UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


First Academic Conference on Risk and Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

13 June 2013, 9:00 am

Event Information

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UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

By invitation only - 13 June 2013

UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) will hold a one-day event on 13 June 2013 in order to bring together representatives of the universities in the UK and Europe that offer courses or conduct research on risks, hazards, disasters and resilience.

The overall objectives for the conference are:

  • to improve communication and collaboration between UK higher education institutions that work in this field
  • to explore what common ground we have in our teaching and research on hazards, risks, disasters, safety, security, resilience and kindred subjects
  • to investigate whether we can strengthen our mutual position by acquiring a common voice.

We hope this event will enable us to further some common aims and objectives as part of an on-going process of collaboration.

The event will be held in the Gustave Tuck lecture theatre at UCL, and will be co-sponsored by the Institute for Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), which is keen to help improve collaboration among UK higher education institutions.

Draft Programme

Morning Session

Teaching hazards, risks, disasters and resilience: towards a common agenda

09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-09:40 Welcome to UCL-IRDR (Prof. Peter Sammonds, Director of UCL-IRDR)

09:40-10:00 Introduction to the conference: scope and objectives

(Prof. David Alexander, UCL-IRDR)

10:00-10:45 Plenary debate

10:45-11:15 Coffee break and networking

11:15-12.30 Debate

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Afternoon Session

Academic research on hazards, risks, disasters and resilience: towards a common agenda

13:30-13:50 Introduction to the afternoon session (Prof. David Alexander, UCL-IRDR)

13:50-14:30 Debate

14:30-15:30 Break-out session

15:30-16:00 Coffee break and networking

16:00-17:00 Concluding session - summing up and programme for action

There will be a Careers and Opportunity Fair in the South Cloisters from 1600-1900.

On the following day (14th June 2013), we will hold the UCL-IRDR annual conference.

For further information please contact Professor David Alexander - David.Alexander[at]ucl.ac.uk