Disasters Evermore: Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World
This symposium aims to raise awareness about global and local disaster risk, the challenges and potential solutions.
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The world is changing at a seemingly ever increasing pace and many are worried about what the future holds in terms of disasters, death and despair. This symposium, "Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World", focuses on disaster risk in our past, present and future, providing both hope and concern in a mix of short presentations by researchers and a panel debate with high-level decision-makers on national and international levels.
The purpose of the event is to utilize Lund University’s 350-years Jubilee to raise awareness amongst the general public, political leaders, and civil servants regarding changing global and local disaster risk, associated challenges, and potential solutions.
The event is free and open to the public, but will require registration.
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This event will be live-streamed on our Lund University Youtube channel and on our jubilee Facebook. Presentations will be made available at a later stage on our Youtube channel.
Welcome and Introduction
Professor Mo Hamza, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University
National and international perspectives
How has the international system, particularly the UN, responded to the changing nature of risk, what are we learning, and what progress have we made so far? – Margareta Wahlström, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Have national systems changed and adapted to the changing risks we have to deal with both at home and abroad? If so how? And what else do we need to be aware of regarding the challenges ahead? – Sara Myrdal, Head of EU and International Affairs, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
What are the security uncertainties we need to understand better? What might the world look like with the rise of populism, changing nature of conflict, etc.? And where do we go from here? – Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Academic evidence and current thinking
Risk to critical infrastructure and technical systems – Professor Henrik Tehler, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University
Risk to human and societal systems – Reader Johan Bergström, Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University
Risk to environmental, livelihoods and eco-systems – Professor Emily Boyd, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
The speakers will engage in a panel discussion on how to bridge the gaps between theory and practice. The panel will field questions from the audience.
For enquiries about the event, please contact: Mo Hamza (mo [dot] hamza [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se) or Magnus Hagelsteen (magnus [dot] hagelsteen [at] risk [dot] lth [dot] se)
This event takes place after the symposium "Towards a peaceful global order and gender justice in diplomacy" between 10:00–12:00. Please note that this event requires registration as well!
Learn more about the morning symposium.
Learn more about the topic at hand on our jubilee blog:
Risk Today and in the Future
Join the science week kick-off on Sunday 5 March between 17:00-18:30 in the main University building. We will launch the week with music, discussions and present what the week has in store!
Learn more about the science week launch.
The event "Disasters Evermore: Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World" is part of the science week "Is the world becoming a better place", which takes place between 6–12 March.
See all events during this week (in Swedish).