On behalf of the entire Natural Hazards Center staff, I am pleased to announce that registration for the 42nd Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop is now open! Our program this year focuses on the theme of Knowledge to Action: Reducing Hazards Losses and Promoting Disaster Resilience.

This is a significant moment in the history of the United States. The current presidential administration has left many wondering what will become of the robust hazards mitigation, disaster resilience, and climate change adaptation programs that have been established across the nation. At the same time, emergency management professionals worldwide face the need to address monumental environmental challenges and looming technological threats in a context of rising social and economic inequality.

So how do we—as a longstanding community of research and practice—come together to advocate for the policies and programs that we know are effective? And how do we move these evidence-based initiatives into the public and political sphere? Those are just some of the pressing questions that will be addressed at this year’s Workshop.

Please join us July 9-12 in Broomfield, Colorado as we work together to determine how we can best translate knowledge into action—in homes, in businesses, in classrooms, and in communities. Every place that policy is made and implemented is an opportunity for us to speak up and maintain the momentum toward safety, risk reduction, and resilience that has been building for many decades. This conversation is important. I hope you will attend the Workshop and make your voice heard.

Registration for the Workshop is limited, and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register before June 1—after that our early bird deadline will expire and prices will go up. You’ll find the registration link in the email I sent inviting you to register. If you still need to be added to the Workshop email list, please contact Jolie Breeden at jolie.breeden@colorado.edu.

Please explore the associated Workshop pages for more details regarding registration, special events, travel to Colorado, and much more.

We hope to see you in Colorado this summer.

Lori Peek
Director, Natural Hazards Center