Past workshops: Hindsight of the 2015 workshop

“Challenges in Q² methodologies to acquire and integrate data for the assessment of risk, vulnerability and resilience” was the topic of second INQUIMUS workshop. The workshop was successfully held from 28th – 29th of October 2015 at the European Academy of Bolzano.

The meeting gathered more than 25 participants with four high level keynote speakers and a large number of posters representing a large variety of research activities from different thematic backgrounds and presented by Phd students, junior and distinguished senior scientists. The short keynote (or SOTA) talks were followed by in-depth discussions allowing to scrutinise the topics at stake at a level of detail, which is usually not possible during conferences and workshops.

So called, state-of-the-art talks (SOTA) where provided by a diversity of experts and scientists:

Next to these SOTAs participants presented a range of posters, including case studies of risk and vulnerability assessments or the development of new indices as well as data for scenarios. The poster collection is available online.
Most of the time participants exchanged and developed new ideas, thoughts and insights in a range of interactive session.
Considering the presentations given by the experts, participants discussed about the following questions:

  • What is methodology? There are different understandings of what methodology is, this underlines the importance of clarification of terms between people coming from different backgrounds and disciplines.
  • What is evidence? What is valid evidence? Who decides what is valid?
  • Is it possible to apply the concept of replicability to participator approaches? To social sciences? Replicability and user involvement, how is this possible? à It is very important to record the methods/to be transparent, it’s replicability of methods and NOT of results.
  • Rigour is linked to replicabilityà rigour in coding, rigour in training team doing interviews.

And drawed the following conclusions:

  • We must avoid to impose the values of one method/approach to another
  • Mixed methods approaches can improve the quality of data = detect and reduce the errors
  • We must be much more careful to describe our values and rules
  • It is important to contextualise the values à importance of frameworks à put the framework in a context (the context can change)
  • Deductive vs. inductive approaches: using an inductive approach the user needs can be met better.

There is a paradigm shift also at international level, in parallel to the „traditional data collection methods“ also participatory assessment are carried out.


Scope of the 2015 workshop
The INQUIMUS workshop in 2015 tackles the issue of integrating data and information that one needs to consider when appraising risk, vulnerability and resilience. The event will bring together scientists and practitioners from various backgrounds representing quantitative and qualitative research and related methodologies.

The thematic focus of the workshop is set on the variety of methodologies to collect and integrate data and information (for example models, statistics, in-situ measurements, remote sensing, network and pattern analyses, historical documents and maps, expert interviews, stakeholder questionnaires or participatory inquiries). We will tackle the different types of integration at different levels, starting with the combination of data (number crunching) at a very early stage of the assessment to an interdisciplinary integration of information and knowledge at the systemic level.

Therefore, we have identified the following key questions for the 2015 workshop:

  • How suitable and how relevant are the various available methods for holistic / systemic assessments?
  • In how far can we achieve through a combination / integration of these methods a full picture of all those aspects shaping risk, vulnerability or resilience?

Against this background, the structure of the workshop in more detail is built around the following topics:

  • general perspective: What do we mean when we talk about quantitative and qualitative approaches? Do we have a common picture understanding?
  • acquisition: What are the most suitable methods to acquire data for systemic assessments and what is their relevance for risk / vulnerability / resilience research?
  • integration: How do we best combine and/or integrate data from different sources? What normalisation steps are necessary and how may these steps affect the quality of the results? Is it really necessary/scientifically sound to combine data of different statistical level and from various sources? If this is not possible, what could be the solution to convey all the information necessary within an assessment?
  • experience: What are best practices for integration/ in what sectors or fields has this combination worked?
  • validation: How can the results be validated and uncertainty be accounted for / communicated?

Scientific Committee

Extended Scientific Committee

• Marion Borderon (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
• Stefan Kienberger (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
• Stefan Schneiderbauer (EURAC – Italy)
• Marc Zebisch (EURAC – Italy)
• Peter Zeil (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
 Susan Cutter (HVRI, University of South Carolina – USA)
• Melanie Gall (HVRI, University of South Carolina – USA)
• Matthias Garschagen (United Nations University – UNU-EHS)
• Michael Hagenlocher (United Nations University – UNU-EHS)
• Andrea Critto (University Ca’ Foscari Venice – Italy)
• Silvia Torresan (University Ca’ Foscari Venice – Italy)

Inquimus Brochure

INQUIMUS Documentation (password protected)

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