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UCL IRDR Third Academic Summit, 24th June 2015

15 April 2015

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience: Strengthening the Links between Academics and Practitioners Co-sponsored by UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management Wednesday 24th June 2015, 09:30 - 17:30 Venue: Gustave Tuck Theatre, Second Floor, South Wing, University College London, Gower Street London WC1E 6BT (entrance at UCL South Junction) Convener:

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The Third Annual Academic Summit will take place at University College London on 24th June 2015 under the auspices of the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (UCL-IRDR). The theme of this year's symposium will be"Disaster risk reduction and resilience: strengthening the links between academics and practitioners". Discussion topics will include:

  • Making academic research more useful to practitioners
  • Improving communication between academics and practitioners
  • Training, teaching and exercising challenges
  • Bridging the gaps with integrated research

At this event, the academic network discussed in previous summits will be inaugurated and illustrated in a short demonstration.

The summit, which is co-sponsored by the Institute for Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM), is an opportunity for academics and practitioners to get together and share information, knowledge and expertise. Its main purpose is to debate the most important issues that academics face as they collaborate in order to make disaster risk reduction and resilience a thriving discipline that serves the needs of users and society.

The Academic Summit is free to attend, but participants are asked to register so that the size of the audience can be estimated.

 09:30-09:45 Welcome by UCL-IRDR's Director, Prof Peter Sammonds
Welcome by Roger Gomm on behalf of the Executive Council of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, and David Jones on behalf of Global Rescue
09:45-10:00 Orientation by Prof David Alexander, UCL-IRDR 
10:00-11:15  Making academic research more useful to practitioners
11:15-11:45  Tea and Coffee Break (South Cloisters) 
11:45-13:00  Improving communication between academics and practitioners
13:00-14:15  Lunch break 
14:15-14:25  Introduction to the Academic Network website and demonstration 
14:25-15:40  Training, teaching and exercising challenges
15:40-16:00  Tea and coffee break (South Cloisters) 
16:00-17:15  Bridging the gaps with integrated research
17:15-17:30  Summing up by Prof David Alexander, UCL-IRDR 

Gustave Tuck LT route map
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at red dot on 2nd Floor

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