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11th Brunel Closing Lecture: from risk to resilience

Event organised by ICE

10 January 2018

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This event will present the conclusions from the highly interactive 11th Brunel Lecture series 'From Risk to Resilience', which explored how Engineers, Emergency Managers and Local Communities/Cities could transition together from a Risk-based towards a more Resilience-based approach by using DIEM's Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model.

Having presented this lecture series in 22 locations worldwide to well over 2000 individuals, the 11th Brunel Internationale Lecturer, Eelco H. Dykstra, MD will now present the results of the feedback obtained, draw some conclusions, and offer recommendations for future activity.

Key message

Where and how might Engineering best fit in the transition from Risk to Resilience, working alongside Emergency Management and local communities/cities?


In 2016, Eelco H. Dykstra MD, Executive Chairman of Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM) began the 11th Brunel International Lecture series in London, by providing a unique and region-specific perspective on emergency management, asking how we could empower local communities to strengthen and benchmark resilience.

Starting from the premise of how to overcome the overarching problems of Fragmentation and Lack of Impact, the 11th Brunel International Lectureship explored how Engineers, Emergency Managers and Local Communities/Cities could transition together from a Risk-based towards a more Resilience-based approach.

Touring the world

For the past two years, Eelco has travelled the world with this message, collecting responses from a variety of individuals and locations to his creative lecture, which consisted of four interactive parts:

  • Common Frame of Reference – covering issues such as semantics and terminology, formulas, basic principles of risk/crisis communication and other 'pearls from practice'.
  • Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model - universal problems for which acceptable solutions have not yet been found and which the audience was asked to prioritise.
  • Reality-fiction Scenario – immersing the audience in a "what if…?" scenario.
  • Questions and Answer session - audience participation on the points raised.

The NUR ModelTM is an essential part of the highly interactive and participatory 'Solution-Finding Sessions' that DIEM is known for. These are lectures, briefings, seminars, masterclasses and workshops designed to give participants ownership of the problem and provide them with the tools to search for solutions themselves.

During an 11th Brunel Lecture, participants in each location were asked two things:

  1. To list no more than three of their major concerns were; and
  2. To rank each of the NUR model's 'Nine Universal Roadblocks' according to priority.

Following each lecture, the input was processed and a report with the results sent to each location.

Returning the conclusions

DIEM processed input by 890 individuals at 22 locations visited by the 11th Brunel Lecturer. When we add the 683 individuals at 15 other, non-11th Brunel locations in the same period, we arrive at a total sample size of 37 locations and 1,573 individuals.

For more information please contact:

Elira Alushi