Will my registration still be valid for the new dates?
Yes, your registration will be valid also for the new dates. No action from your side is required.
I’m not able to attend UR2020 during the new dates, how can I cancel my registration?
You can cancel your registration directly on the registration portal which you can access from our homepage. Just click on “Already Registered?” at the very bottom of the page and then provide your email and confirmation number.
I cannot attend UR2020 during the new days, will my registration fee be refunded?
Yes, your registration fee will be refunded automatically to your credit card once you have unregistered on the registration portal.
Will UR2020 be held in the same location and venue also during the new dates?
Yes, UR2020 will be held at Singapore EXPO & MAX Atria also during the new dates.
I have already booked my flight and/or accommodation. Will these expenses be refunded?
We are, unfortunately, unable to support you in changing or refunding your travel arrangements. If you need an official notification to provide to your airline or accommodation for changes to your travel plans, please download the notification here.
I already have received my visa support letter for the original dates. Will this letter be valid also for the new dates?
No. We will send you an updated visa support letter with the new event dates in the coming weeks.
What is the difference between the Focus Day events and a technical session?
A Focus Day event is simply a space that UR provides for organizations to independently develop and manage an event. The UR team has almost no involvement in the content of a Focus Day event, and only manages logistics for the Focus Day events. A technical session is more ‘formulaic’ in that every technical session is 90 minutes long and must meet certain criteria of diversity and audience engagement. Technical sessions must also incorporate the theme into the session in some way. Usually there are ~50 Focus Day events over the course of two days and ~20 technical sessions during the main conference.
How are technical sessions and Focus Day events selected?
Technical sessions are selected by a steering committee based on the session objective, design, ability to integrate audience participation, diversity of the session, and overall creativity. Focus Day events are selected according to their alignment with the topic of understanding risk, their importance to the UR community, and space/logistics requirements.
Are the Focus Days s considered part of the UR2020 Forum?
Absolutely! The Forum is separated into two key parts: 1) Focus Days, and 2) the main conference. Focus Days provide the opportunity for community members to enhance their skills, meet with partners, and learn even more about what’s going on in the community.
Will the Forum be recorded or live streamed?
The vast majority of the Forum (side events and technical sessions) will not be live streamed or recorded. However, we are working with local providers to assess the feasibility of these options for the plenaries.
Will there be interpretation available?
No, all sessions and plenaries will be held in English. It is possible, however, for side event organizers to arrange for interpretation at their own expense.
Agenda and logistics
When can we expect to see the full program?
In light of the postponement, we are working to reschedule the Focus Days and technical sessions. You can still view the agenda, main conference topics or Focus Day events, but please note the dates, times and locations are liable to change. Further, it is important to note that the Focus Days will now be on Days 1 and 2–Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1. Subscribe to the UR newsletter, follow UR on Twitter, and join the UR LinkedIn Group to make sure you don’t miss any announcements!
Where is UR2020 being held?
UR2020 will be held at the Singapore Expo Center. There will be opportunities for field visits, as well as a likelihood of surprises in venues (as is typical of UR).
When are the Focus Days? When does the main conference start?
The Focus Days will be held on Monday, November 30 through the morning of Wednesday, December 2. The Main Conference will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, December 2 and run through Friday, December 4.
UR has done Ignite presentations in the past. What are they and will you do them again?
Ignites are fast-paced presentations designed to keep the audience engaged. Representatives from technical sessions have 3 minutes to “pitch” the audience their session on the opening night to get them to come to their technical session the following days. But 3 minutes goes by quickly because the slides auto-rotate every 15 seconds. Ignites are a tradition at UR Forums and can be best thought of as a performance, rather than a lecture.
How long are individual Focus Day events?
Focus Day events are anywhere from 1 hour to 2 full days, depending on what you request and what you are allocated.
When are the Focus Days?
The Focus Days are scheduled to begin Monday, November 30 and run through the morning of Wednesday, December 2.
Will the Focus Day events be live streamed or recorded?
We will not record or live stream any Focus Day events, unless a side Focus Day event organizer requests it and bears the cost of doing so.
Is there any funding for travel?
Unfortunately there is no funding from UR for travel. However, we are actively pursuing partners in the hopes that they will provide scholarships. We will update you with any new information.
If I can get myself there, can you waive my registration fee?
We can waive registration fees depending on the need. Please write to ur2020 [at] understandrisk [dot] org to shortly explain why you are requesting a waiver.
Why is UR charging a registration fee this time? Some previous events have been free.
Like UR2018, we are seeing an increasing demand for participation and rising costs. UR2020 is asking attendees to register paying a small fee. This fee will provide lunch, coffee breaks and a cocktail reception to all attendees during the conference. By asking participants to pay a fee, the UR team has a better understanding of who will actually come, making our numbers more accurate and ensuring that minimal food is wasted. UR does not want the registration cost to be a barrier to entry. Understanding Risk is committed to identifying and reducing risks posed by disasters, and, specifically, ensuring that vulnerable countries develop resiliency through the knowledge sharing that takes place at UR. If you are not able to pay the registration fee, please email ur2020 [at] understandrisk [dot] org to explain why you would like a waiver.
Technical session leads
Agenda and logistics
How long are the technical sessions?
90 minutes long.
Will the session be live streamed or recorded?
We are currently evaluating the feasibility of live streaming technical sessions.
What equipment can I expect to be provided for my session?
We will provide wifi, projector/screen or LCD tvs, and laptops for presentations. If you require anything further, please ask, but we may not be able to provide.
When are the Ignite presentations?
Ignites will occur in the evening of Wednesday, December 2.
How long are Ignites?
This year, we have decided to shorten the Ignites to three minutes. These three minutes will consist of 12 slides that auto-rotate every 15 seconds.
Am I required to do an Ignite?
No, this year we are changing things up to minimize the amount of time dedicated to Ignites (2 hours was too long in the past). Thus, we will select the top most engaging Ignites.
Is there an Ignite rehearsal? Must the Ignite presenter attend the rehearsal?
It is required that the presenter attend a rehearsal if s/he wants to present. We will offer two time slots for an in-person rehearsal
|Technical Session Proposals||October 31, 2019|
|Revised Session Title and Abstract||February 1, 2020|
|List of Potential Panelists||February 1, 2020|
|Share Resources||January 15 – April 15, 2020|
|Final Session Title and Abstract||February 15, 2020|
|Final List of Panelists Provided, including bios and pictures||April 15, 2020|
|Ignite Video Submitted||April 20, 2020|
|Powerpoints from Panelists Submitted||May 1, 2020|
|Ignite Rehearsal for Those Selected(in Singapore)||May 17 or 18, 2020|
|Summary of the Session||August 1, 2020|
Download the Guide for Session Leads
Focus Day event organizers
If I am involved in a Focus Day even (either as an organizer or as a speaker) do I have to pay the registration fee?
Yes, we are only waiving fees for speakers / organizers of the main conference. Your registration fee includes catering for all five days and access to the main conference.
What role does the UR team have in organizing the content of the Focus Day events?
The UR team has no role in planning, organizing or managing the Focus Day events. The UR team only will support the Focus Days from a logistical perspective.
What equipment can I expect to be provided for my session?
We will provide wifi and a projector/screen or LCD TVs (depending on the room). You must provide your own laptop and any other equipment you need.
Is there funding for participants?
No, unfortunately we do not have any funding for participants.
Do Focus Day organizers have to do an Ignite presentation?
No, the Ignite presentations are reserved for the technical session leads. However, we have found that Ignites are a fun, dynamic and engaging way of communicating content to an audience, and is an encouraged format for events.