Workshop Details

Natural Hazards Workshop sessions are organized to encourage interaction. Panelists address topics by responding to questions prepared by moderators rather than by presenting papers.

The audience also plays an important role. Initial panelist remarks are limited to 10 minutes each, leaving at least half of every session for audience interaction.

Program Structure

The three-day Workshop is divided into plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and extracurricular activities. Plenty of time is reserved for networking during 30-minute breaks and 90-minute lunches.

Poster Sessions: On Sunday and Monday evening of the Workshop, participants are invited to present posters on programs, new projects, or recent research. Posters will be open for viewing throughout the Workshop.

Welcome and Self-Introductions: On Monday morning, the new Natural Hazards Center Director, Lori Peek, will formally open the 42nd Annual Hazards Workshop, instruct participants on how the Workshop operates, and moderate self-introductions.

Keynote Addresses: Immediately after the self-introductions, a keynote speaker will make a presentation followed by a question and answer session. This address will provide the larger context for the Workshop. A second keynote address will follow Tuesday morning’s plenary session.

Plenary Sessions: Plenary sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will synthesize various topics related to the theme of the Workshop, Knowledge to Action: Reducing Hazards Losses and Promoting Disaster Resilience. Each plenary session will have three to four panelists representing different sectors of the hazards community including policy, practice, and research.

Concurrent Sessions: The Workshop features three dozen concurrent sessions. In 2017, these sessions will be focused on topics related to the theme of the Workshop as well as other emergent issues.

Moderators will present the panelists with a set of questions which they’ve been given in advance. The panelists then each have about 10 minutes to respond. This reserves time for give and take between the audience and panelists. Keeping with longstanding tradition and the desire to promote maximum interaction, PowerPoint will not be used in concurrent sessions.

Wrap Up: On Wednesday, Lori Peek will close the Workshop with a summary of the highlights of the event and will offer a charge for the community moving forward.


Plenary and Concurrent Session Guidelines

Those participating in the Workshop as a moderator, panelist, or social media recorder will want to check out our session guidelines and advice for making your session a success.


Call for Research Highlights

The Natural Hazards Center accepts abstracts of Research Highlights relating to Workshop topics for inclusion in the printed and Web programs.


Mary Fran Myers Winners

Each year, the Natural Hazards Center is able to allow exceptional members of the hazards community to attend the Workshop through two award programs dedicated to former Co-Director Mary Fran Myers. Follow the links below to learn more about this year's programs.

Mary Fran Myers Scholarship

Mary Fran Myers Award