UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


What’s on

Details of all of our upcoming public events and our latest news and commentary.
IRDR Public Events Calendar 2020-21
Induction for new MSc and MRes studentsWed 30th Sep, 14:00-19:00 New Masters students, all academic staff. Other IRDR staff and students welcome. 
Masters drop-in session for module selection support Thurs 1st Oct, 10:00-13:00Masters students + Academic staff for advice  
IRDR Special Seminar and reception                                                         Tues 13th Oct, 17:00 seminar, 18:00 receptionPublic 
IRDR Monthly Seminar Title (TBC)Tues 17th Nov, 17:00-18:00Public 
Enterprise workshop

Fri 20th Nov, 09:00-18:00

    IRDR students and workshop registrants 
    IRDR BoardTues 24th Nov, 16:00-18:00Board Members 
    Alumni MixerTues 24th Nov, 18:00-22:00IRDR alumni, students, staff and members 
    Global Humanitarian Studies BSc Virtual Open DayWeds 2 December, 16:00-17:00Prospective students  
    Enterprise workshopThurs 3rd Dec, 16:30-18:30IRDR students and workshop registrants 
    2nd International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis3-4 December 10:00-16:00Public (see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/risk-disaster-reduction/events/2020/dec/2nd-international-conference-rohingya-crisis-comparative-perspective) 
    IRDR Christmas PartyTues 8th Dec, 18:00 onwardsIRDR staff, students and members 
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 12th Jan, 17:00-18:00Public. Find out more and book your place. 
    IRDR PhD Student Forum + ReceptionWed 20th Jan, 12:00-20:00IRDR staff and students; external supervisors of IRDR students 
    Enterprise workshopThurs 21st Jan, 16:00-19:00IRDR students and workshop registrants 
    dPHE 2nd anniversary eventTues 26th Jan, 15:00-17:00IRDR staff and students; public. Find out more and book your place. 
    BSc taster sessionMon 1 Feb, 16.30-18.30Prospective students. Find out more and book your place. 
    Humanitarian Institute Masterclass in International DevelopmentFri 5 Feb, 9.00-17.00

    Public; staff and students. Find out more and book your place.

    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 9th Feb, 17:00-18:00Public; students. Find out more and book your place or watch the livestream on our YouTube channel. 
    Enterprise workshopPostponed, new date TBCPostgraduate students 
    IRDR Careers FairWed 24th Feb, 17:00-20:00Public 
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 16th March, 17:00-18:00Public 
    IRDR Alumni Mixer eventThurs 25th Mar, 18:00-21:00IRDR Alumni, students, and selected staff 
    IRDR Spring AcademyMon 26th April & Tues 27th AprilAll IRDR Staff and PhD Students 
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 4th May, 17:00-18:00Public 
    IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster - Public Panel EventDate TBCPublic 
    IRDR Board
    Wed 19th May, 14:00-15:30
    Board Members
    CPD/HI Masterclass
    Tues 15th Jun, 09:00-21:00
    Humanitarian Summit
    Wed 16th Jun, 09:00-18:00
    Public. Find out more and book.
    IRDR Annual Conference - Main Event, Reception and meetings
    Wed 23rd Jun, 09:00-21:00
    Public. Find out more and book



    UCL IRDR in the Media

    Experts from the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction are frequently called upon for commentary and insights during and after major disasters. Recent UCL IRDR media appearances include:

    Dr Joanna Faure Walker on predicting earthquakes

    21 March 2021, Dr Faure Walker appeared on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's "Naked scientists" programme discussing why we cannot predict earthquakes. 


    25 June 2020, the Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies' app that tracks people's coronavirus lockdown activities was featured in the Mail Online and iNews.


    Covid-19 pandemic coverage

    March–April 2020, a number of our staff appeared in the global media about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, commenting on aspects ranging from prevention, preparedness, and emergency management for a pandemic to the international political effects, the consequences of lockdown, and digital epidemiology. Some of those appearances are listed in this news article.

    Dr Gianluca Pescaroli on flooding and flood risk

    1 March 2020, Dr Gianluca Pescaroli discussing flooding and flood risk in the wake of storms Ciara and Dennis in early 2020, on Sky Breakfast News (Sunday).


    Dr Robert Wicks and Professor Ilan Kelman on the impact of solar storms on power networks

    18 January 2020, as Sky One aired disaster drama series COBRA, Dr Robert Wicks and Professor Ilan Kelman spoke to Sky News about the impact of solar storms on power networks.


