Workshop Details

Everyone at the Natural Hazards Workshop has important information to share, including the audience. Therefore, Workshop sessions are organized to encourage maximum interaction.

Program Structure

The Workshop is divided into plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, new research and projects sessions, training sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, and a variety of special events. Plenty of time is reserved for networking during 30-minute breaks and 90-minute lunches.

Training Sessions: On Sunday afternooon, a variety of training sessions will be available for attendees to learn new skills and engage in professional development activities. Training sessions are developed by members of the hazards and disaster community and are free for all Workshop participants.

Poster Sessions: On Sunday and Monday evening of the Workshop, participants are invited to present posters on new projects, programs, or recent research. Posters are available for viewing throughout the Workshop. You can learn more about submitting a poster abstract here.

Welcome and Self-Introductions: On Monday morning, Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek will formally open the 47th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop with a brief orientation and the long-standing tradition of moderating self-introductions. Everyone who is able should be ready to stand up and say their name and affiliation to get the Workshop going!

Keynote Address: Immediately after the self-introductions, a keynote speaker will make a presentation followed by a question and answer session. The address will focus on this year’s theme and provide the larger context for the Workshop.

Plenary Sessions: Plenary sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will synthesize various topics related to the theme of the Workshop. Each plenary session will have three to four panelists who represent different sectors of the hazards community including policy, practice, and research.

Concurrent Sessions: The Workshop features twenty concurrent sessions focused on the theme of the Workshop and other topics proposed by the hazards and disaster community. 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 an open discussion between the audience and panelists. Keeping with longstanding tradition and the desire to promote maximum interaction, PowerPoint will not be used in concurrent sessions.

Roundtable Sessions: On Tuesday morning, two one-hour roundtables will be held to connect attendees who are interested in gender and disasters or partnering with practititioners.

Recent Research and Projects Sessions: These one-hour sessions, to be held on Wednesday morning, give Workshop participants the opportunity to describe current or recently completed efforts, exchange ideas, and get feedback on their work.

Wrap Up: On Wednesday, the Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek will close the Workshop with a summary of the highlights of the event and a charge for the hazards and disaster community moving forward in the coming year.


Session Guidelines

Those participating in the Workshop as a moderator or panelist will want to check out our Session Guidelines and advice for making your session a success.


Poster Session Abstracts and Research and Practice Highlights

The Natural Hazards Center accepts Posters abstracts and submissions of Research and Practice Highlights related to your recent work. Accepted posters will be presented in person. Research and practice highlight abstracts are featured in the print and online programs.


Continuing Education Credits

Attendance at the Natural Hazards Workshop qualifies for preapproved education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) and Certified or Associate Emergency Managers (CEM/AEM). Learn more about our continuing education credit offerings.


Scholarships and Awards

We are proud to offer the following programs to help members of the hazards community attend the Workshop each year. Follow the links below to learn more.

Disability and Disasters Award

Natural Hazards Center Student Paper Competition

Mary Fran Myers Gender and Disaster Award

Mary Fran Myers Scholarship