• 2nd International Smoke Symposium

      Venue:Long Beach, CaliforniaMonday, November 14, 2016 To Thursday, November 17, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      ISS2 will bring together researchers from the atmospheric sciences, the ecological sciences, mathematicians, computer sciences, climatologists, social scientists, health professionals, smoke responders and others to discuss the complex issues of wildland fire smoke and identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for innovation and development.

      The 1st International Smoke Symposium was held in Maryland in 2013 and was an overwhelming success. It set a bar for how a conference can have valuable and interactive virtual capability and can easily bring in international attendance.

      The symposium aims to address a variety of wildland smoke related issues, through topics that relate to methods for tracking, modeling and inventory, social implications, climate implications, current and future research needs, and practical field management techniques for smoke.

      ISS2 is being conducted as a Hybrid Event. A hybrid combines in-person and streaming presentations; all plenary and concurrent sessions will be professionally videotaped and will be streamed live. This will allow the remote attendees to interact in real time with the presenters and other remote attendees. We will also be offering a virtual poster session and trade show.

      Purpose: The purpose of this symposium is to once again convene air quality, fire, and smoke specialists from the research community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local/state/federal government agencies and tribes to discuss the state-of-the-science and state-of-the-applied-science for smoke management and addressing the air quality impacts of wildland fire smoke.

      For more information on the conference, click here

    • Aerial Firefighting Conference in the Asia Pacfic region

      Venue: Adelaide, AustraliaMonday, September 5, 2016 To Tuesday, September 6, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      Bushfires are a blight on Australia’s rural communities and are now increasingly threatening city limits, Sydney being recently headlined when in 2013 New South Wales experienced a series of bushfires which swept through an area of 290,000 acres, destroyed 248 buildings and cost A$94 million.
      South Australia is no stranger to this phenomenon either and bushfires are well documented to be worsening in the State, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. Since early 2015, soaring temperatures and high winds have stoked the bushfires across South Australia with more than 30 homes being destroyed including 2,000 hectares of the Barossa Valley causing damage to several wineries in the Adelaide Hills behind the State Capital. No-one can forget the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, which left 75 dead.
      Aerial firefighting is a powerful weapon in the bushfire-extinguishing arsenal which can, when deployed correctly, stop wildfires in their tracks. Large air tankers, SEAT and helicopters can drop water on the fire front and, in cooperation with ground fire-crews providing controlled back-burning, prove to be a tried and tested solution.
      Reduction of bushfires in the future is unlikely and so it is important to maintain connection with the worlds’ aerial firefighting community to remain current and capable. There are many different aerial firefighting solutions in existence, with new techniques and technologies entering the arena every year. It was in 2011 when Australia last connected with the international aerial firefighting community and its technologies which took place in Melbourne.
      The Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific 2016 conference will address how government organisations and emergency services can challenge and support the aviation industry to begin a journey of continuous improvement and partnership, so that the Australian firefighting community can improve efficiency and dramatically reduce the risks associated with aerial firefighting.
      For more information on the conference, click here

    • Hazardous Waste Management Short Course 2016

      Venue:Delft, NetherlandsThursday, September 1, 2016 To Friday, November 11, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      Registration is now open for a short course on Hazardous Waste Management

      1 September – 11 November 2016 Delft, Netherlands

      A consortium of partners consisting of ISWA, UNESCO-IHE, UNIDO, UNEP and the University of Technology of Berlin are jointly organizing a high profile short course on Hazardous Waste Management (HWM2016). The course will take place in three phases from 1 September – 11 November 2016.

      The deadline for applications is 15 June 2016 - 23.59 (CET). Please follow this link to register

      HWM2016 consists of three phases:

             I - online starting up - September 1-30

             II - physical presence - October 3-14 in Delft, Netherlands

             III - online completion - October 17 - November 11

      The three phases form one package of which the heart is formed by the physical presence phase. A maximum of 24 professionals in (Hazardous) Waste Management will be admitted taking into account geographic and gender balance. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to all those who successfully complete the course. Tools include in-class teaching, excursions, discussions, preparation of video presentations of own case study, online discussions, presentations, preparation of special topics, and webinars. The language of instruction is English.

