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Volume XXXI • Number 5 May 2007 | Past Issues


GovSec, U.S. Law, and Ready! Conference and Exposition— Washington, DC: May 9-10, 2007. This conference will bring together the three key disciplines that establish, enforce, and respond to our national security interests: government security, law enforcement, and emergency management/response. Participants will network with private industry and discuss how best to protect the nation.

15th World Conference on Disaster and Emergency Medicine—Amsterdam: The Netherlands: May 13-16, 2007. This congress aims to catalyze thought processes and come up with very clear products to better prepare experts, organizations, and governments for the next disaster or crisis. The central themes will be preparedness, knowledge, training, and networks. Attendees will include policy makers, researchers, clinicians, responders, planners, administrators, and other experts from around the world who have interest in the most urgent medical and humanitarian problems of the twenty-first century.

Coastal Sediments 2007: Coastal Engineering and Science in Cascading Spatial and Temporal Scales—New Orleans, Louisiana: May 13-17, 2007. This conference will provide an international forum for exchange of information among coastal engineers, geologists, marine scientists, shallow-water oceanographers, and others interested in the physical processes of coastal sediment transport and morphology change.

5th Annual Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering—Tehran, Iran: May 14-16, 2007. In addition to covering central issues in seismology and earthquake engineering, this conference will also cover subjects related to socioeconomic and cultural issues of risk management; earthquake risk management; risk communication; public education; and preparedness, response, recovery, and reconstruction. In addition to keynote lectures and oral and poster sessions, post-conference seminars on selected topics will be presented by well-known specialists.

Workshop on the Physics of Tsunami, Hazard Assessment Methods and Disaster Risk Management—Trieste, Italy: May 14-18, 2007. This workshop will emphasize synergies between the evaluations of flood hazards in relation to the protection of nuclear installations and the evaluation of vulnerabilities of other critical infrastructure facilities. Different methods of hazard analysis will be assessed, as will experience related to the Indian Ocean tsunami and flooding events in nuclear facilities.

Disaster Management Course—Bangkok, Thailand: May 14-June 1, 2007. The purpose of this course is to provide comprehensive disaster management knowledge and skills to enhance the capabilities of professionals working in disaster management, development, and donor agencies to effectively integrate disaster management into development programs and policies.

2007 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress—Tampa, Florida: May 15-19, 2007. This Congress has become an important annual opportunity for those working in water and environmental fields to convene and focus on current topics. In this era of shifting coastlines, urban sprawl, raging storms, and extreme acts by humans and nature, it is imperative that those working on the front line share insights from research and case studies in the field to generate best practices for the future. This 2007 Congress will focus on habitat restoration with a dozen technical tracks covering issues from coast to coast and around the globe.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2007 Joint Assembly—Acapulco, Mexico: May 22-25, 2007. For the first time ever, an American Geophysical Union meeting will be held in Latin America. The AGU is joining with 11 other scientific societies in Mexico, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the United States for this meeting, which will cover the same broad range of earth and space science topics as other AGU meetings.

River Basin Management 2007—Kos, Greece: May 23-25, 2007. The purpose of this conference is to communicate recent advances in the overall management of riverine systems, including advances in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, environmental protection, and flood forecasting. It is designed to bring together practicing engineers, environmental managers, and academics.

10th World Conference on Seismic Isolation, Energy Dissipation and Active Vibrations Control of Structures—Istanbul, Turkey: May 28-31, 2007. Seismic isolation and energy dissipation of structures are fully mature technologies for mitigating seismic damage for civil structures and equipment and have proven to be reliable and cost-effective for many structures such as bridges/viaducts, civil buildings, cultural heritage, and critical facilities. This 10th forum will be billed as a “World Conference” to correctly reflect the size and importance the event has reached after 18 years. As a country affected by many strong earthquakes, Turkey in general has to make vigorous use of the seismic isolation technology. This conference will contribute to the use of innovative anti-seismic techniques in Turkey.

First Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction—Geneva, Switzerland: June 5-7, 2007. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is slated to become the main global forum for all parties involved in disaster risk reduction, including governments, United Nations agencies, international financial institutions, regional bodies, civil societies, the private sector, and scientific and academic communities. This first session will place particular emphasis on topical issues of concern to policy makers and specific themes related to ensuring that disaster risk reduction is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.

2007 Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR/NIWR) Annual Conference: Hazards in Water Resources—Boise, Idaho: June 24-26, 2007. UCOWR is an organization of universities, non-academic institutions, and international affiliates leading in water resources education, research, and public service. The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) are the 54 university-based centers that were established by the federal Water Resources Research Act. This year’s conference will focus on hazards facing water resources, including major events like tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, and flooding. Presentation topics will range from the damages of catastrophic events to the response plans set in place by agencies and governments.

ENHR International Conference: Sustainable Urban Areas—Rotterdam, Netherlands: June 25-28, 2007. The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) conference will highlight the many aspects of housing and urban issues in relation to sustainability. Sustainability is a broad concept that can be addressed from many different angles. A common arrangement is to distinguish social, economic, spatial and environmental qualities relating to sustainability, and in the conference these will all come to the fore. Plenary sessions will address current debates in housing and topics related to sustainability. Paper sessions will allow participants to present their research in the urban and housing domain. Additional themes are the sustainable city (inner city development, city transformation), the sustainable environment/region (the metropolitan landscape), and tools to facilitate housing and urban processes (GIS, cadastres, planning games).

XXIV General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics— Perugia, Italy: July 2-13, 2007. This meeting will include sessions on tsunami generation and early warning systems. Part of the tsunami session will be carried out as a workshop on wave and water level data assessment and product development, with the goal of establishing standard procedures for data assessment and data archiving for event analysis.

Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Course—Honolulu, Hawaii: July 16-August 3, 2007. This three-week training course was created by the International Committee of the Red Cross with the participation of the University of Geneva and the World Health Organization to meet the public health needs of health professionals working in emergency situations. Through the facilitation of the Center of Excellence, the HELP course has been taught for eight consecutive years at the East-West Center located on the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Each class consists of 25 to 30 students from non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and militaries, mostly from countries in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Although the course is intended for health professionals, candidates who are professional field workers and have a sufficient understanding of health problems will also be considered.

StormCon 07: The North American Surface Water Quality Conference and Exposition—Phoenix, Arizona: August 20-23, 2007. StormCon is the world’s largest stormwater pollution prevention conference and the leading source for NPDES Phase II training in all aspects of stormwater management for municipalities, consultants, highway and heavy construction contractors, developers, regulated industries, and special sites. Sessions at the sixth annual conference will offer more than 100 presentations on topics including structural Best Management Practices, stormwater program management, and water quality monitoring.

International Disaster Reduction Conference (IDRC 2007)—Harbin, China: August 21-25, 2007. The International Disaster Reduction Conference (IDRC 2007) is a follow-up to the IDRC 2006 Conference in Davos, Switzerland, which brought a growing consensus that to achieve risk-resilient, sustainable societies, the management of unexpected events such as natural hazards, disease, human-induced hazards, or terrorism, must take an integrated approach. IDRC Harbin 2007 will review the progress made since IDRC Davos 2006, provide a platform for in-depth, strategic discussions, and focus on understanding what is needed to implement integrated risk management. IDRC Harbin 2007 will also host an exhibition for international and national organizations and for companies with products and services for emergency and rescue operations.

International Public Works Conference—Cairns, Australia: August 26-30, 2007. This conference will bring together public works practitioners to exchange ideas about the latest in technology and management techniques being practiced in various countries. The conference program will cover a wide range of topics, including community safety, emergency and risk management, and stormwater management.

Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference —South Lake Tahoe, Nevada: September 4-7, 2007. This year’s conference will host a series of panels that highlight challenges and solutions in integrated floodplain management. Presentations and discussions will focus on collaborative efforts that encourage regional planning, regulatory reform, funding needs and solutions, watershed-based modeling, and examples of regional efforts in California and Nevada. The conference will also offer a series of professional development workshops and the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam.

