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ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Series

Wednesday 13th November, 12-1pm, Harold White Theatre, The University of Melbourne

We are pleased to invite you to the second joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) seminar.

Our speakers are:

Speaker: Mr. Charlie Hawkins
Organisation: CSIRO
Title: Infrastructure, Applications and Information Supporting Situation Awareness
Summary: To save lives and make our communities safer and more resilient, we need to sustain and strengthen our disaster management efforts and better prepare for emergency situations with access to information. Therefore, it is critical that disaster managers have better, more effective information to use. Clear knowledge of specific hazards (namely flood and bushfire), as well as methods, tools, standards and systems that will deliver the greatest impact are needed. CSIRO is developing technology to support disaster management operations throughout the PPRR spectrum including information infrastructure, flood and bushfire simulation & visualisation modelling, social media applications and risk forecasting.

Speaker: Associate Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu
Organisation: Deakin University, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Title: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Economic Planning
Summary: Given high frequencies of natural disasters in Australia recently, the impact of natural disasters on overall economic development trajectory demands an in-depth study both at the national and state levels. A consortium between the University of Melbourne and Deakin University along with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre will conduct a research project on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction indicators into economic planning. With the financial support from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards- Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), this research will pioneer to link the disaster risk assessment with economic modelling, which will, in turn, facilitate identifying optimum economic policies to maximise social welfare.

Speaker: Dr. Vasco Diogo
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Spatial Economics
Title: The Economic Dimension of Geoinformation and Disaster Management
Summary: Recent studies have demonstrated the variety of ways in which geoinformation contributes to disaster and risk management practices. Geoinformation and associated technologies also play a central part in new methods for assessing costs and benefits of disaster and risk and management. Evidences from a number of case studies will be presented, highlighting the economic dimension of disaster management and geoinformation, including the application of these methods in the context of regional infrastructure development and climate adaptation in rural areas of Gippsland, Victoria.

Details for the seminar are:
Date and time: 12 – 1pm, Wednesday 13 November
Venue: Harold White Theatre, Level 2 (street level), 757 Swanston St.

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Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Launch

On Tuesday October 8th the ADMP team held their first Disaster Management and Public Safety seminar organised jointly with the NDMRI group. The seminar was the first of a series that will run once a month at the University of Melbourne for people interested in disaster management and public safety research within the University community and wider industry body.

The seminar was well attended with over 70 people from across industry, the University, and other universities within Melbourne.  A diverse range of presenters gave talks on a variety of different research areas within the broad area of disaster management and public safety. Organisations involved included McCaughey Centre, IBM, Victoria Police, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Emerg, and the University of Melbourne. At the conclusion of the seminar a networking session was held to promote discussion and collaboration between attendees.

The ADMP team would like to thank everyone who attended for their participation and support of the research being conducted within the field of disaster management and public safety. We look forward to a successful seminar series in the future.

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Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australian Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) joint seminar

8th October 2013 – The University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Taylor of the Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Professor Abbas Rajabifard, organisational director and academic leader of the Australian Disaster Management Platform (ADMP), jointly invite you to attend a lunchtime seminar on disaster management research on Tuesday October 8th from 12pm-2pm.

The seminar will be the first of the joint initiative and will update you on current research being carried out in the realm of disaster management and will promote discussion as a forum to share research related to managing disaster events.

When: October 8th

Time: 12pm-2pm

Where: Theatre 230, Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street

Please extend this invitation to any colleagues or members of your organisation who may be interested.



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Participation in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Multi-Hazard Summer School

23-25 July 2013, Sendai, Japan

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) inaugural summer school program was held in Tohoku University from 23rd to 25th of July 2013 in Sendai Japan. Thirty-one delegates, both students and academics from countries around the pacific region, including Malaysia, Japan, Australia, China, Russia, Singapore and the Philippines participated in the summer school.  The program included two days of lectures and forums and a day-long field trip to Tsunami affected areas in Tohoku region. The theme of the program was focused on the lessons learnt from the disaster in terms of mitigation, response, and recovery for the natural disasters of earthquake, flood, and tsunami.

Academics and experts from around the Pacific Rim across a broad range of fields such as structural engineering, information technology, socio-economics, geological and hydrological sciences presented their state-of-the-art research during the workshops resulting quality discussions. The program was also enriched by presentations from industry and city councils involved in the implementation of recovery and mitigation programs for building disaster-resilient cities. They provided the participants with an overview of real-life projects being implemented focused on coping with natural disasters within the different phases of disaster management, for example, landscape development, and citizen awareness campaigns. These presentations were complemented by the field trip which provided a clearer understanding for the participants in terms of the scale of the disaster, and of the efforts required in the mitigation and recovery phases in order to return the affected areas back to normal, and to minimise the impacts of such disasters for future events.

A key message gleaned from the summer school was the importance of planning for the disaster based on the history of the region, the critical role of decision support tools, as well as the significance of ensuring effective implementation of the plans in the region takes place. It is also important to recognise the dynamism of the physical and socio-economic aspects of the region, as well as climate change when planning for disaster events.

During the workshops the Hyogo Framework was highlighted as a critical tool for different aspects of disaster management. This framework was utilised on the second day of the summer school to run an exercise for building a safe university campus by the participants based on their acquired knowledge during the program. In addition to theoretical and practical projects, a number of decision support systems for building and construction in risk-prone areas and evacuation planning were presented which highlighted the importance of decision makers such as the authorities and the public in disaster situations. Additionally, the social aspects and the importance of the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of disaster management for such hazards were emphasised and the current lack of attention for these critical dimensions was highlighted.

During the workshops a number of collaborative projects by the APRU were presented, aimed at increasing the collaboration level amongst the forty-two member universities, including 120,000 academics, in sixteen economies in regard to managing the natural disasters. As a part of these project presentations, the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) was presented and good feedback was received.

It is hoped that the acquired knowledge about the overall management of natural disasters from an experts point of view assist in the effective implementation of the ADMP as foundation for improved disaster management activities, both within Australia, and in other parts of the world. The lessons learnt can assist in enhancing disaster management practices for a range of hazards including mitigating the impacts of natural disasters on physical, social, environmental, and economic aspects of societies to achieve a more sustainable future.



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Human Factors in Crises and Disasters Thematic Conference 2013

Hosted by WPA – 30 September to 2 October 2013 Melbourne, Australia

The Human Factors in Crises and Disasters Thematic Conference 2013 brings together the world’s best expertise and experience in dealing with all aspects of the human factors associated with natural and man-made crises and disasters.

The ADMP team will be in attendance at this conference and Professor Abbas Rajabifard will be delivering a plenary talk focusing on the ADMP project.

The conference program will engage experts from key government bodies, international organisations and NGO’s who work within pre-impact, impact and post-impact phases of disaster and crisis environments. Topics for discussion during the conference will include:

  • Disaster resilience and community engagement: preparedness and risk mitigation
  • Acute stress disorders and factors leading to post traumatic stress and potential role of psychopharmacology and relevance of culture when in the settings of the disaster
  • Disasters in life span context including vulnerable populations such as the ill, disabled and elderly; ethnic minorities and multicultural populations, indigenous
  • Effects of conflict—intervention, recovery and resilience after mass trauma
  • Mental illness, distress and health risk behaviours developed following traumatic events and disasters
  • Public health specialists and policy makers role in dealing with the impact of disaster and crisis on the person and the society of the activity
  • Recent case studies tabled by world experts on displaced people management, refugee and asylum seekers health and management issues

For further details regarding the conference including registration, invited speakers, and the conference program, please visit the conference website: http://www.wpathematicconference.org/index.php

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Continuity Forum Member Meeting

On August 15th Professor Abbas Rajabifard will speak at the upcoming Continuity Forum members meeting in Melbourne on the topic of: Australian Disaster Management Platform – Next Generation of Disaster Management.

Continuity Forum Pty Ltd is an active network of organisations that share an interest in seeing that their business continuity and disaster recovery plans are resilient and continually reviewed.

The presentation will introduce the Australian Disaster Management Platform – ADMP and discuss the aims and challenges of the project.

The details of the meeting and an extended summary of the topic can be found on the Continuity Forum website: http://www.continuity.net.au/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=668

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