Great to work so closely with Prof Esther Charlesworth and her team to assist the first batch of the RMIT Master of Disaster, Design and Development (MoDDD) students with a field trip to Marysville. The township was significantly impacted by the 2009 Victorian bushfires and the experience of community members, businesses, local government and practitioners still provides a rich insight into the complex nature of recovery from disaster.
The group also heard from Prof Ed Blakely and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.
CDMPS was able to ensure that community, practitioners, and government were able to engage in discussion with the students about the good and the bad of recovery to better inform them at the start of their career in disaster management. Thanks so much to community leaders and local government staff for their support of this initiative.
Below is a photo of the first panel discussion held in the beautiful Narbethong Community Hall.
CDMPS was invited to present to the International Conference of Public Safety Science and Technology 2016 in Beijing. This is a rapidly growing conference with over 300 delegates in attendance. Greg Ireton, the Manager of the Centre, presented on some of the key findings around social and community impacts of disasters in Victoria and the implications that this has for community resilience.
There was good interest in this topic with invites being extend to present on this topic at conferences in China later in the year.
In our recent visit to Beijing to meet and discuss collaboration in disaster management and public safety at Tsinghua University, Centre Director, Prof Abbas Rajabifard and Centre Manager, Greg Ireton were appointed as members of the International Advisory Board of the China Association of Public Safety.
Along with Tsinghua University, other board members include:
- Prof. Kimiro Meguro, Director, Int. Center for Urban Safety Engineering (ICUS), University of Tokyo, Japan
- Prof. Nabil Adam, Founding Director of Rutgers Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications (I-DSLA), Risk Analysis Framework for Interconnected, Critical Infrastructure Systems
- Prof. Petrus van Gelder, Director, Safety and Security Institute, TU Delft, Netherlands
Dr. Herve Borrion, Senior Lecturer, University College London, England
- Mr. Meir Elran, Program Director, Institute of National Security Study, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Discussions amongst the board included academic and student exchange, co-delivery of post graduate training in disaster management and public safety as well as working collaboratively on publications.
More details to follow on this initiative.
A busy couple of months in the Centre and just catching up on the activities.
July saw the the Centre co-chair the first China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium in Nanjing along with Hohai University (our hosts) and the Huaihe River Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources.
The symposium consisted of presentations, discussion and engagement that took place over the two days to further advance the field of disaster management for both China and Australia.
The symposium aims included:
1. to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to disaster management within the context of a global disaster management platform
2. to establish and extend partnerships between China and Australia. Thirdly, to develop a future research agenda to tackle identified disaster management issues identified for China and Australia; and
3. to exchange ideas and to contribute to knowledge in the disaster management field.
The symposium brought together researchers and practitioners from the following organisations:
• Hohai University
• The University of Melbourne
• The Huaihe River Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources
• The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
• Beijing University of Chemical Technology
• Nanjing University of Finance and Economics
• Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
A key topic of the symposium was the Global Disaster Management Platform (GDMP). The GDMP is a collaborative international research project funded by the University of Melbourne – under the International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) that is led by the CDMPS at the University of Melbourne. The project aims to develop a platform that can bring together and connect communities dedicated to the disaster field to enable them to share and collaborate. Partner countries in this project include China, India, Chile and Brazil.
Through this China-Australia international research symposium, achieving the GDMP vision of an interactive, coordinated and smart disaster management community that delivers positive outcomes for wider society has been brought closer to being realised.
Last month the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety hosted an executive forum on communications from connected vehicles. This forum was sponsored by General Motors (GM) and attracted senior representatives from Industry, Government and Academia.
Organisations involved included Australian Turntable Company Pty. Ltd., City of Melbourne, CRC for Spatial Infrastructure, Emergency Management Victoria, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), Ericsson, GM – On Star, GM Holden, Huawei Australia, Motorola, National Emergency Communications Working Group, Nokia, Telstra, University of Melbourne, Victoria Police, Victorian Department of Treasury & Finance, and Vodafone.
The aim of this forum was to promote informed discussion on the evolving topic of communication requirements for connected vehicles of all types and to introduce the GM On-star connected vehicle concept. Feedback from participants has been very positive and was followed up by meetings between senior Victorian Government, Academia and General Motors.
The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety would like to thank General Motors for the opportunity to host the event and all those who participated to make the forum such a success.