Upcoming events


February 2018: UKCDS Hurricane Response event

In response to the devastation caused by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, UKCDS will be hosting a two-day event, scheduled for the week commencing 19 Feburary 2018, bringing together key stakeholders from the UK research community and, we hope, representatives from Caribbean Overseas Territory governments on how science can feed into the decision-making of less-urgent processes in islands and coastal regions as they recover and reconstruct following disasters over the course of the medium-to-long term.

The first day of this two-day event will feature presentations and facilitated discussions, along thematic lines, involving representatives from the affected areas and the UK science community, and will centre around the on-the-ground needs as well as highlighting the existing evidence and potential platforms to promote its use. There will also be opportunities for networking. Whereas the first day will include the wider science community, the second day will be for funders and decision makers to consider next steps.

The outputs and outcomes of this UKCDS-led event will feed into and support the inputs of a related event, to be hosted by ODI in January 2018, that will convene a group of high-level actors based in the UK and Europe who have responsibility for and influence over investment decisions and the governance of reconstruction and recovery in affected islands and states. Where the audience of the UKCDS event will involve the producers of the knowledge, the ODI event focuses on the users and uptake of the knowledge and will draw from a wider analysis of the Caribbean.

To help us gauge the interest and scope of this event, UKCDS kindly requests the contact details of anyone that possesses the research experience and expert knowledge of evidence, tools and methods for reconstruction, relevant to islands and low-lying coastal areas in the Caribbean. These could be, among others, in the areas of:

  • Infrastructure (green and built)
  • Community resilience including health and government capacity
  • Risk planning and forecasting
  • Financial and legal mechanisms
  • Communications
  • Resource Management including energy, land and water

Please feel free to circulate this message, and our contact details, among those in your respective networks. Adrian Bucher is the main contact for the UKCDS event.

22–26 January 2018: Call for participants to an international research workshop on: Localising strategies for making cities resilient to disasters

  • UK coordinator: Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK)
  • Philippines coordinator: Professor Andres Winston Oreta (De La Sallle University, Manila, Philippines)
  • Disciplines: This workshop addresses the issue of making cities resilient to disasters in a multi-disciplinary perspective, for example environmental and climate sciences, built environment, urban resilience, natural hazards, economics, sociology, engineering and technology, etc.
  • Dates and venue: 22th January 2018 to 26th January 2018, Manila, Philippines
  • Workshop website

The workshop is being coordinated by Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga (Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK) and Professor Andres Winston Oreta (De La Sallle University, Manila, Philippines ) and will have contributions from other leading researchers, including Professor Richard Haigh (University of Huddersfield, UK), Professor Renan Tanhueco and Professor Jose Edgar Mutuc (De La Sallle University, Manila, Philippines) and Abhilash Panda of UNISDR (Making Cities Resilient Disasters Campaign).

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Philippines to apply to attend this workshop. The application form, with more details on the initiative including eligibility, can be found at the workshop web site. All potential UK applicants should send their filled applications to Dr Ezri Hyat before the deadline of 30th September 2017. Applications from the Philippines should be sent to Professor Andres Winston Oreta at De La Salle University, the Philippines.


The British Council (for the UK participants) and DOST (for the Philippine participants) will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however, participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council and DOST, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council and DOST accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Information on accommodation options, the venue, internal transport options and visa requirements will be available in the website soon.

About the workshop

The World Risk Report (2015) identifies the Philippines as the country with the third highest disaster risk in the world. It has one of the fastest-growing populations in Asia and there will be a 70% increase over the next 40 years. In recent years, the Philippines experienced the most natural disasters in the region and suffered through 21 disasters in 2011, the third-most natural disasters worldwide. Metro Manila alone is one of the largest urban areas in East Asia, being home to 16.5 million people. Half of cities in the Philippines are situated in flood plains. Cities consist of a number of inter-dependent physical systems and human communities which are vulnerable to disasters in varying degrees. As a result of rapid urbanisation, cities are becoming extremely vulnerable to threats posed by natural hazards (Malalgoda et al., 2013). City leaders need to make significant transformative changes and investments in the resilience of their cities. In 2015, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR 2015–2030) was adopted by the UN with the goal of reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. In contributing to this goal, UNISDR developed the “Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” (10E) framework to enable cities to assess their resilience in accordance with the goals of SFDRR, and in recognition of a need to strengthen local governments’ role. This "Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters" serves as a guide to good DRR practices and focuses on the ability of a city to plan for, mitigate, respond, recover, adapt and grow after major disasters in the light of its unique physical, economic, environmental and social circumstances. The planned workshop aims to foster multi-disciplinary discussions on the "Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters". It will build capacity for the development of disaster resilient cities that are better able to tackle the threat posed by hazards, create a network of partnerships, and build information that will promote livable, safe and economically vibrant cities.

The topic to be addressed in the workshop is the "New Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters (10E)". The 10 essentials include:

  1. Organise for disaster resilience(DR);
  2. Identify and understand risk scenarios;
  3. Strengthen financial capacity;
  4. Pursue resilient urban development;
  5. Safeguard natural buffers;
  6. Strengthen institutional capacity;
  7. Understand and strengthen societal capacity;
  8. Increase infrastructure resilience;
  9. Ensure preparedness and response; and
  10. Expedite recovery and build back better.

