Workshop Ideas Form

Workshop proposals submission is now closed. Thank you.

By completing the following form, you will help guide the development and organization of the 2019 Natural Hazards Workshop. You’ll find the information you need to submit your ideas below.

If you are new to the Workshop or need a refresher, please review the Workshop Program Structure before you begin.

The deadline is February 11, 2019, so please submit your ideas soon!

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

Convergence 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 Participate:

Monday and Tuesday Concurrent Session Panelist Roles: Many people attend the Workshop each year to listen, learn, and network. In addition, some people serve as panelists to help spark conversation in the concurrent sessions.

If you are interested in being considered for a panelist role, here is how you can contribute.

Other Ways to Participate — Poster Sessions, Abstracts, Add-On Meetings, and More: In addition to concurrent sessions, the Workshop also includes poster sessions, roundtable meetings, written highlights, add-on meetings, and much more. Please make sure that you continue to check our website and to review all our Workshop email communications.

Process for Building the Program: The Natural Hazards Center staff will review all contributions and organize sessions based on information provided by members of our community and the advice of our advisory committee. If you requested to be considered as a panelist and we’ve identified a place for you on the program, we will be in contact. Please know that we do our best to honor your contributions, but given space constraints, we are never able to accommodate all requests and submissions.

After submitting the online form, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email for your records. Unfortunately, due to the volume of contributions we receive, we cannot personally respond to every submission.

If you or your colleagues would like to receive email communications about the Workshop, please use this form to sign up!

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Please note that accepted participants will be expected to attend the Workshop at their own expense or at that of their organization. For that reason, we ask that you do not submit the following form if you are unable to attend and to fund your participation.