      Find the course brochure here and the case study template to be submitted as part of the application. For further information on the course methodology, structure, registration and fellowship opportunities, please visit the course website: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/hazardous-waste-management


      The registration process consist of two steps:

      (1) Submitting the online application form and

      (2) Sending the case study description to the course coordinator (e-mail: m.siebel@unesco-ihe.org) The case study template can be found here.

      The deadline for applications is 15 June 2016 - 23.59 (CET). Visit the course website for further information: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/hazardous-waste-management

    • Third Course on International Disaster Law - Sanremo 13 to 17 June 2016

      Venue:SanremoMonday, June 13, 2016 To Friday, June 17, 2016 08.45 - 15.30

      The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is delighted to announce that the Third Course on International Disaster Law will take place in Sanremo from 13 to 17 of June 2016.

      The Course is organized in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and with the support of the Italian Red Cross.

      The IDL course will offer participants an opportunity to analyse one of today’s foremost legal challenges namely the prevention and management of natural and man-made disasters.

      Lectures will be delivered by distinguished speakers including Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Walter Kälin (former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), academics, as well as representatives of relevant international and national actors concerned with IDL, such as the IFRC and OCHA.

      The programme seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of the main practical, humanitarian and military issues related to the legal aspects of disaster prevention and management activities. Topics will be covered using a plenary-based approach complemented by practical exercises designed to test the participants’ ability to find outcome-oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions.

      The programme is tailored towards:

      graduate and post-graduate students with an interest in IDL; practitioners (e.g. staff of civil protection departments; staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; NGOs) involved in disaster management; academics; and professionals with an academic background in the areas of law, security studies, international relations, humanitarian assistance or other related fields, eager to expand their knowledge of IDL.

      Course Directors:

      David Fisher (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and the IDL Project coordinating team (Giulio Bartolini, Federico Casolari, Emanuele Sommario, Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani).

      Applicants are kindly requested to complete the registration.

      Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and prospective participants are therefore encouraged to apply early in order to secure a place.

      Applications will be reviewed by the Course directors. Unless all places are taken earlier, the final deadline for application is 20 May 2016. The Course is open to a maximum of 35 participants.

      The participation fee is € 600 (Euros) and must be paid within 10 days from the notification of selection.

      The fee covers the following expenses:

      - Course materials
      - Lunches and coffee breaks on Course days
      - Reception drinks and Course dinner
      - Course photo and Course certificate

      The fee does not cover any additional or sundry expenses incurred by participants such as hotel laundry or telephone calls nor travel, accommodation or any other per diem incidentals. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to cover their additional needs for the duration of the course, or have access to funds in Sanremo via their bank.

      Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this Course.

       - Registration Form
      Programme Brochure
      - Info International Disaster Law Course

    • International Conference on Forest Fires and WUI Fires

      Venue:Aix-en-Provence, FranceWednesday, May 25, 2016 To Friday, May 27, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      Following the first Forest Fire conference focused on Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) fires in 2013, the second edition of the conference on fire risk assessment, modelling, mapping and management in wild lands and WUI will take place in Aix-en-Provence, from May 25th to May 27th 2016.
      Forest fire risk has two components: hazard and vulnerability. Because interfaces are areas where massive fuels and highly vulnerable objects are co-locate, in complex spatial structures, assessment of interfaces vulnerabilities is a key factor for land management decision support. If hazard is a stochastic quantity, vulnerability is a deterministic attribute of objects prone to the risk: the stakes. Stakes may be either anthropogenic objects, like houses or infrastructures, or natural objects, like wild spices or ecosystems. In both cases, they have a value, either economical or functional, that allows quantifying vulnerability relatively to other stakes. Many other concepts may be included into or related to the vulnerability: resistance, resilience, exposure, defendability, etc. Following the first ForestFire conference focused on WUI fires in 2013, this second conference will try to sum up the scientific knowledge related to WUI fires and to forest fire threatening WUI, and will favor exchanges between researchers and risk managers, security services and general decision-makers on this topic.
      For more information on the conference, click here

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