59th Annual Bennett Lecture

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 06, 2018 08:55 AM |
Dr Susan Loughlin of the British Geological Survey will be presenting this years lecture

The role of earth science in disaster risk reduction and development

Dr Susan Loughlin

Head of Volcanology, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh

Lecture Theatre 1, Bennett Building

Monday 26 February 2018, 6.00pm

In an increasingly globalised world, with a rapidly increasing population, earth science has an important role to play in building resilience of societies to natural hazards and climate change, and in encouraging sustainable development. Following international UN agreements such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, governments are increasingly seeking scientific evidence on which to base policy and decision-making. This opens great opportunities for earth scientists who are also engaging more with communities at risk, civil society and the private sector.

Challenge-led science requires effective partnerships across scientific disciplines and sectors to be successful and in order to do this, scientists must sometimes step out of their comfort zones. Real progress has been made by combining, for example, physical and social science methodologies to address disaster risk reduction. One of the current intractable challenges worldwide is then integrating disaster risk reduction into planning and development and this problem is particularly urgent in rapidly expanding cities. Case studies of some recent interdisciplinary research projects in disaster risk reduction in Ecuador, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and the UK will be presented with some lessons learned.

This FREE lecture is open to students, staff, graduates and members of the public.

Tea and coffee will be served in the Bennett foyer from 5.30pm.

Event contact - Gail Andrews t: 0116 252 3921 e: ga16@le.ac.uk

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