2017 Workshop Guests at the 2017 Natural Hazards Workshop ©Zoe Welz, 2017.

The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that registration for our 43rd Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop is now open. This year’s Workshop features a compelling theme, thought-provoking add-on events, and the same great conversations and networking opportunities it’s long been known for—we hope you’ll join us July 8-11 in Broomfield, Colorado.

We recognize that 2017 was an exceptional year for disasters and that there are many stories to be told, as well as many of us contemplating can improve approaches to mitigation, preparedness, and recovery. With that in mind, we posed Twenty Questions about how might think (and act!) differently in order to more effectively reduce the harm and suffering caused by disasters. The answers to those questions—sent in from community members from a range of disciplines, professions, and fields of interest—formed the basis of our 2018 Workshop schedule.

We hope you’ll take a look at the schedule and the details below and decide to join us this summer! If you have any questions or require additional information, please call the Center at (303) 492-6818 or email us. We look forward to seeing you in July! 

Registration: Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited, so please register before May 22—after that our early bird deadline will expire and prices will go up.

Hotel: You will want to reserve your room at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, as well. We’ve arranged for special pricing for Workshop registrants until June 6.

2017 Workshop The poster session at the Natural Hazards Workshop. ©Zoe Welz, 2017.

Special Events: We’ll have several special events at this year’s Workshop. On Sunday, spend the day on a Drought and Wildfire Tour of beautiful—yet hazard-prone and disaster-affected—areas in Boulder County. Then on Sunday evening, join us for an interactive listening session on data needed for better disaster response and hear the account of an effort that coordinated thousands of rescues during the 2017 hurricane season.
Late in the week, we’ll hold the Tuesday evening barbecue on the University of Colorado Boulder campus where you can mingle and enjoy great food and a breathtaking view of the mountains. On Wednesday morning, you can put on your running (or walking) shoes and join the Bill Anderson Fund for the fourth annual Disaster Dash 5K.   

Submissions: Submissions for the Workshop Poster Session and Research and Practice Highlights are due May 22. Please consider submitting so that other Workshop attendees can learn about your work. All Poster Session abstracts and Research and Practice Highlights will be published in the Workshop program and online. Follow the Submission Guidelines link for more details.

Researchers Meeting: This year we are collaborating with the International Research Committee on Disasters (IRCD) to host an add-on Researchers Meeting. The program will focus on National Science Foundation-funded RAPID studies and ways to improve the identification of research needs, research coordination, and data collection and sharing capabilities.

Registration for this event is available on the Workshop registration form.

Student Paper Competition: Students can compete for a complimentary Workshop registration by submitting a full-length paper to our annual competition. Submissions are due May 1.

Updates: If you’d like to receive Workshop updates in your inbox, you can visit our sign up page to join the list or notify us of any changes to your email address or preferences. You can also get Workshop updates and the latest in hazards news from our Twitter feed.