Open-source risk vs. Proprietary risk models, a World Bank sponsored Seminar

A seminar about risk modeling will be held on March 1, 2011 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm Pacific Time, as a part of the 2011 Distance Learning Seminar Series for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific (EAP).  The goal of seminar series is to promote outreach and knowledge-sharing, while building capacity and increase knowledge of all professionals involved in the East Asia and Pacific region.  This, the 6th seminar in the series, has been coordinated by the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), and supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

This seminar will discuss the concepts of open-source risk and proprietary risk models on catastrophe hazards and vulnerability to measure economic losses attributed to natural disasters. It also aims to impart pros and cons of these models in assessing cat risks and discuss issues of challenge in applying these models to local context.

Dr. Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions (RMS) and Dr. Charles Scawthorn, Professor, ret., Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University and Visiting Scholar at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California at Berkeley, will present on this topic via broadcast to participants throughout Asia.  They will present case studies and discuss the ways of increasing the availability and use of such models in DRM activities.  These presentations will be followed by Q&A as well as further discussion of the issues addressed.

Target Audience

  • Partners and stakeholders such as academics, private sector, practitioners, civil society groups that are active in the field of disaster risk management, environment, infrastructure and finance
  • EAP professional staff working on DRM
  • ASEAN and SOPAC member state counterparts
  • National and sub-national government officials
  • World Bank staff and other donor staff in country offices

Download the flier for more information.

How to attend

Locals of the Bay Area and UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff can attend by joining presenter Dr. Charles Scawthorn at:

Location: Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Building), UC Berkeley
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Webcasting (Live Streaming via Internet) of VC will be also available via a streaming URL:

(To view webcasting, participants will need a PC with internet access, Windows Media Player Version 10.0. and
PC speakers.)