Share your insights at the 2021 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

AIDR is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 2021 Australian Disaster Resilience Conference in Sydney is now open.

The conference program committee invites you to share your insights, knowledge, case studies and stories at next year’s conference, which will explore the theme 'Meeting in the middle: community voices and complex choices'.

The disaster risk and resilience landscape is constantly evolving, and so too are the approaches we take in policy and practice.

It is widely acknowledged that meaningful community engagement and community-led approaches are essential to effectively supporting disaster resilience. So too are the systems, frameworks and enabling environments created through well-considered policy and coordination – most often formulated with community in mind.

We have sought to make disaster risk reduction and resilience everybody’s business, all with a role to play. And yet, an inherent tension in striking the right balance between top down approaches and bottom up approaches to resilience remains. What approaches and mindset do we need to meet in the middle?

In 2021, 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.

The program committee encourages abstracts from a diverse range of sectors contributing to disaster resilience. Both oral presentations and poster presentations will be available, with posters to be featured in the impressive AIDR Knowledge Centre.

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will take place on 18-19 August 2021 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, with COVID-safe measures in place. The conference will run in partnership with AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, Australasia’s largest emergency management conference and exhibition. The Call for Abstracts will close on Monday 8 February 2021.

For further information, visit the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference webpage.