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 2022–23
Current 2021–2022 MSc partyWeds 21st September, 16:00-19:00Current MSc students, staff
Induction for BSc studentsMon 26th – Tues 27th SeptemberNew BSc students, staff
Induction for new MSc and MRes studentsWeds 28th Sept 14:00-18:00 New Master's students, staff
PhD student induction and welcome partyWeds 5th Oct, 16:00-19:00PhD students, staff
IRDR Monthly Seminar: Engaging communities in multi-risk governance: From stories to scenariosTues 15th Nov, 17:00-18:00Staff, students and public
IRDR Debate: Do the Risks of the Festive Season outweigh the Benefits?Tues 22nd Nov, 18:00-22:00Staff, students, members, alumni
IRDR Careers: Disaster Risk Reduction ConsultanciesThurs 1st Dec, 18:30-20:00Current students and public
IRDR Monthly Seminar: Engaging with the political spaces of adaptation and risk managementTues 6th Dec, 17:00-18:00Staff, students and public
IRDR Christmas PartyTues 6th Dec, 18:00 onwardsStaff, students
IRDR PhD Student Forum + ReceptionWeds 11th Jan, 13:00-20:00Staff, PhD students
IRDR Monthly Seminar       Tues 10th Jan, 17:00-18:00 Staff, students and public
IRDR Careers: Business Continuity in the Private SectorThurs 19th Jan 18:30-20:00Current students and public
IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 7th Feb, 17:00-18:00Staff, students and public
Enterprise workshopFri 17th Feb, 10:00-15:00Current students and public
IRDR Careers and Opportunities FairWeds 22nd Feb, 17:00-20:00Current students, applicants, UCL students, public
IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster - Public Panel Event TBC 
IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 14th Mar, 17:00-18:00Students, staff, public
IRDR Alumni Mixer eventThurs 23rd Mar, 18:00-21:00IRDR alumni, current students, staff
IRDR Spring AcademyThurs 27h April & Fri 28th AprilStaff, PhD students
IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 2nd May, 17:00–18:00Students, staff, public
Humanitarian Institute SDG Evening ConferenceThurs 11th May, 17:00-20:00Students, staff, public
Humanitarian Institute MasterclassFri 12th Maytbc
IRDR dPHE Anniversary eventtbctbc
CPD/Humanitarian Institute MasterclassTues 20th Jun, 09:00-18:00tbc
Humanitarian SummitWeds 21st Jun, 09:00-20:00staff, students, public
IRDR Annual Conference Thurs 22nd Jun, 09:00-21:00staff, students, public


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:

Prof Ilan Kelman on whether we can reduce lives lost from extreme weather
2 January 2023, Prof Ilan Kelman appeared on the BBC World Service programme 'The Climate Question' discussing how the number of lives lost due to extreme weather can be reduced.

Prof Joanna Faure Walker on how to respond and reconstruct when disaster strikes
13 December 2022, Prof Joanna Faure Walker appeared on Euronews as part of a panel discussing disaster reconstruction with a focus on the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha on how irrigation systems in Bangladesh may help to avoid flooding
15 September 2022, Dr Mohammad Shamsudduha was quoted in a New Scientist article about how farmers' irrigation systems are helping to avoid flooding in Bangladesh. The piece referenced research conducted by Shams and published in Science.

Dr Gianluca Pescaroli on how banks are preparing for winter power shortages
7 September 2022, Dr Gianluca Pescaroli was featured in a Reuter's analysis of how European banks and financial institutions are preparing for potential winter power shortages.

23 September 2022, he also appeared in a feature on Bloomberg UK about how banks are using their lockdown plans to prepare for power blackouts.

Dr Louisa Acciari on the devastating floods in Recife
29 May 2022, Dr Louisa Acciari gave an interview to French-language news channel RFI about the flooding in Recife.

Dr Gianluca Pescaroli on why risk management experts are in high demand
10 March 2022, Dr Gianluca Pescaoli was featured in a BBC article about the demand for risk management experts and their increasing importance in the workplace.

Prof Ilan Kelman on the 'grim reading' but glimmers of hope in major UN report on Climate Change
28 February 2022, Prof Ilan Kelman was quoted by ITV in a story about the findings of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published in February 2022. https://www.itv.com/news/2022-02-28/climate-change-threatening-human-civilisation-and-time-is-running-out

Prof Kelman also published two commentaries on the report: Psychology and The Conversation.

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. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8455071/More-half-locked-Britons-exercising-day.html

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). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itMCPqMtTuA

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?


2021–2022 Public Events Calendar
Current 2020-2021 MSc partyTues 21st Sept 15:00-18:00Staff and Master’s students
Induction for new MSc and MRes studentsWed 29th Sep, 14:00-17:00Staff and Master’s students
Induction for new MSc and MRes students ReceptionWed 29th Sep, 17:00-19:00Staff and Master’s students
Masters drop-in session for module selection supportThurs 30th Sep, 10:00-13:00Staff and Master’s students
IRDR Special Seminar and reception                                                         Tues 12th Oct, 17:00 seminar, 18:00 receptionStaff, students and the public
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 16th Nov, 17:00-18:00Public
Alumni ReceptionTues 23rd Nov, 18:00-22:00IRDR Alumni, staff, students and members
Enterprise workshopThurs 2nd Dec, 16:00-19:00UCL students
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 7th Dec, 17:00-18:00Staff, students and the public
IRDR Christmas PartyPostponedIRDR staff, students and members
IRDR PhD Student Forum + ReceptionWed 19th Jan, 14:00-20:00IRDR staff and students; external supervisors of IRDR students
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 11th Jan, 17:00-18:00Public 
Enterprise workshopThurs 20th Jan, 16:00-19:00UCL students
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 1st Feb, 17:00-18:00Public
Enterprise workshopFri 18th Feb, 10:00-15:00UCL students
IRDR Careers FairWed 23rd Feb, 17:00-20:00Students, prospective students and the public (restrictions permitting)
IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster - Public Panel EventThurs 10th Mar, 18:30-20:00Public 
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 15th Mar, 17:00-18:00Public
IRDR Alumni Mixer eventThurs 24th Mar, 18:00-21:00IRDR Alumni, staff, students
IRDR Spring AcademyMon 25th April & Tues 26th AprilAll IRDR staff and PhD students
IRDR Monthly Seminar (IRDR0005)Tues 3rd May, 17:00-18:00Public
Humanitarian Institute SDG Evening ConferenceThurs 12th May, 17:00-20:00Public
CPD/HI MasterclassTues 14th Jun, 09:00-18:00Public
Humanitarian SummitWed 15th Jun, 09:00-20:00Public
IRDR Annual Conference - Main Event, Reception and meetingsThurs 16th Jun, 09:00-21:00Public
IRDR dPHE Anniversary eventWed 6th July, time TBCPublic

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