    IRDR and Tohoku University IRIDeS on the Role of Gender in Evacuation

    11 October 2018, Prof Maureen Fordham, other IRDR staff and our colleagues at Tohoku University feature on NHK News, Japan's largest broadcasting organisation (in Japanese)


    Prof David Alexander commentary on Hurricane Ophelia and Ireland

    18 October 2017, an opinion piece in the Irish Times newspaper on "Why Ireland had to shut down for Ophelia". https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/why-ireland-had-to-shut-down-for-storm-ophelia-1.3259486

    Dr Joanna Faure Walker on September 2017 Mexico City Earthquake

    Thursday 21st September 2017, discussing damage and risk reduction relating to the Mexico City earthquake on BBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjaV1qCmxMc

    Wednesday 20th September, commentary on the Mexico Earthquake on TRT World news: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eCAasrlmiX4

    Dr Joanna Faure Walker on Caribbean Hurricanes

    Saturday 9th September 2017, commentary post disaster housing in the Caribbean on Radio 4's Today Programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09309gz

    Dr Ilan Kelman commentary on Hurricane Harvey

    Friday 1st September 2017, authored an article in Dezeen: "Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster": https://www.dezeen.com/2017/09/01/urban-design-caused-hurricane-harvey-disaster-houston-flooding-ilan-kelman-opinion/

    Thursday 31st August 2017, interviewed by CBC News on Hurricane Harvey and the poor (audio link): http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1036699715511

    Wednesday 30th August 2017, authored an article in The Independent on  No, climate change didn't cause the Hurricane Harvey disaster – society did: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/hurricane-harvey-climate-change-infrastructure-government-weather-texas-a7920106.html

    Wednesday 30th August 2017, quoted in Press TV: More storms expected due to global warming, scientists say: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/30/533471/Global-Warming-Hurricane-Harvey-Scientists

    Tuesday 29th August 2017, quoted in BBC News: Hurricane Harvey: The link to climate change: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41082668

    Tuesday 29th August 2017, authored an article in The Conversation on  Don’t blame climate change for the Hurricane Harvey disaster – blame society: https://theconversation.com/dont-blame-climate-change-for-the-hurricane-harvey-disaster-blame-society-83163 also published on Yahoo News News https://www.yahoo.com/news/don-apos-t-blame-climate-121158519.html

    Tuesday 29th August 2017, authored an article in Yes! Magazine: Hurricane Harvey Isn’t a “Natural” Disaster. Politics Created the Chaos: http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/hurricane-harvey-isnt-a-natural-disaster-politics-created-the-chaos-20170829, also published on Vox Populi https://voxpopulisphere.com/2017/08/30/ilan-kelman/

    Dr Ilan Kelman on Climate Migrants

    Friday 18th August 2017, authored an article in Thompson Reuters Foundation News, on How do islanders think about becoming climate migrants?



    Previous IRDR Public Events
    IRDR Special SeminarTues 9th Oct, 17:00-18:00 Roberts G06 LT, followed by reception in Roberts Foyer Public
    Humanitarian Institute Evening Conference Series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals Thurs 18th Oct, 17:00-20:00 Roberts G08 LT and Roberts Foyer Public
    Humanitarian Institute Masterclass in International Development: Safer SchoolsFri 19th Oct, 09:00 - 17:00Roberts 422 and Roberts Foyer (reception from 17:00) Public
    Launch of IRDR Centre for Digital Health and EmergenciesThurs 1st Nov, 18:00 - 21:00Roberts G08 LT and Roberts Foyer (reception from 19:30) Public
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 13th Nov, 17:00-18:00Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer LT Public
    Entrepreneurship for Global Humanitarian Impact WorkshopFri 16th Nov, 9:30-17:00 UCL Base KX,103c Camley St, Kings Cross, IRDR students and Public
    Alumni and Members DinnerTues 20th Nov, 18:00-22:00Haldane Room Public
    Business Simulation Game

