Upcoming events


March 2018: UK Alliance for Disaster Research Annual Conference

Complex hazards / complex vulnerabilities

May 2018: Sustainability and resilience conference

An invitation to contribute to the first Sustainability and Resilience conference: “Mitigating Disaster and Emergency Planning” on 13–14 May 2018 at the University of Bahrain in Bahrain.

Call for papers! Closing date for abstracts is 5th March. See call for papers flyer for more information.

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.

Please spread the word widely!

November 2018: 8th International conference on building resilience

8th International conference on building resilience | 8th ICBR, 14-16 of November 2018, Lisbon


The 8th International Conference on Building Resilience, with the theme “Risk and Resilience in practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages”, will be held 14,–16 November, 2018, in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal.

As with the previous editions of the ICBR series — most recent held in Bangkok, Thailand, in last November, with over 325 delegates — the 2018 Lisbon conference will bring together the full diversity of the science community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the science community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.

The 8th ICBR offer 25 conference subthemes and tracks for submission of oral or poster presentations. These tracks are grouped into four themes according to the Sendai priorities.

Submit an abstract

We invite you to submit an abstract through the Easy Chair submission platform at (Easychair you will require you to set up an account first).

Important notes
  1. Please don't miss to identify in the header of your abstract:
    1. the track and subtheme of your preference,
    2. whether you are submitting for ORAL or POSTER presentation,
    and do NOT put your details on the abstracts' body text field at the submision form nor on the PDF file to be submitted (name, affiliation, email, etc) as all abstracts will be subject to double-blinded peer review.
  2. Submitted abstracts should be limited to 400–500 words, covering in a systematic way the following aspects: Background context; Justification of the research / research argument; Goals; Methods/ approach; Findings/results; Conclusions. After the paragraph of the abstract, keywords should be presented (up to 5).
  3. Deadline: 15 April 2018: Abstract submission close
  4. More info — conference tracks Further details of the conference (Special features, Associate partners&Fees reductions and publication opportunities) are available at: For any queries please contact the Organising Committee:

We look forward to receiving your submission. Get on board!

Other news

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).

Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Center

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The Newsletter is issued bi-monthly and reports the main activities of the DRMKC, including the news and events published in the site.

In this issue:

  • 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
  • Knowledge
    • 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
    • News from PLACARD: Development of climate services for disaster risk reduction
  • Upcoming events
    • Conferences, Workshops, Training
See the list of all DRMKC newsletters.

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.