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Phone: 02031081101

Ext: 51101

Office location: Rm 38, 2nd floor, South Wing, UCL Main Quadrangle


Development in the Arctic: Risks and Rewards, Panel Discussion, 8th June

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Public panel discussion, Chaired by Dr Ilan Kelman, followed by a drinks reception.

UCL IRDR Fourth Academic Summit, 16th June 2016

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Human Mobility

Thursday 16th June 2016, 09:30-17:00

IRDR 6th Annual Conference, 15th June 2016

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IRDR Launch Event Audience

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Time: 09:00 - 20:00 

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and South Cloisters

IRDR Discussion Forum: Heritage and Disasters, Wednesday 9th March 2016

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Panel Discussion: 18:00 to 19:30, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 02, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

4th IRDR Careers and Opportunities Fair, 1st March 2016

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IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

 UCL IRDR will hold its third Careers and Opportunities Forum on 1st March 2016, 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

5:00 - 6:00pm: Talks and Q&A Session, Roberts G06 Lecture Theatre

UCL IRDR Seminar Series 2015-2016

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Convened by Dr Gordon Ross.

"Recovery from Disaster" by Ian Davis and David Alexander. Symposium, Book Launch and Reception. Monday 12th October 2015

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Davis and Alexander Book Launch

Date/Time: Monday 12th October, Symposium: 18:00 - 19:30. Reception: 19.30 - 21:00.

UCL IRDR 5th Annual Conference, 25th June 2015

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IRDR Launch Event Audience

UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and South Cloisters, 09:00 - 20:00

A day of thought-provoking discussions, talks by experts and presentations of the latest research in risk and disaster reduction, aimed at researchers and practioners, NGOs and City professionals, and the interested public.

UCL IRDR Third Academic Summit, 24th June 2015

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: Strengthening the Links between Academics and Practitioners

Security, terrorism and human rights- making London resilient, 5-March-2015

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In our first public event of 2015 we aim to tackle the challenging issue of Security, terrorism and human rights – making London resilient at an IRDR Panel Discussion. 

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum, 3rd March 2015

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IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

 UCL IRDR will hold its third Careers and Opportunities Forum on 3rd March 2015, 4:30pm until 7:30pm, 

4:30 - 5:30pm: Talks and Q&A Session, Chadwick G08 Lecture Theatre

Special Seminar on Probabilistic Catastrophe Loss Models, 13-Oct-2014

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"Probabilistic catastrophe loss models: how are they built and how can they help in disaster risk reduction?" by Dr Robert Muir-Wood, RMS.

UCL IRDR Seminar Series 2014-2015

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Convened by Dr Megan French

The road to a safer world from natural hazards - can science impact on policy and practice?

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Start: Apr 30, 2014 5:00:00 PM
End: Apr 30, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Virginia Murray, UCL Honorary Professor and Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction for Health Protection England.

IRDR Fourth Annual Conference

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Start: Jun 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM
End: Jun 18, 2014 8:00:00 PM

IRDR Launch Event Audience

A day of thought-provoking discussions, talks by experts and presentations of the latest research in risk and disaster reduction, aimed at researchers and practioners, NGOs and City professionals, and the interested public. Wednesday 18th June 09:00 - 20:00, UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and South Cloisters.

Second Academic Conference on Research, Teaching and Service in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

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Start: Jun 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM
End: Jun 19, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Academic Conference 2013

Convener: Professor David Alexander

You are cordially invited to the Second Academic Network Conference at University College London on the 19th June 2014 (and, of course, to the UCL-IRDR Annual Conference the day before). This is an opportunity to improve communication and collaboration in the field of risk, disaster reduction and resilience. The conference will be almost entirely interactive and will give delegates the opportunity to express opinions and insights, which will be recorded and transformed into both a report and a detailed plan for action.

UCL IRDR Seminar Series 2013-2014

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Past Event: Disability and Disasters

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Start: Mar 12, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 12, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Disability and Disasters 2014

On Wednesday 12th March, 6pm-7.30pm in Room 106, the Roberts (Engineering) Building on the Main UCL Campus, the IRDR will host a Panel Discussion, with leading International Experts, on Disability and Disasters. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Foyer.

