Conferences and Events

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 19-21, 2019
Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone
Columbia University Earth Institute
New York, New York
Cost and registration: $150, open until filled

This conference will look at coastal issues facing cities worldwide, including rising sea level and increased flooding. Topics include coastal property buyout plans, environmental justice issues, migration as adaptation, government planning for coastal zones, funding retreat efforts, public engagement and communication, and risk and vulnerability.


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 17-19, 2019
Dealing with Disasters
Northumbria University
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Cost and registration: $90, open until filled

This conference will focus on progressive research-driven actions to address disaster threats and identify areas of inquiry for scientific, technological, and behavioral changes. Topics include funding for global challenges, measuring community resilience, disasters and global justice, urban planning and resilience, conflict and disaster risk reduction, early warning systems, global risk assessments, and modeling simulated risks.


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.


September 8-12, 2019
Dam Safety 2019
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Orlando, Florida
Cost and registration: $990 before August 7, open until filled

This conference addresses issues related to the professional management of dams and levy systems. Topics include adapting dam safety to the challenges of climate change, spillway modeling, unsafe dam removal, dam failures, seepage issues, dam rehabilitation, construction and stability, mitigating security threats, and developing state dam safety programs.


September 22-25, 2019
GSA 2019
Geological Society of America
Phoenix, Arizona
Cost and registration: $625 before August 19, open until filled

This conference will examine a wide range of subjects related geological processes and disciplines. Topics include geomorphology and climate change, hydrologic process in post-wildfire environments, tectonic disruptions of hydrological systems, groundwater availability studies, geobiology, environmental impact studies for energy resources, applying topographic data to geological hazards, and collaborations between geology and emergency management.