Disaster Research Days 2020

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Austrian Disaster Research Days 2019

Science and research play an essential role in preventing disasters. The transfer of scientific knowledge into practice, as well as the common discourse with expert representatives from authorities, emergency organizations and the economy are crucial in order to be optimally prepared for challenges in the prevention and management of disasters.

The Disaster Research Days 2020 support this dialogue and the networking between the individual scientific disciplines and departments in disaster management. The conference will take place from October 12 to 13, 2020 at the University of Innsbruck and include the following highlights:

  • International keynote lectures
  • Specialist lectures in own breakout sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Specialist library

Registration for the event can be done here.

Announcement Covid-19

Due to the current situation, the conference will be held as a webinar series.

Conference program

Week 1

Main focus Covid-19


Opening, introduction & disaster risk (vulnerability, systemic risks)


Critical infrastructure & industrial hazards


Public Health

Week 2

Main focus Natural Hazards




Extrem weather events


Mass movements, avalanche &   earthquakes

The specific dates with time, lecturer and title   for the broadcast will be presented here in the coming weeks. The review process of the submitted contributions is still ongoing.


You can register using our Conference Application at the following link:


There are no registration fees for the webinar series.

For further questions we are available per E-Mail.

Webinar series

We are currently evaluating  suitable conference tools for holding the webinars. As soon as we have decided on a software, we will provide information at this point.

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for topics from public health is open until July 31, 2020!

You would like to submit a contribution for the Disaster Research Days 2020 in Innsbruck:   The most interesting and high-quality contributions will be included in the conference program as an oral presentation. The other authors are invited to present their contribution during the poster session. The extended abstract comprises two pages with tables and illustrations and can be written in both German and English.

Main topics:
  • Geological risks and disasters: mass movements, avalanches and earthquakes
  • Natural hazards and their effects on the protection of critical infrastructure
  • Extreme weather events: heavy rain, heat, forest fires, late frost, hail, storms
  • Hydrological disaster events: floods
  • Risk governance, community resilience, technology assessment
  • Public Health: pandemics, emergency and disaster medicine, crisis psychology


  • Data management before / during / after the disaster event (acquisition, monitoring, simulation, modeling)
  • Classification, standardization and event documentation
  • Consideration of historical events or near accidents
  • Hazard and risk assessment, risk and emergency management, industry risk analysis
  • Risk reduction (land use and spatial planning, technical measures, nature-based solutions)
  • Risk and crisis communication, legal ethics
  • Crowd-sensing and involvement of the population
  • Improvement of the functionality of protective structures and critical infrastructure
  • Optimization of operational and supply logistics

Editorial board:

  • Robert Galler (Montanuniversität Leoben)
  • Barbara Juen (University of Innsbruck)
  • Eva-Maria Kern (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
  • Harald Rieder (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
  • Josef Schneider (Graz University of Technology)
  • Christian Zangerl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

Time schedule:

  • 01.01.2020 to 30.04.2020: submission period of the abstracts
  • Until end of July: Abstract submission extended for topics out of Public Health
  • Until end of June 2020: reviewer period
  • July / August 2020: Paper selection for conference program or poster session

Authors from the submitted extended abstracts are invited to publish their contribution as a full paper in a scientific magazine as a "Special Issue".

Positiv evaluated abstracts will be published in conference proceedings.

You can register for the event and submit a contribution here. Detailed instructions for submission can be found here.


That was ADRD19

Here you can find a summary of the Austrian Disaster Research Days 2019 at Graz University of Technology.