44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop

Natural Hazards Workshop

Sunday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado

Researchers Meeting

Wednesday, July 17 through Thursday, July 18, 2019
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado


About the Workshop: Since 1975, the Natural Hazards Center has hosted the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Colorado. Today the Workshop brings together over 500 federal, state, and local mitigation and emergency management officials; representatives of nonprofit, private sector, and humanitarian organizations; hazards and disaster researchers; and others dedicated to alleviating the impacts of disasters.


Convergence: Coming Together to Improve Hazards and Disaster Research, Practice, and Policy


Our Theme: This year, the Workshop will be organized around the theme of Convergence, which refers to the process of people joining forces to respond to pressing challenges and enduring problems. These connections often require the crossing of boundaries, whether they be disciplinary, organizational, geographic, cultural, political, or otherwise. This work can be challenging, but it is also where fundamental breakthroughs in science and application are most likely to occur.

Members of the hazards and disaster field have long converged to conduct research and improve practice. Examples of convergence, as it is defined here, can involve diverse teams of researchers working together to design and carry out transformative studies. It captures the way practitioners partner with community groups to spur action and overcome longstanding barriers to natural hazards mitigation. When disasters drive emergency management groups to reach out and partner with unfamiliar agencies and organizations, convergence is the process that makes these collaborations possible. And advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, researchers, and others have often formed coalitions designed to craft more equitable recovery policies for individuals and communities affected by disaster.

This year, we invite you to share stories of how you are coming together with others in novel ways to reduce risk, save lives, and build sustainable communities. We are especially interested in learning about and featuring diverse groups and teams that have identified a clear challenge and then established a network to respond to that challenge.


How to Contribute: If you would like to contribute your ideas to this year's Workshop, please complete the online form here.


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You can also browse our past Workshops to see previous programs and speakers and to learn more about the Workshop format.