REGISTRATION OPEN: Southern California Earthquake Center: Workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, June 7-8 & 11, 2021


Southern California Earthquake Center: Workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, June 7-8 & 11, 2021

Please REGISTER to join us at the NSF Convergence Accelerator Program workshop on Societal Shock Resilience, to be held online June 7, 8, and 11 (9am-1pm PDT each day).

June 7 & 8: plenary and break-out sessions (up to 600 participants).

June 11: focused-group working meetings, we will select up to 50 participants (attendance to June 7 & 8 sessions is required).

Motivation. Extreme stressing events (“shocks”) such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and pandemics disrupt societal functions at both local and (increasingly) national levels. Yet, resilience and adaptation tools that can confront the consequences of such shocks are still not implemented or even developed. This is mostly due to the lack of interaction and collaboration among the different communities involved in potential solutions.

Goals. In this workshop, we will gather input on what is needed to foster convergence that improves resilience in an impactful way within a few years. The workshop is supported by the NSF Convergence Accelerator Program and will bring together a multi-hazard, multi-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary community to discuss and revise a proposed Societal Shock Resilience Framework that will most benefit from the NSF convergence approach. The goal will be to identify interactions and actionable pathways to “connect the silos” of the framework’s elements (society, shock, exposure, vulnerability, response, recovery, mitigation).

An open call to a broad community. we invite registrants that span a broad range of relevant expertise: hazard assessment (e.g., geoscience, climate science); ecologic, biological, and environmental science; engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical); mathematics and statistics modeling; computer science and software engineering, data science; social sciences (communication, education, urban planning, public policy, disaster management, public health, emergency response, and network analysis); economics and financial stress modeling. Experts from these disciplines also span a wide range of sectors including academia, government at all levels, and the private sector (for- and not-for-profit). In addition, stakeholders and communities depend on various entities for their resilience, which in turn span several sectors and multiple industries, the natural and built environments, energy and storage facilities, distributed infrastructure such as transportation and utilities, and communication systems. We are inviting stakeholders from these categories as well.

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Christine Goulet (USC)
Yousef Bozorgnia (UCLA)
Marco Tedesco (Columbia University)
Ellen Rathje (UT Austin)