• Inter-disciplinary themes

  • Double blind peer review by international scientific committee

  • Accepted scientific papers will be published in Engineering Procedia Journal published by Elsevier and indexed in SCOPUS

  • Awards for best papers and special issue linked to the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

  • Doctoral school

  • Workshop on UNISDR ‘Words into Action’

  • Dialogue on linking disaster resilience research with policy
  • Panel discussion on global agreements
  • ESPRESSO Challenge: Workshop on Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Synergies for Disaster Prevention (please click here for more details on the thematic session)
  • Thematic Session on “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters” (please click here for more details on the thematic session)
  • Making Cities Resilient Campaign Meeting (please click here for more details on the campaign)


ESPRESSO Challenge : Workshop on Enhancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation Synergies for Disaster Prevention

Organiser(s): Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

ESPREssO project, funded by the European Commission’s H2020 Research and innovation programmes aims at contributing to a new strategic vision to approach disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, thereby opening new frontiers for research and policy making.

To achieve this goal, the project structure is built upon the central role of three main challenges to be addressed in order to propose ways to mitigate differences, identify gaps, and overcome the boundaries among different topics:

  • To propose ways to create more coherent National and European approaches on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and resilience strengthening;
  • To enhance risk management capabilities by bridging the gap between science and legal/policy issues at local and national levels in six European countries;
  • To address the issue of efficient management of trans-boundary crises.

Within this context, this workshop will tackle the following key questions:

  1. What synergies and conflicts exist between CCA and DRR strategies? What barriers exist in terms of synergising CCA with DRR? (e.g. language, institutional, timescales, frameworks, scale, science-policy dialogue, budgets, traditional/scientific knowledge)
  2. How might these barriers be overcome? What good practices of integration and/or synergising CCA and DRR exist in your country?
  3. How can we increase the political will to tackle CCA and DRR?
  4. Is there a difference between PERCEIVED and ACTUAL Climate Change issues and adaptation measures, and similarly with Disaster Risk Reduction? i.e. is what stakeholders BELIEVE to be happening, actually correct?
  5. Is disaster risk and climate change information accessible? Are there gaps in the risk and climate change information that is available? Are the policies being made, suitable for current and projected situations?
  6. How can we develop a more coherent approach to CCA and DRR, going beyond traditional risk concepts and including resilience and to understand and cope with uncertainty?
  7. What are the possible transition pathways and the hallmarks of a new and effective strategy?


ESPRESSO project partners include:

For more details, please visit the ESPRESSO web site: http://www.espressoproject.eu/





Thematic Session on : “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters”

Organiser(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (APDC), Bangkok, Thailand

Scope: This conference is been jointly organized by the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, and Chiang Mai University, Naresuan University and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Thailand. The conference aims to bring together the scientific community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the scientific community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The conference will also consider ways to support integration of Sendai with the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).

The session will include keynote addresses followed by panel discussions in the following areas:

  • The need of policy coherence in building risk-informed communities, and its ways and means to expand further across Asia as a joint collaborative initiative enabling partners to work at scale;
  • Focus on sharing BRACED experiences in the region towards addressing the issues of community resilience; and
  • How the evidence gathered through BRACED program would strengthen community resilience by building partnerships.

ADPC Engagement through its BRACED Program: Considering the scope of the conference, it appears that this event would be a good platform for BRACED to display some of their uptake activities through a thematic session. ADPC therefore, proposes to organize a thematic session on “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters.” The main objective of this session will be to broaden the enabling environment towards achieving community resilience and discuss approaches and opportunities to scale up community resilience to the next level in BRACED countries while also promoting innovative solutions to enable people to enhance their safety and strengthen resilience.


Making Cities Resilient Campaign meeting

Organiser(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

The Conference includes a meeting of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign latest developments and initiatives. Please refer to the programme for venue and timing information.


The Making Cities Resilient: 'My City is getting ready!' Campaign, launched in May 2010, has been successful in raising the awareness and political profile for disaster risk reduction and resilience among cities, creating a broad alliance and platform for dialogue and exchange, and developing some basic tools with technical content to guide capacity development and implementation of resilient cities. Upon the recommendation of partners, cities, and based on the Mayors Statement at the 3rd session of Global Platform (2011), the campaign was extended beyond 2015.

A Campaign Advisory Panel was established in 2010. In consultation with the partner organizations, UNISDR appointed 16 experts to this Panel based on their individual capacity, area of expertise in relation to the Ten Essentials with geographical balance. This Advisory Panel was an informal group that provided guidance to UNISDR on raising the profile of the subject, engaging cities and partners to the Campaign, and on technical aspects. For the next phase of the Campaign the Advisory Panel will be replaced by a “Steering Committee”.

The Steering Committee of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign supports the implementation and monitoring of the Resilient Cities Alliance. The Steering Committee guides and supports the implementation and monitoring of the Campaign. The Committee consists of local governments, parliamentarians, international organizations, NGOs, scientific or academic institutions and private sector representatives.

Further details on the campaign is available at : http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/