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International Disaster Symposium

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety held its first International Symposium on 30th September at the University of Melbourne. The event coincided with the launch of the Centre’s new research lab, which is located in the Walter Boas building on campus and offers a space for students, researchers, and industry to collaborate and come together to advance their knowledge in the field of disaster management and public safety. The research symposium, “Delivering a Resilient Future: The Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety” attracted over 120 participants from industry, academia and government – a significant achievement.

Speakers at the event included: Mr. Greg Scott, United Nations inter-regional advisor for global geospatial information management; Mr. Robert Jensen, International Disaster Communications Expert; Mr. Craig Lapsley, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria; and Mr. Kevin Casey, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police, among others. Throughout the event trends, strategies and a vision for delivering a resilient future were discussed, as well as the additional themes of Global Disaster Management,  Building Resilience across Nations, An on the Ground Perspective of Public Safety, and Stepping into the Future of the Next Generation for Disaster Management. For more information about the event please visit http://cdmps.org.au/symposium2014/index.php/home

(L-R) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Jim McCluskey, the Hon. Mr Gary Nairn, MSE Dean Prof. Iven Mareels, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria Mr Craig Lapsley, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police Mr Kevin Casey, CDMPS Director Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, BNHCRC Research Manager Dr Michael Rumsewicz, Victoria Police Inspector Mr Ged Griffin, EMERG Director Mr Jan Wandek

(L-R) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Jim McCluskey, the Hon. Mr Gary Nairn, MSE Dean Prof. Iven Mareels, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria Mr Craig Lapsley, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police Mr Kevin Casey, CDMPS Director Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, BNHCRC Research Manager Dr Michael Rumsewicz, Victoria Police Inspector Mr Ged Griffin, EMERG Director Mr Jan Wandek

 

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Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety participation in Carlton Connect Initiative Conference

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, together in conjunction with Carlton Connect, will hold a conference and symposium on 30 September 2014. The Carlton Connect Initiative aims for the conference to consider partnerships among academia, industry and government and how these ties can be leveraged to effectively respond to the challenges of sustainability and resilience at the local, national and global level.

The Carlton Connect Conference will focus on the challenges facing water, food, shelter, and energy security in a complex world of climate change. An open event designed for local and global participants from across key industries, governments and academia, the conference hopes to bring together the brightest of talents from around the world to tackle the challenges and drive the solutions for a better future.

The symposium by the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety will give a broad overview of the importance of disaster management research and feature talks on the management of disasters for public safety around the world. In particular, the topics of global collaboration, governance, communications, policy and open standards within the context of disaster management will be discussed.

Visit the website for the symposium at: http://cdmps.org.au/symposium2014

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CDMPS Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Series

Wednesday 20th August, 12.15-1.15pm, Theatre 4, Level 1, Alan Gilbert building (corner of Barry St and Grattan St), The University of Melbourne

We are pleased to invite you to the sixth joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) seminar for 2014.

Our speaker for this session is:

Speaker: Associate Professor Kevin Walsh

Organisation: School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Title: Climate Change and Natural Hazards

Summary: Climate change is likely to affect the future rate of natural hazards, and may already have begun to do so. This talk discusses the possible effects of climate on the range of natural hazards that occur in Australia, with a view to informing future disaster management strategies.

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Seminar on newly established Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety

ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management Seminar Series

The seventh joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) seminar took place on 21 May and featured a presentation introducing the newly established Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. The seminar attracted over 80 people from government, industry and academia and was a great success. Following the seminar very positive feedback about the Centre was received and a good level of interest to become involved in the Centre was raised.

Dean of Engineering, Prof. Iven Mareels in his opening address at the ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar on 21 May

Dean of Engineering, Prof. Iven Mareels in his opening address at the ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar on 21 May

Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Prof. Abbas Rajabifard presenting at the Seminar
Head of Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Prof. Abbas Rajabifard presenting at the Seminar

 

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ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Series

Wednesday 21st May, 12-2pm, 219 Theatre, 234 Queensberry Street, The University of Melbourne

We are pleased to invite you to the fourth joint Natural Disaster Management Research Initiative (NDMRI) and Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP) seminar for 2014.

