The IRDR is currently finalising details for our 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. This year the conference will explore the following themes:
What is the point of communicating risk? When experts communicate risk to government agencies and the public, or government agencies communicate risk to the public, what information are they communicating and why? How well is this information understood and used? What would make risk information more understandable or useful? Does risk information reach the people who need it in a timely manner? How could the reach and speed of risk communication be improved?
Natural hazards and critical infrastructure
• Dr Katsu Goda, Lecturer in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol, will talk about seismic hazard and its impact on critical infrastructure.
• Mark Offord, Lead Engineer at Sellafield Sites, will talk about the impact of natural hazards on the nuclear power industry.
• Farnaz Arefian, PhD researcher in the UCL Development Planning Unit, will talk about post-disaster recovery and reconstruction programmes.
• Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at the Health Protection Agency, will talk about the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).
The event is free to attend, however you must register for a ticket online at the event
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