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Oasis Conference - The good, the bad and the ugly

Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 08:15 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 17:00 (BST)

Oasis Conference - The good, the bad and the ugly

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
Rate for FULL Members of Oasis
This rate is for FULL Oasis members only.
14 Jun 2019 £550.00 £0.00 £110.00
Rate for Associate Members and non-members of Oasis   more info 14 Jun 2019 £600.00 £0.00 £120.00
Day 1 - FULL members of Oasis   more info 14 Jun 2019 £290.00 £0.00 £58.00
Day 1 - Rate for Associate Members and non-members of Oasis   more info 14 Jun 2019 £320.00 £0.00 £64.00
Day 2 - FULL members of Oasis   more info 14 Jun 2019 £260.00 £0.00 £52.00
Day 2 - Rate for Associate Members and non-members of Oasis   more info 14 Jun 2019 £290.00 £0.00 £58.00
GROUP DISCOUNT - Full members: Send 4 attendees for the price of 3 from the same company 14 Jun 2019 £412.50 £0.00 £82.50
GROUP DISCOUNT - Associate Members and non-members: Send 4 attendees for the price of 3 from the same company 14 Jun 2019 £450.00 £0.00 £90.00
WORKSHOP - 17 June
Limited spaces available. Please make sure you meet the requirements before purchasing a ticket.
10 Jun 2019 Free £0.00 £0.00

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Oasis Conference - The good, the bad and the ugly

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This not-for-profit conference will give you deeper insights into catastrophe models than anywhere else and is driven by our members.

Spaces are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed. 

The main conference will be held in London on 18-19 June 2019. 

A half-day technical hands-on workshop will be held on 17th June (9am - 1pm). Limited spaces are available. More information and requirements here.

INVOICE REQUEST: Please send a note to, if you would like to raise an invoice. 

Get in touch for questions about the workshop only:

General inquiries about the conference should be sent to



Subject to change. 



Climate change and catastrophe modelling 
Emma Raven, Principal Analyst (JBA Risk Management) 
Fred Hattermann, Head of Research (Potsdam Institute for Climate) 
Steve Jewson, SVP Model Development (RMS) 

Demand is increasing to quantify the impact of climate change on catastrophe risk. However, uncertainty is high, and there are challenges in using the output of climate models. Is climate change already having an impact on risk which is not reflected in today’s catastrophe models? This panel brings together leading modelling experts to discuss the challenges of integrating climate change into our view of risk. 


Key research challenges for flood modelling
Gary McInally, Chief Actuary (Flood Re)
Jeff Neal, Director (Fathom) 
Jessica Turner, Senior Vice President, Catastrophe Advisory (Guy Carpenter) 
Claire Souch, Director (AWHA Consulting)

A study has been commissioned jointly by Flood Re and The Lighthill Risk Network which looks at key research challenges that are faced by the Re(In)surance Industry about flood risk modelling. The purpose of this panel is to investigate some of the following:

  • What are the priorities for flood research, why is there so much still to do for flood;
  • What practically should drive the focus for our research;
  • Where can academia provide the most value;
  • Where could collaboration help get results?


Model validation - where next 
Alexander Alabaster, Catastrophe Analyst (AON)
Paul Della-Marta, Head of Catastrophe Research (Partner Reinsurance Company)
Stefan Eppert, General Manager (KatRisk Germany)

Model validation often becomes a chore to satisfy regulators and rating agencies. A much more interesting area is how do we get value from models that we use, where are the variances between vendor models and home-grown models, and what the future holds for end-users ability to calibrate and validate their cat models.

  • What should we be doing in this space;
  • What should model validation/calibration look like in the future;
  • Do we have all the data we should have;
  • How can we collaborate to improve efficiency?


Oasis and International Collaborations for Disaster Risk Insurance
Claire Souch, Director (AWHA Consulting) 

This session will give an update on Oasis projects to create open models for low and middle-income countries and collaborations with the Insurance Development Forum, InsuResilience, the Centre for Global Disaster  Protection, along with other initiatives to increase disaster risk insurance in highly vulnerable countries.




