ADRC21 call for abstracts extended

AIDR has extended the call for abstracts for the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference to be held in Sydney in August this year.

Abstract submission will now close on Monday 15 February 2021.

This year the conference is centred on the theme Meeting in the middle: community voices and complex choices. It will explore the interplay between bottom-up community-led approaches and top-down strategic frameworks.

We invite abstracts that focus on case studies, analysis, good practice models, research in practice, partnerships and collaboration, and stories of lived experience.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will provide an opportunity to have a national conversation about local impact, highlighting leading thinking and practice for community engagement in disaster resilience and collaborative decision making to reduce risk. This year we are asking:

  • Despite efforts to make disaster risk reduction and resilience everybody’s business, an inherent tension in striking the right balance between top-down approaches and bottom-up approaches to resilience remains. What approaches and mindset to we need to meet in the middle?
  • How do we truly enable communities to be in the driver’s seat to ensure the ‘community’ is in community-led? And how do we tackle systemic risks influencing communities that arise from public policy legacies and past decisions?
  • How might governments consider how best to integrate self-mobilised community responses in formal recovery arrangements? And how might local governments be better supported to deliver locally led recovery?
  • How is resilience being incentivised across sectors? What examples can we find of customer or community problems leading to private sector innovations?

Learn more about the ADRC21 theme and submit your abstract here.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will run on 18-18 August in partnership with AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition.