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Torrens Resilience Institute Members Meeting

This month our members meeting was held on Thursday 25 October 2018 in the Studio (behind Grind and Press on the Bedford Park Campus) and included a special presentation by Profesor Paul Barnes, Head of the Risk and Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. This meeing is open to all TRI members.


MASTERCLASS // Investigating Chemical Biological Radiological Incidents

2-4 October 2018 - Rome, Italy hosted by OSDIFE - University of Rome "Tor Vergata" - Department of Electronic Engineering

A deliberate event involving chemical, biological, or radioactive materials (CBR) fundamentally transforms the context in which public health, border and animal health services are delivered, distinguishing it from a natural emergency. This 3 day masterclass will cover the importance of early detection, investigation, and rapid assessment increases and special considerations concerning the collectiion of valuable information and evidence, to raise awareness and equip participants with new tools and skill sets to better prepare for the challenges involved in a deliberate event.


Social Capital and Community Resilience 

Professor Daniel Aldrich / Director - Security and Resilience Studies, Northeastern University (USA)

Monday August 6 2018 - Flinders University Victoria Square

Despite the ubiquity of disaster and the increasing toll in human lives and financial costs, much research and policy remains focused on physical infrastructure centred approaches to such events. However, evidence shows that social, not physical, infrastructure drives resilience. 

Join us as we discuss the critical role of social capital and networks in disaster survival and recovery including the definitions of social capital, measurement and proxies, types of social capital, and mechanisms and application. 

Daniel Aldrich is Professor of political science and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University. He researches post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremist, the siting of controversial facilities and the interaction between civil society and the state. 


What is Food Defense and why is it important to Mass Gatherings?

Tuesday February 27 2018 - Flinders University Victoria Square

Dr Rebecca Hoile / World Health Organisation

A risk assessment is conducted during the planning stages of an mass gathering event, incorporating public health elements including, mass casualty preparedness, disease and outbreak surveillance, food safety, environmental factors and preparation to respond to the use of CBRN materials.

When we speak of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials and their use do we consider the deliberate use of these elements on the food supply?

Join Dr Rebecca Hoile to discuss:

  • What is food defense and why should we be including it in our risk assessment strategy?
  • Outcomes of an international Symposium on Food Defense, co-organised by INTERPOL and the FBI, which provided insight into the areas of risk.
  • Examples of recent deliberate food contamination such as the ISIS plot to poison children through ice cream vendors.
  • What elements of food security strategies are able to be adapted to encompass preparedness for food defense?

Often a forgotten vulnerability, is Food Defense on Australia's Radar?

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