The 17-19 June conference in Canberra will examine just how prepared communities are for disasters and more extreme hazards.
It will bring together a range of voices to explore how a scenario of severe and cascading hazards would impact upon social, natural, structural and economic systems today and in 2035, with some systems pushed to their limits or failure.
Delegates will be asked to participate in sessions that assess how the vulnerabilities that the future brings – an increased reliance on technology and shifting demographics – will change responses to disasters.
Attendance will be limited to allow for plenty of good discussion and debate, both in a plenary format with expert speakers, and in facilitated break-out sessions. Participants will be required to contribute, and new ways of thinking about the issues will be encouraged.
Representatives from health, emergency services, government, essential services, finance, telecommunications and more will attend this gathering, which is aimed at stretching delegates’ thinking about what is possible, and what needs to be done to prepare for a likely future.
This conference is hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. It is supported by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, which is part of the International Science Council and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.