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Nested dependencies and unconscious connectivity, London

Event organised by Hazards Forum

07 December 2021
17:30 - 20:00 GMT
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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The modern world survives and thrives on complex interconnected systems which normally interface seamlessly and give efficiency and productivity. These systems are complex to develop and engineer but may be entirely un-noticed by the end user.

The COVID pandemic has highlighted the interdependencies of both societal and engineered systems, whilst recent events in the energy sector have identified rapid cascade effects into chemical manufacture, food production and distribution.

This Hazards Forum event will consider the some of the implications of failure of these interconnected systems which give rise to effects well beyond a single component replacement or a localised outage.

The presentations will consider:

  • The implications of deliberate exploitation of vulnerabilities
  • The complex threats posed by flooding, a particularly relevant topic given the UK Government’s Property Flood Resilience Code of Practice launch and climate change implications
  • Research into topical case studies undertaken with UK experts involved in major Resilience events to identify lessons learned and potential improvements or innovations

This event will bring together expert speakers from a variety of diverse sectors in security, natural hazards and policy research to discuss how these risks can be identified, characterised, modelled and mitigated. It will allow attendees to pose questions to a joint discussion panel and to continue informal discussion in a networking session.

Registration, tea and coffee is available from 17.30, and lectures will commence at 18.00. The event will conclude with a networking drinks reception.

For more information please contact:

Elena Arrobbio