The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is delighted to announce Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week will be taking place virtually.

Knowledge Week will be held over the course of four days (24 – 27 August 2020), with a variety of sessions and special events that you can mix and match to suit your interests and availability.

The core program – featuring the same speakers and presentations identified for the original physical event in Adelaide – will take place in the afternoons. The program also features special free events and networking.

We are thrilled to be joined by Alice Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Barack Obama for resilience policy, for a keynote and conversation on Disasters, climate change and a pandemic: what 2020 has shown us about building a resilient tomorrow.

Whether you join from your office or from home, from a capital city, regional centre or rural town, for the whole week or just a few sessions, we hope that Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week will virtually convene more delegates from the disaster resilience community than ever before. Together we will connect, reflect, and seek to navigate the complexity of large scale disasters and a global pandemic that 2020 has presented us with.

Don't forget to register by Friday 7 August to receive your Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week mug and biscuits for the virtual afternoon tea! 

Disaster risk reduction in action: pathways to impact

Australia is moving forward with a new agenda for disaster risk reduction to contribute to a more resilient nation, supported by the National Disaster Risk Reduction FrameworkThis is a national and comprehensive approach to reducing disaster risk and its impacts, now and into the future.

2019 was a year of records being broken in Australia and around the world, and disasters that once would have been considered rare, or unprecedented, occurring more often and with significant impact. This led into the devastating Black Summer, shortly followed by the onset of a global pandemic.

Disaster risk reduction provides a path forward where ‘business as usual’ is no longer adequate. But what does that mean, and how do we take tangible action that leads to impact? 

Keynote speaker: Alice Hill

Disasters, climate change and a pandemic: what 2020 has shown us about building a resilient tomorrow

Alice HillAlice C. Hill has an uncommon blend of experience – as a federal prosecutor, judge, special assistant to the 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.

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Program at a glance

Monday 24th   Tuesday 25th  
1.00pm - 1.50pm Keynote:
Alice Hill
2.00pm - 3.30pm Presentation session:
Local leadership
2.00pm - 3.30pm Presentation session:
Collaborating for impact
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Free event:
Australian Disaster Resilience Network virtual afternoon tea
Wednesday 26th   Thursday 27th   
10.30am - 12.30pm Free event:
National DRANZSEN Forum
1.00pm - 1.50pm Panel event:
What do we need to be resilient to?
2.00pm - 3.30pm Presentation session:
Community creating change
2.00pm - 3.30pm Presentation session:
Business fostering resilience
3.30pm - 4.30pm Free event: 
Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook Launch


Attend the full conference, select a daily pass, or join for free events.

All conference sessions will be hosted on Zoom. Attendees will be sent links to their selected online sessions the week before the conference commences. 

Registration type Price What's included
Full conference pass $110

Full access to Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week. Every day, every session.

Register by Friday 7 August to receive your mug and biscuits for the virtual afternoon tea!

Daily pass - Monday $33
Access to the Collaborating for Impact session on Monday 24 August 2020, including keynote presentation from Alice Hill.
Daily pass - Tuesday $33 Access to the Local Leadership session on Tuesday 25 August 2020
Daily pass - Wednesday $33 Access to the Community Creating Change session on Wednesday 26 August 2020
Daily pass - Thursday $33
Access to the Business Fostering Resilience session on Thursday 27 August 2020, including panel discussion on 'What do we need to be resilient to?'
Australian Disaster Resilience Network Launch Free Access to the Disaster Resilience Network launch, including virtual afternoon tea and networking, on Tuesday 25 August 2020.
National DRANZSEN Forum Free Access to the National Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network Forum on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
Community Engagement Handbook Launch Free
Join AIDR as we launch the Community Engagement Handbook on Wednesday 26 August 2020.


Please direct any queries about the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference presents Knowledge Week to AIDR Events Coordinator, Greg Taylor:

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