The July and August Edition of the Critical Comms has been released and is accessible via here.
the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China, from 29 November to 2 December. A research team from Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety will be participating, presenting and conducting a workshop at this important conference.
The latest information and registration links are available from the official conference website at gsdi15.org.tw.
The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety
Lunchtime Seminar Series 2016
12:15pm—1:15pm Wednesday 24 February 2016
Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
|Dr. Nicholas Ray|
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On Wednesday 14 January the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) welcomed its first international visitors for 2016 with a visit from a sixteen member delegation of senior executives from the Office of Civil Air Defence in China’s Anhui Province.
The Centre’s management team provided the delegation with an overview of the establishment of the Centre; its Research Agenda and current Research Projects as well as presentation by Dr. Yiqun Chen on the development of the Centre’s integrated Disaster Decision Support System (iDDSS).
On Wednesday, October 14 the Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria, Craig Lapsley officially launched the document ‘A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria’ during the keynote session at the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management held in Melbourne. Commissioner Lapsley was invited as the keynote speaker for the plenary session on emergency management and first spoke on the vision for emergency management in Victoria and the challenges we face in in disaster situations which require our communities to survive, adapt and grow, before launching the new strategy. The strategy outlines what community resilience is and how this understanding can be used to develop a resilience-based approach to emergency management in the context of Victoria today. To download the document click the link below:
A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria (PDF 623KB)
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.
Professor Abbas Rajabifard presented at the Australian Academy of Science White Conference on Mining Data for Detection & Prediction of Failure in Geomaterials, Melbourne 13-14 July 2015.
Please find here release of the July Edition of the US newsletter Natural Hazards Observer with a special edition on art and disasters.
LET’S TALK RESILIENCE! was the theme of the third Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge, the winners of which were announced at the Floodplain Management Association National Conference on Thursday May 21 in Brisbane. Within the context of the knowledge exchange partnership on floods and droughts between Australia and the Netherlands – initiated after the Queensland floods in 2011 – ambitious students and young professionals from across Australia were challenged to contribute their own ideas for a more climate-resilient Australia. After several selection rounds, the four best teams were invited to present their ideas at the FMA National Conference in front of 400 flood management experts and a jury, chaired by Dutch Consul-General, Mr. Willem Cosijn. The CDMPS team of Alireza Kashian, James Hung (PhD Students in Geomatics) and Dr Benny Chen (Research Fellow) , supervised by Prof. Abbas Rajabifard and Dr Mohsen Kalantari, received the runner-up award in this challenge for their presentation of WarnWave: Social Interaction, Public Awareness and Collaboration at the time of Disaster, which is mainly focused on potential usage of mobile critical moments.