Past 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.


27–29 November 2017: 7th International Conference on Building Resilience, conference registration is now open!

Date: 27–29 November 2017

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Venue: Swissotel Le Concorde, Bangkok

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 now open!
  • 27–29 November 2017: Conference

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.

1 November 2017: The Willis Research Network Autumn Seminar

The recent catastrophic Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have caught the attention of people all around the world. Willis Towers Watson invite you to an insightful afternoon with a range of prominent and respected speakers in the world of weather and climate risk, hosted by the Willis Research Network (WRN). The event will present the findings from some of the WRN’s latest scientific collaborations, alongside current analytical projects underway in Willis Re teams around the world, with an emphasis on the latest life-threatening weather conditions.

Date: 1st November 2017, 14:00–17:00.

Location: The Willis Building Auditorium, 51 Lime Street, London EC3M 7DQ.

Autumn Seminar Themes:

  • Severe Convective Storms: Impact of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
  • A global view of tropical cyclones: A new catalogue of wind footprints
  • After the storm: Inland flooding from tropical cyclones

13 Oct 2017: International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

London South Bank University CIB Student Chapter invites you to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on Friday 13 Oct 2017, 09:45 to 13:30, Room 101A, London Doctoral Academy, LSBU, London, UK.

With the great global losses caused by the 2017 Atlantic Hurricanes Harvey, Irama, Maria, our Workshop will discuss the key lessons learned and the role of building coherence with the 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals, to reduce disasters risk and raise awareness of prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

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.

Confirmed plenary keynote speakers:

  • Margareta Whalström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction 2008–2015
  • Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Relief, Pan American Health Organization
  • Prof. Stuart Corbridge, Vice Chancellor Durham University
  • Prof. Eelco Dykstra, 11th Brunel International Lecturer 2016–2018, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Amod Dixit, Executive Director, NSET

Friday, 15 September 2017 (09:00–17:00): Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in Developing Countries

An international Workshop on "Community Resilience to Natural Hazards in Developing Countries" is organised in the framework of the EPSRC Global Challenges research project SAFER ("Seismic Risk and Resilience of Schools in Nepal"), presenting the latest developments in multi-hazard assessment and disaster risk mitigation in the developing world.

Venue: Pugsley Theatre, Queen's Building of Engineering, University of Bristol

Speakers: University of Bristol, University of Southampton, Arup International Development (UK), Save the Children (UK), University of Kathmandu (Nepal), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), NSET (Nepal), EISPD (Nepal), University of SUNY at Buffalo (USA), California Institute of Technology (USA), University of Roma-Tre (Italy), Fuzhou University (China)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.