Seventh Annual IIASA-DPRI Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management— Stresa, Italy: September 19-21, 2007. The Major Accident Hazards Bureau of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, will host this conference in collaboration with the Disaster Prevention Research Institute of the Kyoto University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. This year’s Forum theme, “Coping with Disasters: Global Challenges for the 21st Century and Beyond,” encourages participants to think beyond short-term disaster management goals to the challenges that lie ahead in an increasingly populated and urbanized world.

National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) 2007 Annual Meeting and Workshop—Newport, Rhode Island: October 1-4, 2007. NAFSMA’s annual conferences provide attendees with timely information on national issues of interest to flood and stormwater program managers throughout the United States. Included among this year’s topics are funding issues related to levee certification, national flood risk management policies, renewal of the Water Resources Development Act, Clean Water Infrastructure funding legislation, and National Flood Insurance Program Reform legislation.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference— Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: October 7-10, 2007. This year’s conference program will address the issues, trends, and challenges facing local government managers worldwide. Public and private sector experts will share their knowledge and interact with participants in educational sessions organized around the following themes: 360-degree leadership, civic engagement, managing health care costs, performance management, and enhancing personal skills and interests. In addition, special “career tracks” of targeted educational sessions will focus on issues of interest to small community managers and emerging leaders.

Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire—Fort Collins, Colorado: October 23-25, 2007. This conference is aimed at advancing the knowledge and practice related to the human side of managing fire-prone landscapes. Specifically, it is intended for researchers and professionals involved in the science or practice of the human dimensions of wildland fire, including suppression, fuels management and community preparedness, and post-fire recovery and rehabilitation. Presentations will focus on alternative perspectives and solutions to fire and fuel management problems faced by people who manage and are impacted by wildland fire.

Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting: Earth Sciences for Society— Denver, Colorado: October 28-31, 2007. This annual meeting brings together scientists, educators, and policy makers from around the world to work to improve the understanding and application of science in society. This year’s meeting will be tied to the themes of the International Year of Planet Earth (2008), a United Nations proclamation whose goal is to develop and advance earth sciences initiatives with the aim of helping future generations realize a safer and more prosperous world.

4th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium —Richmond, British Columbia: November 6-8, 2007. With the theme “Practitioners and Researchers: Forging Partnerships for Disaster Resilient Communities,” this year’s conference is dedicated to building disaster-resilient communities based on strong partnerships. Program highlights include resilience, protecting critical infrastructure, collaborating with communities, respecting culture and tradition in recovery, psychosocial effects on communities, assessing and mitigating risks, information and communication needs, clarifying the role of governments, sharing best practices, and preparing for public health emergencies.

American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2007 Annual Water Resources Conference—Baltimore, Maryland: November 6-9, 2007. The 42nd annual AWRA conference will include 240 technical and poster sessions, as well as panel sessions. This year’s conference will focus on highlighting the collaborative process, which is essential to future success but difficult to implement. The conference will also welcome the Interstate Council on Water Policy, which will lead a technical session on collaborative networking: what works and what doesn’t.

Cities on Volcanoes 5 (COV5)—Shimabara, Japan: November 19-23, 2007. Cities on Volcanoes (COV) is now considered to be the most important forum for volcanologists, city planners, authorities, and businesses to meet and discuss the effects of volcanic eruptions on society, infrastructure, and economic development, and ways to mitigate these effects. In addition to highlighting recent volcanological research, COV5 will focus on volcanic crisis preparedness and management in densely populated areas.

2nd International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction (ICUDR): Large-Scale Disaster Management—Taipei, Taiwan: November 27-29, 2007. This year’s conference focuses on the management of large-scale natural and man-made disasters and encourages casual and productive interactions among participants in various research fields of disaster reduction. With its multidisciplinary scope, the 2nd ICUDR offers an excellent forum for covering a wide range of topics, including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for urban disasters. It will include a keynote speech, plenary session, group session, poster session, and booth exhibition.

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