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πŸ”” [FOCUS SPEAKER NΒ°3] CORE Webinar #2 on Inclusive Resilience πŸ””

πŸ“…11 days until CORE EU-funded Project Webinar 2 - Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during & after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.

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 πŸ”Ž FOCUS on Dr. SOFIA KARMA (Teaching Laboratory Staff of National Technical University of Athens & Research Associate at European Centre for Forest Fires (ECFF), Conseil de l'Europe), who will take the floor on "Inclusive Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Management: How active participation of vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness & response could strengthen disaster resilience".



πŸ‘‰ The frequency of disastrous events has significantly increased the recent years; the so-called β€œclimate crisis” has intensified the risks, affecting the level of social, financial & environmental impacts. Considering also the factors of urbanization & the designed build environments with no disaster risk reduction-wise criteria, the β€œdisaster prone” areas & vulnerabilities are increased.

πŸ‘‰ In that context, it seems that investments in prevention, response & recovery are crucial but it can be proved not enough if the communities aren’t considered also as a vivid and active part of the disaster management cycle with inclusive criteria.

πŸ‘‰ You will discover some key aspects on how involvement of vulnerable groups in disaster preparedness and response could increase the coping capacity & strengthen disaster resilience of communities as a whole.

πŸ‘‰ The importance of having a broader concept on vulnerability, before-during-after disasters, the need of an inclusive social & safety culture, the gravity of running universal designed simulation drills for training, as well as the significance of a people-centered approach & local participation, are some of the key issues to be discussed.

πŸ‘‰ In that framework, indicative experiences & work prepared by the ECFF (Conseil de l'Europe) on relevant topics would be shared among the participants.



πŸ‘‰ SOFIA KARMA is Dr. Chemical Engineer & Teaching Laboratory Staff at the National Technical University of Athens. She is active for over 15 years in the area of field chemical analysis, advanced chemical sensors & state-of -the art analytical methods for health, safety & environmental applications.

πŸ‘‰ She is consultant at the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction & scientific responsible of the ECFF that runs under the aegis of the Conseil de l'Europe.

πŸ‘‰ She has participated in the GAR 2019 (Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction) published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

πŸ‘‰ Her research encompasses forest fires & smoke impact assessment on the population focusing on vulnerable groups, fire safety engineering, disaster resilience & inclusive disaster risk management.


πŸ”” [FOCUS SPEAKER #2] CORE Webinar #2 on Inclusive Resilience πŸ””

πŸ“… 12 days until CORE EU-funded Project Webinar 2 - Designing an inclusive #resilience: The full consideration of #vulnerability before, during & after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST. [REGISTER at https://lnkd.in/eFFPPyKN]

πŸ”Ž FOCUS on Assoc. Prof. Enrico Ronchi (Department of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden), who will take the floor on "Egressibility: a paradigm shift for an inclusive building #design".


πŸ‘‰ While accessibility is an established and widely used concept in building design, the #evacuation of people with functional limitations is still at a stage in which several research gaps exist. In this context, this presentation will discuss the concept of Egressibility, intended as the accessibility to means of evacuation.

πŸ‘‰ The key results of a multi-disciplinary project carried out at Lund University in this domain will be presented. This project first investigated the state-of-the-art of the research in the domain of Egressibility, focusing in particular on the role of functional limitations on evacuation performance using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health ((ICF) - World Health Organization):
βœ… This was performed linking quantitative studies considering predominant activities in terms of the ICF and six categories of functional limitations with the engineering evacuation time-line.
βœ… This study was followed by a qualitative study exploring the perspectives on egressibility of older people with functional limitations.
βœ… This was achieved by reflexive thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 28 older people with functional limitations. A tool was then implemented to measure #egressibility by considering environmental demands & functional limitations.
βœ… This instrument, called the Egress Enabler, allows the investigation of the interaction between environmental demands & functional capacity during egress.

πŸ‘‰ The presentation will be concluded looking into the future of needed #research in the domain of evacuation of people with functional limitations, considering the current research knowledge and gaps.


πŸ‘‰ Enrico Ronchi is recognized for his numerous research contributions in a wide range of areas concerning human behaviour in fire & evacuation.

πŸ‘‰ His work has been published in over 150 publications (including over 65 peer-reviewed journal papers), & he commented in prestigious journals such as Nature (Nature Research Custom Media, Nature Masterclasses).

πŸ‘‰ He is currently Associate Editor for the journals Fire Technology journal by Springer Nature and Safety Science - Journal - Elsevier.

πŸ‘‰ He has also worked to translate his work into practice through his involvement with multiple committees & publications with the ISO - International Organization for Standardization, SFPE, & governmental agencies worldwide.
πŸ“š Please find 2 studies conducted by Enrico Ronchi:

πŸ‘‰ A qualitative study on perspectives of evacuation with older people with functional limitations: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2021.103509.

πŸ‘‰ A review linking functional limitations and evacuation: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-020-01034-5.
πŸ”” [Webinar #2 - FOCUS SPEAKER] Leyla Craig - The Co-Production Approach to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

πŸ”” [Webinar #2 - FOCUS SPEAKER] Leyla Craig - The Co-Production Approach to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

πŸ“… 13 days until CORE EU-funded Project Webinar 2 - Designing an inclusive resilience: The full consideration of vulnerability before, during and after disasters, to be held next October 3, 2022, from 13h00 to 16h00 CEST.

πŸ”Ž FOCUS on , Disability Inclusion and Engagement Officer at the Fire and Rescue NSW (New South Wales - Australia) who will take the floor on "The Co-Production Approach to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities".

πŸ‘‰ Research shows that people with disabilities are at higher risk for fire fatalities than people without disabilities because fire safety information is not accessible to them and their access needs. This is important with the ongoing heatwaves and wildfires from Europe to Australia.
πŸ‘‰ To address this, Fire and Rescue NSW, is taking on an innovative approach to engaging people with disabilities to co-design disaster information tailored to each disability group and their needs. 
πŸ‘‰ This also includes an internal disability training toolkit for firefighters on interacting with and supporting people from different disability groups during emergencies.   

πŸ‘‰ As a practitioner in disability inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR), Leyla Craig has been involved in local and international DiDRR projects focussing on Deaf Communities in Australia and Southeast Asia.
πŸ‘‰ Her work involves exploring the underlying causes and gaps that exists between Deaf Communities, disability groups, and emergency services as well as identifying sustainable solutions that meets the specific needs of different disability groups within the disaster and risk space.
πŸ‘‰ The personal lived experiences as a Deaf person and the disconnects seen between Deaf Communities as well as disability groups and emergency services has led her to become a PhD research candidate at the University of Sydney focussing on Deaf Communities and Organisations’ capacities to respond to and support those affected by hazards and disasters.

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