3rd Annual Seminar of the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre  

26-27 April 2018, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia

This year's edition of the seminar on disaster risk management is co-organised by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior and the European Commission's DRMKC. The event has been included in the agenda of the Bulgarian Presidency Events.

The seminar will be held at the premises of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, while 2 of the parallel sessions will take place at the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia.

Please, consult the enclosed draft agenda for additional details.

The seminar will

  • cover the progress made by the DRMKC since its launch in September 2015
  • gather early input to the upcoming 2019-2020 DRMKC Action Plan
  • address challenges for policy and science in Disaster Risk Reduction, including DRM capabilities assessment and Sendai monitoring framework
  • draw concrete conclusions to feed into the upcoming Global Platform (Switzerland, May 2019)

The seminar aims to gather around 120 inter-disciplinary experts on disaster management, early detection, forecasting, warning and risk assessment of natural and man-made disasters, in both fields of civil protection and humanitarian aid. The target audience includes scientists, practitioners and policy-makers at national, regional and international levels, as well as first responders, and private sector representatives.

Parallel sessions:

During the registration process you will be asked to register to the parallel session that you would like to attend.

  • Thursday 26th of April
    3A Science-Policy Interface - Education 4 DRM
    3B Policy 4 Resilience
  • Friday 27th of April
    4A Advancing Innovation 4 First Responders
    4B Data 4 Resilience

Social event on 26th April:

A Buffet dinner will be organized at the main Hall of the national Archaeological Museum. For organizational reasons, you are kindly requested to indicate if you would like to participate to this social event during the registration procedure.

Looking forward to meeting you in Sofia!

 

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Agenda

  • Day #1 Thursday 26th April 2018

      • Hosting authority to Introduce the Panellists

      • Opening message by DG JRC

        • Charlina Vitcheva- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Opening message by DG BAS

      • Opening message by DG MoI

    • Plenary session: DRMKC - Towards more coherent evidence-based policies

      Chair: Charlina Vitcheva (DG JRC), Venue: Bulgarian Academy of Science

      • Charlina Vitcheva- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      The session will review the main activities of the DRMKC over the past year and illustrate how policy coherence can be improved through increased take-up of scientific knowledge and provide examples of how EU policies have been adapted using research results and tools to achieve more evidence-based policy-making.
      • Enhancing the science policy interface to support Disaster Risk Management

        • Ian Clark- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • New UCPM: for a more Resilient future

        • Nacira Boulehouat- European Commission (DG ECHO)http://ec.europa.eu/echo
      • DRMKC - Concept and Progress

        • Montserrat Marin Ferrer- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Presentation of Poster/Feedback session

      • Launch of EIC Horizon Prize “Early Warning for Epidemics”

        • Carlos Moedas- European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovationhttps://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/research-and-innovation_en
    • Session 2: Posters and Feedback Session

      Expectations, feedback and contributions of the participants to the DRMKC will be collected in an interactive session. Participants will be challenged to share their thoughts in moderated discussions in small groups.
      • Feedback Questionnaire

        You are kindly invited to provide your feedback on a number of activities run under the DRMKC. Please, download the questionnaire, fill in it and send it back to EC-DRMKC@ec.europa.eu at your earliest convenience.

    • Session 3A: Education 4 DRM

      Chair: Ian Clark (DG JRC), Venue: Bulgarian Academy of Science

      • Ian Clark- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      One of the key objectives of the DRMKC is to support efforts to raise disaster risk awareness. The integration of disaster risk management in the education sector is crucial in order to increase awareness of the effects and causes of disasters. Knowledge of local risks and knowledge of what to do in case of emergency improves local preparedness and recovery. This session will highlight good practices and explore the role of science-policy networks in supporting disaster risk education.
      Session objectives:
      • From general education to specific training: how are we supporting DRR policies?
      • How are we supporting the science and evidence-based development of policies?
      • How are we promoting the multi-disciplinary approach needed for effective DRR actions?
      • Influence of risk awareness into risk reduction: by become aware of risk, you will learn how to prevent and prepare for it.
      • What should be done to enhance risk knowledge and awareness? How to engage with citizens?
      • Education 4 DRM - Science for DRM 2017 and First Disaster Risk Management Training Week

        • Tom De Groeve- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Civil engineering contribution to long-term disaster risk mitigation

        • Mihaela Kouteva- University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACG) (BG)http://uacg.bg/
      • Training and promotion on the European standards for construction

        • Adamantia Athanasopoulou- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Disaster Risk Management and Nuclear Installations

        • Katia Lubomirova- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Engaging citizens’ potential for climate change and city innovation

        • Joao Dinis- Covenant of Mayors - Cascais (PT)https://www.cascais.pt/
      • A Participatory Approach To Disaster Risk Management

        • Claudio Rossi- Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) (IT)http://www.ismb.it/
    • Session 3B: Partnership 4 Resilience

      Chair: Prof. Stefan Hadjitodorov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Venue: National Archeological Museum

      • Stefan Hadjitodorov- Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) (BG)http://old.bas.bg/bulgarian-academy-of-science
      Enhancing resilience to disasters and climate change is the key aim of recent Global agreements (the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement or the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development) as well as EU policies and strategies. Fostering resilience requires cooperative action through partnerships between individuals, communities, regions and countries as well as with business, infrastructure operators, civil society and government authorities supported by a greater use of knowledge from scientific research. Establishing and sustaining alliances for resilience is a major challenge. The session will discuss progress towards effective partnerships based on good practices and recent research.
      Session objectives:
      • Which are the main benefits that you would highlight from strengthen partnership among scientists and also across policies?
      • What should be done in order to facilitate the flow of information across DRR related partnerships to better capitalize on their synergies?
      • What should be done to ensure the uptake of science by policies? How can the science-policy interface be reinforced towards more evidence-based policies?
      • Is monitoring of the impact of the implementation of policies sufficiently exploited as learning tool? What should be done in order to reinforce this option?
      • The EU-WB/GFDRR Partnership

        • Daniel Kull- Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) (US)https://www.gfdrr.org/en
      • Surveillance, preparedness and response to serious cross-border health threats

        • Brian Doherty- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Disaster Risk Reduction in Bulgaria

        • Peter Bonev- Ministry of the Interior, Bulgaria (MVR) (BG)https://mvr.bg/
      • Seismicity and Seismic Hazard Modelling for Bulgaria

        • Dimcho Solakov- National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG)http://geophys.bas.bg/
      • Resilience and Settlements

        • Daniele Ehrlich- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Building Regulation and Standards for long-term resilience

        • Silvia Dimova- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
  • Day #2, Friday 27th April 2018

    • Session 4A: Advancing Innovation for First Responders

      Chairs: Christoph Castex (DG HOME), Silvia Dimova (DR JRC), Venue: Bulgarian Academy of Science

      • Christoph Castex- European Commission (DG HOME)https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/index_en
      • Silvia Dimova- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      First responders will be better prepared for their tasks if they have a mechanism through which they can share experiences and knowledge on a national, and international level, and by participating in research. It is important to involve first responders in the research and development cycle to: (i) stimulate innovations; (ii) capitalise on existing technologies and innovations; (iii) promote and support technology transfer; (iv) improve interoperability; (v) test and benchmark innovations. This session will discuss achievements and current challenges.
      Session objectives:
      • How to improve exchange information about policy developments, research outputs, capacity-building (and training) activities, in order to build up a “critical mass” of knowledge easily and efficiently accessible by policy-makers and practitioners?
      • How to ensure that tools and technologies related to disaster management effectively respond to practitioner’s needs, supporting more efficient operational capabilities?
      • How to create incentives for practitioners to get involved in research projects, taking into account the long term dimension of research.
      • How the first responders can contribute a disaster prevention and preparedness campaign, e.g. can they provide recommendations on domestic fire safety and wildfire prevention?
      • Facts and perceptions. The myth of lessons learnt – the dialectics between scientific evidence and policy of public health emergencies

