UN-Spider Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) July 2008:

This Workshop will be held around the theme “Disaster Management and Space Technology

- Bridging the Gap,” and will be held in Bonn,

Germany, from 13-15 October 2008.

The event is organized by the UN Office for Outer

Space Affairs, through its UN-SPIDER Programme (UN Platform for Space-based

Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response), and the German

Aerospace Center, with the support from the International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction – Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning and the UN University –

Institute for Environment and Human Security. This event will bring together 100

decision makers and experts from the space technology and disaster management

communities, international scientific organizations, knowledge transfer and

educational institutions, and private companies, to share best practices and

knowledge, products and technologies for risk and disaster management,

humanitarian aid and emergency response. Topics to be addressed during the

workshop include: relevant space-based solutions and information for risk and

disaster management support and emergency response; the contribution of

space-based technologies to existing Early Warning Systems and to the

development of Risk Modeling and Vulnerability Assessments; the UN-SPIDER

Knowledge Portal prototype; the contribution of space-based solutions in the field

of emergency and disaster medicine; knowledge sharing for improved disaster

management and emergency response; and harmonization of the existing

initiatives that help developing countries access and use space-based

technologies for disaster management and risk reduction. [Workshop's First Announcement ]