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:

Annual VOAD Conference. Sponsor: North Dakota Chapter of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Bismarck, North Dakota: May 13-16, 2003. National voluntary disaster agency program heads and state and local VOAD agency leaders from around the country will share interagency response and recovery experiences. Information about the agenda, conference schedule, and registration is available at NDVOAD, American Red Cross, 4007 State Street, Bismarck, ND 58503; (701) 223-6700;

Annual Partnership for Public Warning Convention. Sponsor: Partnership for Public Warning (PPW). McLean, Virginia: May 15-17, 2003. "From sensors to citizens: public warning in the 21st century," is the theme of this national meeting devoted to public warning systems and issues. Conference information can be requested from PPW, 7515 Colshire Drive, M/S N655, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 883-2745; or found at

NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition. Sponsor: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Dallas, Texas: May 18-21, 2003. This meeting is directed at fire and life safety professionals. The conference offers professional development opportunities, education tracks that focus on timely issues, and an exposition that features industry suppliers. Complete registration information is available from Leads Etc., Incorporated, 1600 Boston Providence Highway, Building Box 79, Walpole, MA 02081; (617) 770-3000;

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Annual Meeting. Sponsor: NEES Consortium. Park City, Utah: May 21-22, 2003. This meeting offers participants the opportunity to explore research topics for the future, learn about funding plans from the National Science Foundation, and network with others from the national earthquake engineering community. Meeting information is available through the NEES Consortium, 1301 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804; (510) 231-9557;

The Big Flood: North Sea Storm Surges−An International Scientific Meeting. Sponsors: Risk Group, the Tyndall Center, Halifax General Insurance Services Limited, and the British Geomorphological Research Group. London, England: May 23, 2003. The meeting’s agenda includes talks on storm surge histories, the present condition of North Sea structural defenses, inundation modeling of coastal floods, risk perception and policy, public health and social impacts, and London’s vulnerability. For more information, contact Maria Sylvester, Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd., Unit 6, 23-25 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LG, U.K.; tel: +44-1223-460475; e-mail:;

NFIP 2003 Flood Conference. Sponsor: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). San Francisco, California: May 27-30, 2003. Titled "Keeping Risk at Bay," this conference is designed for insurance companies, agents, claims adjusters, government officials, real estate professionals, surveyors, and more. Complete information is available from Catherine King, 2003 National Flood Conference, 7700 Hubble Drive, Lanham, MD 20706; (301) 918-1439; e-mail:;

Homeland First Response Conference. Sponsors: KGB Media, JEMS Magazine, and Fire-Rescue Magazine. Los Angeles, California: June 4-7, 2003. This conference is directed at all members of the response community, including law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMS, military, industry, and all levels of government. Its goal is to create an open discussion forum about unified solutions for major incident readiness. Conference details are available from KGB Media, LLC, 679 Encinitas Boulevard, Suite 211, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 632-8280, ext. 200;

17th Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference. Sponsors: Florida Department of Community Affairs, Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, and the American Red Cross. Tampa, Florida: June 9-13, 2003. Workshop sessions include emergency services, human resources, infrastructure, policy/planning, and recovery and mitigation. This year’s theme is "protecting the homeland from hurricanes: an all-hazards approach." Complete information is available from the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, P.O. Box 279, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-0279; (727) 944-2724;

Inaugural Conference of the European Telecommunications Resilience and Recovery Association (ETR2A). Sponsor: ETR2A. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: June 11-13, 2003. This association is based at the Disaster and Development Centre at Northumbria University, and key topics will be the financial implications of recovery to businesses, communications resilience, business continuity planning, disaster preparedness and response, and managing risks and hazards. Complete details are available from ETR2A, tel: +44 191 241 4523; e-mail:;

Emergency Response Preparedness: Business Continuity Planning in Uncertain Times. Sponsor: Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Washington, DC: June 16-17, 2003. Conference highlights include an interactive, action-based simulation that will address integrated continuity plans and responses. Conference information is available from Susan Robertson, GTI, 1700 South Mount Prospect Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018; (847) 768-0783; e-mail:

European Flooding: Managing the Risks. Sponsor: European Water Agency, and Environment Agency. Thames Barrier, U.K: June 17-18, 2003. This conference will consider past, present, and future problems in flood management. As well as looking back 50 years, speakers will focus on changes in weather extremes, lessons learned, and policy implications of present-day flood management activities. Information is available from Bob Earll, CMS, Candle Cottage, Kempley, Glos, GL18, 2BU, U.K.; tel: 01 531 890 415;

School Resource Officers School Safety Conference. Sponsor: National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). Orlando, Florida: June 29-July 4, 2003. More information is available from NASRO, 1601 NE 100th Street, Anthony, FL 32617; (888) 316-2776;

Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security. Sponsor: National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: June 30 - July 2, 2003. This year’s event will focus on technology solutions for information sharing among key agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. There will be interactive sessions directed at first responders, members of the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, and the international community. Complete information is available from NCSI; 6440-C Dobbin Road, Columbia, MD 21045; (301) 596-8899;

3rd International Symposium on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRM-2003). Sponsor: Science for Global Insight. Kyoto, Japan: July 3-5, 2003. What does integrated disaster risk management actually mean for research and practice? This conference will explore issues of integrated disaster risk management in real-world, regional contexts with a focus on regional vulnerability to natural catastrophes, multiple-hazard management, and anticipatory approaches to deal with uncertainties of the future environment. For registration information, contact Keiko Saito, Integrated Management for Disaster Risk Research Division, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Goka-sho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan; tel: 81-774-38-4325; e-mail:;

