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UCL IRDR Annual Conference 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (BST)

UCL IRDR Annual Conference 2011

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UCL Bloomsbury Campus

Wednesday 22 June 2011

In celebration of its first year in operation, the UCL IRDR should like to invite you to participate in its first annual conference. The conference aims to draw together a varied and dynamic audience from across UCL and beyond to report on, explore and inform research in risk and disaster reduction through thought-provoking lectures and discussions. The conference will be rounded off with the summer party, which will be an opportunity for further interaction and networking.







Welcome and introduction

Stephen Edwards (Deputy Director, UCL IRDR)


Risk and uncertainty for Natural Hazards

Chair: Gerald Roberts (Birkbeck)

Speakers: John McCloskey (University of Ulster)
Identification of earthquake hazard hotspots by long term stress modelling

Dave Tappin (British Geological Survey)
The Tohoku 2011 tsunami: what we need to learn from catastrophic tsunami events.

Chris Kilburn (Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre)
Volcanic uncertainty: the design and delivery of eruption forecasts

Paul Kaye (Aon Benfield)
Using catastrophe models in insurance


Break and refreshments


Key issues in water risk and security

Chair: Randolph Kent (Humanitarian Futures Programme)

Speakers and panel: Adriana Allen (UCL Development Planning Unit)

Willy Burgess (UCL Earth Sciences)

Francis McDonagh (CAFOD)

Sobona Mtisi (Overseas Development Institute)

Beth Walker (China Dialogue)




Keynote lecture by Frank Furedi, University of Kent

Communicating disasters: the cultural script of a 21st century pandemic

Chair: Graham Hart (UCL Infection and Population Health)


IRDR General Meeting

Professor Peter Sammonds (Director, UCL IRDR)


Break and refreshments


In discussion with Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the Health Protection Agency

Chair: Stephen Edwards (UCL IRDR)


Summer party



IRDR General Meeting
Please send agenda items to Peter Sammonds (p.sammonds@ucl.ac.uk).

The conference will be held in the Pearson Lecture Theatre, which is located in the northwest corner of the main UCL quadrangle. Registration and breaks will be held in Pearson room G17, and lunch will be in G17 or the South Cloisters, weather dependent. The summer party will take place either in the Wilkins Roof Garden or the South Cloisters (if wet).

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When & Where

Pearson LT
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (BST)

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UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods and storms destroy lives and damage economies across the globe; pandemics have the potential to bring death and suffering on an unprecedented scale; while climate change may increase the severity of both natural and health disasters.

How society sees risk, how to link understanding of the causative mechanics to statistical approaches, and how to increase resilience and reduce the risk of disasters are common themes cutting across research in natural, environmental, health and technological hazards.

Reducing global risks and disasters presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action.

To find out more, visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/

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