Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga represented the University of Salford at the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee Meeting

Wednesday 26 November 2008

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga has been invited to represent University of Salford at a meeting of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee on 26th of November in London.

The committee meeting posed the question, “How can science help to prevent natural disasters becoming economic and human catastrophes?” to the group of invited experts.

The question was addressed at the meeting by: Professor Stephen Sparks FRS, NERC Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Environmental and Geophysical Flows, Bristol University; Professor Christopher Rapley CBE, Director, Science Museum, London and Professor John Dewey FRS, University of California, Davis, and University College, Oxford.

The University of Salford within its Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, has a dedicated research area concerned with the prevention and management of natural disasters and hazards and the consequential effects of these on human activities. 

Professor Amaratunga and colleagues are currently organising a large international conference in Sri Lanka (BEAR) for February 2008. 

The conference will bring together international academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers all concerned with actions and responses to natural and manmade disasters.