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2014

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Start: Mar 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM
End: Mar 5, 2014 7:00:00 PM

IRDR Careers and Opportunities Forum 2013

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction will hold it's second Careers and Opportunities Forum and Reception on 5th March 2014

Past Event: IRDR Student Forum

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Start: Jan 22, 2014 2:00:00 PM
End: Jan 22, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Convenor: Dr. Mohammad Shamsudduha (“Shams”)

The Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction will hold a Student Forum at the main campus of UCL on 22nd January 2014. In the forum the current doctoral students at IRDR will briefly present their research topics. This event is an opportunity for the doctoral students of IRDR to showcase their research work to the institute as well as to a wider circle within UCL. Current MRes and MSc students of IRDR will also have an inspiring opportunity to see what type of research in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction is conducted at IRDR. Thesis supervisors, IRDR academic and research staff, current MRes and MSc students and any interested associates of IRDR are invited to attend.

UK Japan Symposium on Disasters

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Start: Nov 21, 2013 9:00:00 AM
End: Nov 21, 2013 5:00:00 PM

This symposium is one of the events marking the 150th anniversary year of the arrival at University College London of the “Choshu 5”, the first citizens of Japan to travel abroad for a university education. It occurs on the same day as the signing of the formal Memorandum of Understanding between UCL and Tohoku University, regarding research collaboration in a number of areas including that of Disaster Science for which the lead institutes in the two universities are, respectively, the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) of UCL. The IRIDeS was established in the aftermath of the March 11th, 2011 giant earthquake and tsunami that impacted the coasts of NE Japan. Like IRDR, IRIDeS is a multi-disciplinary centre dealing with all aspects of natural hazards, disasters and disaster mitigation. This symposium and related activities on the following two days will therefore cover all aspects of disaster science, but with an emphasis upon earthquake and tsunami hazards and the implications for disaster mitigation science, engineering and management disciplines of the major tsunami disasters of recent years.

UCL Lunch Hour Public Lecture: After Fukushima

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Start: Nov 19, 2013 1:15:00 PM

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Risk and Resilience to Disasters in Japan

The Japanese islands face an extraordinary range of natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, lahars and tropical cyclones.

UK Japan Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop

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Start: Nov 22, 2013 9:00:00 AM
End: Nov 22, 2013 8:00:00 PM

This workshop is for academics and researchers from the UK and Japan, primarily from UCL and Tohoku University respectively but including their collaborators and others from academia and commerce, to present their recent and ongoing research in the linked fields of Disaster Science and Disaster Risk Reduction. The aims of the workshop will be to, firstly, increase knowledge and understanding of their respective activities, and secondly to provide a basis for discussion and development of future research collaborations between the UK and Japan in these research fields. Accordingly, the sessions of the workshop will feature a balance of presentations between UK-based and Japan-based researchers. Furthermore, each session will link areas of disaster science directly with their corresponding areas of disaster risk reduction research, in order to foster research activities into natural hazards and the physical processes of disaster events that lead directly to improvements in disaster risk reduction technologies and policies.

UCL-Tohoku Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop

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Start: Nov 23, 2013 10:00:00 AM
End: Nov 23, 2013 1:00:00 PM


The purpose of this invitation-only meeting will be for members of IRDR, IRIDeS and their academic collaborators to evaluate the areas of common interest established during the preceding two days of activities and to plan a strategy for future collaborative research projects centred upon the two institutions.

IRDR Building Resilience Forum

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Our first Forum this academic year is the IRDR Building Resilience Forum on Tuesday 5th November at 3.00pm convened by Dr Joanna Faure Walker. The forum will take the form of presentations by keynote speakers and an open discussion bringing people together from disciplines including earth sciences, engineering, social sciences and statistics in order to discuss potential research ideas and collaborations for the topic of how to build resilience. Attendance at this forum is by invitation only. For further information please contact Joanna:

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