3rd Annual 
Global Resilience
Research Network Summit

"Organising for Resilience after the Point of No Return"

COMING
NOVEMBER 11-13, 2020

Melbourne, Australia

 

NOTICE

With the uncertainties associated with the pandemic, we will revisit at a later date how the summit will be hosted but, for now we are continuing with our original plan. Any delays or changes in the plan will be informed well in advance and we will consider the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Australian Government in our decision. We are aware that after we pass the peak of this pandemic, we may regardless need to adapt and plan for different scenarios to ensure that the Third GRRN Summit will have the right mix of individuals to address the scenarios beyond the “point of no return.”

A message from the chair of the third GRRN summit:

2020 has been a year of extremes thus far. It began with the devastating bushfires in Australia, high political tensions and potential for major global conflicts, and the ultimate pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 which has disrupted “global systems” including social-ecological and economic. However, if we look back at what scientists and activists have been warning in previous decades, these disruptions should have not been a surprise. We have been continuously warned that we were passing a point of no return for years by scientists, and of the threat of the climate crisis by our younger generation. Given these warnings, one might argue that the surprise is the lack of appropriate plans, strategies, policies, and above all, actions in place to address these issues. Thus, in this Third GRRN Summit, we want to focus on how we can change direction at the time in which shocks and stressors are becoming the routine of our lives regardless of where we live. 

 

When we started planning for the 2020 summit, we asked ourselves an existential question: should we even proceed with the conventional setting for the Third GRRN Summit? What about the carbon footprint of the Third GRRN Summit? Little did we know how the pandemic would shift the social-ecological systems and associated economic systems. But with optimism, we still believe we can change the direction and have set our goal to collectively turn the discussions from the Third GRRN Summit into actions that will help to offset the carbon footprint by a large margin.
 

When we started planning for the 2020 summit, we asked ourselves an existential question: should we even proceed with the conventional setting for the Third GRRN Summit? What about the carbon footprint of the Third GRRN Summit? Little did we know how the pandemic would shift the social-ecological systems and associated economic systems. But with optimism, we still believe we can change the direction and have set our goal to collectively turn the discussions from the Third GRRN Summit into actions that will help to offset the carbon footprint by a large margin.
 
We hope to look back at the Third GRRN Summit in years to come and to gauge ourselves by the metric of the impact with the goal of significant negative carbon footprint. To achieve this goal, our summit brings together a diverse group of business professionals, practitioners, politicians, academics, and community representatives to ask, “what are the best plans after the point of no return, how do we implement them in actions, and how do we monitor their implementation?”


Dr Nader Naderpajouh

2019 Summit Highlights

The GRRN Mission

The mission of the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) is to inform and advance resilience by providing a global platform for collaborative research. This encompasses projects, initiatives and programs addressing public and private sector needs and requirements. Interdisciplinary research insights, innovations and educational programs are shared among network partners and made available to the global community.

 

Founded by the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), the GRRN is a membership network of leading universities, institutes, non-profit organizations, and companies.

About the GRRN Summit

The Inaugural 2018 GRRN Summit, held in Boston, USA brought together leading resilience experts from 20 major universities and research institutions from 14 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. Powerful stories were shared by distinguished practitioners who have recently been on the front lines of managing some of the 21st century’s most catastrophic disasters.
 

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) will host the third summit of the Global Resilience Research Network in November 2020.
 

 
 

The Global Resilience Research Network

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The 2nd GRRN Summit starts with an icebreaker event at the local Freiburg brewery Martinsbräu. The international guests enjoy some excellent German beer and local food specialities.