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Rising to the Global Research Challenge
Newsletter - 5th October 2016
FROM THE DIRECTOR
It has been a busy and eventful summer. IRDR staff and students, including myself, have joined inter-disciplinary field missions organised by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) to Japan (Kumamoto earthquake), Ecuador (Esmeraldas earthquake) and Italy (Accumoli-Amatrice earthquake). Our PhD students have been out to the Accumoli earthquake for research and I took third year geophysics undergraduates to undertake radar and other surveys of the fault rupture. The UK research councils also launched a number of research programmes under the global challenge theme directed towards developing countries. We submitted 6 cross-disciplinary proposals with colleagues from across UCL and from partner countries. So in some ways is it a relief to have the start of term and to extend a warm welcome to the 20 new masters’ students who started this year, on the MSc Risk, Disaster and Resilience and the new MSc Risk and Disaster Science. We also welcome four new PhD students Patrizia Duda, Mark Shortt, Kholoud Mohsin Al Mufarraji and Saqar Al Zaabijoined, maintaining our research student cohort at about 24.
The UCL IRDR academic year events programme will launch with a Special Seminar on Gender Responsive Resilience by IRDR Visiting Professor Maureen Fordham on Tuesday 11th October at 6.00pm at UCL in the Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre.  Maureen will argue the need to view resilience through a gender responsive lens; noting that, despite decades of gender work, around 50% of the world's population remain marginalized to varying degrees.  The seminar is free to attend but registration is needed via Eventbrite - see Events Panel. It will be followed by a drinks reception, to which all are welcome and particularly those new to UCL.

The need to increase resilience to disasters is part of a broader humanitarian perspective. Those of you who attended our Academic Summit in June, led by David Alexander, Professor for Risk and Disaster Reduction, will be aware that we have started thinking in these broader terms about humanitarian issues such as migration. I have joined the UCL Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, which recently released a joint statement. Rosanna Smith, IRDR Deputy Director, and I put forward a proposal to the UCL Provost to initiate a cross-UCL Humanitarian Institute which aims to mobilise UCL’s research, expertise and teaching to impact global humanitarian challenges and promote education for global citizenship, creating a global university champion for the UK. This proposal was supported by the Provost as a UCL Strategic Development. On Wednesday 12th October from 3.00pm we will hold a Town Hall Meeting where we will present a vision for the UCL Humanitarian Institute and have an expert panel from across UCL to discuss potential research themes, teaching, knowledge exchange and enterprise opportunities. We do hope you can join us to shape UCL’s future humanitarian commitment. Please register on Eventbrite - see Events Panel.

There is clearly much work still to be done. Reducing the impact of disasters and improving the response to and recovery from disasters are complex challenges that require cross-disciplinary responses. You are most welcome to join us.


Peter Sammonds
Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
UCL IRDR IN EEFIT FIELD MISSIONS
IRDR staff and PhD students Professor David Alexander, Dr Carmine Galasso, Dr Joanna Faure Walker, Serena Tagliacozzo, and Zoe Mildon are currently in the central Apennines on an Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) mission to collect geological, sociological, and engineering data to assess the impact of the Amatrice earthquake that devastated the area in August. Earlier this summer, Prof Peter Sammonds joined a similar EEFIT mission to assess the 15 April Kumamoto earthquake and Bayes Ahmed (IRDR PhD student) joined a mission to assess the 16 April earthquake in the province of Esmereldas, Ecuador. EEFIT reports will be published here.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, floods and storms destroy lives and damage economies across the globe; pandemics have the potential to bring death and suffering on an unprecedented scale; while climate change may increase the severity of both natural and health disasters.

How society sees risk, how to link understanding of the causative mechanics to statistical approaches, and how to increase resilience and reduce the risk of disasters are common themes cutting across research in natural, environmental, health and technological hazards.

Reducing global risks and disasters presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action.
UCL is uniquely well-placed to lead research and teaching in risk and disaster reduction, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and seven faculties involved in world-class research and practice in the field.

To maximise the impact and value of our activities in risk and disaster reduction, and to increase and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, we aim to bring together individual areas of expertise, under the umbrella of a UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, built around established centres across UCL.
We also seek to contribute to the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.
JOIN THE INSTITUTE
Reducing global risks and disasters presents a colossal challenge that requires coordinated and collaborative action. UCL is uniquely well placed to lead research in risk and disaster reduction, with at least 70 academics across 12 departments and 7 faculties involved in world-class research, teaching and practice in the field. The Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, responding to the UCL Grand Challenges, brings together this wealth of knowledge and expertise, and through research, teaching and knowledge exchange aims to overcome the barriers to understanding risk and reducing the impact of disasters.

To find out more about risk and disaster reduction research at UCL - or to register your own activity - please visit Our Page. Here you have the option to stay involved through different mailing lists, and to become a member of the Institute.
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EVENTS
UCL IRDR Special Seminar on Gender Responsive Resilience
Tues 11th Oct 2016, 6-9pm
UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
This presentation views resilience through a gender responsive lens; noting that, despite decades of gender work, around 50% of the world's population remain marginalized to varying degrees. This special seminar will be given by Maureen Fordham, Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience and founder of the Gender and Disaster Network.
Find out more and register here.
UCL Humanitarian Institute Town Hall Meeting
Weds 12th Oct 2016, 3-6pm, UCL Anatomy JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Following the award of Provost Strategic Development Fund investment for support of a UCL Humanitarian Institute from 2016 until 2018, Prof Peter Sammonds and Dr Rosanna Smith will host a Town Meeting to present and discuss the vision and strategy of this initiative with the broader UCL community on 12th October, 3-6pm. This new institute will aim to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, integrated with education and translation into practice in a co-produced approach, sharing knowledge and values with global humanitarian agencies, entrepreneurs, communities, civil society, and policy makers.
Find out more and register here.
The IRDR Alumni and Members annual dinner will take place on Tuesday 22nd November in the evening with a round-table discussion on global humanitarian challenges.  We hope you can join us. Contact irdr-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk to book.
IRDR Careers Fair, 1st March 2017, 5-8pm.
Talks and exhibitors from public, commercial, and NGO sectors. Convener: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk
IRDR Panel Discussion on Global Challenges, 8th March 2017, 6-9pm.
IRDR Annual Conference, 21st June 2017, 9am - 8pm.
Convener: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Humanitarian Institute Academic Summit, 22nd June 2017, 9am - 5pm.
Convener: rosanna.smith@ucl.ac.uk
NEWS
IRDR in the media on the Amatrice earthquake
IRDR Academic staff were called upon extensively to explain the context and impact of the Amatrice earthquake in Italy in August. More details here
IRDR publications on groundwater and earthquakes
IRDR’s Mohammed Shamsudduha was part of a team whose research into the sustainability of groundwater-fed water supplies in the transboundary Indo-Gangetic Basin was recently published in Nature Geoscience. Find out about this and papers from IRDR PhD students on earthquake geology and communication during earthquake recovery here.
Research Funding
Congratulations to Dr Carmine Galasso, lecturer in earthquake engineering with a joint appointment between UCL IRDR and UCL CEGE, on winning an EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Small Research Grant for his project on, “Safer communities through safer schools”
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