Conferences and Events

March 20-23, 2017
Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana
Office for Coastal Management—Pacific Islands
Honolulu, Hawaii
Cost and Registration: $590 before March 15, open until filled

This conference focuses on the unique challenges of protecting Pacific Island communities from hazards and disasters. Topics include business opportunities in resilience, climate migration in the Pacific, the Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative, resilience at tourist destinations, American Samoa since the 2009 tsunami, community partnerships for protecting resources, and addressing issues of public health.

March 23-24, 2017
Homeland Defense/National Security Summit
Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia
Cost and Registration: $190, register before March 16

This summit will examine strategies for homeland security and threat assessment in the coming decade. Topics include countering terrorism and violent extremism, securing borders and trade, physical and cyber infrastructure security, emergency preparedness and recovery, and new approaches in homeland security education.

March 27, 2017
A Century of Wildland Fire Research
National Academies of Sciences
Washington, D.C.
Cost and Registration: Free, online attendance available, open until filled

This workshop will look at how wildland fire science can inform more cost-effective strategies for living with fires. Topics include the ecological role of fire in the landscape, mapping fire and fire effects, fire and fuel management, risk perceptions and mitigation behavior, understanding wildfire policy, and translating fire science into fire management.

April 5-7, 2017
Climateurope Festival 2017
Valencia, Spain
Cost and Registration: Free, registration not required

This festival will provide an opportunity of scientists and others in climate-related fields to interact with the public on climate topics and using climate information in decision making. Lectures, discussions, and networking events will focus on water, natural resources, agriculture, and food security.

April 17-20, 2017
National Hurricane Conference
National Hurricane Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost and Registration: $350 before March 3, open until filled

This conference will examine ways to improve hurricane preparedness, response, and mitigation in the United States and the Caribbean. Topics include the history of hurricanes in New Orleans, post-disaster population retention, building economic resiliency, protecting critical infrastructure, using drones in disasters, changes to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane threat communication, technology to aid hurricane forecasting and prediction, law enforcement evacuation support, social media in hurricanes, and hurricane-resilient building practices.

April 25-28, 2017
Preparedness Summit
National Association of County and City Health Officials Atlanta, Georgia
Cost and Registration: $795 before March 17, open until filled

This summit will explore factors driving change in the world of public health preparedness and actions that can be taken to meet future challenges. Topics include building partnerships, examining the impacts of drought, radiological event exercises and tools, safeguarding the health of emergency responders, using game-based learning for disaster literacy, and building multi-agency fatality management teams.

April 25-27, 2017
National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
International Association of Wildland Fire
Reno, Nevada
Cost and Registration: $125 before March 15, open until filled

This workshop will focus on implementing and furthering the goals of the National Cohesive Wildfire Fire Management strategy. Topics include providing a clear understanding of the role of science in the strategy, identifying best practices in implementation, integrating science with planning, and developing recommendations for future action.

April 30 to May 3, 2017
National Flood Conference
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Washington, D.C.
Cost and Registration: $475, open until filled

This conference will look at what’s next for the National Flood Insurance Program. Topics include an update on the current program and the reauthorization process, climate and changing weather, explaining the nuances of flood insurance, opportunities in private flood insurance, flood zoning, communicating risk, and flood map revisions.

April 30 to May 5, 2017
ASFPM Annual Conference
Association of Floodplain Managers
Kansas City, Missouri
Cost and Registration: $965, open until filled

This conference will focus on flood issues, mitigation, and regulations from the viewpoint of flood management in the often flooded Midwest. Topics include innovative stormwater management, climate change policy, modeling coastal conditions, communicating dam and levee risk, resilient flood planning, creating flood mitigation partnerships, wetlands in watershed management, and international floodplain management.

May 1-4, 2017
LEPA Annual Conference
Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Cost and Registration: $370, open until filled

This conference will explore ways in which emergency preparedness and response professionals can improve public safety in emergencies. Topics include lessons learned from floods, police and theater shootings, nursing home evacuation decision making, the effectiveness of public notification systems, and immigration. Specific emergency events that will be discussed include the Lafayette theatre shooting, and the Baton Rouge police shootings.

May 14-19, 2017
Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference
Governor’s Hurricane Conference
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cost and registration: $280, registration closes May 10

This conference focuses on hurricane planning and preparedness as well as recovery and mitigation. Topics include tropical meteorology, debris management, search and rescue, preventing mass evacuations, evacuee behavior, planning for recovery support, preliminary damage assessments, hurricane messaging, mitigation grant applications, and law enforcement issues in mass care shelters.

May 17-20, 2017
Citizen Science 2017
Citizen Science Association
St. Paul, Minnesota
Cost and Registration: $500, open until filled

This conference focuses on promoting accessible science by increasing science literacy and cooperation between researchers and the public. Topics include blurring research disciplines, using science to impact policy decisions, empower the public with data, better sharing of research results, best practices, and measuring outcomes.

May 22-23, 2017
Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Australia Institute of Emergency Services, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, and others
Gold Coast, Australia
Cost and Registration: $690, open until filled

This conference will focus on challenges faced by emergency management professionals in Australia, New Zealand, and other regions. Topics include security risk management, humanitarian aid, mental health impacts from disaster, understanding resilience, emerging technology, managing animals in disaster, diversity in disaster, and multi-agency response.

May 22-26, 2017
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Cancun, Mexico
Cost and Registration: Free, register before April 22

This biennial forum focuses on reducing fatalities and economic losses from disasters and serves as an opportunity for the global community to review progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Topics include international cooperation, private sector engagement, ecosystems protection and management, science and technology, land use and spatial planning, cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge, community resilience, early warning and risk information, and critical infrastructure.