Agenda and Presentations

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Monday, March 22nd

8:30AM Call to Order: David Applegate, NSTC Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
8:35AM Welcome: Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Miami Medical School
(Introduced by Tim Dixon, University of Miami)
8:50AM Keynote: Haiti Minister of Environment Jean Marie Claude Germain
9:15AM Plenary Panel: Strategies for Achieving Disaster Risk Reduction
Moderator: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel
10:30AM Plenary Panel: Assessing Haiti's Hazard and Risk
Moderator: Paul Mann (University of Texas at Austin)
1:30PM Reconstruction Timeline/Technical Assistance Needs
Andrew Morton, United Nations Environment Programme Presentation
1:45PM Plenary Panel: Lessons Learned from Other Rebuilding Efforts Moderator: Cari Enav (U.S. Department of State)
3:00PM Charge to Breakout Groups

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will focus on what can be offered now and what short-term and long-term data needs must be addressed to increase the benefit of what science and engineering can offer. Breakouts will identify key recommendations/considerations to share with broader group. Topics include:

  • Seismic hazard issues (including geology, geodesy, seismology and imagery)
  • Engineering issues (including structural, geotechnical, infrastructure)
  • Multi-hazard issues (including landslides, floods, hurricanes, tsunami)
  • Societal issues (include planning, policy)
    • Lead:
      • Dennis Wenger (National Science Foundation)
    • Presenters:
      • Philip Berke (UNC)
      • Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI)
      • Joanne Nigg (Univ. of Delaware)
      • Rob Olshansky (Univ. of Illinois)
      • Gavin Smith (UNC)

Public Forum

Open to the community, this event will feature presentations by Eric Calais and Reggie DesRoches, both of whom led teams in Haiti and have served as advisors to their government and private sector; ample time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, March 23rd

8:30AM Haiti's Unique Societal Challenges
John Harding, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Office of the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti
8:50AM Plenary Panel: Planning for Rebuilding
Moderator: Arthur Lerner-Lam (Columbia University)
10:00AM Initial Reports from Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will continue previous afternoon's deliberations to establish take-away priorities. Flexibility to keep same breakouts or reorganize to suit discussion.


Final Breakout Session Reports and Discussion

Having identified during the breakout sessions what information is currently available and what is still needed, how can this knowledge be effectively developed into strategies and plans to inform rebuilding efforts? Participants will work to generate a bulleted list of recommendations for policymakers. Discussion Points:

  • Identify institutional mechanisms for ingesting science/engineering information
  • How to make redevelopment risk-sensitive
  • Finding appropriate ways to provide incentives for mitigation
  • What requirements do donor nations/organizations need to impose on rebuilding
2:45PM Next Steps
3:00PM Adjourn