 1 Dec 2006 Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND) 2006 Conference Havana, Cuba

Recent meetings related to early warning in which PPEW or ISDR personnel have participated

PPEW and ISDR personnel actively participate in meetings and events of concern to early warning. Recent activities are listed below. Note also that the ISDR Secretariat operates a meeting calendar of all forthcoming events and meetings concerning disaster reduction.

Thirty-Seventh Session of the Typhoon Committee, 16-20 November, Shanghai, China. A presentation “Early warning and Disaster Risk Reduction” was made by Y Ono.
Technical Workshop on Drought Preparedness in the Balkans within the Context of UNCCD, 25-26 October 2004, Poiana Barasov, Romania. A presentation “Drought Resistance and Resilience: the Roles of Early Warning” was made by M Abchir.
UN Day exhibition in Bonn City, 22 October, 2004. As part of a UN Bonn Campus display, a PPEW stand was developed to display information materials and respond to questions from citizens of the host city. C Schaerpf, R Basher and Y Ono, participated.
Eighth Meeting of the UN System-Wide Earthwatch, 13-14 October, 2004. A presentation “Earthwatch and Disaster Reduction: the ISDR, WCDR and PPEW” was made by R Basher
InWEnt training course for diplomats, Bonn, 20 October 2004. A presentation “Disasters, development and early warning” was made by R Basher.
Second Preparatory Committee on the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (IATF), Geneva, 11-12 October, 2004. R Basher, Y Ono, and J Harding participated.
Tenth Session of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Disaster Reduction (IATF), Geneva, 7-8 October, 2004. Including the first meeting of the IATF Working group on Climate Change and Disaster Reduction, and a meeting of the Lead Agencies for WCDR Cluster 2 Thematic Sessions (risk and early warning). R Basher, Y Ono, and J Harding participated.
GEO Special Session on Governance, Brussels, 27-28 September. (Concerned with global earth observations.) R Basher participated.
Members Assembly of the German Disaster Reduction Committee (DKKV), Berlin, 6 September, 2004. A presentation “Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning: Priorities, Progress and Plans” was made by R Basher.
Fourth Annual IIASA-DPRI Forum, Integrated Disaster Risk Management: Challenges for Implementation, Ravello, Italy, 3-7 July, 2004. A presentation “Drought Resistance and Resilience: the Roles of Early Warning, Networking and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction” was made by R Basher.
Meetings concerning adaptation to climate change, Bonn, Germany, 14-18 June, in association with meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. This included interventions, a roundtable with development and humanitarian entities from the Government of Germany (BMZ, GTZ, KfW), and a presentation to the Vulnerability and Adaptation Resources Group (VARG), a coalition of key donors. S Briceno, R Basher and J Harding participated.
World Conference on Broadcast Meteorology, Barcelona, Spain, 4-5 June, 2004. A presentation “Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning” was given by R Basher.