Workshop sessions are organized to encourage interaction. Panelists address topics by responding to questions prepared by moderators rather than by presenting papers.
The audience also plays an important role. Initial panelist remarks are limited to 10 minutes each, leaving at least half of every session for give and take with the audience.
The three-day Workshop is divided into plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and extracurricular activities.
Welcome and Self-Introductions: On Sunday morning, Natural Hazards Center Director Kathleen Tierney will open the Workshop, instruct participants on how the Workshop operates, and moderate self-introductions.
Keynote Addresses: Immediately after the self-introductions, a keynote speaker will make a presentation followed by a question and answer session. This address will provide the larger context for the Workshop. A second keynote address will follow Monday morning’s plenary session.
Plenary Sessions: Plenary sessions on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will synthesize various topics. Each session will have three to four panelists representing different sectors of the hazards community.
Wrap Up: On Tuesday, Kathleen Tierney will close the Workshop with a summary of the highlights of the event and challenges for the future.
There are 30 concurrent, 90-minute sessions organized into five tracks. Moderators will present a set of questions to which the panelists—who have received the questions in advance—will each have about 10 minutes to respond. Time will be reserved for give and take between the audience and panelists. PowerPoint will not be used in concurrent sessions.
Research to Policy to Practice Sessions: There are five concurrent, one-hour sessions featuring practitioners and researchers describing recent projects and studies. One session will be reserved for graduate students to report on their research.Poster Sessions and Breaks: Participants at the Workshop are invited to present posters on programs, new projects, or recent research. Posters will be open for viewing throughout the Workshop.
Those participating in the Workshop as a panelist or a presenter will want to check out our guidelines and advice for making your session a success.
The Natural Hazards Center will accept abstracts relating to Workshop topics for inclusion in the printed and Web programs until April 30. To learn more about how to submit an abstract, look at our abstract guidelines. (Please note that abstract submissions are not the same as session proposals. Sessions have already been selected.)
Each year, the Natural Hazards Center is able to allow exceptional members of the hazards community to attend the Workshop through two award programs dedicated to former Co-Director Mary Fran Myers. Follow the links below to learn more about this year's programs.