Conferences and Training

Below are the most recent conference announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of hazard/disaster meetings is posted on our web site:

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Annual Conference. Asheville, North Carolina: September 1-5, 2002. NEMA is the professional association of state, Pacific, and Caribbean state emergency management directors. The association's annual meeting not only offers opportunities to learn about the latest issues and innovations in emergency management, but also a chance to meet with federal elected and nonelected officials who determine and manage national programs dealing with hazards and disasters. For more information and registration materials, contact NEMA, c/o Council of State Governments, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578; (859) 244-8162; e-mail:; WWW:

Fall World 2002: 14th International Disaster Recovery Symposium and Exhibition. Sponsor: Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ). Orlando, Florida: September 8-11, 2002. Details about this expansive biannual exposition are available from DRJ, P.O. Box 510110, St. Louis, MO 63151; (314) 894-0276; fax: (314) 894-7474; WWW:

Disaster Management Workshops. Offered by: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development. Madison, Wisconsin: September 23-27, 2002, and March 12-21, 2003. This program is intended for emergency managers in business, industry, government service, and community organizations, and covers emergency information management; disaster communications; response planning; damage, needs, and resources assessment; monitoring; evaluation; and reporting. For details, contact Don Schramm, e-mail:; or see (click on "Disaster Management"). Interested persons can also contact Jennifer Oster, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; (800) 462-0876; fax: (608) 263-3160; e-mail:

Regional Workshop on Best Practices in Urban Disaster Mitigation: Lessons Learned from the Asian Urban Disaster Mitigation Program (AUDMP) and Other Initiatives. Host: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Bali, Indonesia: September 24-26, 2002. ADPC, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, is holding this regional workshop so that the center can share the insights gained from its seven-year AUDMP program and other urban disaster mitigation initiatives in Asia. The meeting will showcase how communities, city governments, and civil society groups have been able to introduce and sustain measures to reduce vulnerability to natural and technological hazards, and it will provide a forum for knowledge sharing so that the most effective urban disaster mitigation practices can be replicated worldwide.

Eight themes fundamental to urban disaster mitigation will be addressed:

  • Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment
  • Mitigation Planning and Implementation
  • Policy, Legal, and Institutional Arrangements
  • Public Awareness and Education
  • Capacity Building
  • Safer Building Construction
  • Community Based Approaches to Disaster Mitigation
  • Climate Applications and Preparedness

A mailing list for the workshop has been established; for further information and updates, sign up by sending a blank e-mail to Interested persons can also contact the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand; tel: (66-2) 524-5354; fax: (66-2) 524-5360; e-mail:; WWW:

AEG/AIPG Annual Meeting: "Gambling with Geologic Hazards." Sponsor: Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Reno, Nevada: September 24-27, 2002. Participants at this meeting will address such issues as environmental hazards, expansive soils, slope stability, liquefaction, landslides, and Great Basin fault hazards. For more information and registration materials, contact Jonathan Price; (775) 784-6691; e-mail:; WWW:; or write to the AEG, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University, TAMU 3115, College Station, TX 77843-3115.

International Meeting of Mountain Cities: "World Heritage Mountain Cities and Natural Hazards." Sponsors: City of Chambery in collaboration with UNESCO's Division of Earth Sciences and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Chambery, France: September 25-27, 2002. This conference is part of France's larger effort to bring attention to the fate and importance of mountains during the United Nation's International Year of the Mountain (see the Observer, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, p. 20). Conference topics include: revising heritage site management plans relative to preventing natural disasters, protecting society from natural disasters, traditional knowledge and natural hazards, and scientific knowledge and disaster risk management. More information is available from Wolfgang Eder, UNESCO Division of Earth Sciences; e-mail:; WWW:

First International Training Course on Earthquake Disasters and Disaster Mitigation for Developing Countries. Sponsors: Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Commission on Earthquake Hazard, Risk and Strong Ground Motion (SHR); Asian Seismological Committee (ASC); and others. Beijing, China: October 6-20, 2002. During a training session, participants in this course will present papers, while a seminar will address the development of national seismic observation systems, countermeasures, and experiences in seismic hazard mitigation. Qualified papers will be published in English in a special volume of the peer-reviewed, regional journal Earthquake Research. For more information, contact Su Xiao-Lan, 5 Minzudaxuenan Road, IGCSB, Beijing 100081, China; tel: 86-10-6846-7978 or 86-10-6841-7859; fax: 86-10-6841-5372; e-mail:; WWW:

Women and Disaster Management. Organizer: Indian Environmental Society. New Delhi, India: October 10-11, 2002. The recent earthquakes in Gujarat and the Orissa cyclone have demonstrated India's extreme vulnerability to natural hazards, while creating a growing understanding in the region that predisaster management is essential to reduce the impacts of such events and that the effects of these disasters differ among women, men, children, the elderly, and other subsets of society. This meeting is being convened in order to better understand and improve the socioeconomic condition of women before and after disasters. For more information, contact the Indian Environmental Society, U-112, Vidhata House, Third Floor, Shakar Pur, Vikas Marg, Delhi-110092, India: tel: (911) 2046823/24; fax: (911) 2223311; e-mail:; WWW:

