Upcoming conferences


7–8 September 2017: Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty, Geological Society

There is growing recognition of the role that science and scientists can play in reducing disaster risk and building resilience to geohazards, especially when working with people from other research disciplines and various stakeholders, including communities at risk. This often needs new ways of working, potentially in complex settings and difficult environments, to achieve positive and sustainable change.

This two-day meeting at the Geological Society aims to capture the increasing activity in this area and provide a platform for the discussion of new results from major multi-disciplinary programmes involving researchers who are taking up the challenge to understand geohazards, manage risk and increase resilience in the face of uncertainty in the hazards and vulnerabilities. It will bring together the physical and social scientists and other experts to address the role that geoscience and geoscientists can play in building resilient communities and informed policymaking, into the future.

There is an open call for abstracts (deadline – 31 May 2017).

One of the most valuable aspects of these programmes has been the collaboration with overseas partners so if you happen to be planning project meetings around this time, please consider asking if they would like to participate in the conference.

19–22 September 2017: Dealing with Disasters 2017 Conference; jointly hosted by the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience (IHRR) Durham University and the Disaster and Development Network (DDN) Northumbria University

The Dealing with Disasters 2017 Conference will host key meetings of the UKADR. The conference theme is The Impact of Hazard, Risk and Disasters on Societies. This will take place at the Durham University main campus. Session proposals open 01 July 2016.

20–24 November 2017: Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction, London, UK

The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies is delighted to invite you to join us on the Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place in London, UK on November 20th–24th, 2017. Early registrations completed before 24th July will be eligible for a 25% reduction on the course fee. Please contact us as soon as possible in order to secure your reduced-rate place.

27–29 November 2017: 7th International Conference on Building Resilience, CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and management

Key dates:

  • 12 September 2016: Abstract submission open
  • 10 January 2017: Abstract submission close
  • 15 February 2017: Abstracts notification
  • 31 May 2017: Final paper submissions close
  • June 2017: Final paper notifications sent
  • July 2017: Registration opens
  • 27–29 November 2017: Conference

Past events


29 June to 1 July 2017: Disaster risk reduction and international law symposium 2017

This symposium, which will be framed around the principles and objectives underpinning the Sendai Framework, is a unique opportunity to discuss, debate, inform and progress the development of law, policy and practice governing DRR and disasters at the national, regional and international levels.

26 May 2017: UK shelter forum

UKADR members are invited to the UK shelter forum, Friday 26 May at Oxford Brookes, hosted by CENDEP. See the Eventbrite invitation.

23 May 2017: UKADR Drinks Reception at the UNISDR Global Platform

For UKADR members attending the UNISDR Global Platform in Cancun this May, you are invited to a UKADR drinks reception. This will be held on 23 May, 6.30–8.30 in Krystal Grand Hotel, Blcd. Kukulcan Km 8.5, 77500 Cancun. The reception is an opportunity for the UK based science and policy communities to interact and to meet. The reception will be held jointly with the science committee meeting of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme, supported by ICSU, ISSC and UNISDR. Please email Mark Pelling if you are able to participate.

26–28 March 2017: EFDRR — European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction

The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 26 to 28 March 2017.

The EFDRR is a multi-stakeholder forum for the disaster risk community in Europe. The event brings together Governments, the UN, parliamentarians, mayors, intergovernmental organizations, scientific and academic institutions, private businesses, NGOs, community based organizations and others.

The 2017 meeting, chaired by the Government of Turkey, aims to reinforce political commitment, generate solutions and partnership, and address the carrying out of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. View the full agenda.

Please note that English, French, Turkish and Russian simultaneous translation will be offered throughout the entire meeting and translation to international sign language will be available. The meeting is also accessible for persons with disabilities.

The EFDRR is supported by a secretariat formed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

3 March 2017: Seminar on the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Robert Glasser will hold a seminar on the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), its workings through science and technology research and some examples of implementation.

09–10 January 2017: inaugural UKADR conference, hosted by King's College London

Aim: The UKADR Annual Conference aims to provide a space for conversation, networking and defining frontiers of knowledge for leaders from UK-based research, policy and practice institutions engaged in DRR/M and climate change adaptation in low- and middle-income countries and fragile states.


Journey to Scale: The teams’ first vlogs

For Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund, ‘scale’ means building on demonstrated successes to ensure solutions reach their maximum potential, have the greatest possible impact, and lead to widespread change.

That’s why, with funding from Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we’re supporting Field Ready, Translators without Borders, and Panzi Foundation to take their innovations in the humanitarian sector on a #JourneytoScale!

The 2 year journey is underway, find out more about each project’s unique journey in their first vlogs.

Translators without Borders aims to scale their Words of Relief programme which will save lives by providing critical information to vulnerable populations. This video is available with subtitles in Spanish, French, Greek, German and Italian (just click the ‘CC’ button bottom right of the screen to choose your language).

Panzi Foundation and Make Music Matter aim to scale up their music therapy programme to gender-based violence (GBV) survivors across the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Field Ready aims to scale their project of innovating the humanitarian supply chain by bringing manufacturing to the field.

The Journey to Scale initiative is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a contribution from the UK Government. Follow the #JourneytoScale.