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Pre-Conference Special Side Event 

(free access for all conference participants)

Wednesday - August 28, 2013

15:30 - 19:30

Physikalisch - Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos / World Radiation Center PMOD /WRC

Official Inauguration of the Lab and Office Building 

of the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos / World Radiation Center PMOD / WRC

Keynote Lecture:
Ghassem Asrar, Director, World Climate Research Programme, WMO, Geneva, Switzerland

Welcome addresses:
Tarzisius Caviezel, Mayor City of Davos, Davos, Switzerland                                               
Christian Plüss, Director, Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, Zurich, Switzerland
Walter J. Ammann, President Swiss Research Institute for High Altitude Climate and Medicine, Davos, Switzerland                                                                                                     
Werner Schmutz, Director, Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos / World (Solar) Radiation Center PMOD / WRC


Cocktail Reception




Thursday - August 29, 2013

08:00 - 09:00



09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and introduction
Walter J. Ammann, President, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos
James Bohland, Co-Director, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience & Interim Vice President, Virginia Tech, Arlington, USA

Keynote "Creating a Culture of Resiliency"
Charles Steger, President, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

International Dimensions of Resiliency: Goals for the Future

09:30 - 10:00  

Resilience is shaped by the context of places. Thus, efforts to create resilient communities will vary across the diverse cultural, economic, environment and social dimensions of nation states. Also, the type and scope of risks and disasters vary globally and change over time. Recent experiences have also clearly shown that disasters don’t stop at borders and the need for trans-border systems’ resiliency has become obvious. So it is imperative that each country and region have implemented resiliency efforts specific to their context. Presentations and discussions will focus on what should be the goals of a resilient country, region or community and on how to reach agreements on an international level. In his keynote, Dr Saifur Rahman will elaborate on international perspectives and goals in resiliency.

Keynote: "International Goals for Resiliency"
Saifur Rahman, Joseph Loring Professor & Director VT Advanced Research Institute, Arlington, USA

10:00 - 11:15

Panel I: "International Disaster and Risk Reduction, Sustainability and Resiliency"

This first panel will explore what those goals might entail, and how international organizations can provide leadership in establishing useful goals, standards and indicators to address resiliency in the context of risk reduction and disaster management, and on how to link resiliency and sustainable development?

Walter J. Ammann, President, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland

Stefan Pickl, Professor for Operations Research, University Bundeswehr, Munich, Germany
James Martin, Chair, Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, USA
Wolfgang Kroeger, Professor, ETH Risk Center, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Jerry Velasquez, Chief Advocacy and Outreach and Coordinator "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign, UN-ISDR, Geneva, Switzerland 

11:15 - 11:45
  Coffee Break
11:45 - 13:00  

Panel II: “Approaches to Infrastructure Resiliency in Different National Contexts”

Panel II will examine current practices in different national contexts to help develop some basic insights into what practices currently exist and which gaps must be addressed in the future.

Paul Knox, Co-Director, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience & University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Ralph Hall, Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Krishna Vatsa, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, South Asia UN Development Programme, Bangkok, Thailand

Jaffer Khan, Director, MARG Institute of Design and Architecture Swarnabhoomi –MIDAS, Chennai, India

Daniel Kull, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank, Geneva, Switzerland

13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:15  

Keynote Address:  title tbd
Thierry Courvoisier, President, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Berne, Switzerland

Building a National Strategy for Addressing Resiliency

14:15 - 14:45


The responsibility for enhancing the resiliency of its communities falls initially on national governments although risks vary regionally within a nation. Regional or local efforts must be contextualized to be appropriate to time and place. It is national governments’ responsibility to craft policies and approaches that will reduce risks to their populations, improve the ability of communities to adapt to major events, and continue to grow and prosper in new post event norms. In her keynote, Dr Lauren Alexander Augustine will outline a national strategy for the United States.

Keynote "The National Imperative"  
Lauren Alexander Augustine, Associate Executive Director, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., USA

14:45 - 16:00

Panel III: "Appropriateness of Resiliency as a National Strategy"

The panel will discuss the role of resiliency in national strategies to reduce risks and manage disasters and on how to focus national strategies, engage citizens in shaping them, and to create implementation plans that still allow to adapt to local conditions.

Jack Harrald, Associate Director, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Simin Davoudi, Professor, Environmental Policy and Planning, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK


Joao Ribeiro, General Director of the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), Maputo, Mozambique


Stefan Brem, Head of Risk Analysis and Research Coordination, Swiss Federal Agency for Civil Protection, Berne, Switzerland


Susan Cutter, Director, Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

16:00 - 16:30
  Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:45  

Panel IV: “Translating National Strategies to Practice”

Panel IV will focus on one of the conundrums embedded in national approaches to resiliency; in the majority of instances environmental events are regional or local in scope rather than national. The issues of managing recovery in a regional context are particularly vexing because of potential jurisdictional conflicts. The panel will address how regional implementation can be accomplished effectively while allowing local control.

