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IRDR Network Roundtable Dinner, 20 Nov 2018

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Roundtable Dinner 2018 Oxfame

7 pm, Tuesday 20th November 2018, UCL Haldane Room

UCL IRDR staff, students, graduates and members are all cordially invited to the annual IRDR Network Roundtable Dinner at 7 pm on Tuesday 20th November 2018. The theme of the dinner is Gender Justice, in celebration of the launch this year of our new IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster.

New career focused enterprise workshops start this term

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Open to: UCL staff | UCL students

These events are free, but you need to register

Humanitarian Institute Conference and Masterclass on Safer, More Resilient Communities through Safer Schools

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Safer Schools

 18th and 19th October 2018

As part of the UCL Humanitarian Institute evening conference series on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Humanitarian Institute Masterclass series, the Humanitarian Institute will host:

Launch Event of the IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies

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Thursday 1st November 2018; 6-9pm

Recent health emergencies - including the SARS, Zika and Ebola outbreaks, and the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes - have unnecessarily taken thousands lives and cost the global economy billions. These events have shown the limits of current health systems' capacity and communities resilience to respond to emergencies at local, national and international levels.

IRDR Special Seminar: Reinventing insurance

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How insurance can help protect and increase the resilience of the vulnerable poor and at-risk eco-systems

Humanitarian Institute upcoming SDG Conference and Digital Health Masterclass

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 The UCL Humanitarian Institute will continue its Series of Evening Conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals and Masterclasses on 31st May and 21st June, respectively.

Virtual Open Day for IRDR Postgraduate Programmes 30th May 2018

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Student Exercise at Rescue Global

Join us on Wednesday 30 May between 12.00 and 14.00 UK time (British Summer Time) for the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction IRDR VIRTUAL OPEN DAY and ask staff and students anything you want to know about our postgraduate degree programmes.

Second UCL Humanitarian Summit on 19th June 2018

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19th June 2018, 09:00 – 17:00

UCL Roberts G06 and Roberts Foyer

We invite the UCL community, our partners, collaborators and others with humanitarian interests to join the UCL Humanitarian Institute for the second UCL Humanitarian Summit.

ARIEL selected as ESA’s next medium-class science mission

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Giovanna Tinetti, a member of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck, and her team at UCL are leading a multi-million pound European mission to study newly discovered planets after it was selected today as the next European Space Agency science mission.

UCL IRDR 8th Annual Conference on 20th June 2018

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8th Annual Conference

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Conference theme: New Directions in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Response

UCL IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair, 28th Feb 2018

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Careers and Opportunities in Risk and Disaster Reduction

Wednesday 28th February 2018, 5-8pm 

ERC Starting Grant awarded to Dr Ingo Waldmann

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Dr Ingo Waldmann

Many congratulations to Dr Ingo Waldmann (Physics & Astronomy, UCL) who has recently been awarded a €1.5M European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for a project entitled: ExoAI - Deciphering super-Earths using artificial intelligence. The project will run for 5 years, starting in January 2018.

Launch of the IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster, 7 March 2018

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Gender and Disasters Centre Launch event
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 18:00-21:00
  • Invited Speakers (see below): Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 18:00-19:30 
  • Networking Reception: North Cloisters, 19:30 - 21:00
  • This event is open to the public and free to attend, but you need to register via Eventbrite

IRDR Members and Alumni Dinner, 21 Nov 2017

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Alumni Dinner

7pm, Tuesday 21st November 2017, UCL Haldane Room

UCL IRDR staff, students, alumni and members are all cordially invited to the annual IRDR alumni dinner at 7pm on Tuesday 21st of November 2017. The theme of the dinner is “New Hazards and Communicating Risk” with a focus on Space Weather, in celebration of our new MSc programme Space Risks and Disaster Reduction.

UCL Humanitarian Institute Evening Conference Series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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HI Conference

Sustainable Development in the Himalaya

Friday 20th October 2017 18:00 to 21:00

UCL Humanitarian Institute Masterclass

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HI MSclass

The masterclasses are led by experts and practitioners from across UCL and our international collaborators.

IRDR Special Seminar: The future of risk auditing: catastrophe models in disaster risk reduction

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Catastrophe impacts

The global catastrophe insurance industry almost went out of business at the start of the 1990s. Catastrophe impacts are too just volatile to measure the average level of life loss or economic impacts from a few years or even a few decades of experience data. 

Size matters in the detection of exoplanet atmospheres

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Hot Jupiter exoplanets

A group-analysis of 30 exoplanets orbiting distant stars suggests that size, not mass, is a key factor in whether a planet’s atmosphere can be detected according to a UCL-led team of European researchers.

Cassini’s legacy and a final farewell

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Artist’s impression of Cassini in orbit at Saturn

Many researchers at the UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences said a fond farewell to the Cassini spacecraft when it was plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017, after 13 years of exploring the giant planet and its moons, leaving an enormous legacy of data.

Guest crater on the Moon

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John Guest

A crater on the Moon has been named after the late John Guest (1938-2012), a pioneer in volcanology and planetary science, who inspired generations of colleagues and students at UCL for over half a century. During his time at UCL, John established the emerging disciplines of planetary geology and physical volcanology and, in 1980, he founded the first NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility outside the USA. 

Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty

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China Debris

A conference on 'Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty' is going to be held in London (at the Geological Society) on 7-8 September 2017. For more details see below:

UCL Humanitarian Summit 22nd June 2017.

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Following the award of 2016-2019 UCL Provost Strategic Discretionary Funding to develop a Humanitarian Institute, we are pleased to invite the UCL community and their collaborators to a UCL Humanitarian Summit on 22nd June 2017.

UCL IRDR Seminar 2017- Disaster in Japan 2011: The Latest Research

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Friday 23rd June 2017

09:30 - 13:15 UCL Roberts Building 106, Gower Street London

Join us for an engaging, international seminar where there will be a keynote talk, panel discussions and presentations on some of the latest Japanese and British research around the triple disaster of 11th March 2011: the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear release.

The intellectual and social benefits of astrobiology

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The International Journal of Astrobiology

In a new article soon to be published by the International Journal of Astrobiology, Professor Ian Crawford aims to explain the broader aims of astrobiology: 

Professor Ian Crawford elected Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society

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Professor Ian Crawford

Congratulations to CPS member Professor Ian Crawford on his recent election to the role of Vice President (Geophysics) of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).   A full report can be found in the Birkbeck news article linked below.

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