UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


Pint of Science: What a Disaster!

5 April 2017

Date: Monday 15th May 2017

TIME: 7.30-9.30PM


IRDR’s Ilan Kelman will introduce disaster basics, explaining why they happen by showing how typical environmental hazards such as earthquakes and storms become disasters through human actions and decisions. The same applies to human-created influences such as climate change; no disaster is inevitable if we choose to reduce vulnerability. His wider research links risk, resilience and global health, preferring to focus on the benefits of acting before a disaster occurs, rather than waiting until it is too late.

Ilan will be joined by Dr Carina Fearnley and Cindy Regalado. Carina, Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, will explain how a better understanding of the causes and effects of disasters can be developed, as well as more effective solutions found, by bringing together knowledge and techniques from different disciplines. Doctoral candidate Cindy will explain how disasters can often provide important spaces in which creativity and ingenuity can thrive, drawing on her experiences with both Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science and the 'Do It Together science' (DITOs) project.

Find out with us how natural hazards that lead to disasters can be a huge force for destruction and misery, but can also provide opportunities to better understand our earth. During the event, there will be a mysterious challenge and special Pint of Science goodies to be won!

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