Webinar Series: RESILIENCE – Rethinking Communities In A Post-COVID-19 World
EWB Ireland in partnership with TU Dublin, is running a weekly Resilience webinar series until the end of July, restarting again in September. The webinar series will comprise a short 15-20 minute presentation from a range of guest presenters from around the world. Final webinars will focus on Building Climate Resilient Communities and Perspectives on Community Resilience from the Kurdistan region, Iraq
Speakers will discuss topics ranging from building earthquake resilient schools in Nepal, to nutrition programs in Niger, to responding to COVID-19 emergencies in Ireland and Bangladesh, among a host of other topics. Our first webinar will be held by Liam McCarton, Lecturer in TU Dublin and Director of EWB, entitled “Pull the ladder up, the issue is now surviving”. Liam will explore what exactly are the components of this illusive term “resilience” with reference to communities in Africa, Asia, South America and Ireland. He will also discuss how engineers need to radically change their approach to infrastructure provision if we are to thrive in a post Climate Change / post COVID-19 world.
The purpose of the series is to prompt discussion and debate, and ultimately to harness the creativity of the wider scientific and engineering community to solve local and global challenges in a post COVID-19 world. These events are part of the EU development education and awareness raising (DEAR) programme (EuropeAid/151103/DH/ACT/Multi) and the Build Solid Ground campaign, which aims to inform and actively engage EU citizens in actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.