The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety held its first International Symposium on 30th September at the University of Melbourne. The event coincided with the launch of the Centre’s new research lab, which is located in the Walter Boas building on campus and offers a space for students, researchers, and industry to collaborate and come together to advance their knowledge in the field of disaster management and public safety. The research symposium, “Delivering a Resilient Future: The Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety” attracted over 120 participants from industry, academia and government – a significant achievement.
Speakers at the event included: Mr. Greg Scott, United Nations inter-regional advisor for global geospatial information management; Mr. Robert Jensen, International Disaster Communications Expert; Mr. Craig Lapsley, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria; and Mr. Kevin Casey, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police, among others. Throughout the event trends, strategies and a vision for delivering a resilient future were discussed, as well as the additional themes of Global Disaster Management, Building Resilience across Nations, An on the Ground Perspective of Public Safety, and Stepping into the Future of the Next Generation for Disaster Management. For more information about the event please visit http://cdmps.org.au/symposium2014/index.php/home