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IRDR Newsletter: May 2011

11 May 2011

From the Director

We will hold the first UCL IRDR Annual Conference on the Wednesday 22nd June. This will be a one-day event of thought-provoking lectures and discussions, followed by our summer party. We extend an invitation to all in the UCL community, our associates and partners, and to those from outside just interested in engaging with risk and disaster reduction, to join us. The morning will commence with a specialist session on risk and uncertainty, a major research theme we are developing at UCL, with collaborators across industry and the financial sector. This will be followed by a panel-discussion session on the cross-UCL theme of water security, which we are organizing jointly with the Environment Institute and the Grand Challenges. 

In the afternoon, Professor Frank Furedi, a leading sociologist, will deliver the keynote lecture Communicating disasters: the cultural script of a 21st century pandemic. Later on Professor Virginia Murray, the Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the Health Protection Agency will be in conversation discussing her role and her views on challenges and opportunities. The IRDR Annual General Meeting will also be held in the afternoon, providing an opportunity to you all to bring your views on how you wish to see the IRDR develop and to comment on our progress so far. Throughout the day a poster session will be held in the South Cloisters and we are soliciting presentations from researchers on the specific theme of water risk and water security. Please let Stephen Edwards (s.edwards@ucl.c.uk) know if you intend to display a poster.

After a day of invigorating discussion, the IRDR summer party will commence at 5pm in the Wilkins Roof Garden. Further details of the entire conference and registration are available via the www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr.

There will be an informal IRDR seminar on the theme of disaster risk reduction, which will be delivered by Cassidy Johnson of the UCL Development Planning Unit on Wednesday 1st June at 4-5pm in the South Wing Garwood Lecture Theatre at UCL. This will be followed by drinks at a local pub.

The IRDR will launch imminently a Web Portal for all UCL postgraduate programmes and modules that fit under the Risk and Disaster Reduction theme. If you wish your programme or module to be linked to the portal, please contact the IRDR Administrator Lucy Stanbrough (l.stanbrough@ucl.ac.uk).

Peter Sammonds
Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

About the Institute

UCL Grand Challenges

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods and storms destroy lives and damage economies across the globe; pandemics have the potential to bring death and suffering on an unprecedented scale; while climate change may increase the severity of both natural and health disasters.

How society sees risk, how to link understanding of the causative mechanics to statistical approaches, and how to increase resilience and reduce the risk of disasters are common themes cutting across research in natural, environmental, health and technological hazards.

Reducing global risks and disasters presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action.

UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in risk and disaster reduction, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research and practice in the field.

To maximise the impact and value of our activities in risk and disaster reduction, and to increase and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, we propose to bring together individual areas of expertise, under the umbrella of a UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, built around established centres across UCL.

We also seek to contribute to the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

Events

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1. First UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Annual Conference
In celebration of its first year in operation, the UCL IRDR should like to invite you to participate in its first annual conference. The conference aims to draw together a varied and dynamic audience from across UCL and beyond to report on, explore and inform research in risk and disaster reduction through thought-provoking lectures and discussions. The conference will be rounded off with the summer party, which will be an opportunity for further interaction and networking.

Programme

Time Event
09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Welcome and introduction by Peter Sammonds
09:40 Risk and uncertainty
11:00 Break and refreshments
11:30 Key issues in water risk and security
13:00 Lunch
Water risk and security poster session (South Cloisters)
14:00 Keynote lecture by Frank Furedi of the University of Kent
Communicating disasters: the cultural script of a 21st century pandemic
15:00 IRDR General Meeting
15:50 Break and refreshments
16:20 In conversation with Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the Health Protection Agency
17:00 Summer party
20:00 Close

IRDR General Meeting
Please send agenda items to Peter Sammonds (p.sammonds@ucl.ac.uk).

Poster presentations
Throughout the day there will be a display of posters in the South Cloisters on the theme of water risk and security. Anybody wishing to display a poster is asked to contact Stephen Edwards (s.edwards@ucl.ac.uk).

Venue
The conference will be held in the Pearson Lecture Theatre, which is located in the northwest corner of the main UCL quadrangle. Registration, breaks and lunch will be in the South Cloisters, and the summer party will take place either in the Wilkins Roof Garden or the South Cloisters (if wet).

Registration
To register for the conference please visit http://ucl-irdr-annual-conference-2011.eventbrite.com/

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