    Thurs 29th Nov, 16:30-18:30 

      Roberts Building 508IRDR students and Public
      IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 4th Dec, 17:00-18:00 Roberts Building Public
      IRDR Christmas Party Tues 4th Dec, 18:00 - 20:00 tbc IRDR staff, students, and associates
      Consultancies R Us Thurs 13th Dec,16:30 -18:30  Roberts Building 508 IRDR students and Public 
      IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 8th Jan, 17:00-18:00Pearson Building G22 Lecture Theatre Public 
      IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 5th Feb, 17:00-18:00 Pearson Building G22 Lecture Theatre Public
      Humanitarian Institute Teaching ForumThurs 7th Feb, 17:00-20:00 Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2 (5-6:30pm) and South Cloisters (6:30-8pm)  Public
      IRDR Careers Fair Wed 20th Feb, 17:00-20:00Gustave Tuck LT and  South Cloisters Public
      IRDR Public Panel Event - Centre for Gender and Disaster AnniversaryWed 6th March, 18:00-19:30 Roberts G06 LT and Foyer Public
      IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 12th March, 17:00-18:00Pearson Building G22 Lecture Theatre Public
      Alumni and Student MixerThu 21st March, 18:30-21:00Jeremy Bentham RoomIRDR alumni, students, and staff 
      IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 7th May, 17:00-18:0025 Gordon Street, Room 500 Public
      Humanitarian SummitTues 18th June, 09:00-18:00Robert G06 LT and Roberts Foyer G02, Roberts 110 for speakers meet & greet Public
      IRDR annual ConferenceWed 19th June, 09:00-21:00Robert G06 LT and Roberts Foyer G02, Eng. Executive Suite 103 and 104 for speakers meet & greet Public
      International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis in Comparative PerspectiveThu 4 July to Fri 05 July, 09:00-18:00G11 & G17 UCL Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)Public
      Summer 2018
      IRDR Monthly Seminar: Field experience in natural disaster response: Sierra Leone Regent-Lumley landslide 14th August 2017 by Grace Campbell and Peter Redshaw (Arup)Tues 1st May, 17:00-18:00 Roberts 508 Public
      Virtual Open Day for Postgraduate Study at UCL IRDR Weds 30th May, 12:00 - 14:00 Virtual Anyone interested in postgraduate study in the IRDR. Go to event page.
      Humanitarian Institute Evening Conference Series on the UN SDGs. South-South Humanitarianism, New Aims, Old ChallengesThurs 31st May, 18:00 - 21:00Gustave Tuck LT and South CloistersOpen to the public. Registration via eventbrite
      Full details on event page
      Humanitarian SummitTues 19th Jun, 08:00-18:00Roberts G06 and Roberts Foyer

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

      Chair: Rosanna Smith

      Go to event page

      IRDR Annual ConferenceWeds 20th Jun, 08:00-20:00Darwin Lecture Theatre and South Cloisters

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

      Chair: David Alexander

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      Humanitarian Institute Masterclass on Public Health and Digital Disaster ResponseThurs 21st Jun, 09:00 - 17:00Chandler House Room 118

      Registrations via eventbrite. Limited spaces available. 

      Chair: Carmine Galasso

      Go to event page

      Spring 2018

      IRDR Monthly Seminar: 
      Three myths in our dealings with disasters, climate change and development by Terry Cannon
      Tues 13th Mar, 17:00-18:00Roberts 508Public
      IRDR Public Panel Event Weds 7th March, 18:00-19:30Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture and North Cloisters

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

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      IRDR Careers FairWed 28th Feb, 17:00-20:00Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and North Cloisters

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

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      IRDR Monthly Seminar: Designing in bamboo: the new green steel? by Sebastian Kaminski (Arup)Tues 6th Feb, 17:00-18:00Roberts 508Public
      IRDR Monthly Seminar: Cybersecurity by Simon Parkin and Ingolf Becker (UCL Computer Science)Tues 9th Jan, 17:00-18:00Roberts 508Public

      Autumn 2017

      IRDR Monthly Seminar: 
       by Grace Campbell, Arup and Emily Clarke, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office
      Tues 5th Dec, 17:00-18:00Anatomy Gavin de Beer Lecture TheatrePublic

      Finland 100: Evening on Finland and Arctic Governance with Timo Koivurova 
      and the Polar Research and Policy Initiativ


      Thurs 30th Nov, 19:00-20:30Gordon House 106, 29 Gordon Square, University College London, London, WC1H 0PP

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

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      Arctic Resilience - Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration with Rescue Global and IRDRThurs 30th Nov, 16:00-17:30Room 675, the UCL Institute of Education (IoE), 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0ALPublic
      Alumni DinnerTues 21st Nov, 18:00-22:00Haldane RoomIRDR Alumni, staff, students and members
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      IRDR Monthly Seminar: Title (TBC) by Guy Yemomans, Arctic FuturesTues 14th Nov, 17:00-18:00Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer Lecture TheatrePublic


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