On October 12-14 the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety successfully hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management, at the University of Melbourne. The event aimed to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to disaster management, and attracted delegated internationally from 14 countries, and nationally from a range of sectors across Australia. The theme for the event was ‘Working together for a safer world’ and during the event the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was celebrated and marked by dedicated sessions on community resilience and disaster risk reduction activities and research.
Overall, more than 130 people attended the invite-only event and there were 63 presentations on 13 key topics. The event began with a day of workshops focusing on disaster management trends and issues, and continued on Tuesday 13th October with the official symposium opening from the Minister for Emergency Management, the Honourable Jane Garrett. The event concluded on Wednesday which featured a keynote presentation from the emergency management commissioner of Victoria, Mr. Craig Lapsley, who took the opportunity to launch a new strategy produced by Emergency Management Victoria on ‘A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria’.
During the event a Gala Dinner was held to encourage networking and collaboration opportunities following the event. A poster competition was also held which featured research posters showcasing current disaster management research.
Overall, the symposium was very successful and fulfilled the objectives of the event which were to: present the latest innovation, research and practice; exchange ideas; establish and extend partnerships; develop a future research agenda; and contribute to knowledge, which all-in-all contributed to the theme of the symposium which was ‘working together for a safer world’.