First Annual ECEP Southern Hemisphere Workshop

Workshop held in Sydney, Australia on February 13-14, 2017

About 50 gathered at the first annual ECEP Southern Hemisphere Workshop in Sydney, Australia on February 13-14, 2017. Sponsored by IAG, the meeting brought together leading thinkers on risk, resilience, and extreme events from industry, academia, and government and non-governmental organizations. Participants discussed first-hand experiences and future requirements related to developing greater societal resilience to natural hazards.

A kick-off welcome by Greg Holland, Director of C3WE, was followed up with a keynote address by Robert Tickner, the ambassador for Australia’s Business Round Table and former Acting Under Secretary for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation and former CEO and Secretary General for the Australian Red Cross. A series of lightning talks rounded out the late-afternoon gathering on the 13th, with about half of the event’s participants having an opportunity to provide brief overviews of their areas of interest related to risk, resilience, and extreme events. This talk series facilitated initial introductions and conversations between participants, and paved the way for the full-day workshop the following day.

Members of the Australian Business Roundtable contributed to the discussion, focusing on how to respond to current and emerging risks in Australia. Moderated by Andy Pitman, Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, speakers included Anna Kilmartin, IAG’s Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs, Nina James, General Manager of Investa’s Sustainability Group, Andrew Buay, Vice President of Group Sustainability for Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, and Andrew Coghlan, National Manager of Emergency Services for the Australian Red Cross.

The  afternoon included a networking lunch, a series of short talks on “Risk and Resilience in Practice” by those working on the front lines to enhance societal understanding and response to extreme events. A “speed dating” and break-out session rounded out the day, providing participants with an opportunity to address questions ranging from better understanding the requirements, information needs, and solution for quantifying and mitigating physical risks, to looking at how to ensure optimal societal response to the impacts of extreme events.

Visit C3WE Website for Workshop Presentations