Attendees listening to a presentation at the Sydney RAF.

Attendees listening to a presentation at the Sydney RAF.
Attendees listening to a presentation at the Sydney RAF.
12 Apr 2018
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Research Advisory Forum - Sydney 2018

The April 2018 Research Advisory Forum (RAF) was held in Sydney at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Headquarters on 12-13 April. RAFs are important CRC gatherings held every six months, showcasing the latest research from one half of our research program. They are an opportunity for CRC partners, project leaders and end-users in the CRC to work together, and gain an overview of the research and utilisation activities within the CRC, as well as allowing for more intensive discussion on the progress of each project. They also provide opportunities for informal networking. The format includes Three Minute Thesis presentations by CRC PhD students.

This RAF focused on the Resilience and Policy  themes of the research program, with 136 end-users, researchers and PhD students attending. Projects from the following clusters presented, and the presentations can be downloaded below from the 'resources' tab:

  • Governance and institutional knowledge 
  • Economics, policy and decision-making
  • Scenario and loss analysis
  • Communications and warnings
  • Emergency management capability
  • Understanding and measuring social resilience 
  • Sustainable volunteering

The RAF had two parallel activities:

  • Stakeholder briefings in a large auditorium
  • Breakout sessions to the stakeholder briefings to support detailed project level discussions between researchers and end-user representatives.

The RAF focused on research utilisation activities for existing projects, and the new projects that are a part of the CRC 2017-2021 research program. 

Many end-user representatives involved with the clusters attended, along with project leaders, researchers and PhD students, which enabled productive cluster and project workshops to take place outside of the presentation sessions. Each project gave a 20 minute presentation on the state of the project, covering the research outcomes that have been achieved and how the research is being transition into use by CRC partners. Four PhD students, Liberty PascuaDarryl DixonPeter Middleton and Alan Green, presented their research using the Three Minute Thesis format, while many other PhD students attended the RAF. The aim of these students attending is to build networks between our next generation of researchers and our end-user partners, and expose them more closely to issues facing our sector.



Alan Green testing his science to mitigate against bushfires. Photo: University of Wollongong.
26 April, 2018 | CRC PhD student Alan Green has presented his research on sprinkler systems at the latest Research Advisory Forum.

Students take part in a workshop on presentation skills.
18 April, 2018 | Four CRC PhD students had the chance to present their research as part of a three-minute-thesis at the latest Research Advisory Forum (RAF) in Sydney on 12 and 13 April.

Steve Sutton with end-users Mike Redford and Otto Campion from the Aboriginal Researcher Practitioners Network.
16 April, 2018 | CRC end-user partners, researchers and PhD students from across the country gathered in Sydney last week to attend the CRC’s biannual Research Advisory Forum.

Type Title Credited author Credited author/s NON-CRC
Presentation-Audio-Video Forecasting Impact for Severe Weather Harald Richter, Craig Arthur, Serena Schroeter, Martin Wehner, Jane Sexton, Beth Ebert, Mark Dunford, Jeff Kepert, Shoni Maguire, Russell Hay, Mark Edwards
Presentation-Slideshow Towards Protective Action: Effective Risk and Warning Communication During Natural Hazards Vivienne Tippett, Lisa Bradley, Paula Dootson, Dominique Greer, Amisha Mehta
Presentation-Slideshow Building best practice in child-centred disaster risk reduction Kevin Ronan, Briony Towers
Presentation-Slideshow Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness for bushfires and floods Ilona McNeill, Jennifer Boldero, John Handmer, David Johnston
Presentation-Slideshow Policies, institutions & governance of natural hazards Stephen Dovers, Michael Eburn
Presentation-Audio-Video Barriers and enablers to long term recovery of communities Sarb Johal
Presentation-Audio-Video Utilising Census Data to Inform Public Policy Mehmet Ulubasoglu
Presentation-Slideshow Team monitoring, decision making & organisational learning Chris Bearman, Steven Curnin, Christine Owen, Benjamin Brooks
Presentation-Audio-Video Diversity and inclusion: building strength and capability Celeste Young, Bruce Rasmussen, Joanne Pyke, Craig Cormick, Roger Jones Neelam Maharaj
Presentation-Audio-Video Planning and Capability Requirements for Catastrophic and Cascading Events Andrew Gissing, Michael Eburn
Presentation-Audio-Video Hazards, culture and Indigenous communities Timothy Neale, Jessica Weir, Will Smith
Presentation-Audio-Video Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering: Changing management practice Darja Kragt, Patrick Dunlop, Djurre Holtrop, Marylène Gagné, Alex Luksyte
Presentation-Slideshow Economics of natural hazards Veronique Florec, Abbie Rogers, Atakelty Hailu, David Pannell
Presentation-Audio-Video Building community resilience in northern Australia Jeremy Russell-Smith, Glenn James, Katherine van Wezel
Presentation-Audio-Video How can we Deliver Training to Build north Australian Community Resilience? Stephen Sutton
Presentation-Audio-Video Decision Support System for Assessment of Policy and Planning Investment Options Holger Maier, Graeme Riddell, Hedwig van Delden, Roel Vanhout, Jeffrey Newman, Aaron Zecchin, Graeme Dandy
Presentation-Slideshow The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index Melissa Parsons, Ian Reeve, James McGregor, Phil Morley, Peter Hastings, Richard Stayner, Sonya Glavac, Judith McNeill, Graham Marshall
Presentation-Audio-Video Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering: Adapting the Sector Blythe McLennan, Tarn Kruger, John Handmer
Presentation-Audio-Video Three Minute Thesis: Asbestos Awareness Darryl Dixon
Presentation-Audio-Video Three Minute Thesis: Enhancing public information practice in Tasmania's emergency services Peter Middleton
Presentation-Slideshow Three Minute Thesis: Precarious places, precarious knowledges Liberty Pascua
Presentation-Audio-Video Three Minute Thesis: Sprinkler systems to improve the bushfire resilience of buildings Alan Green
Presentation-Audio-Video How organisations can - and do – utilise research Christine Owen
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