UR2020 is evolving from the classical 5-days in-person event to hybrid! Focus Days will be spread out over the course of a few weeks in December and will primarily be online. The following list will give you a sense of what kind of sessions you can expect during the Focus Days. Please note that sessions and topics may change.

Increasing disaster resilience in Asia-Pacific cities through science and technology

Developing a policy framework for investments in disaster risk resilience – an economic and social cost approach

The power of partnership: Sparking public-private engagement in hydromet services 

Doing drainage differently: Tackling urban flooding in the future mega-city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Nature-based solutions: Balancing risk and reward

European Commission MISSION on Adaptation to Climate Change with Societal Transformation

Understanding the anatomy of DARAJA: How to construct the Ne Plus Ultra of Inclusive City / Community Forecasting and Early Warning Systems

Lloyd’s Register Foundation steering committee

How big is your appetite (for making a difficult decision)?

Do we need champions to understand disaster risk?

Efficient risk data sharing: A dedicated disaster risk data library

Disrupting the status quo: Brigade of youth and young professionals in DRR

Setting the vision for resilient school infrastructure at global scale

DAT/Artathon: Turning risk data into visual art

Build-your-own risk map: Hands-on training series to create interactive maps for communicating risk

Responsible AI for disaster risk management

Expert collaboration to support disaster risk financing: New models and views of risk

From risk thinking to resilience thinking: Launch of the STAIN tool

Developing New Zealand’s open source multi-hazard risk assessment tool: RiskScape 2.0

Climate and design collaborative studio

Co-developing open risk models for risk financing and climate change adaptation

Early warning for early action: Toward more behaviorally-informed early warning system

Implementing real-time disaster risk models: Collaborations across government, non-profits, academia and private sector in Mozambique and The Bahamas

Geohazard risk monitoring and mitigation approaches: Increasing resilience of the Himalayan road network

Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) for DRM

Risk, resilience & reform from ministries of finance

Understanding and assessing climate change risk to Cultural Heritage: the Climate Vulnerability Index applied to the Caribbean Forts

Telling a story that can change the world: Hands-on workshop with ArcGIS StoryMaps

Importance of modernization of hydromet systems and risk assessment

Misinformation, disinformation, and risk: When science alone doesn’t cut it

Reaching vulnerable communities faster: A hands-on exercise to explore how to improve information flows for humanitarian decision-makers

Launch of road geohazard risk management tools and products: Theory into practice

Supporting decision making for resilient transport

Map your city’s future: A spatial data for resilience workshop

Towards proactive disaster risk management: Benefits and challenges in linking early warning with risk financing

Resilience Academy: A sustainability solution for urban resilience skills development in Africa

The Global Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Estimation (GRADE) approach

LRF World Risk Poll ideation workshop

Adaptive cross-sectoral disaster recovery and risk reduction in Sulawesi, Indonesia: Collaborations between global non-profits and national civil society

Ambition for early action at COP26: REAP (Risk-informed Early Action Partnership)

Integrated nature-based solutions (NBS) for urban flood resilience in Singapore

Virtual reality for urban risk perception enhancing

What do we learn when we map a city? Voices and impacts from Open Cities Africa

Cooler cities: Action to reduce extreme urban heat risk


Geospatial data for post disaster building damage assessment challenge

Landslide susceptibility and hazard: Examples from the global, regional and local scale

Disruptive tech for Africa

Multiform Flood Risk in a complex future flooded world – Earth Observation and Complex Systems in support of compound floods in rapidly changing environments

Working together with local communities

Disrupting the status quo: Brigade of youth and young


Open Cities AI Challenge: Results workshop

Accelerating a shift from critical infrastructure resilience theory to practice

AIESEC Sustainable Youth Village (ASYV)


Access the past and foretell the future: Peering into the crystal ball of early action

Disruptive tech for Africa

High-stakes decision-making made real – through Chernobyl

Catching fire: New paradigms for wildfire resilience *closed event

International Charter of Major Disasters: Users training

Unpacking multi-hazard early warning systems: From concepts to measurable reduction of disaster risks and impacts

Forming radical collaborations to address climate and disaster risk: The Understanding Risk Field Lab

Putting resilience in place: Learn to apply cloud AI disruptive geospatial technologies people will use for decision making

Stories of impacts and innovations in Small Island Developing States

Mapping with low-cost centimeter precise surveys: Drones and open source software

Setting the vision for resilient school infrastructure at global scale

DAT/Artathon: Turning risk data into visual art

Using geospatial tools for nature-based solutions to reducing disaster and climate risks: A hands-on workshop session

Global model of social vulnerability and resilience launch


Telling a story that can change the world: Hands-on workshop with ArcGIS StoryMaps

Governing Risks of Emerging Technologies in Asia: New approaches to AI, Blockchain and Precision Medicine

Resilience building of the private sector in small island states

The #TimesUp moment for disaster risk? Transformational approaches for gender inclusion in DRR

Risk-Informed Development in Bangladesh

Building Climate resilience practices into City Planning – A Vietnamese Case study


A toolkit for landslide early warning systems

It takes a village: Digital skills to improve urban resilience in Africa

Preparing Local Communities to Assess Risk and Provide First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

Managing climate risk: The way forward

Fire resilience and the urbanising margins

Management of OpenStreetMap data and data collection processes for integrated DRM

Breaking the silos: From single to comprehensive multi-hazard risk frameworks

Nature-based solutions at any cost? A role play to support decision-making for flood risk management

Dynamic cities and disaster risk: Capturing the complexity within risk models

Innovations in data analysis, geospatial technologies, and related frameworks in risk valuation

The Meguro Method: A public engagement technique to improve disaster preparedness

Crossroads: Managing intersecting risks of conflict, violence, disasters and climate change

The Development Impact of Risk Analytics

UNDRR / ISC Sendai Hazard Definition and Classification Review

Disaster displacement in a changing climate: Risks and impacts