Session 5: Disaster and Crisis Management


Environmental issues, disasters and crises have been showing an increasing complexity and interconnections in every level and aspect, thus requiring a holistic approach from simple problem solving to emergency management. Recent challenges include geographical and affected population escalation, complex or cascading disasters and interconnection of regional conflicts to transboundary social, political and environmental impact.  This requires integration of science, humanities, legislation, institutions and operations. Geosciences carry an inherent interdisciplinarity culture and a long tradition in the research of environment and disasters, along with their familiarity with the complexity of such issues, therefore they could host a platform for all disciplines to interact within.

The session promotes multidisciplinarity, crossdisciplinarity and interdisiplinarity, so that scientists of different backgrounds are able to show their perspectives on the same subjects. Disaster management involves studies and practices throughout the disaster management cycle (from hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment, to emergency design and preparation, to emergency management, response and recovery). 

The session may include any studies on the above, and even more, such as environmental and socioeconomic impact of disasters and climate change, humanitarian crises, natural and technological risk assessment studies, risk perception studies, and case studies from the public sector, business, industries, schools etc.

 Session Chairs

Dr. Efthymis Lekkas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
MSc Spiridon Mavroulis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.