COSTO 2002. Sponsor: Council of Security and Strategic Technology Organizations (COSTO). Washington, D.C.: October 14-17, 2002. This conference is intended to accelerate the development and application of safety and security technologies; it will cover security, homeland defense, business continuity, disaster communications, and several other topics. For more information, contact COSTO, 421 Hudson Street, #320, New York, NY 10014; (212) 352-9720; e-mail:; WWW:

Earthquake Loss Estimation and Risk Reduction. Bucharest, Romania: October 24-26, 2002. Topics to be addressed include seismic instrumentation and real time earthquake information, seismic hazards and site effects, ground motion input for building design, fragility analysis and seismic control techniques for buildings and structures, retrofitting and strengthening techniques for damaged structures, damage and risk modeling, disaster prevention, and earthquake insurance. For registration information, contact the Conference Secretariat, INCERC, National Institute for Building Research, 266 Pantelimon, Bucharest, 73559 Romania; tel: 40-1-255-7866; fax: 40-1-255-0062; e-mail:; WWW:

  • Local- and Community-Level Disaster Risk Management. October 14-25, 2002, and September 15-26, 2003.
  • Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconstruction. November 18-29, 2002, and May 19-30, 2003.
  • International Disaster Risk Management Course. March 3-14, 2003.
  • Executive and Leadership Development Program for Emergency Managers. July 14-25, 2003.
  • Management of Risk Due to Climate Change and Extreme Climatic Events. November 17-28, 2003.

These and many other courses are offered by the International Institute for Disaster Risk Management (IDRM), with training taking place in Manila, Philippines. For more information, see; or contact IDRM, P.O. Box 1005 Makati Central Post Office, Makati City 1250, Metro Manila, Philippines; tel: (63 2) 817 1434 or (63 2) 813 1668; fax: (63 2) 817 0894; e-mail:

Sixth International Conference on Corporate Earthquake Programs. Osaka, Japan: October 28-30, 2002. The objective of this meeting is to improve corporate earthquake preparedness programs by bringing together risk managers, earthquake hazard reduction practitioners, and researchers from both public and private sectors. Session topics include corporate and societal earthquake hazard mitigation, unique characteristics of recent disasters, emergency preparedness training in corporations, business continuity planning for public- and private-sector organizations, damage estimation and insurance, regional cooperation for disaster reduction, and economic impacts of the New York September 11 attack. Additional information is available from Guna Selvaduray, San Jose State University, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0082; (408) 924-3874; fax: (408) 924-4057; e-mail:

Attacks and Encounters: Wildlife as Hazard. Sponsors: The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research and the Department of Geography, Southwest Texas State University. San Marcos, Texas: November 1-3, 2002. The presentations and papers at this conference will address aspects of unexpected human encounters with wildlife in their natural settings (on land; at sea; and in urban, suburban, and rural contexts). Details are available from John Tiefenbacher, Associate Director for Research and Publications, The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research, Department of Geography, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666; (512) 245-8327; fax: (512) 245-8353; e-mail:; WWW:

American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2002 Annual Water Resources Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: November 3-7, 2002. Session topics include the effects of climate change; flood forecasting, warning, and preparedness; flooding and floodplain management; and drought management. For more information, contact Janet L. Bowers, Conference Chair, Chester County Water Resources Authority, West Chester, PA; (610) 344-5400; fax: (610) 344-5401; e-mail:; WWW:

2002 Wildland Fire Safety Summit. Coimbra, Portugal: November 18-23, 2002. Complete information is available from the International Association of Wildland Fire, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22033-2868; (804) 833-2955; fax: (804) 326-0838; e-mail:; WWW:

Interface 2002: Surviving the Danger Zone--A Conference Focusing on Wildland Urban Interface Fire. Kansas City, Missouri: December 4-6, 2002. Details are available from the International Association of Wildland Fire, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22033-2868; (804) 833-2955; fax: (804) 326-0838; e-mail:; WWW:

22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). New Orleans, Louisiana: December 8-11, 2002. Although the SRA focuses on environmental risks, toxicology, technological hazards, and such things, its annual meeting often includes sessions on natural hazards and disasters. For more information about this year's meeting, contact the Society for Risk Analysis, 1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 790-1745; e-mail:; WWW:

12th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering. Host: India Institute of Technology-Roorkee. Roorkee, India: December 16-18, 2002. This symposium will allow researchers, professionals, planners, and policy makers to share the latest knowledge and techniques regarding the mitigation of earthquake hazards. Abstracts of 250 words or less are due August 1. For details, e-mail the conference organizers at

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon: February 5-8, 2003. For their 2003 annual meeting, EERI members will repair up the coast to view the beautiful Cascade Mountains, feast on fresh salmon, and discuss current problems and the cutting edge information and technology available to alleviate seismic hazards. For details, contact EERI, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail:; WWW:

