The IRDR programme is well represented at the 26th IUGG General Assembly held in Prague, the Czech Republic, from 22 June to 2 July 2015. The scientific part of the meeting was themed “Earth and Environmental Sciences for Future Generation”. Several IRDR members had key roles in the conference, presenting on many aspects of the IRDR programme. SC Chair and Professor David Johnston gave an overview of the IRDR Programme in a Union Symposium on Future Earth and Sustainability.
Professor Gordon McBean, a former SC Chair and now President of ICSU presented the following day on the importance of integrated science and SC member and Dr. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi chaired the meeting of the IUGG GeoRisk Commission, which resolved to work closely with IRDR and link IRDR activities across the IUGG associations. At the IUGG Council meeting Dr. Hursh Gupta was appointed as the IUGG liaison to IRDR. IRDR-ISSC RIA Fellow, Dr. Emma Hudson-Doyle presented in several sessions on communicating uncertainty in warnings about future volcanic eruptions (IAVCEI programme).
Over 4200 participants from 90 countries and regions made close to 5400 contributions (more than 2200 posters) in a total of 202 symposia and workshops, divided into 639 sessions. The conference budget fully or partly supported the attendance of 619 participants, mainly young scientists from countries of need.