UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


IRDR 3rd Annual Conference, 14th June 2013

Start: Jun 14, 2013 09:00 AM
End: Jun 14, 2013 07:30 PM

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

After successful annual conferences in 2011 and 2012, we are hoping for our 2013 annual conference to be even bigger and better. As in previous years, this 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.

Our keynote lecture  'Building National Resilience and Crisis Management Capabilities' will be delivered by Professor Sir David Omand, former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator. 

Registration has now closed for this conference. If you want to tweet about this conference, use #IRDR3RD

Annual conference - Programme

09:00 Registration opens

Welcome and introduction

Peter Sammonds (Director, UCL IRDR)


Panel discussion on Disaster Preparedness v Disaster Recovery: How should I spend my dollar?

Expert panellists from a wide range of backgrounds will discuss the economics of disaster preparedness v disaster recovery. Does good disaster preparedness really save money in the aftermath of disasters? How much?

Chair Dr Joanna Faure Walker
Panelist Dr Robert Muir-Wood
Panelist Tony Moore
Panelist Dr Kate Crowley
11:00-11:30 Break and refreshments

Media, Society, and Disasters

 Local and international media can have a profound influence on the how the response to a disaster develops. Images on our TV screens can galvanise an international response such as following the 2004 Boxing Day Indian Ocean Tsunami and contribute to the analysis and understanding of how a disaster plays out, such as during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. But the media can also mislead the public, whether it is relatively benign, such as the dominance of reporting of the effect of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 on the USA compared with the minimal reporting on for the Caribbean, or more seriously, in the supposed hyping of the swine flu pandemic which never was. On the other hand social media played a significant role in tracking the spread of the cholera outbreak following the Haiti earthquake.

Convener Professor Peter Sammonds
Panel Chair Linda O'Halloran
Speaker Yumiko Horie, UNDP
Speaker Shigeyuki Koide
Panelist Prof David Alexander, IRDR
Panelist Julian O'Halloran, BBC
Panelist Tom Sheldon, Science Media Centre
13:00-14:30 Lunch. Please note that lunch will not be provided, but there are many cafes on and near the UCL campus.

Keynote lecture on “Building National Resilience and Crisis Management Capabilities”

by Professor Sir David Omand, former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator.

Professor Sir David Omand
15:30-16:00 Break and refreshments

In conversation

Julian O'Halloran (BBC) will interview and discuss with Prof Ian Davis, Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management in Copenhagen, Lund, Kyoto and Oxford Brookes Universities, on “Key variables in building resilience, and corruption as a key obstruction to building resilience”

Professor Ian Davis
Julian O'Halloran

Posters on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters

Call for papers is now closed

This poster session will begin with short introductions to the posters, given in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre. We will then proceed to the South Cloisters, where the posters will be accompanied with a reception where drinks and snacks will be served, along with the launch of a book on, "Cities at Risk, Living with Perils in the 21st Century".

See a list of papers to be presented in this session and further details of the book below.

Book Launch
Poster List


The conference registration desk will be located by the entrance to the Gustave Tuck lecture Theatre, which is on the second floor of the South Junction of the UCL Main Quadrangle. All talks and panel discussions will take place in the Gustave Tuck Lecture theatre. The reception, poster presentations, and coffee breaks will take place in the in the Wilkins Building South Cloisters, directly downstairs from the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre.