The next IDRIM Conference will take place in Nice, France on October 16 -18, 2018.
The 2019 annual event for researchers and practitioners in integrated disaster risk management (IDRiM) will focus on the issues of “Knowledge-based Disaster Risk Management: Broadening the scope by « Smart Territories » for Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Organizations”.
The main themes of “Smart” are related to integrating the “knowledge society and knowledge economy, sustainable development, and social inclusion”, with complexity theory, such as, for example, the important role of interconnectivity of networks and feedback effects. How and when this connectivity becomes positive or negative is both a challenge for “hard” sciences (e.g. what are the formal methods that provide valid tools to assess the efficiency of networks, as in see graph theory) and “soft” sciences in the field of risk, resilience and disasters (e.g. participative and deliberative governance frameworks).
The denomination “Smart City” is commonly given to an urban area that incorporates information and communication technologies to enhance the quality and performance of services such as, for example, energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, waste and overall costs. A Smart City could contribute to enhancing the quality of living for its citizens through smart technologies. The main focus is on physical networks connectivity.
A territory is an organization that includes a set of sub-component organizations. These organizations can be regions, cities, villages, hamlets… They can be companies (e.g. industries, pipelines). They can be physical entities or legal entities. They can be visible or invisible (e.g. social networks).
To understand how a territory can be “Smart”, we have to look both at the whole territorial organization and the interaction between these organizations at the broader level.
One of the distinctions made by geographers and regional scientists is that “Smart Territories” examine themes such as economic, social activity, and governance at different scales (large heterogeneous areas versus smaller, primarily urban, areas). Another aspect is the relationship between cities and their hinterlands.
The IDRiM2019 conference brings together researchers and scientists, regulators, risk and insurance, safety and security practitioners, media and NGOs to share expertise and practices on these two challenges:
- How to improve the common understanding of major extreme risks, man-made and natural disasters;
- How to foster individual, organizational and territorial abilities to manage and govern known and emerging risks and resiliencies.
The local organizers are CNRS-University of Nice (UMR ESPACE) and AFPCN (French Society for the Prevention of Natural Disasters) and their national/local partners.
The location of the conference was carefully selected. The Alpes-Cote-d’Azur region is exposed to several natural risks (e. g. flooding), industrial risks (e. g. industry, transport of dangerous goods) and societal risks (e. g. terrorism). It is also an attractive conference venue.