UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


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

Start: Jun 19, 2014 09:00 AM
End: Jun 19, 2014 03:00 PM

Location: Pearson G22 LT and North Cloisters

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.

The conference aims to:

  • facilitate information exchange and improve the intensity of collaboration between academics and their colleagues, and between academics and practitioners
  • develop instruments to improve the visibility of disaster risk reduction/resilience and enable its protagonists to have a common voice
  • form the material of a common working paper for general circulation, with the aim of representing the diversity of viewpoints and opinions
  • make the transition from knowledge to wisdom, and to share the benefits of that passage;

Some relevant questions that will be addressed include:

  • What is our common operating picture?
  • How can we improve our individual and collective voice?
  • How can we increase connectivity in this academic field?
  • How can we collectively contribute to the improvement of DRR/resilience?
Academic Conference 2013
Conference Programme
  First session: research and network-building
09:00-09:10 Prof. Peter Sammonds, Welcome by UCL-IRDR Director
09:10-09:20 Mr Roger Gomm, Welcome from ICPEM

Keynote speech: Prof. Fausto Marincioni, Polytechnic University of Marche, "Network-building challenges in academic research in DRR/resilience"

09:50-10:10 Prof. David Alexander, Orientation for the discussion of research and network-building issues

Preliminary audience discussion

10:30-11:00  Coffee break and networking (North Cloisters)
11:00-12:30 Research and network-building (continued).  Research and network-building (continued)
12:30-13:30 Lunch break (nearby lunch-stops)
  Second session: teaching and service (consultancy, advising, etc.)
13:30-13:45 Prof. David Alexander, Orientation
13:45-14:15 Keynote speech Mr Richard Gordon, Director, Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre, "Network-building challenges in academic teaching and service in DRR/resilience"
14:15-15:30 Teaching and service: Recorded discussion of issues and formulation of a concrete programme of action.
15:30-16:00 Coffee break and networking (North Cloisters)

Further information is available in the following downloadable pdfs:

You can also find the short manifesto of our conference on:




Eventbrite - Academic Conference on Teaching and Research in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

This event is free to attend, but you need to register:

Second Academic Conference map
Locations: The event will take place in Pearson G22 LT (Ground floor, blue circle) and in the North Cloisters (red circle)