2003 International Disaster Management Conference: "Disaster 2003." Sponsor: Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation. Orlando, Florida: February 6-9, 2003. The organizers have issued a call for presentations. For details, contact John Todaro, Director of Education, Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation, Florida College of Emergency Physicians, 3717 South Conway Road, Orlando, FL 32812-7607; (407) 281-7396, ext. 17; fax: (407) 281-4407; e-mail:

Third World Water Forum. Host: World Water Council. Kyoto, Shiga, and Osaka, Japan: March 16-23, 2003. See the Internet Pages of this Observer for information about the preparatory on-line discussions and the many aquatic hazards that will be addressed at this forum. More information is also available from the Secretariat of the Third World Water Forum, Fifth Floor 2-2-4 Kojimachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, Japan; tel: +81-3-5212-1645; fax: +81-3-5212-1649; WWW:

Pacific Public Safety and Risk Management Conference, 2003. Host: South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC). Outrigger Reef Resort, Fiji: May 5-7, 2003. The primary aim of this conference is to expand multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships to strengthen existing community safety and sustainability in Pacific island nations. It will promote disaster-reduction policies, legislation, research, and training for all types of hazards. Abstracts are due September 30, 2002. For submission details and conference themes see:; or contact Vive Vuruya, Disaster Management Unit, SOPAC Secretariat, Private Mail Bag, GPO, Suva, Fiji; tel: +679 338 1377; fax: +679 337 0040; e-mail:

International Conference on "Community Safety and Sustainability in the Pacific." Sponsors: South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission and others. Nandi, Fiji: May 6-7, 2003. For more information about this meeting, contact Jack Rynn, e-mail:; or Atu Kaloumaira, e-mail:

Fourth International Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (SEE4). Organizer: International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology. Tehran, Iran: May 12-14, 2003. This conference will promote international cooperation in the advancement of earthquake knowledge and mitigation expertise. Topics to be addressed include everything from seismicity to building design, socioeconomic issues, and disaster planning. For details see and; or contact Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany, International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology; tel: 98-21-229-4932; fax: 98-21-229-9479; e-mail:

Fundamentals of Disaster Communications. Offered by: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development. Madison, Wisconsin: May 14-16, 2003. For details, contact Don Schramm, e-mail:; or see (click on "Disaster Management").

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference. St Louis, Missouri: May 11-16, 2003. The ASFPM conference covers everything from alluvial fan flooding to zoning for floodplain development, with a lot in between. Indeed, the ASFPM annual meeting is the premier venue for learning the latest about floods, floodplain management, and the many other aspects of community development relative to wet areas. For more information, contact Diane Brown, ASFPM, 2809 Fish Hatchery Road, Suite 204, Madison, WI 53713; (608) 274-0123; fax: (608) 274-0696; e-mail:; WWW:

36th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology. Beijing, China: July 7-11, 2003. A session is currently being organized on "The Sociology of Disasters: Theory and Research." One-page abstracts are due December 31, 2002, and should be sent to Henry Quarantelli, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716; e-mail:; fax: (302) 831-2091. For conference information, see:

Dam Safety 2003. Host: Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). Minneapolis, Minnesota: September 7-10, 2003. So that Johnstown never happens again. Details are available from ASDSO, 450 Old Vine Street, Second Floor, Lexington, KY 40507; (859) 257-5140; fax: (859) 323-1958; e-mail:; WWW:

32nd International Geological Congress (IGC). Florence, Italy: August 15-22, 2004. For a conference circular, e-mail; or contact Chiara Manetti, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Via La Pira, 4 50121 Firenze, Italy; tel/fax: +39 055 2382146; e-mail:; WWW: Note: The 32nd IGC includes a Topical Symposium on "Natural Hazards and Mitigation of Geological Risks"; for more information, contact Tina Nunziata, e-mail:, or Attia El-Sayed, e-mail: It will also include a session on "Geological Data and Seismic Hazard Maps"; for details, see (sic), or contact Ioannis Papanikolaou, e-mail:

Training Available from NOAA's Coastal Services Center

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center (CSC) offers a number of training programs for coastal resource managers. Some classes are taught at the center's Charleston, South Carolina, training facility; others are offered off-site; and a few are available via the Internet.

Specifically, the CSC offers a course entitled "Hazards Training"--a region-specific workshop that focuses on risk and vulnerability assessments to be used by local and state managers. Other programs fall into one of three tracks: coastal management, geospatial technology, and building process skills.

For more information see, or (for the hazards course) contact Lynne Hinkey, CSC, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405-2413; (843) 740-1200;

Training Available from CEPC

The Canadian Emergency Preparedness College (CEPC) recently published its Training and Education Program 2002-2003 calendar. These programs, delivered by Canada's Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP), focus on the management of multi-service/agency response to an emergency, as well as other aspects of emergency planning and management. The programs include courses, seminars, and workshops.

The course calendar is available on-line at It can also be ordered by contacting OCIPEP Communications; (613) 991-7035 or (800) 830-3118; e-mail:

[Adapted from Emergency Preparedness Digest, January-March 2002]

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