Emergency planners & emergency services representatives met at Aston Business School recently for CRISIS talks with academics.
The Aston CRISIS Centre is a research group based at the business school. It is running a series of seminars on ‘Emergency Preparedness in the UK’, funded by the UK Government's Economic and Social Research Council.
The seminar was hosted by Professor Duncan Shaw and Dr Pat Tissington of Aston Business School.
Professor Shaw said: "We are looking at ways that Britain can plan for large scale emergencies such as floods or terrorist attacks. Twenty academics and emergency experts met to identify the ways in which researchers could help practitioners prepare for emergencies. This first seminar concentrated on computer models and their place in making crisis management plans."
This is the first seminar of five that will be held throughout the UK - each one focussing on a different area of research. The next meeting will focus on how the public can best be psychologically prepared for emergencies.
[updated on 07-Jan-2009]