ESF Research Conferences

ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference

Understanding Extreme Geohazards:
The Science of the Disaster Risk Management Cycle

27 November - 2 December 2011

Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Stuart M. Marsh - University of Nottingham, UK
Hans-Peter Plag - University of Nevada, Reno, US

Programme Committee:
Francesco Gaetani - GEO Secretariat
Robert Missotten - UNESCO
David Stevens - UNOOSA, UN-Spider
Howard Moore - ICSU, IRDR
Roger Urgeles Esclasans - Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona, ES
Bente Lilja Bye - Beyond Sustainability, NO

Background and Programme

Lisbon, Portugal, during the earthquake of 1 November 1755
Lisbon, Portugal, during the earthquake of 1 November 1755

Extreme geohazards are the cause of major disasters. Most of the lives and property lost to disasters caused by geohazards are lost during extreme events. Although extreme geohazards are infrequent and restricted to certain geographical regions, their potential impact is huge and of global scale. For example, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake had a profound impact on European philosphy, culture and art (see e.g., the many pieces of art in the Jan Kozak Collection). The global and long-lasting societal and economic impacts of the 2004 Sumatra and 2011 Japan earthquakes and associated tsunamis illustrate the scale of disasters caused by extreme geohazards, and they reminded us of the challenge of these extreme events for disaster risk management. At the same time, the recent major geohazards with global impacts are dwarfed by the largest geohazards that occurred during the last few millenniums. The potential impact on our civilization of any such rare event tends to be ignored in our planning of land use and infrastructure. Understanding the full spectrum of extreme geohazards is a prerequisite for disaster risk management and increased global resilience to these events. Reducing the disasters induced by the occurrence of extreme hazards at an acceptable economic cost requires a solid scientific understanding of the hazards. The recent disasters revealed gaps in the knowledge available for policy and decision making. It is therefore timely to review our understanding of extreme geohazards and to relate this knowledge to the full risk management cycle.

Read more about the conference rationale, goals and heritage.

See the Final Programme with session titles and confirmed speakers.

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

List of Accepted Posters: PDF (79 KB) Last updated 25-November-2011

List of Accepted Short Talks: PDF (86 KB) Last updated 25-November-2011


For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Grantees' registrations, Early Bird registrations & fee payments: 16 October 2011
Final closing date for ALL registrations & fee payments: 30 October 2011

Please note that applications closed on 18 September 2011. Should you have missed the deadline, please contact the conference officer (see details at the end of this webpage) and inquire about the procedure to attend the event. Please note that all grants have been assigned. 

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
GranteeConference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment no later than 14 days before the registration deadline, i.e. before 16 October 2011740 €
Registration and payment later than 14 days before the registration deadline but before the registration, i.e. between 17 and 30 October 2011820 €
Conference participation without accommodation560 €

4 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener... For more information, please click here.

Practical Information

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Conference Officer
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