Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) - DFID/NERC workshop announcement

15 May 2015

The Department for International Development (DFID) and NERC invite interested parties to a workshop on 4 June 2015 at etc.venues in Paddington, London. The outputs of this workshop will inform a call for proposals that will be announced under the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme in June 2015.

This one-day event will give attendees the opportunity to consider the scope of the call announcement. It will also facilitate networking and discussion, thereby enabling researchers to share ideas on key research questions relevant to the call. The workshop may also generate ideas for potential future areas of research collaboration.

SHEAR is a new international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development and NERC. SHEAR focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making. The programme is targeting lower and lower-middle income countries across sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, focusing on the co-production of knowledge using a multi-disciplinary and problem-centred approach. Further information, including the specific themes to be addressed by the call, can be found on the main SHEAR page.

The workshop is open to members of the research community, both UK and non-UK. Researchers in non-higher education institutions, for example from government departments or from the third sector, are also invited to attend. NERC and DFID would also welcome attendance from members of the stakeholder and end-user communities.

Interested parties should email by 25 May 2015 in order to secure a place at the workshop. The organisers reserve the right to select participants, should places become limited. Attendance at the workshop does not automatically enable project bids to be submitted, or guarantee funding. Conversely, absence does not preclude bidding into the call.