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Successful 2019 JCDR Summer Institute

This March saw 52 participants from over 25 organisations and 6 countries participate in the JCDR’s Emergency Management Summer Institute.

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JCDR makes splash at ISCRAM conference

The 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) in Valencia, Spain saw JCDR PhD candidate Marion Tan present and Senior Lecturer Raj Prasanna win an ISCRAM association “Distinguished Service Award”.

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Hayley Squance awarded fellowship

Congratulations to JCDR PhD candidate Hayley Squance for being awarded the Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship! 

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Congratulations Lisa McLaren

Congratulations are in order for JCDR PhD Candidate Lisa McLaren for all her work done as Coordinator of the Zero Carbon Act campaign at Generation Zero.

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12th Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The 12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, took place at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from 18-19 June 2019. Hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), this year the conference was staged with a new concept that gave attendees insights into research and policy developments over the coming years.

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Strengthening Australasian Research Partnerships Workshop

On Monday 17 June the JCDR co-hosted a workshop with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) in Canberra around Strengthening Australasia Research Partnerships as a pre-event to the 12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference.

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Congratulations! 

Late November/early December saw 3 of our PhD students pass their final oral exams. Click below to discover more information on Alan Kwok, Mina Adhikari, and Nancy Brown's amazing research.

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Visitors from the Republic of Korea

In December the Joint Centre for Disaster Research welcomed a group of disaster response and policy leaders from the Ministry of Interior and Safety in the Republic of Korea.

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ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference Wrap-Up

Dr Raj Prasanna, of the JCDR, co-chaired at the inaugural ISCRAM Asia Pacific regional conference here in Wellington. With the help of many of our staff and students, the conference proved to be a great success.

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150th Anniversary of the Chatham Islands Tsunami

Recent research investigating the 1868 tsunami and development of new tsunami evacuation zones provided a timely opportunity to organise a memorial event to commemorate the 150th anniversary on the Chatham Island.

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Earthquake Resilient Wellington Movie

The footage shot eventuated into a three-minute news-style report on the importance and effectiveness of community resilience as a way of managing and mitigating the impacts of disaster events.

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Ambae Volcanic Eruption Response 2018

Carol Stewart from JCDR and Graham Leonard from GNS contributed to an international, inter-agency field mission to the islands of Ambae, Maewo and Pentecost, Vanuatu to assess impacts of thick ashfalls from the ongoing eruption of Ambae.

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Sri Lankan Delegation to Massey

In October a senior delegation of ten officials from the Colombo Municipal Council came to New Zealand to learn about New Zealand’s Waste Water (sewage) management.

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2018 National Emergency Management Conference

This year’s National Emergency Management Conference was hosted in conjunction with the Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference and hit Wellington again in May.

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Unpacking Complexity Workshop

In conjunctions with this year’s National Emergency Management Conference in May, members of the Centre involved with QuakeCoRE, hosted a workshop which was jointly hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Australia, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

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Wellington Resilience Workshop

On the Friday following the National Emergency Management Conference, JCDR staff, in collaboration with QuakeCoRE hosted its second workshop, this time looking at ‘Wellington Resilience’.

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50th Anniversary of the Īnangahua Earthquake

In conjunction with the anniversary of the Īnangahua earthquake of 1968, David, Denise and Emily of the Centre joined a wider group of researchers on a field trip to explore the enduring role past disasters have on local communities. 

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Noho Marae

In May, JCDR delegates joined members of GNS’ Risk and Society team for an overnight Hui-a-noho at Orongomai Marae in Upper Hutt. The aim of the 2 days was gain further understanding of Vision Mātauranga and the benefit of its use by us as researchers.

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