Communities in the Philippines need support by way of mainstreaming "Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters" within their practices and to build up relevant capacity. To realize this objective, what makes a city resilient to disasters needs to be seen as a combination of resilience on one hand, and the result of actions to reduce disaster risk, the basis of "Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters" on the other. Academia has to build networks, including local government units, to promote dialogue and cooperation in enhancing the resilience of communities in cities.

Features of the workshop include:

  • Held in association with the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign
  • Keynote presentations by leading scientists on the state of the art
  • Early career researcher presentations on current and emerging research
  • A collection of abstracts published as the workshop proceedings
  • Group work and activities aimed at sharing knowledge, promoting international and multi-disciplinary working
  • Development of outline action plans for immediate (within one year), short-term (one to three years) and long-term (three to five years) research work helping to validate and further refine the “Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters” based on scientific dialogue.
  • A research road map based on the working group discussions, inter-disciplinary work required and major challenges and opportunities around the “Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters” in making contributions in meeting the targets of the SFDRR 2015–2030.
  • All materials delivered during the workshop will be made available as open education resources so that they are released under an open license (creative commons) that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others. This will ensure that a much wider constituency of early career researchers from Philippines and the UK, as well as interested parties from other backgrounds and countries, can benefit from the materials presented.
  • Online post-doctoral sessions that will be organised after 6 months and one year after completing the workshop on the developments of "Ten Essentials in making cities resilient to disasters". Authors of selected abstracts presented in the workshop will be invited to submit a full paper for publication in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. The journal is indexed and abstracted in: Scopus; British Library; Construction and Building Abstracts; ICONDA — The International Construction Database; Business Source Premier (EBSCO); ABI INFORM Global (ProQuest); Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (ProQuest); and INSPEC.
Application and deadline:

All potential UK applicants should send their filled applications to Dr Ezri Hyat before the deadline of 30th September 2017. Applications from the Philippines should be sent to Professor Andres Winston Oreta at De La Salle University, the Philippines.

Further information

Further information about the workshop on the Building Resilience website.

March 2018: UK Alliance for Disaster Research Annual Conference

Complex hazards / complex vulnerabilities

May 2018: Interdisciplinary pressure cooker: risk communication

Are you interested in risk communication? The 2018 Understanding Risk Forum is hosting an intensive event in Mexico City, 14–18 May 2018, for interdisciplinary teams to test their innovative, creative, scientific and technological skills to co-develop risk communication solutions to real world challenges facing local decision makers. The Pressure cooker is aimed at young professionals and students (under 35) and mentors in relevant fields.

If you are interested in applying as a participant or as a mentor, please see the call for applications and apply by Friday, January 26. Some funding is available for travel. The event is organized by GFDRR, the Water Youth Network with financial support from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and FM Global.

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Science for DRM 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow

RMKC is pleased to announce that a public Call for Expression of Interest from Authors, Reviewers and Advisors wishing to contribute to the Science for DRM 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow report, is now open for two months (until Feb. 20th 2018).

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  • Editorial
    • Editorial by François Wakenhut from DG ENV
  • Partnerships
    • 1st European Drought Observatory (EDO) User Meeting, on 9–10 November 2017
    • Training Member States in the Use of the JRC’s RAPID-N and ADAM Risk Assessment Tools
    • Towards educating the young generation of DRM professionals: training organized by CONRIS and DRMKC
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    • The 2017 wildfres in the EU: weather extremes led to a wildfre season not to be forgotten
    • Flood disasters to the fore in the international news
    • DG CLIMA study: insurance and climate-related disaster risk
    • INFORM (Index for Risk Management) 2018: New methods for replacement of missing data
    • JRC study of chemical accidents in the media during 2016–2017, for OECD
    • 2nd Science for Disaster Risk Management Report 2020: Upcoming Call for Interest for Authors and Reviewers
  • Innovation
    • Improving tsunami preparedness and resilience in Europe: the ASTARTE project
    • Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience: the DRIVER+ project
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Supporting innovation management in the humanitarian sector

ELRHA are aiming to produce the first-ever ‘field guide’ for innovation management in the humanitarian sector. The guide will be designed to support humanitarian teams to adapt or develop innovations that help meet the needs of emergency-affected people. It will also aim to facilitate engagement with those outside the sector who want to help solve humanitarian problems.

With such ambitious goals, ELRHA are taking their time to get it right. They’ll be working with people across the humanitarian spectrum in the coming months to ensure that that deliver something that is truly interesting, relevant and useful. This is where you come in... If you're involved in the humanitarian sector and especially implementing an innovative project, ELRHA want to hear from you.

Read ELRHA's blog and take the survey.

Journey to Scale: Elrha teams’ second vlogs

@Elrha have funded three teams on a #JourneyToScale. View the video blogs from the Field Ready and Translators without Borders teams.

Journey to Scale: Elrha 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.