Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week moves online

With strong support from our partners and dedicated conference program committee we are delighted to be moving online to host Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week from 24–27 August 2020.

AIDR is thrilled to announce Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week will be streaming live in the last week of August.

This exciting week-long event showcases a thought provoking program of speakers, soon to be announced, exploring this year’s conference theme of: Disaster risk reduction in action: pathways to impact. Highly topical presentations and discussions will bring us together online as a disaster resilience community to connect, reflect, and seek to navigate the complexity of large scale disasters and a global pandemic that 2020 has presented us with.

Keynote speaker: Alice Hill

We are delighted to be joined by Alice Hill for a keynote and conversation on ‘Disasters, climate change and a pandemic: what 2020 has shown us about building a resilient tomorrow.’

Alice C. Hill has an uncommon blend of experience—as a federal prosecutor, judge, special assistant to the US President, and senior director for the National Security Council. She currently serves as senior fellow for climate change policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she focuses on risks, consequences, and responses associated with climate change. While at the White House under President Obama, she led the development of national policy to prepare for catastrophic risks, including climate change and biological threats. Hill previously served as a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her coauthored book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow, was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press. In 2020, Yale University awarded her the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis.

Other key highlights will include:

  • Monday session: Collaborating for impact
  • Tuesday session: Local leadership
  • Wednesday session: Community creating change
  • Thursday session: Business fostering resilience
  • National DRANZSEN Forum (free)
  • Australian Disaster Resilience Network virtual afternoon tea (free)
  • Launch of the Community Engagement Handbook (free)

Whether you join from your office or from home, from a capital city, regional centre or rural town, for the whole week or just on the days that most interest you, we hope that Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week will be the most broadly accessible high profile virtual event that we’ve hosted to date.

AIDR looks forward to seeing you online!

Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week

Dates: 24 – 27 August, 2020

Format: Daily afternoon session blocks with a range of optional free special events for further networking and learning. Program to be announced in late July.


  • Full week (Monday – Thursday): $110 (incl. GST)
  • Daily pass: $33 (incl. GST)

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