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On 24 and 25 February the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with Leiden University and other partners organise the conference Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response. This expert meeting will bring together senior management (responsible for innovative practice) in the field of humanitarian response from public and private sectors as well as academia and INGOs/NGOs.

The programme splits into two parts. Day 1 will focus on addressing the data deficit in humanitarian response and the necessity of human-centered design. On day 2 the proceedings will zoom in on data governance. The moderation will be as interactive as possible and designed so that participants agree on concrete action points in order to improve data governance in humanitarian response. As part of the conference, there will be an ‘innovation market’ in the same location for selected organisations to showcase relevant products/services in the field of humanitarian response.

This course introduces current theory and practice of flood risk estimation and modelling of floods in urban areas.

Course Content/Topics:

- Urban Development planning and asset management

- Urban hydrology and climate change



Climate observations are essential for understanding the complexities of the global climate system; indeed virtually all breakthroughs that have been made in understanding climate have come from observations. Observations provide critical benchmarks for testing and further developing our predictive capability through models. While the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5) states that the human influence on the climate system is clear, it also notes that there are gaps in the current global climate observing system on which these statements are based. There are also increasing needs for more detailed climate observations resulting from adaption planning to reduce risks from climate change and variability. This is why it is crucial to make further progress towards achieving a fully implemented, sustainable, global observing system for climate. GCOS has been responsible since 1992 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate…


Geospatial World Forum is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. This comprises of public policies, national mapping agencies, private sector enterprises, multilateral and development organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and above all end users from government, businesses, and citizen services. With Geospatial Media and Communications as the primary driver, Geospatial World Forum is conceived, designed and managed by a partner network of about 50 organizations globally.




07-08 July 2022, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, the Netherlands (hybrid event)

Floods are a common environmental hazard, causing loss of lives, economic losses, and livelihood impacts around the globe. At the same time, the recently published 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that such extreme events will further increase in both frequency and severity in the coming decades. Recent flood events (incl. those in Europe in 2021) have revealed significant gaps in

  1. our understanding of the multiple risks and impacts of such extreme events;
  2. the awareness and risk perception of the population;
  3. early warning, preparedness, and emergency responses;
  4. risk insurance and how insurance and finance instruments can support building back better;
  5. adaptation and transformation needs;
  6. cross-border and multi-level governance of climate risks and resilience.



From 12-13 June 2024, the 3rd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World: Addressing Compound and Multi-Hazard Risk will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The conference is organised by MYRIAD-EU, Risk KAN and NatRiskChange.

The in-person format of this event will facilitate broader exchanges between stakeholders from policy makers, scientists, practitioners, research organisations and research communities driving the discussion of – and engagement with – compound and multi-hazard risk around the world. The conference will break silos between different communities, and promote an integrated approach that is key for reducing the risks posed by natural hazards and achieving a sustainable future for society!