Meet the #NHRF24 keynote speakers | Natural Hazards Research Australia

Meet the #NHRF24 keynote speakers

Personalised warnings, artificial intelligence, robotics, urban growth, climate change, workforce change– the Natural Hazards Research Forum has identified many of the biggest challenges for natural hazards research in Australia with a line-up of some of the most innovative speakers and thinkers.

Setting the scene for a three-day program that encourages innovative thinking is a selection of keynote speakers from the natural hazards and emergency management sectors and from related industries and research centres. The speakers will explore topics that are emerging as the most important for those in natural hazards management and research.

Registrations for the Natural Hazards Research Forum have closed.

Join us from the 14 – 16 May 2024 at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide and discover a lineup of keynote speakers at the forefront of natural hazards, emergency management and technology.

Hosted by Natural Hazards Research Australia, #NHRF24 brings together people from research, government, industry and community to share knowledge, research use and thought leadership. With a focus on fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, the Forum showcases the latest research from across the country to enhance our understanding of hazards and build resilient communities of the future.    

Get to know the keynote speakers before next month’s event:

Dr Sally Potter – GNS Science, New Zealand

Dr Sally Potter is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science New Zealand. She is an expert researcher on hazard warnings and forecasts, including impact-based warnings, risk perceptions and behavioural responses. Sally’s research aims to enhance hazard communication products and her talk at #NHRF24 will discuss personalised natural hazard warnings. Sally is co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization's WWRP High Impact Weather project.

Dr Sue Keay – FutureWork Group

Dr Sue Keay is Partner and Director at FutureWork Group and a renowned leader in robotics, AI and automation. Sue’s accolades reflect her strengths in leading technology-ambitious enterprises and advocating for diversity in the tech industry. Sue set-up the world’s first robotic vision research centre, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. She sits on a range of advisory boards, nationally and internationally in the robotics, AI and emerging technology space.

Prof Andy Koronios – SmartSat CRC

Prof Andy Koronios is the CEO and Managing Director of SmartSat CRC, a consortium of industry and research organisations developing groundbreaking satellite technologies to catapult Australia into the global space economy. Andy has led the establishment of several research labs and is a professor of information systems. At the Forum Andy will discuss research and innovation for natural hazards

Brendan Moon - NEMA

Brendan Moon is the Coordinator-General of the National Emergency Management Agency and is an expert in disaster response, recovery, preparedness and risk reduction. Brendan is a regular contributor to national and international dialogue on disaster risk and resilience and is a passionate advocate for cooperation and collaboration across international, national, state and local agencies for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Prof Barbara Norman – University of Canberra

Prof Barbara Norman is a global expert in sustainable cities and regions, smart infrastructure, coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance. Currently, Barbara is Chair of the Urban Policy Forum, advising the Australian Government and is National Chair of the Australian Coastal Society. She is also Director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network Oceania Hub (Columbia University, USA) and co-chair of Planners for Climate Action (UN Habitat).

Dr Justin Fidock – Australian Department of Defence

Dr Justin Fidock is the Program Leader National Security of the Defence Science and Technology Group, Australian Department of Defence. Justin leads the National Security Science and Technology Centre, facilitating engagement with national security partners both at home and abroad. Justin is passionate about building relationships with national security, industry and academic partners to enhance stakeholder capabilities.

Brett Loughlin – South Australian Country Fire Service

Brett Loughlin is the Chief Fire Officer at the South Australian Country Fire Service. Brett has held a variety of leadership roles in South Australia and NSW, and has undertaken operational deployments to large emergency incidents across the country. Brett is passionate about preparedness and dedicated to working collaboratively to address challenges facing fire and emergency services.

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The 3-day program is filled with new ideas and research with impact from the natural hazards and emergency management sectors to provoke, inspire and challenge. More details on workshops and program streams to come.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Adelaide to share and plan for the future of natural hazards research across the country.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Events Officer, Vaia Smirneos