James Bohland, Co-Director, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience & Interim Vice President, Virginia Tech, Arlington, USA

Gerry Galloway, Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Maryland, Maryland, USA


Bijan Khazai, Senior Research Scientist, CEDIM, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology            
James Kendra, Director, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
Pedro Basabe, Senior programme officer, UNISDR, Geneva, Switzerland

19:00 - 19:45  

Cocktail Reception

Hotel Morosani Schweizerhof

19:45 - 22:00  

Keynote Address: title tbd   
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Secretary of State for Education and Research, Berne, Switzerland

Conference Gala Dinner

Hotel Morosani Schweizerhof

Friday, August 30, 2013

Public and Private Sectors Resiliency Approaches

08:30 - 09:00


The session will focus on good practice example and on actions required to advance resiliency from goals and strategies to actions on all levels. In his keynote, Martin Powell will address challenges and opportunities in critical infrastructure sectors’ collaborations and on how the private and public sectors can collaborate to enhance the resiliency of both sectors.

Keynote: "The Resilient City of the future - a public and private affair!"
Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens AG, London, UK

09:00 - 10:15  

Panel V: “Building Public Private Sector Partnerships”

Panel V will provide insight in practical experiences in different critical infrastructure sectors and outline the potential in public-private partnerships for enhancing resiliency. Prerequisites for successful cooperation and some of the problems that must be overcome in creating effective collaborations will be identified.

Stefan Brem, Head of Risk Analysis and Research Coordination, Swiss Federal Agency for Civil Protection, Berne, Switzerland

Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens AG, London, UK
John Zeppos, Head Business Continuity management, Cosmote Telecom, Athens, Greece


Susanne Krings, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, Bonn, Germany
Roland Friedli, Senior Risk Engineer, Swiss Re Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland


Chloe Demrovsky, 
Director Global Operations, DRI International and Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP), New York, USA

10:15 - 10:45

  Coffee Break
Scientific Approaches to Resiliency







10:45 - 11:15

  Moving resiliency forward requires science that can better ground action in theory. In his keynote, Dr Dirk Helbing will provide insight into a systems approach in resiliency that will help to focus future scientific efforts.

The subsequent panel VI provides both a critique of a systems approach and offers their perspectives on the scientific gaps in resiliency research, and on how to best address them. Setting new directions in research is a desired outcome of the panel, thus contributing to set the research agenda for the post Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA2) period.

Keynote "The System Approach in Resiliency" 
Dirk Helbing, Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

11:15 - 12:30


Panel VI: "Creating a Scientific Base for Resiliency – the Road to HFA2"

Charles Steger, President, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Chris BarrettDirector of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL), Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA


Reginald DesRoches, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA


Merle Missoweit, Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis, Euskirchen, Germany


Dennis Wenger, National Science Foundation, Washington, USA

12:30 - 12:45  

Signing Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Tech and Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

Charles Steger, President, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

Walter J. Ammann, President, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland

12:45 - 13:45



Fostering Resiliency Through Social Networks
13:45 - 14:15  

The session highlights the importance of social networks in building resilient communities. In his keynote, Dr Ortwin Renn provides context for understanding the importance of social networks and social capital.

Panel members expand on current research in social capital that bears on community resilience. Of particular importance is whether directed government actions can enhance the formation and retention of social capital, or is social capital the consequence of a long history of trusted relationships that cannot be stimulated by public actions.

Keynote "Social Capital and Resiliency"
Ortwin Renn, Professor and Chair, Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

14:15 - 15:30


Panel VII: "Resiliency and Social Systems"


Liesel A. Ritchie, Assistant Director, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Daniel Aldrich, Associate Professor, Purdue University and Fulbright Research Professor, Tokyo University, West Lafayette, USA


Dilanthi Amaratunga, Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK
Keith Shaw, Professor of Politics, North Umbria University, Newcastle, UK

15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
Governance and Resiliency

16:00 - 16:30


The session focuses on the important role of good governance in implementing resiliency. In his keynote, Dr Carlo Jaeger will outline the contextual framework of good governance and resiliency.

A central question for the panel will be whether governments are willing and able to implement the policies required for fostering resiliency. Also, what roles, if any, can we expect from non-profit organizations such as professional associations to enact standards that become part of our planning and building codes for the future. Included in the panel’s discussions are issues pertaining to barriers to building resilient communities, the relative roles of local, regional and federal jurisdictions, and an examination of current best practices.

Keynote "Governance and Resiliency"
Carlo Jaeger, Chair, Global Climate Forum (Germany), Co-chair of IHDP-IRGP, Beijing, P.R. China

16:30 - 17:45


Panel VIII: "Governance and Resiliency"

Jack Harrald, Associate Director, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA

James Kendra, Director, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
Jack Brown, Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency, Arlington County, USA


Deborah Brosnan, President, Brosnan Center and Adjunct Professor of Biology Virginia Tech
Badaoui Rouhban, GRF Davos Senior Research Fellow, Former Director, UNESCO Unit for Disaster Reduction / Disaster Risk Management, Paris, France


  Concluding Discussion