Introduction

The International Conference on Disaster Management is being reconvened following the success of the previous meetings, held at Wessex Institute in the New Forest in 2009, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA in 2011, A Coruña, Spain in 2013, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 2015, Seville, Spain in 2017 and Ancona, Italy in 2019.

This series of conferences originated with the need for academia and practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience on the way to handle the increasing risk of natural and human-made disasters. Recent major earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and other natural phenomena have resulted in huge losses in terms of human life and property destruction. A new range of human-made disasters have afflicted humanity in modern times; terrorist activities have been added to more classical disasters such as those due to the failure of industrial installations for instance.

It is important to understand the nature of these global risks to be able to develop strategies to prepare for these events and plan effective responses in terms of disaster management and the associated human health impacts.

The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information between academics and practitioners, and a venue for presentation of the latest developments. The corresponding volume of WIT Transactions containing the papers presented at the meetings are published in paper and digital format and widely distributed around the world. The papers are also archived in the WIT eLibrary (http://www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Disaster Management 2021. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Disaster analysis
  • Disaster monitoring and mitigation
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Risk mitigation
  • Security decision making
  • Community recovery and resilience
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Public health risk
  • Disaster psychology
  • Human factors
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment
  • Crisis and communication
  • Learning from disasters
  • Terrorism and man-made disasters
  • Business and service continuity
  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • New technologies and tools for disaster evaluation
  • Disaster governance policies
  • Environmental issues
  • Recovery and restoration
  • Disaster modelling
  • Surveillance and remote sensing
  • Disaster response
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Disaster Management 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Disaster Management 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Location Information

View of the Vatican City and Rome

The Italian capital, Rome, lies within the Lazio region of Italy and is known as the ‘Eternal City’. Rome boasts an unrivalled 3,000-year heritage of globally influential art, architecture and culture. The city is home to iconic historic landmarks, including the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and is bursting with world-class museums such as the Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery. As well as substantial Roman remains, significant Baroque and Renaissance buildings pepper the city centre.

Colosseum Pantheon

Art and Culture

Colosseum: the most well-known ancient tourist attraction in Rome. Construction started in 72AD and it was inaugurated in 80AD. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.

St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square: Vatican City is located within the city of Rome and is the smallest state in the world both by area and population. It is less than half a square kilometre in size with most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Within the walls are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although compact, the Vatican offers much for tourists to see, from its museums and the great basilica itself.

Pantheon: it is the best-preserved monument from Roman antiquity and is remarkably in fantastic condition considering it was constructed around 2000 years ago, although its exact age is unknown. At the beginning of the 7th century, the building was donated to Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church, in which function it currently finds itself in a perfect state of preservation.

Despite its wealth of cultural attractions, Rome is not only a cultural centre, but also a commercial, financial and education hub that has successfully retained its traditional culture and regional cuisine.

Regional Cuisine and Wine

The Roman PizzaThe most famous dishes served in Rome’s restaurants are pasta Carbonara and Bucatini all'Amatriciana, both served with pancetta (Italian bacon) and Pecorino cheese. Most popular street food are fried Artichokes (developed by the local Jewish community) and Supplì, which are crispy giant breaded croquettes filled with stringy mozzarella, pecorino, rice, and meat sauce. Special Roman style Pizza is served on a thin and crispy crust. All those dishes can be enjoyed with locally produced wines or beers.

Lazio, home of the ancient capital Rome is a wine region located in the central part of the country. It is the 7th largest wine region in Italy. It has a long history of winemaking, dating back to when the Etruscans originally settled the territory. The most popular regional wines are Castelli Romani, Frascati and Est! Est!.

Nightlife

Aperitivo bar RomeRome at night offers a vast variety of activities. The places worth visiting are Campo de' Fiori with numerous aperitivo bars (drink and a tapas-style snacks, usually food is included in the price of a drink) and Trastevere, which is a quieter and charming area with hundreds of little trattorias, restaurants and bars. 

