International Lecture 2024


30. April 2024, Lucia DANZI, MSc.

After her master’s thesis on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Tourism, Lucia has been working on her PhD in Geography at the University of Otago (New Zealand). As part of the Resilience to Nature’s National Science Challenge and QuakeCoRE – NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience, she is looking at ways to increase natural hazard resilience in rural communities in New Zealand and help the tourism sector to better prepare for future disaster events. Her research interests address disaster management, collaboration, rural resilience, and Social Network Analysis applied in these fields.

International Lecture 2022


26. April 2022, Prof. Markus STOFFEL

Prof. Markus Stoffel is the head Climate Change Impacts and Risks in the Anthropocene (C-CIA) at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, and the director of the Swiss Tree-Ring Lab ( His research interests are in hydrogeomorphic and earth-surface processes in high-mountain environments across all the globe. He is an editor-in-chief of Geomorphology and a (co-)author of 8 textbooks dedicated to hillslope geomorphology, the cryosphere and tree-ring research... more

International Lecture 2021


13. April 2021, Tony TAIG

After graduating in chemistry in 1977 I began my career in risk with the UK Atomic Energy Authority. I spent 3 formative years at Sandia National Lab in the USA in the 1980’s working on severe nuclear accidents, developing a strong interest in the uncertainty and use of risk information as well as in the more technical aspects of how to estimate risk. Since returning to the UK I spent the rest of my career developing and applying risk concepts across a wide range of different walks of life, first in the UKAEA and its successor private companies, ultimately as Managing Director of its management consulting practice “Risk Solutions”. Since 2001 I have run my own consulting practice, TTAC Ltd, of which I am the director and principal. Over the last 20 years I have worked extensively in New Zealand... more

International Lecture 2020


16. Juni 2020, Cees van Westen

Multi-hazard Risk Assessment is carried out as a basis the prioritization of administrative units for risk reduction planning. In the framework of a UNDP project a national scale risk assessment was done at the municipal and district level for earthquakes, floods, drought, windstorms, landslides, mudflows, and snow avalanches. National-scale hazard maps were generated for these hazards, some of which resulted in intensity/frequency maps and others only in susceptibility maps, with estimated spatial probability for different return periods. National-scale elements ... more 

A recording of the lecture can be found here

International Lecture 2019

EARTHQUAKES AND LANDSLIDES: Understanding the dynamic risk from coseismic landslides

20. May 2019, Tom Robinson

Recent large earthquakes in mountainous regions have demonstrated the importance of understanding the risk posed by coseismic landslides, particularly to linear infrastructure such as roads. As the number of available coseismic landslide inventories has increased, so has our ability to successfully model the hazard posed from these landslides. ... more 

International Lecture 2017

INTEGRATED EXTREME EVENTS MANAGEMENT: Holistic Geomorphology and the PEOPLES Resilience Framework


28. June 2017, Chris Renschler

In the past two decades interdisciplinary approaches in Natural Sciences, Geographic Information Science and Environmental Modeling attempted to integrate monitoring, modeling and managing complex interactions of Earth surface processes in coupled natural and human systems.  ... more

International Lecture 2016

Looking at the rock masses and rock falls: new views and prospects

11. April 2016, Jordi Corominas

In recent years there has been a remarkable development of techniques for the detection and remote acquisition of features of rock masses, with great speed, accuracy and resolution. The two most commonly used are the 3D laser scanner and digital photogrammetry, which allow the extraction of geometric parameters of the rock mass surface such as the joint sets, their orientations, spacing, and persistence. These techniques ... more

International Lecture 2015

Probabilistic Landslide Hazard Analysis

20. April 2015, Paolo Frattini

In this speech, a general framework for probabilistic landslide hazard analysis is presented. With respect to other quantitative hazard assessment approaches, this probabilistic landslide hazard analysis has the advantage to provide hazard curves and maps, and to be applicable to all typologies of landslides, if necessary accounting for both their onset and transit probability. ... more

International Lecture 2014

Large-scale disaster risk assessment and diversity of natural disaster systems

16. June 2014, Peijun Shi

Guided by the Regional Disaster System concept and starting with the conventional risk assessment model and taking into consideration the disaster chain characteristics of large-scale disasters, this speech will introduce a risk assessment model of large-scale disasters to adequately reflect the intensity of hazards, the vulnerability of exposure, and the stability of hazard-formative environment ... more

International Lecture 2013

Benefits and Limitations of quantitative Risk Assessment in dealing with Natural Hazards

07. Jänner 2013, Farrokh Nadim
Society is exposed to both natural and human-induced risks. While the risk posed by natural hazards can never be eliminated, our goal must be to reduce the risk to levels that are tolerable. Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) is a powerful tool for understanding the main drivers of risk and choosing the optimal risk mitigation strategy with the resources available. ... more

International Lecture 2012

Management of Risks from Natural Hazards in New Zealand

12. Dezember 2012, Stefan Reese

New Zealanders are exposed to a wide variety of natural hazards. The extremes of weather and geological forces that create its unique character also present many hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, floods and landslides. Hence, the management and mitigation of natural hazards and the response to disasters has become increasingly important for local and national authorities in New Zealand in the last decade. ... more

International Lecture 2011

Challenges in Landslide Hazard and Risk Assessment

19. Jänner 2011, Fausto Guzzetti
Determining landslide hazards and the associated risk requires information on where and when landslides will occur, and how destructive they will be. In the past decades, substantial progresses were made on determining where landslides are expected. We are less capable of predicting when landslides occur, and the types of damage they cause. Also, the effects of climate and environmental changes on the location, ... more

International Lecture 2009

The Response of Geomophic Systems to Global Environmental Change: Implications for Hazard and Risk

23. November 2009, Michael Crozier
Rapidly changing global processes responible for destabilising geomorphic systems are identified and examined with reference to specific contemporary contexts, including fluvial, coastal, hillslope and agricultural systems. Compared to the chornic effects of climate change, human interventions can be acute, far reaching and govern system behaviour by ... more

International Lecture 2008

Hazard, Risk and Disaster Reduction: State of the Art

15. Dezember 2008, David Alexander
This talk will review the current state and developing trends in disaster
risk reduction and emergency preparedness. It will do so using models of
the institutions and processes involved.With regard to both natural and
anthropogenic hazards, particular attention will be devoted to the
relationship between science and society. ... more