Eleventh Course on Communities Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM-11). Sponsor: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Bangkok, Thailand: July 21-August 2, 2003. This course will explore how to design and implement programs for reducing vulnerability to hazards and discuss ways to promote a "culture of safety." Exercises and simulations will provide experience in risk assessment and risk management planning. For more information contact ADPC, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand; tel: (66 2) 516-5900-10; e-mail:;

Geo-Trans 2004. Sponsor: Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Los Angles, California: July 27-31, 2004. This conference will focus on geotechnical engineering for transportation projects such as bridges, tunnels, underground structures, and corridors. Seismic design, risk assessment, geographic information systems, and retaining structures are among the topics to be presented. Complete information is available from ASCE, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191; (703) 295-6350; e-mail:;

Fire-Rescue International 2003. Sponsor: International Association of Fire Chiefs (IFAC). Dallas, Texas: August 22-25, 2003. This conference is designed to provide all fire service personnel with the opportunity to participate in workshops that address fire service leadership, management and operations, leading combination departments, the political environment, fire chief survival, staffing, and diversity issues. A detailed conference brochure will be available soon. For complete information, contact IFAC, 4025 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033; (703) 273-0911;

46th Annual Meeting: Engineering with an Attitude. Sponsor: Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG). Vail, Colorado: September 10-12, 2003. Of special interest to Observer readers are programs on seismic hazards, landslide and debris flow hazards, environmental hazards and remediation, risk assessment and geology, slope stability, and more. For more information, contact Julie Keaton, AEG, P.O. Box 460518, Denver, CO 80246; (303) 757-2926; e-mail:;

Fifth Course on Flood Risk Management (FRM-5). Sponsor: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). Beijing, P.R. China: September 15-26, 2003. This course offers an integrated approach to flood response using lessons learned by Asian countries. Experiences with structural, nonstructural,  and less structural strategies will be discussed to enable participants to understand causes of floods and flood damage and create specific mitigation recommendations. For more information contact ADPC, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand; tel: (66 2) 516-5900-10; e-mail:;

Sixth Annual Conference: Innovations in Disaster Psychology–Time for a New Paradigm? Sponsor: Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI). Rapid City, South Dakota: September 18-20, 2003. Sessions include general disaster psychology, research, disaster psychology for children, and international issues. The conference format includes small group discussions and plenary sessions summarizing group activity. Complete information is available at DMHI, University of South Dakota, SDU 114, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390;(800) 522-9684;

International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG )Regional Conference. Sponsors: IAG and Mexican Society of Geomorphology. Mexico City, Mexico: October 17-November 2, 2003. The conference is designed for geomorphologists and professionals from associated disciplines interested in geomorphic hazards and environmental topics related to disasters. The goal is to foster an exchange of techniques, experience, knowledge, and ideas about geomorphic hazards. For more information, contact Irasema Alcantara-Ayala, Institute of Geography, UNAM, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria Coyoacan, 04510, Mexico, D.F; tel: (+525) 56 22 43 39, ext. 45 466; e-mail:;

Terrain Data: Applications and Visualization−Making the Connection. Sponsor: Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey. North Charleston, South Carolina: October 25-30, 2003. This conference will focus on the evolving technology and applications that have been developing over the past two years. There will be sessions on homeland security, disaster response technology, research and development, and more. More information is available from Terrain Data Conference 2003, ASPRS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 2003, Bethesda, MD 20814-2160; e-mail:;

30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE): Information for Risk Management and Sustainable Development. Sponsors: Pacific Disaster Center, East-West Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and University of Arizona. Honolulu, Hawaii: November 10-14, 2003. The overall theme of this conference is the use of Earth observation systems in understanding and managing our planet’s environment, with particular emphasis on natural hazards and sustainability. For more information contact ISRSE, c/o Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona, 1955 East Sixth Street, Suite 205, Tucson, AZ 85719; (520) 621-3816; e-mail:;

The 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress held jointly with the 5th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology. Sponsors: American Meteorological Society (AMS), Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire, Society of American Foresters, and Nature Conservancy. Orlando, Florida: November 16-20, 2003. This conference includes sessions on fire ecology, wildlfire management and suppression, fire technology, social aspects of fire, remote sensing, and more. Abstracts are due June 2, 2003. Information is available from AMS, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-3693; (617) 227-2426; e-mail:;

The 8th Annual Research Event of the Fire Service College. Sponsor: Fire Service College. Moreton-in-Marsh, U.K.: November 19-20, 2003. The event brings together an audience of researchers and practitioners interested in issues related to fire and emergency management. For further information, contact Anne Eyre; tel: (01926) 427939; e-mail:

2003 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland: December 7-10, 2003. The theme for the meeting is "bridging risk divides," and it will highlight building links among risk disciplines and sectors such as academia, industry, government, and nonprofits. For more information about abstract submission or the meeting, contact SRA, 1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 402, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 790-1745; e-mail:;

Seventh International Conference on the Geology of the Arab World. Sponsor: Geology Department of Cairo University. Cairo, Egypt: February 16-19, 2004. This conference will address new research contributions from the earth sciences and their environmental, industrial, and development applications in the Arab world. There will be a session on environmental hazards. Conference information is available from the General Secretary, Geology Department, Cairo University, Giza, Arab Republic of Egypt; tel: 002 02 567-6858; e-mail: or;

EC04 Conference. Sponsor: International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: February 16-20, 2004. Relevant sessions include slope stabilization, community and government partnering, and natural disaster recovery. For conference information, or information about abstract submission, contact IECA, P.O. Box 774904, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477; (970) 879-3010; e-mail:;

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