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Via Eudossiana, 18
Rome

 

By Air


Rome is served by two international airports:

  • Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport (30 Km)
  • Rome Ciampino Airport (15 Km)

 

From Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ to the Conference Venue

Fiumicino Airport is the main airport serving Rome from a variety of international destinations. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

Air Italia – from many European cities
KLM – from Amsterdam
Air France – from Paris
Iberia and Vueling – from Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Split, Prague, Munich
EasyJet – from London Gatwick, Nice, Bristol, Lyon
British Airways – from London Heathrow
Etihad – from Abu Dhabi
Delta – from Miami, Toronto, Los Angeles
American Airlines – from New York
Air Canada – from Toronto and Montreal
Air China – from Beijing and Shanghai
Qatar Airlines – from Doha
Emirates – from Dubai

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

  • Train: You can take the "Leonardo express" with Trenitalia that runs from the airport to the main rail station, Roma Termini, every 15 minutes non-stop. The journey takes 32 minutes and the fare should cost around € 15. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can walk to the conference venue, which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and get off at Cavour or Colosseo stations.
     
    For further information about the train services available from the Airport please visit:
     
  • Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Fiumicino Airport Terminal 3 to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 60 minutes and costs around € 5.
     
    For further information about the bus services available from the Airport please visit:
     
  • Taxi: Taxi are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately € 50, the price for authorized taxis are fixed and not on a meter. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.
     
  • Car Hire: national and international companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal easily reachable via the pedestrian tunnels which connect the terminal buildings to the Multilevel-Comfort Parking structure. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.
     
    There are several ways to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along the Fiumicino-Rome motorway, direction EUR, and continue along Via Cristoforo Colombo, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).

 

From Rome Ciampino to the Conference Venue

Located southeast of Rome city centre, Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in the city offering mostly European flights. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

Ryanair – flights from London Stansted, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Prague, Valencia, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Athens, Paris and Copenhagen
Wizz Air – flights from Katowice, Bucharest
ASl Airlines Belgium – flights from Liege

 

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

  • Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Ciampino Airport to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 45 minutes and costs around €5. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can either walk to the conference venue, which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and disembark at Cavour or Colosseo stations.
     
  • Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs around € 35. You should check the approximate price with the driver before starting the journey and check that the meter is running. The official taxis are white and identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.
     
  • Car Hire: National and international companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.
     
    There are several routes you can take to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along Via Appia Nuova, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).

 

By Rail


Rome has three major stations, Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense, which are connected to metro stations near the conference venue. Roma Termini is the main terminus for long distance trains from European countries and High Speed services. This is also the closest train station to the conference venue. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can walk to the conference venue, which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and get off at either Cavour or Colosseo stations, which are a 5 minute walk away.

You can search and book your journey online using the following link: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

 

By Road


It is easy to reach Rome from northern or southern Italy via the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole). Once you have arrived in Rome, follow directions to the city centre or Roma Termini station. The University is located 1 km from the station in the Colosseo area.

 

Map

A map of the conference venue area is available at the following link:
https://web.uniroma1.it/cdaingtrasporti/location/location


Please note that all the information included above is correct as of December 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. Founded in 1303 it is one of the oldest Universities in history. The University has its own museum network (Sapienza Museum Network) which is often open to a general audience. The Alessandrina University Library, built in 1667 by Pope Alexander VII, is the main library housing many important collections. The university has significant research programmes in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, biomedicine and humanities.

Conference Venue address:

Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Via Eudossiana, 18
Rome

Accommodation

Below you can find a list of hotels that are within a 5 minute walk of the conference venue.

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation and settling your own account.

 

Monti Palace Hotel (now fully booked)
Via Cavour, 185,
00184 Rome
https://www.montipalacehotel.com/en/

 

Grand Hotel Palatino
Via Cavour, 213/M,
00184 Rome
https://www.hotelpalatino.com/

 

Duca d'Alba Hotel
Via Leonina, 14,
00121 Rome
https://www.hotelducadalba.com/en/

 

Hotel Centro Cavour
Via Cavour, 237,
00184 Rome
http://www.hotelcentrocavour.it/it/home

 

This information was last updated 11/12/2019.

Additional Information

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