Canterbury Earthquakes Symposium

We are pleased to announce the Canterbury Earthquakes Symposium that will be held on 29-30 November 2018 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. This Symposium will be an event of national importance, sharing lessons from the Canterbury earthquakes so that New Zealand as a whole can be better prepared in future for any similar natural disasters.

About 300 local and national participants from the public, private, voluntary sectors and academia will be invited to the Symposium.  They will represent those involved in the Canterbury recovery effort, and also leaders of organisations that may be impacted by future disasters or involved in recovery efforts.  The focus will be on ensuring that we learn from the Canterbury experience and that we can apply those learnings.

The Symposium programme will include oral and poster presentations from recovery practitioners and within academia that focus on practical and future-focused lessons. If you are interested in presenting your research, you are invited to submit a short abstract via the submissions portal at Abstract Portal. Please refer to the Call for Abstracts Letter of Invitation for further information about the process.

Call for abstracts - letter of invitation PDF 482 KB

The closing date for expressions of interest is 27 July 2018, and notification of decisions will be made by 14 September 2018.

Further details about the programme and speakers will be available soon. For any other information or if you have any questions please contact

Date: 29-30 November 2018
Venue: University of Canterbury, Christchurch

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