Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended Until November 7! NCSE’s Disasters and Environment Conference

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Due to multiple requests, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has extended the early bird registration deadline for its 13th National Conference: Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience, until November 7, 2012. 

The conference will feature 24 fascinating symposia (two sets, 1.5 hours each) on Tuesday, January 15, and 22 interactive breakout workshops on Wednesday, January 16. Highlights also include ten keynote addresses and eight plenary sessions.
Visit the conference website for a detailed agenda.

Keynote Speakers

  • Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations
  • W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA
  • Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, NOAA
  • Rowan Douglas, Chairman, Willis Research Network
  • Thomas Loster, Chairman, Munich Re Foundation
  • Amanda Ripley, author of The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why
  • James Lee Witt, Founder and Chairman, Witt Associates
  • Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, Louisiana (invited)
  • Susan Collins, U.S. Senator, Maine (invited)

Plenary Sessions
The conference will feature eight dynamic roundtable discussions moderated by reporters and journalists with questions from the audience.

  • Japan 2011: Cascading Disasters
  • The Gulf Coast: Diverse Converging Issues
  • Aridity and Drought — Africa and the U.S. West
  • Environmental Changes Driving Environmental Disasters
  • The “Human Factor” in Environmental Disasters
  • Environmental Disasters Driving Environmental Changes
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • No Regrets Resilience: Saving Money, Saving Lives

Recently confirmed speakers include:

Bernard Goldstein

Professor Emeritus,
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Kathryn Sullivan
Deputy Administrator
and Acting Chief Scientist,

Thomas Loster

Munich Re Foundation

David Titley
Deputy Under Secretary for Operations,


Symposia A 

  • International Roles in Environmental Emergencies
  • Tools to Identify Vulnerability (1)
  • Inundation Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Preventing Catastrophic Losses to the Cascading Effects of Forest Fire
  • Lifeline Services at the Interface of the Built and Natural Environment
  • Ecosystem Impacts from Nuclear Energy: Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima
  • Building a New Framework for Understanding and Mitigating Disaster Impacts on Ecosystems
  • Envisioning Resilient and Sustainable Communities
  • Climate Change, Communities, and Risk: Research from the U.S. Global Change Research Program and National Climate Assessment
  • Applying Models of Human Behavior and Memory in Disasters Across Space and Time
  • Community-Led Responses and Recovery to Cascading Disasters Along the Gulf Coast
  • Florida: A Statewide Case Study of Alternative Approaches to Adaptation and Recovery

Symposia B

  • Tools to Identify Vulnerability (2)
  • Wildland Fire in a Changing Climate
  • Military Bases and their Communities
  • Creating Resilient Coastal Cities
  • Climate, Environment, and Readiness: Intersection of the Built and Natural Environment
  • Mapping a Path to Resilience: The Intersection of Environmental Disasters, Ecosystem Services, and Security
  • Enhancing Preparedness and Building Resilience in the Rapidly Changing Arctic
  • Learning from Disasters: Environmental Disasters as Teachable Moments
  • Informing Disaster Resilience Policy
  • Women and Climate Change Disaster Resilience: Local to Global Ecological Impacts and Strategies
  • No Regrets Resilience along the Gulf Coast
  • Unmeasured Consequences of Major Natural Disasters and Conflict

Breakout Workshops 

  • Ready or Not: Resilience Indicators
  • Connecting Tools with Decision Makers
  • Grid Collapse: Electric Power and Disasters
  • Resilient Coastal Communities
  • Managing the Wildlands-Urban Interface for Fire Safety
  • The U.S. Flood Control Program at 75: From Flood Control to Risk Management
  • Impacts of Earthquakes on the Environment and Human Health
  • Resilient Buildings and Communities: Responding to Disasters in a Changing Climate
  • Developing Recommendations and Partnerships for Better Integrating Natural Resources into Disaster Planning
  • Reducing Risk and Vulnerability: A New Future in Green Disaster Management, CCA and DRR
  • Natural Resource Managers and Disaster Risk Reduction: Protecting Coastal Ecosystems
  • Enhancing Preparedness and Building Resilience in the Rapidly Changing Arctic: Developing and Action Plan
  • Mega Drought
  • Environmental Emergencies: How to Manage Recent Trends of Climate Change and Urbanization
  • Building Community Resilience and Capacity Through Extension Programs
  • Responding to Drinking Water and Wastewater-Related Disasters while Preparing for Climate Change
  • Resilient Community Disaster Recovery
  • Legal Issues in Emergency Management
  • Out of Harm’s Way: Natural Disasters and Population Movements
  • How to Prepare Populations to Counter Natural Disasters Independently
  • Supporting Community Resilience
  • Risk Perception and Communication: How We Respond to Disasters