Mr. Dulcidio Coelho, Technical Director of the THINKlab visited to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Multi-agency Emergency Coordination and Control Room at Liverpool. The visit was organised as a part of the 2018 Korean government’s study tour on digital disaster risk and resilience governance and multi-agency collaboration in the UK (25th April to 01May, 2018). The event was jointly organised by the THINKlab, University of Salford and the National Civil Defence and Disaster Management Training Institute, Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in partnership with Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, LONDON RESILIENCE Group based at the London Fire Brigade, and Public Health England, United Kingdom.
Korean government delegation is keen to explore joint collaboration with the MOBILISE project activities in Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A high-level government delegation from the National Civil Defence and Disaster Management Training Institute, Ministry of Interior and Safety (MOIS) of the Republic of Korea (RoK) visited the THINKlab on 26th April 2018.
Prof. Terrence Fernando welcomed the fourteen-member Korean government delegation. The main objective of the visit was to exchange knowledge on digital disaster risk and resilience governance and multi-agency collaboration and explore future joint research and enterprise opportunities for making safe and resilient cities and communities around the world. Senior Fire and Rescue Officials from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service also delivered presentations in the seminar.
The MOBILISE project team, University of Salford in partnership with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service organised a Basic Drone Operating Training for Effective Disaster Risk Analysis & Response Planning. The training is hosted jointly by the THINKlab and School of Environment and Life Sciences (ELS), University of Salford. The main objectives of the event to facilitate knowledge co-creation and the UK fire and emergency responders inputs to the MOBILISE project activities particularly in Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Meeting with Natural Hazard Partnership and BGS
Dr.Vanessa Banks, Team Leader Shallow Geohazards and Risks from the British Geological Survey and Ms. Becky Hemingway, Strategic Relationship Manager BEIS and Weather Impact Scientist for the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP) visited to the THINKlab. During their visit Professor Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project, briefed about the project and discussion was held to explore bilateral collaboration and knowledge exchange.
The MOBILISE project Sri Lanka team organised the first MOBILISE conference on “Strengthening Disaster Risk and Resilience Governance through Digital Technologies”. Senior political leaders including Disaster Management Minister and the Chief Minister , academics, researchers, policy makers, humanitarian responders, big data management experts, earth observation specialists, international and national organisations and business houses from Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Nepal, Thailand, United Kingdom and Netherlands attended the conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 27th February to 01st March, 2018. The event was hosted by Universities of Moratuwa and Colombo and THINKlab, University of Salford in partnership with Disaster Management Center, Ministry of Disaster Management, and Government of Sri Lanka.
The event decided to establish a Research and Innovation Knowledge Co creation Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience decision making in Sri Lanka
Prof. Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project, was invited as a guest speaker at the 'Flood Disaster Management Conference' organised by SPD University of Salford. His presentation was focused on “How can we use data to mitigate the social impact of flooding?". During the conference Professor Fernando introduced the MOBILISE project activities.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, United Kingdom invited Prof. Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project. Prof. Fernando was briefed on multi-agency collaboration disaster risk safety and emergency governance in the Tyne and Wear region and fire and capabilities of the rescue services. During his visit Prof. Fernando also visited to SafetyWorks. Prof. Fernando was accompanied by Dr. Simon Campion Commercial VR Project Manager THINKlab, The School of the Built Environment and Dr. Komal Raj Aryal, Research Fellow for the MOBILISE project.
Professor Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project, invited to present MOBILISE project activities in the 7th International Conference on building resilience, Bangkok, Thailand.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) invited Professor Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project, to speak as one of the special guests in the Conference on “International Cooperation Towards Low – Emission and Resilient Societies” in Bonn on 23rd November, 2017. Prof. Fernando did a key note speech in the session on 'Networks, Big Data and Integrated Systems for SDGs’.
During his visit to Prof. Fernando also had a bilateral meeting with Dr. Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, the head of UN-SPIDER Bonn Office and Dr. Shirish Ravan Senior Programme Officer the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna International Centre.
Dr.Komal Aryal, Research Fellow, THINKlab, University of Salford presented his research on the cascading impacts of the 2015 Nepal Gorkha Twin Earthquakes in the 1st International Workshop on 'Seismic Loss, Rehabilitation Post-Earthquake Crisis Management of Critical Infrastructure' in Istanbul, Turkey. The event was organised by Istanbul Technical University & the University of Sheffield and funded by the Researchers' Link Programme of the British Council and TUBITAK (The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey).
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs China invited Dr.Komal Aryal, Research Fellow, THINKlab, University of Salford to the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications". Beijing, China. During the conference Dr. Aryal shared his experience on interagency collaboration on risk and resilience governance and introduced the MOBILSE project activities.
Dr. Komal Aryal, Research Fellow for the MOBILISE project attended 100 Resilient Cities Workshop in Manchester.
Professor Terrence Fernando, Principal Investigator of the MOBILISE project was invited as one of the key speakers to the Resilience Direct Annual Conference 2017 at Manchester. The event was supported by the Ordnance Survey and UKFast.
During the event, THINKlab senior researchers Dr. Simon Campion and Dr. Kuo Cheng Wu also showed conference participants various digital products developed by the lab that can be used as for effective disaster risk and emergency response planning.
The MOBILISE project consortium met and in Salford on 21th to 23rd August 2017 and launched the project in the presence of senior government representatives from the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, United Kingdom. Senior academics, senior local government representatives and emergency services, project consortium partners, business communities, researchers and students attended the event. The project's next steps were planned. The meeting is concluded with the workshop and planned for the first MOBILSIE Consortium event in Sri Lanka in February 2018.