This session will be a special 2 hour session which includes a light lunch from 12-12.30pm.

The session will introduce the newly established Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, which is a university-wide multi-disciplinary centre formed to bring together researchers and practitioners working in the disaster management space.

RSVPs are not required, however if you have any dietary requirements please notify Katie Potts – kepotts@unimelb.edu.au.

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ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Series

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

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

Our speaker for this session is:

Speaker: Elizabeth Calder

Organisation: Country Fire Authority

Title: Victorian Fire Risk Register: Supports and informs your plan

Summary: The Victorian Fire Risk Register – Bushfire (VFRR-B) is a systematic process used to identify assets at risk, assess the level of bushfire risk to assets and records a range of treatments to mitigate the risk. In this seminar, details regarding what are included in the register and the main activities of the register will be discussed.

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ADMP/NDMRI Disaster Management and Public Safety Seminar Series

Wednesday 11th December, 12-1pm, Harold White Theatre, The University of Melbourne

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

Our speakers are:

Speaker: Mr. Ben Honan

Organisation: Suncorp General Insurance

Title: Calculated Risk – Insurance pricing and natural hazard risk management.

Summary: Modern insurance pricing techniques have established a market signal that is increasingly driving disaster risk reduction. In this seminar, Australia’s largest insurance group Suncorp will provide an overview of their new “house by house” pricing approach and discuss the relationship between risk and premiums in a constantly evolving environment.

Speaker: ADMP Team

Title: Update on the Australian Disaster Management Platform

Summary: In this seminar representatives of the ADMP team will present an update on ADMP developments including their recent presentation in New York – ‘Next Generation Public Safety: A research symposium on the global implications of the Australia Disaster Management Platform.

Details for the seminar are:

Date and time: 12 – 1pm, Wednesday 11th December

Venue: Harold White Theatre, Level 2 (street level), 757 Swanston St.

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Next Generation Public Safety Symposium – New York, November 19th 2013

Outcomes of the Symposium

On November 19th the ADMP team presented their current work including their platform to the New York audience. The symposium was well attended and captured the attention of people from a range of disciplines.
Through the presentations during the symposium which featured talks from representatives from the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the World Bank, and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the importance of disaster management research was highlighted. In particular, the topics of global collaboration, governance, communications, and open standards within the context of disaster management were discussed.

Presenters at Symposium
As a part of the event the University took the opportunity to announce the establishment of their new research centre – the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety which will be dedicated to research in this area. It is hoped the success of the event and the support received for the ADMP project will help raise awareness for the need for research in this area and will promote further collaboration between organisations in this area.

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Next Generation Public Safety Symposium

New York, November 19th 2013

The ADMP project concept will be presented to a New York audience this Tuesday November 19th during the Next Generation Public Safety Symposium. The platform will facilitate informed decision-making by communicating the information, via various channels and at appropriate levels of detail, to the wide spectrum of people involved in making emergency decisions – from the central coordinating agencies that are charged with directing activities, to on-ground emergency services personnel, through to the local community.

The ADMP will draw on vast amounts of geo-spatial and infrastructure information from multiple data sets (including many sets already in existence), bring these together, facilitate discovery and then integrate and analyse the data to create real-time, practical information streams on disaster events and to develop simulation and optimisation models.

The first cut of capabilities of the ADMP will be demonstrated at this symposium along with presentations from groups such as the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the World Bank, and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

The symposium will give a broad overview of the importance of disaster management research, will feature talks on the management of disasters for public safety around the world, and will feature a disaster management platform in practice. In particular, the topics of global collaboration, governance, communications, and open standards within the context of disaster management will be discussed.

The ADMP project presents an opportunity for researchers and key industry players to work in close collaboration with the ADMP framework. The platform is designed to facilitate interaction, discussion and cooperation across both local and international industries. In order to successfully achieve this seamless platform, input from different stakeholders across the world is welcomed.

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