Natural Hazards: Preparing Today to Protect Tomorrow

Around 2 billion people have been affected by natural hazards during the last decade*, from the Haiti earthquake in 2010 to the Indonesian tsunami in 2018. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding and volcanic eruptions are just some of the devastating hazards which have rocked the 21st Century. Booming populations and rapidly expanding cities bring new challenges and opportunities in preparing for, and responding to, these events.

What are the biggest threats we face from natural hazards? How can scientists effectively communicate these dangers to the public? How should the global community prepare for these events to reduce the resulting damage and loss of life? These are just some of the topics we will investigate with our panel of natural hazard scientists, educators and industry experts:


Dr Joel Gill (Chair) – International Development Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey & founder of the charity Geology for Global Development

Prof Maureen Fordham (Panelist) – Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience

Solmaz Mohadjer (Panelist) – Founder of the ParsQuake earthquake education project

Dr Robert Muir-Wood (Panelist) – Chief Research Officer at Risk Management Solutions & author of “The Cure for Catastrophe”

Dr Rebecca Williams (Panelist) – Volcanologist & Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull specialising in catastrophic flows


Following the seminar, we would like to invite you to a free drinks reception with the speakers.

The event will be part of the Oxford Environmental Research Partnership’s annual seminar series, focusing on the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing society today.

The lecture theatre is accessible (ground floor with no steps).

  • IFRC, World Disasters Report 2018