        • Geert Seynaeve- Attentia (BE)https://www.attentia.be/
      • Strengthening cross-border disaster management with local life & fire safety

        • Chris Addiers- Federation of the European Union Fire Officers Associations (FEU) (LU)https://www.f-e-u.org/
      • Advanced Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Management

        • Miglena Kuzmanova- ESRI GIS Bulgaria (ESRI) (BG)http://esribulgaria.com/
      • The fire probabilistic exposure mode of Wildfire Analyst: A Near Real-time Approach

        • Adrián Cardil- Technosylva Spain (ES)https://tecnosylva.es/
      • Empowering Crisis Management Practitioner’s in their Capability Development

        • Marcel Van Berlo- TNO (NL)https://www.tno.nl
      • Innovative and cost-effective solutions: the Field Reporting Tool

        • Chiara Proietti- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Advancing Innovation for First Responders

        • Christoph Castex- European Commission (DG HOME)https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/index_en
    • Session 4B: Data 4 Resilience

      Chair: Montserrat Marin Ferrer (DG JRC), Venue: National Archeological Museum

      • Montserrat Marin Ferrer- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      Countries have many legal and voluntary commitments relating to data collection, but is existing data used and shared effectively? Are the right procedures in place to start new data collections? Are policymakers equipped to use this data for effective decision-making? This session will explore common challenges, and ways science can be used to address them.
      Session objectives:
      • Countries have many legal and voluntary commitments relating to data collection, but is existing data used and shared effectively?
      • Are the right procedures in place to start (new) data collections? Adequate governance, financial and scientific/technical support?
      • What should be done to reinforce science-policy partnership to facilitate the proper collection, analysis and use of data?
      • Are policymakers prepared to use this data for effective decision-making?
      • Cataloguing high impact weather and climate events

        • Omar Baddour- World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (CH)http://www.wmo.int/
      • EEA information on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

        • André Jol- European Environment Agency (EEA)https://www.eea.europa.eu/
      • M&S support for Crisis and Disaster Management Processes and Climate Change Implications

        • Orlin Nikolov- Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) (BG)https://www.cmdrcoe.org/
      • The Global Human Settlement project and layers

        • Daniele Ehrlich- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • Recording and sharing Disaster Loss Data across multiple - scales: the example of FloodCat platform

        • Marco Massabo'- Cima Foundation (CIMA) (IT)http://www.cimafoundation.org
      • I-REACT Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies

        • Claudio Rossi- Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) (IT)http://www.ismb.it/
      • Risk Data Hub Pilot project JRC-DRMKC - ASDE - ECOREGIONS

        • Kristian Milenov- Agency of Sustainable Development and Eurointegration - Ecoregions (ASDE) (BU)http://www.asde-bg.org/index_en.php
    • Session 5: The way forward

      Chair: Dan Chirondojan (DG JRC), Venue: Bulgarian Academy of Science

      • Dan Chirondojan- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      The activities that DRMKC will undertake in the next future will be presented: strengthen partnership (E-STAG and National platforms for DRR), Knowledge - Science for DRM 2020 and other global initiatives to summarize science, innovation - open labs policy of EC.
      • Reporting on key messages from parallel sessions 3A, 3B, 4A and 4B

      • Copernicus Emergency Management Service

        • Tom De Groeve- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc
      • The Global Risk Assessment Framework in support of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and related SDGs

        • Rhea Katsanakis- UNISDRwww.unisdr.org
      • Conclusions and Remarks by MoI

        • Member Of- Bulgarian Authorities
      • Conclusions and Remarks by DG JRC

        • Dan Chirondojan- European Commission (DG JRC)https://ec.europa.eu/jrc