University of Massachusetts Boston announces 2014 disaster mitigation conference

The University of Massachusetts Boston recently announced that it will hold its International Conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction on May 8-9.

The conference will focus on the role of architectural, planning and engineering education in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.

The conference is open to all interdisciplinary approaches to disaster response and recovery, and welcomes academia, government representatives, emergency workers, architects, engineers, planners and professionals.

Session topics include using science and technology to mitigate natural hazards, using data in relation to disasters and a review of disaster response and recovery in Haiti.

Other sessions include disaster mitigation and sustainable reconstruction, disaster response and recovery and using a whole-community approach to mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Each session will feature a presentation and an opportunity for discussion on the topic.

The conference will be free to attend for government employees, faith-based organizations and students. It will be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at the University of Boston, Boston Architectural College and the Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

The school's 2012 conference focused on rebuilding sustainable communities in China. A conference was not held in 2013.