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Launch of Foresight report: reducing risks of future disasters - priorities for decision makers

Time (GMT +00) 09:00 10:30

Introduction and welcome

Andrew Norton - Director of Research, ODI


Sir John Beddington - Government Chief Scientific Adviser (Chair)

Professor Angela McLean -  Chair of Foresight Project Lead Expert Group and Director of The Institute for Emergent Infections of Humans, University of Oxford 

Brendan Gormley - Foresight Project Lead Expert Group member and former CEO of the Disasters Emergency Committee

Professor Tim Wheeler - Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, DFID


Tom Mitchell - Head of Programme, Climate Change, Environments and Forests, ODI


This Foresight Project, led by Sir John Beddington, has considered disasters resulting from natural hazards in developing countries. The aim has been to provide advice to decision makers on how science can inform the difficult choices and priorities for investing in disaster risk reduction, so that the diverse impacts of future disasters can be effectively reduced.

The work looks out to 2040 and takes a broad and independent view. Throughout, it has drawn upon the latest developments in natural and social science, and lessons from the many existing Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives.

The report is part of the Government’s response to Lord Ashdown’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Review commissioned by the Department for International Development. Speakers will give presentations on the report's key findings.

Topics include:

  • how science and evidence could help in understanding evolving future disaster risks

  • how those risks may best be anticipated

  • the practical actions that could best be taken in risk reduction

This event is by invitation only. You can, however, register via the 'register' tab to watch the event live online. If you are interested to attend in person please email [email protected] stating your name, job title and organisation

Event timings:

8.30am – registration

9.00 – 10.00am presentations and Q&A

10.00 – 10.30am informal networking