The World in 2045: What it means for the future of humanity if we ignore disaster risk

Tuesday 18 February 2014

The Centre for Disaster Resilience and School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford, in conjunction with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Union’s ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, has launched a student competition to raise awareness around the issue of disaster risk. 


Competition brief

The competition asks students to answer the question:  Where will humanity be by the year 2045 if we fail to tackle disaster risk?

Students will be challenged to develop content across all forms of media to raise awareness around disaster risk. Working in cross-disciplinary teams, entrants are required to produce a series of outcomes which are designed to communicate the disaster risk to a targeted public effectively. Entries can be branded as a campaign or as stand-alone work in the form of a film-fiction or documentary, public artwork, animation, website, interactive installation, app, poster, projection or piece of ambient work. 

Competition judges are looking for students to produce original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative outcomes that increase awareness of the dangers of ignoring disaster risk, to the resilience of humans facing, to the politics of international development, and to efforts and agents of change locally and worldwide.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2014.


Registered students at the University of Salford are invited to submit their media, which must be completed between January and July 2014 to be eligible for entry.

The event is expected to attract around 8,000 participants with several thousand more participating in public-related events linked to the World Conference.


Competition winners will be announced at the fourth International Conference on Building Resilience, to be held from 8 -10 September 2014, at MediaCityUK, Salford, UK. As well as cash prizes awarded by the Centre for Disaster Resilience, winning entries will be showcased at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held at Sendai City in Japan between 14-18 March 2015, organised by the United Nations General Assembly.

The Judges consist of esteemed media and humanitarian industry professionals. Jury Prize winners will receive prizes worth £250 and certificates will be awarded by UNISDR.


Candidates must submit all entries by 31 July 2014.

For full details of the competition, application process and further background information, please visit the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the organisers by contacting  Alternatively, please email Professor Richard Haigh at or Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage at