Representatives of UK and European higher education institutions that conduct research and teach courses in DRR, resilience, hazards, risk and related fields will be in attendance for a meeting at UCL tomorrow [13 June].

The main objectives of this meeting are:
· to improve communication and collaboration between UK higher education institutions that work in this field
· to explore common ground in our teaching and research on hazards, risks, disasters, safety, security, resilience and kindred subjects
· to investigate whether we can strengthen our mutual position by acquiring a common voice.

Morning Session
Teaching hazards, risks, disasters and resilience: towards a common agenda

09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:40 Welcome to UCL-IRDR (Prof. Peter Sammonds, Director of UCL-IRDR)
09:40-10:00 Welcome address by ICPEM (Stephen Elliott-Hunter, FICPEM)
10:00-10:20 Introduction to the conference: scope and objectives
(Prof. David Alexander, UCL-IRDR)
10:20-10:40 "Issues and experiences of applied education in the disaster management and resilience field" (Ms Evelyn Coles, Senior Teaching Fellow in Civil Protection, Leeds University Business School)
10:40-11:00 Initial debate
11:00-11:30 Coffee break and networking
11:30-12.30 Plenary debate


Afternoon Session
Academic research on hazards, risks, disasters and resilience: towards a common agenda

13:30-13:45 Introduction to the afternoon session (Prof. David Alexander, UCL-IRDR)
13:45-14:15 "Giving collaboration meaning" (Prof. Frank Furedi, Kent University, IRDR Visiting Professor)
14:15-14:45 Structured debate
14:45-15:30 Break-out session
15:30-16:00 Coffee break and networking
16:00-17:00 Concluding session – summing up and programme for action