EVAN Conference 5-7 Sep 2017

Southampton, UK

Evan 2017, Southampton, UK

Logo_2017Following the success of the first international conference on Advances in Extreme Value Analysis and application to Natural Hazard (EVAN) in Siegen Germany in 2013 and the second conference in Santander Spain in 2015, we are pleased to announce the dates of the third conference to take place in Southampton, UK.

The conference will take place from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 September 2017 at the National Oceanography Centre. The overall aim of the conference is to bring together and promote interchange between a diverse community of research scientists, students, practitioners and stakeholders concerned with this complex and inter-disciplinary topic.

Ivan Haigh (University of Southampton), Thomas Wahl (University of Central Florida), Ben Gouldby (HR Wallingford) and Pietro Bernardara (EDF Energy

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Special issue – Natural Hazards

We are pleased to announce that we have organised a special issue with the journal Natural Hazards. All presenters, oral or poster, are invited to submit manuscripts on the work they are presenting at the conference. This is not compulsory, but we are hoping to receive a good number of interesting papers reflecting the broad scope of the conference.

To help us plan for the special issue we ask, when you complete the registration form, to indicate whether or not you are interested in contributing a manuscript. If you are interested then please include a tentative title. Note, this is not a firm commitment, nor a guarantee for the paper being published. All manuscripts will go through the normal peer-review process.

Full papers will need to be submitted three months after the conference in December 2017.

Hackathon – Friday 8th September 2017

Following the main conference, we encourage you to bring your laptops, data, code and unanswered questions to the Statistics of Natural Hazards Hackathon on Friday 8th September 2017. This will be a practical and informal day to share ideas and statistical approaches by working on real data, learn from multiple disciplines, spin up new collaborations, and to analyse real natural hazards data to try and answer key questions. Any datasets are welcomed, ranging from incomplete, small sample size and disparately-sourced through to “Big Data” and that concern any aspect of natural hazards (e.g. controls/forcing, probability, magnitude, impact, risk etc.). For more information please contact Dr Mike Clare (


Key note speaker – Dr. Kate White

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kate White will be our key note speaker on the first day of the conference. Kate leads the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and has almost 30 years of experience in the USACE.

Kate’s work includes development of policy, technical guidance, methods, and tools to support climate preparedness and resilience, with an emphasis on water resources management issues involving extreme events and natural hazards. She received a 2013 GeenGov Presidential Award: Climate Champion for her role in the interagency team that developed the Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery. She was selected as the USACE 2014 Elvin R. “Vald” Heiberg III “Engineer of the Year,” and was a 2015 Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Registration is now open

Registration for the EVAN Conference 2017 has now opened. Please register by clicking on the link here, where you will be able to pay via credit card or pay pal. We would appreciate people registering as early as possible, as it helps us with planning.

Previous conferences – EVAN 2013

img_1000The first EVAN conference (EVAN 2013) was held in Siegen, Germany in September 2013. Here is a photo of the previous participants. Here are more pictures and videos of some of the talks.

Steering committee – Pietro Bernardara

Pietro is the Natural Hazard Expert at EDF R&D. He has been employed by EDF R&D since 2007 and leads the development of Natural Hazard activities at EDF Energy R&D UK Centre where he focuses on delivering innovative R&D and developing positive synergies on this domain at the International level of the EDF group. His PhD was on extreme rainfall events and his research interests focus on Natural Hazard (extreme weather, ocean hazard, hydrological risks, and climate change) impact characterization for energy infrastructure, in particular Nuclear and Hydroelectric EDF assets. He is co-author of more than 50 publications in international journal or conferences on these topics. He is involved in scientific networks and programmes dealing with Natural Hazard (PURE, ERIIP NERC) in the UK. He participated in, and took responsibility for, natural hazard projects across the EDF group, including ASAMPSA-E, European Project; DSIG project on Dam Safety, (CEATI); PURE (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) Knowledge Exchange Network and Research Programme, NERC; MADONE and ICE EDF R&D project.

Previous conferences – EVAN 2015

The second EVAN conference (EVAN 2015) was held in Santander, Spain in 2015. Here is a photo of the previous participants.

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