Disasters day 8 November 2005


Session one (2:00 - 3:00pm)

Rapid-onset events - events facts and figures/science

Keynote Professor Sir David King (Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government)
Chair Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP (Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences)
Earthquakes and tsunamis (incl. submarine landslides - Iceland/Norway, Canary Islands), Landslides and volcanoes. Professor Bill McGuire (Benfield Professor and Director, Benfield Hazard Research Centre Research School of Earth Sciences, University College London)
Hurricanes, cyclones and tornadoes (weather disasters) including Hurricane Katrina 2005
Stan Cornford (Royal Meteorological Society (RMS), Meteorological Office, World Meteorological Org, (WMO) Expert on human and economic impacts of severe weather conditions

Session two (3:00 - 4:00pm)

Rapid-onset events - events facts and figures/science

Chair Professor Sir Gordon Conway FRS (Chief Scientific Adviser, department for International Development (DfID)
Monitoring/early warning systems satellites, photogrammetry and observational data (incl. for educational purposes). Local, global (Atlantic/Indian Ocean etc.) Nigel Press (British Association of Remote Sensing Companies (BARSC))
Pre-event warnings and risk reduction strategies, responses to warnings and to events. Worst-case scenario disaster planning for London. real-time and near real-time (individual, institutional, national and international co-operative) responses Mr Phil Woolas (Minister for London Resilience)
Education and preparedness (UK and worldwide)
Helena Molin-valdes (Deputy Head of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Geneva)

Refreshment (4:00 - 4:15pm)

Session three (4:15 - 5:30pm)

Implications - public health/financial/social/ political

Chair Dr David Falvey (Executive Director, British Geological Survey (BGS))
Public Health Implications (disease/water contamination/air contamination etc.) Dr John Simpson (Head, Emergency and Preparedness, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Health Protection Agency (HPA), Portion Down)
Risk/hazard/insurance - causes and consequences
John Moore (Benfield ReMetrics)
Social (fear/instability/confidence), political (national/international/global and financial implications. National security Ed Clay (Overseas Development Institute (ODI))
Post-disaster reconstruction
Professor Martin Culshaw (Manager, Urban Geoscience and Geological Hazards Programme, British Geological Survey)

Plenary session - summing up and discussion (4:15 - 5:30pm)

Chair Professor Allan Rogers (All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences