31 October deadline for Poster Abstracts – ISDR S & T Conference

ISDR logoAll those involved in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (e.g., the science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions at local, national, regional and  international levels) are invited to submit abstracts for posters for the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework  for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The conference will take place on 27-29 January 2016 at the Geneva International Conference Center (CICG), in Geneva, Switzerland.

This working conference (registration is free and open now) aims to finalize a roadmap that identifies how science and technology will support the implementation of SFDRR. With high level plenary panels bookending the conference, the work of the conference participants follows these 4 workstreams:

  • WS 1: Scientific and technical partnership to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework
  • WS 2: Understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning
  • WS 3: Use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support the implementation and reporting of Sendai Framework
  • WS 4: Leveraging science through capacity development and research

Members of the IRDR family and our co-sponsors ICSU, ISSC, and ISDR are hard at work organizing the conference. Gordon McBean (ICSU President / IRDR founder), Anne Castleton (IRDR IPO), and David Johnston (SC) are leading the global and regional strands of WS1. Djillali Benouar (SC) is on the organizing team for WS2, and Virginia Jiménez Díaz (SC) and Omar Darío Cardona (ICoE – UR&S) are supporting WS3, while Kathleen Tierney (IRDR- USA NC), Vivi Stavrou (ISSC), and Ailsa Holloway (ICoE-REaL) are working diligently on WS4.

Abstract Submission for Posters

You are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster sessions which will be organized by workstream.The objective of the poster sessions, which will be visible throughout the conference, is to present best practices, case studies, and results-based science and technology initiatives, from different partnerships and networks, countries and regions, which seek to or have been shown to reduce disaster risks from all hazards, including biological hazards such as epidemics and pandemics and have used a multi-disciplinary evidence-based approach to disaster risk reduction policies and decision-making.

Posters may include scientific research, training and capacity development, simulation exercises, legislation and regulatory issues of disaster governance, policy development, networking and public-private partnerships, and inter/multi-sectoral cooperation.

Those who submit abstracts for posters for Work Stream 2- 4 are encouraged to submit another abstract for Work stream 1 to share information about their organisation, network and scientific research institutions and their work on DRR science and technology.

In particular for WS1 we are looking to learn about linkages and coordination with and between local / national / global partners – how and where does it really work? How are regional networks connected to national and global institutions and what is their role? We’d also like to see posters on regional networks doing excellent work that can inspire others. These type of posters could focus on:

  • Initial planning for supporting and implementing Sendai
  • How they identify the needs of science users
  • What the regional networks do – what activities are they involved in and what don’t they do
  • Good practices in how they manage communication and dissemination
  • How they are organized and governed

The call for abstract is open until 31 October 2015. The initial selection for posters will be made following submission of an abstract. Full instructions and more information are here.

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