Conferences and Events

March 26-29, 2019
Preparedness Summit
National Association of County and City Health Officials
St. Louis, Missouri
Cost and registration: $825 before February 8, open until filled

This summit will focus on giving emergency and preparedness professionals the knowledge, resources, and contacts necessary to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. Topics include supporting the homebound in fires and hurricanes, building fatality management capacity, environmental justice in public health, improving public health and law enforcement communication, local health department cybersecurity, disaster behavioral health for first responders, legal aspects of epidemics, creating a public health shelter task force, mental health for first responders, forming academic partnerships, and tools to improve special pathogen readiness.


April 3-7, 2019
Annual Meeting
American Association of Geographers
Washington, D.C.
Cost and registration: $515, open until filled

This meeting will showcase the latest in geography research and its application using several themes, including geospatial health research, geography and human rights, and physical geography in environmental science. Topics include sustainable urbanization, the state of arctic science, inequality in development, urban forestry research, advancing critical climate change studies, the geography of disability, culture and environmental perspectives, geospatial intelligence, water politics, gender and the environment, sustainable tourism, and a special session on Natural Hazards Center founder, Recalling Gilbert White.


April 13-16, 2019
National Planning Conference
American Planning Association
San Francisco, California
Cost and registration: $840, register by March 13

This conference will focus on the latest trends and research, emerging issues, and best practices in planning from a wide variety of viewpoints. Topics include disaster resilience and climate change, planning and health, inclusiveness and social justice, technology, transportation considerations, community-level development, and housing and economics.


May 19-23, 2019
Annual Floodplain Management Conference
Association of State Floodplain Mangers
Cleveland, Ohio
Cost and registration: $875 before April 4, open until filled

This conference will address a variety of issues related to floodplain management with a special emphasis on flood mitigation and resilience. Topics include communicating flood risk after wildfires, urban coastal resiliency, levee safety, behavioral messaging to improve insurance coverage, floodplain buyout programs, stormwater management, equity and resilience in urban flooding, GIS solutions for flood mapping updates, dam rehabilitation, business resilience to floods, mitigations successes in Puerto Rico, home elevation strategies, nature-based flood solutions, and uncertainty in flood and weather prediction.


May 20-24, 2019
U.S.-Netherlands Resilience Forum
Florida Earth Foundation U.S. Netherlands Connection Program
Delft, The Netherlands
Cost and registration: $1,950, expenses included, register before April 1

This forum will look at innovations at the nexus of nature and the built environment, as well as how the built environment can be used, especially in the water space, to facilitate sustainability. The forum will tour several venues, including Amsterdam, The Hague, Lieden, and Rotterdam, to explore how cities increasing in size and population can accommodate quality of life needs and environmental concerns.


May 28-30, 2019
CRHNet Annual Symposium
Canadian Risk and Hazards Network
Winnipeg, Canada
Cost and registration: $300, open until filled

This symposium promotes dialogue between disaster researchers and practitioners to increase disaster resilience. This year’s symposium will focus on strategies and tools to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts. Topics include considering the human factor in DRR, linking diverse and independent systems into DRR support networks, technologies for collaboration, and applying indigenous knowledge to DRR activities.


June 3-6, 2019
Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Emmitsburg, Maryland
Cost and registration: Free, register before April 26

This annual symposium will focus on building the capacity of the emergency management academic community while engaging in conversations on this year’s theme of diversity, inclusion, and unity of effort. Topics include the scholarship of teaching and learning, research methodology and integration, and program policy and administration.


June 10-12, 2019
NEEDS Conference
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
Cost and registration: $300 before March 31, open until filled

This annual Northern European conference on emergency and disaster studies looks at the challenges of crisis and disaster research and intervention in an interdisciplinary perspective. This year’s conference will focus on nature, society, and scale with topics that include slow onset disasters, challenges in interorganizational response, cultural process and accountability, the ethics of digital technology in disaster, gender contexts in recurring disasters, disaster diplomacy, and crisis governance.


June 12-13, 2019
Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Gold Coast, Australia
Cost and registration: $728 before May 8, open until filled

This conference will focus on Australia’s and New Zealand’s emergency management challenges and techniques used to address them. Topics include mental health consequences of disaster, environmental resilience, social network models for communication and collaboration, valuing volunteers, domestic violence and disasters, preparing remote communities, incorporating pharmacies into disaster planning, evaluating risk, and community-led recovery.


June 23-26, 2019
ICONHIC 2019
Innovation Center on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure
Chania, Greece
Cost and registration: $650 before May 15, open until filled

This conference will examine infrastructure in disasters, with an emphasis on what can be done to address and strengthen aging infrastructure. Topics include hazard predication and warning, aging infrastructure and future earthquakes, strategies to prevent levee and dam failures, climate-resilient and adaptive infrastructure, protecting historical structures, drought impact on infrastructure, and integrating disaster risk into infrastructure lifecycles.


July 23-26, 2019
NHERI RAPID Facility Intensive Workshop
Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility
Seattle, Washington
Cost and registration: Free, register before April 12

This workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about using the equipment available through the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure’s RAPID Facility to collect and process the data and integrate collected data using RAPID mobile software and the DesignSafe cyberinfrastructure. Topics include an overview of the RAPID facility and reconnaissance planning, hands-on lidar and drone-based image collection training, coastal applications, and using RAPID equipment to enhance social science data collection.