Symposium for Science and Society: Harnessing Science for Safer Communities

May 23, 2018, 7:30 am


Join Dr. Lucy Jones and her Center for the first Science & Society Symposium: Harnessing Science for Safer Communities. This half day event in Downtown Los Angeles will bring together a cross-section of leaders to learn about the latest application of science to improve a their resilience. The program is intended for both scientists who want to see their work applied as well as community, civic, and business leaders who want to build stronger, more resilient communities.

Why Attend:
This program will feature speakers who are the top of their field, providing expert information not yet collected on this topic in one place. Below is the full program, designed for three main groups of attendees:
For Business Leaders: Find out how risk can impact you by your decisions and how you can leverage the best data and information to protect your revenue streams, customer base, assets, and livelihood.
For City and Community Leaders: Learn the tactics needed to build safer communities as you face the imminent threat of natural hazards, including strategies to address them, how to bring your colleagues on board, and how to build a whole community approach to addressing the unique risks you face.
For Scientists: Come connect with those who can use your expertise and learn innovative ways to communicate your insights to those who have them wherewithal to take action on what you know. Find ways to get your science used to create safer communities.

The day will feature a keynote by Dr. Marcia McNutt, the President of the National Academies of Science, a plenary panel on harnessing science featuring national experts, and Dr. Jones in conversation with Mary Nichols, Chair of the CA Air Resources Board. The symposium will also feature three concurrent sessions, as follows, of which attendees will be able to attend two:

“The Science of Risk Management & Business Resilience”
There is no shortage of risk management tools that businesses can pull off the internet. But how do you truly understand and analyze the risk facing your company – especially when it comes to earthquake risk and business resiliency?  How do business leaders and property owners use science to make better earthquake insurance decisions? This session will present the way risk can be managed once you understand what’s at stake and what the hazards are. In this session, attendees will learn what goes into determining risk for a business or property owner and what source of information can inform decisions about risk. Join Risk Management experts Brian Metcalfe, Executive Vice President at Bolton & Company, and a Michelle McLaughlin from Chubb for a hands-on session designed to increase your risk acumen. Session Outcomes include:
– What is the science behind the risk analysis delivered to companies to make earthquake insurance decisions
– What is PML, SEL, SUL
– What processes and calculations are the experts making that impacts your analysis and coverage
– What are the underlying factors that determine your actual risk
– Which buildings are most prone to earthquake loss, and which real estate investment
Session Sponsor: Bolton & Company

“Science on Your Side: Safer Cities through Science”
This session will focus on how to get and use science to make your community safer in the face of natural hazards. You may not be able to interpret the information you need to make decisions for your community, so this session will delve into how to find the sources of information that you can use to make or influence policy on the risks communities face. This session will feature Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Office for the City of Los Angeles, and Arrietta Chakos, Senior Policy Advisor at ABAG/MTC’s Resilience Program, who will share insights, tactics, and resources for city and community leaders.

“Talking to Those Who Need Your Expertise”
This session will focus on how scientists can communicate with non-scientists to get their work used. Those that attend will understand that the way scientists and technical experts learn to communicate among each other doesn’t work in the public sphere. Attendees will learn about why the challenge is severe for scientists and what can be done in the near term. This session features insights from Dr. Lucy Jones and a roundtable discussion to follow.

Event venue
The event will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at the Cathedral Conference Center.

Register Now by visiting the registration page