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Networking lunch at the 2017 Research Forum
Networking lunch at the 2017 Research Forum

Uptake from partners evident at conference

It was great to see so many enthusiastic delegates and exhibitors at this year's Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC annual conference, making the conference another great success. The CRC’s Research Forum on day one once again demonstrated how much work is now ready for uptake by the sector, and it was really encouraging to see so many of our end-user organisations listening to the talks. This highlights one of our greatest priorities over the coming years; helping the users use the valuable outcomes from our research. 

The keynote talks from the Research Forum were a particular highlight for me. Dr Blair Trewin of the Bureau of Meteorology spoke about the likely impacts of climate change on severity and frequency of various natural hazards, while Prof Ann Bostrom from the University of Washington showed us that many of the challenges relating to warnings and risk communications are common across different hazards and across continents. The final keynote from Prof Shane Cronin outlined the processes and progress on the Resilience to Nature's Challenges, National Science Challenge in New Zealand, a centre with many things in common with ours.

Our expo stand also had over 90 posters from across the CRC, which are now all available here

So while this year’s conference is over, planning for next year in Perth is well under way, and there are many more event the CRC is involved with during the rest of 2017. Coming up soon is our free forum (register now) for the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Sydney on 13 October, and our next Research Advisory Forum in Melbourne on 25-26 October. I hope meet most you at one of these events. 

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