Organising Committee

The 4th conference on Community Resiliency is jointly organised by the Virginia Tech and the foundation Global Risk Forum GRF Davos. to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Virginia Tech is considered the U.S. leading research institution on resilience. Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is an international organization based in Davos, Switzerland. Through its many different activities, it aims to bridge the gaps between science, public administration, the private sector and the general public regarding integrated risk management and adaptation to climate change. GRF Davos promotes improved understanding, analysis, assessment and management of disasters and risks that affect human safety, security, health, the environment, critical infrastructures, the economy and society at large. GRF Davos is composed of an international team of researchers and practitioners who work in a wide variety of fields, including geography, engineering, sociology, economics and natural hazards. The interdisciplinary team at GRF Davos has ample experience and expertise in the assessment, analysis, modelling, management and reduction of risks, with a special worldwide focus on environmental problems.

GRF Davos addresses global issues on risk reduction, disaster management and global changes through three focal activities that complement each other.