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Closing the Gap on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction: Linking Research and Practice

November 09, 2018

Friday, November 9 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST
Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Workshop Overview: The natural disaster events of 2017 became the costliest on record in the United States, highlighting the trend of ever-increasing climate disaster losses over the past few decades. Losses such as those the U.S. experienced last year continue to escalate despite tremendous progress in risk assessment and modeling. Risk information is often not well communicated to decision-makers and innovations in disaster risk management have not kept pace with advances in scientific understanding. To improve resiliency, how can we better unite disaster risk scholarship and disaster risk management on the ground in impacted communities?

Workshop Purpose: Our goal is to provide a forum for academic researchers and leaders from the public sector to exchange knowledge and ideas with the shared goal of improving our management of disaster risk. The aim of this conference is to identify the most pressing applied research needs along four main topic areas: (1) Assessing the Flood-Related Risk; (2) Perceiving and Communicating the Risk; (3) Disaster Financing for Resilience; and (4) Innovations in Risk Management.

Format: This workshop will bring together researchers interested in seeing their findings applied in the real-world along with practitioners and policy-makers searching for better ways to address natural disaster risk reduction issues. The day will include four panels with perspectives from academic researchers and practitioners. Linking the research to practice, we intend this workshop to generate open and collaborative discussion, with participants adding their experience and expertise to the discussion.

This event is by invitation only. If interested in attending, please contact one of the event organizers below.



  • Date: Friday, November 9
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST