Last Friday at the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards 2015, Professor Abbas Rajabifard, director of the CDMPS, has been announced as “SSSI Professional of the Year”.
This week, Prof. Abbas Rajabifard and Mr. Ged Griffin will travel to Santiago in Chile to further engagement and research collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Chilean organisations related to disaster management and public safety, and also SDIs and land administration.
While in Chile, Prof. Rajabifard will deliver two keynote presentations, the first at an international seminar on SDI and future cities, and the second on disaster management, the global disaster management platform (GDMP), and the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS).
A number of meetings have also been scheduled for this trip. The first is an official visit to the Chilean National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) to discuss collaboration opportunities between ONEMI and the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. A second meeting will also be held with researchers from the Catholic University of Chile to further research collaborations on disaster management. This meeting will provide the opportunity to hold discussions with the Research Center for Integrated Disaster (CIGDEN) which is a centre that brings together key agencies from the areas planning, civil protection, and infrastructure to develop actions to help mitigate the impact of disasters on the population and urban areas.
This trip furthers the relationships established when Prof. Rajabifard visited Chile one year ago in July 2014 and aims to further research collaboration opportunities.