Ben Hayes, CEO (Oasis Palm Tree) 
Claire Souch, Director (AWHA Consulting)
Matthew Jones, Head of Insurance Product Development (Simplitium)
Shane Latchman, VP and Managing Director (AIR) 

Improving efficiency of the insurance industry enabled by interoperability are key drivers of collaboration and a key project lead by the Insurance Development Forum. This panel will explain what this means, how it will work and what the challenges are.

Current risk level for Tropical Cyclone North America (TCNA) - lessons learnt
Adam Sobel, Professor -Depts. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences (Columbia University) 
Dail Rowe, Senior Scientist and Regional Manager (WeatherPredict Consulting Inc.) 
Richard Dixon, Director (CatInsight) 
Tom Philp, Manager - Science and Natural Perils (AXA XL) 

Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic Basin remain key drivers of insured losses globally and are some of the most researched processed on the planet. Professor Adam Sobel will give a presentation on the research is going and what this could mean for the insurance industry. An industry panel will discuss some of the conclusions.


Earthquake Modelling - what should you be thinking about 
Goran Trendafiloski, Head of Earthquake Model Development in EMEA and APAC (Impact Forecasting)
Nigel Winspear, Director (NW Ltd.)  
Paolo Bazzurro, Professor (University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia)
Speaker TBC (CoreLogic)
Will Gardner, Managing Director (COMBUS)

Earthquake has had less headlines than other hazards recently but should not be forgotten. This panel will review a number of key issues such as:

  • Do we understand earthquake models as well as we should;
  • What could take users of earthquake cat models by surprise;
  • What we can learn from the USGS;
  • Why using multi models makes sense?





Climate change and the (Re)insurance industry
Ioana Dima-West, Head of Model Research and Evaluation (Willis Re)
Giorgis Hadzilacos, Technical Specialist - Catastrophe Risk (PRA) 
Nick Hassam, Chief Commercial Officer (reask) 

Climate change is now the new normal, and society, regulators and management want more answers. What does this mean for exposure management and what changes to models do we need to have to deal with this?  This workshop will challenge how we are doing this and what are some of the options.


Bushfire - a changing landscape, new opportunities 
Clark Woodward, Founder and CEO (RedZone) 
Fanny Velay-Lasry, Team Manager - regional air quality and climate
Iain Bailey, Cat Model R&D Lead (R&D at SCOR) 

Bushfire has moved to the top of the list of “what keeps you awake at night” in recent years and we are all asking questions on how we can best model this peril. This workshop will review:

  • What are the key variables in the models;
  • How can we improve uncertainty from current data and information;
  • Can we collaborate to improve our understanding;
  • How should we use these models?


Simplicity vs. accuracy – benefits and challenges of increasingly complex catastrophe models and where Oasis can help
Ismaël Riedel, Catastrophe Risk Analyst (SCOR SE)
Ryan Crompton, General Manager Modelling and Research Solutions (RiskFrontiers)
Sarka Cerna, Head of Product Development for EMEA, APAC and Canada (Impact Forecasting)

From the early days of cat models, there has been a steady drive to make improve models. Often complexity is seen as improving the models and potential use but is it? What are the roles of transparency and customisation and where lies the future in the complexity versus simplicity spectrum? And for all of these, where does Oasis play a role in helping with this?



More sessions and speakers to be confirmed in due course.  



Oasis Conference in Zurich, in conjunction with the Swiss Re Insitute on 12 June 2019. 

More information here

Do you have questions about Oasis Conference - The good, the bad and the ugly? Contact Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd.

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Chadwick Court
15 Hatfields
South Bank
SE1 8DJ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 at 08:15 - Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 17:00 (BST)

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Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd.

Oasis is a not for profit, industry owned plug and play catastrophe model platform. In essence, it is an “App store” for catastrophe models. Mailing address: Oasis Loss Modelling Framework LM 1.1.2 | 11-13 Weston Street | London SE1 3ER | UK | e: | w: 

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