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IRDR Public Events Calendar 2019-20
IRDR Special Seminar on "The Risk in DRR" by Dickie Whitaker.Tues 8th Oct 2019, 17:00-18:00. Reception from 18:00Harrie Massey LT and JBRTicketed event open to the public. Find out more and register here.
IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 12th Nov, 17:00-18:00Medical Sciences G46 (H O Schild Pharmacology LT)Open public event. No ticketing
Entrepreneurship for Global Humanitarian Impact WorkshopFri 15th Nov, 9:30-17:00 Provided on ticketsTicketed event. Full event and ticketing details here.
Alumni and Members DinnerTues 26th Nov, 18:00-22:00Jeremy Bentham Room Ticket details will be emailed to IRDR alumni, students, staff and members. Further information here.
Enterprise Workshop: Careers and Networking Building in the Humanitarian Sector

Thurs 28th Nov, 16:30-18:30, 

    Chadwick G07Tickets will be available on IRDR events page soon. Find out more and register here
    IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 3rd Dec, 17:00-18:00Medical Sciences G46 (H O Schild Pharmacology LT) Open public event. No ticketing
    IRDR Christmas Party Tues 4th Dec, 18:00 - 20:00 tbc IRDR staff, students, and members
    Enterprise Workshop: Business Resilience workshop Thurs 12th Dec,16:30 -18:30 Gordon House 106Ticketed event. Full event and ticketing details here.
    IRDR Monthly Seminar Tues 14th Jan 2020, 17:00-18:00Christopher Ingold G21 Ramsay LT Open public event. Find out more about the event here.
    IRDR PhD student Forum and ReceptionWeds 15th Jan, 12:00-20:00Anatomy Gavin de Beer LTEvent for IRDR staff and students; external supervisors of IRDR students
    IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies, 1st AnniversarytbcMedical Sciences A V Hill LTConvened by IRDR dPHE. Ticketing to open soon.
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 11th Feb, 17:00-18:00 Room G21 Ramsay Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold BuildingPublic Open public event. No ticketing
    Humanitarian Institute SDG Evening Conference: Natural Hazard Disaster ManagementWeds 19th Feb, 17:00-20:00 

    G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Buildings

    Convened by Dr Akhtar Alam. Full event and ticketing details here.
    Humanitarian Institute Masterclass in International Development: Earth Observation and Natural HazardsThurs 20th Feb, 10:00-17:00Malet Place Engineering Building Room 1.20 (AM) and DMS Watson Library G15 Public Cluster (PM)Convened by Dr Akhtar Alam. Further event details and ticketing here.
    IRDR Careers FairWeds 26th Feb, 17:00-20:00Gustave Tuck LT and South CloistersFurther event details and ticketing here. Contact Dr Rosanna Smith if you would like to have an exhibitor stall. 
    IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster - Public Panel EventPostponed. Date TBCtbc Convened by IRDR Centre for Gender and Disaster  irdr_cgd@ucl.ac.uk 
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 3rd March, 17:00-18:00Room 9 Garwood Lecture Theatre, South WingPublic Open public event. No ticketing
    IRDR Monthly SeminarTues 5th May, 17:00-18:00tbcPublic Open public event. No ticketing
    Humanitarian Institute SDG Evening ConferenceThurs 14th May, 17:00-20:00tbcTicketing to open soon. Contact humanitarian-info@ucl.ac.uk to register interest
    CPD/ HI MasterclassThurs 18th June, 09:00-20:00tbcTicketing to open soon. Contact humanitarian-info@ucl.ac.uk to register interest
    IRDR Alumni Mixer EventWednesday 1 July, 18:30-21:00Online. Details on ticketsInvitations will be emailed to IRDR alumni and students. Contact irdr-comms@ucl.ac.uk if you have not received an invitation and wish to attend.
    Humanitarian SummitThurs 9 July, 09:00-17:00OnlineFurther event details and booking here
    IRDR Annual ConferenceWeds 15th July, 09:00-18:00OnlineConvened by Bayes AhmedFurther event details and booking here.
    Global Humanitarian Studies BSc Taster DayFri 17th July, 14:00-17:00OnlineOpen to Year 12 students and anyone interested in starting the programme in 2021. Further event details and booking here

     

    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:

    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.

    https://news.sky.com/story/cobra-could-power-on-earth-really-be-wiped-out-by-a-solar-storm-11905286 

    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)

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181012/k10011668431000.html

    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?

    http://news.trust.org/item/20170818141947-h98ta

     

    Previous IRDR Public Events
    2018-19
    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

      Go to event page

      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

      Go to event page

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

      Open to the public. Registration via eventbrite

      Go to event page

      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

      Go to event page

      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
      Go to event page
      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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