Dealing with disasters international conference (DwD 2013) / 4th conference of the international society for integrated disaster risk management (IDRiM 2013)

Meeting or Conference
Disaster and Development Network (DDN); International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM)
04-06 Sep 2013
United Kingdom (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Northumbria University

From Opportunity to Action: Bridging the Gap between Disaster Reduction and Development through Science(s), Technology and People Centred Actions 

The focus of the conference builds on opportunities through science and technology, political will and behaviour change to address current crises and reduce risks for future generations. Whilst knowledge about the nature and context of disasters has proliferated, many potential actions for integrated disaster reduction remain far from realized. The disjuncture between existing opportunities and actions both present and anticipated is a complex problem of the disaster and development nexus. Driven by common objectives of survivability, there is a need to bridge gaps between disaster reduction and development through varied types of science (natural, social and others), technologies and people centric actions. This requires ‘smart awareness’, motivation and vision to enable combined disaster reduction and sustainable development at local and global levels.

The conference aims to address opportunities for action through varied state of the art contributions from the worlds of disaster science, technology, policy and practice. It is also open to expertise less conventionally recognized within this field. It intends to stimulate a next generation of ideas and actions for disaster reduction. 

The conference focus solicits papers and sessions informed by cross-cutting themes of disaster management, sustainable development, resilience building, vulnerability reduction, risk assessment and governance, risk financing, living with uncertainty, transformative processes, cultural recognition and change, poverty reduction, wellbeing, climate change adaptation, integration science, disaster communication, innovation, communities of practice, and policy including dialogue from different disciplines related to risk.

  IDRiM is keen to receive proposals for papers or sessions relating to the following, though other contributions associated with the conference theme absent from this list will also be considered:

1. Understanding uncertainties to reduce gaps to action

2. Using poverty led actions to address disaster risk

3. Developing public-private-civil societal-academic partnerships in disaster and development work

4. Investing in safer human habitats – safety science – post disaster reconstruction and building resilience

5. Experiential and intuitive learning in disaster and development contexts

6. Engaging demographic change – child centred and elderly persons disaster risk reduction

7. Health and wellbeing centred disaster reduction

8. Social and economic mobility, displacement and adaptation

9. Visualisation and communication in disaster risk reduction

10. Social protection, insurance and human security

11. Risk governance, education, development and collective decision making

12. The risk governance, scientific advisors, science and policy interface’ (This theme already identified as a Special Session – proposals for papers are invited)

13. Complex ‘Natech’ disasters – critical scenario development

14. Developing applications of forensic science, emergency management and disaster warning systems

15. A new humanitarianism

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Target audience

The conference will include plenary, parallel, poster, panel, ‘young scientists’ and doctoral sessions. British Festival of Science (BSF) 7th – 12th September, Newcastle including a specially hosted DwD/IDRiM 2103 high level panel on; ‘Communication and Disaster Reduction: the future of science, education and politics in negotiating uncertain nature’ (7th Sept). Meeting of the Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting of the Disaster and Development Alliance – ‘UK Champions for Change Initiative’ Delphe – British Council / DFID meeting on ‘Disaster Education for Community Resilience’ Meeting of the Japan-UK Disaster Risk Reduction Study Programme Board Meetings of at least three international journals focussed on disaster reduction

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