Past workshops: Hindsight of the 2018 workshop

“Methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience” was the topic of fifth INQUIMUS workshop. The workshop was successfully held from 3rd – 5th of December 2018 at Ca’ Foscari Challenge School in Venice, Italy.

The workshop started with an inspirational talk about ‘Venice and its lagoon in the era of global changes’ from Jonathan Baker Head of the Science Unit of the UNESCO office in Venice. His presentation showed the extensive UNESCO cultural heritage in Venice and the natural and anthropogenic hazards (e.g. high tide and mass tourism) that are increasing and need to be addressed so to avoid future irreversible damages due to climate change and anthropogenic pressures.

The meeting gathered 39 participants, with a high diversity of thematic backgrounds from junior to distinguished senior scientists. The workshop included keynote presentations and a poster session fostering interactive discussions and presentations. The days of the workshop were characterised by group discussions and brainstorming: a unique and fruitful approach promoting cross-fertilization of ideas. By doing so, INQUIMUS aims to be a platform of exchange, using new approaches of moderation – often in the academic arena.

State-of-the-art talks (SOTA) where provided by a diversity of experts and scientists:

  • Jakob Zscheischler reflected on the current challenges of assessing future compound weather and climate events
  • Christian Kuhlicke reflected on the importance of social and behavioural scientists for disaster risk assessment, highlighting the need and limitations of integrating social qualitative approaches
  • Marie Hallissey presented the practical experiences of the GOAL organisation in risk assessment and response across differing humanitarian context
  • Marco Corsi presented the experience and services offered by the Copernicus programme for Disaster Management through social media data analysis

Next to these SOTAs, participants presented a wide range of posters, from literature reviews on methods and tools to tackle the multi-hazard risk challenges, to ecosystem-based adaptation measures, GIS applications, Bayesian networks for stochastic assessments of multi-risk processes, complex systems analysis (e.g. system dynamics models and graph methods), machine learning techniques and decision support systems.

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. The overview of the workshop is captured in a short video.


The thematic scope of the INQUIMUS 2018 workshop was on methods and tools to assess multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience. Data gaps regarding the environmental and socioeconomic drivers of risk and vulnerability combined with methodological challenges hamper the development of such scenarios. This is particularly problematic given the need for scenarios by planners and decision-makers in the context of climate change adaptation as well as in disaster risk reduction.

INQUIMUS 2018 reflected on the following topics and invited abstracts covering one or more of the following questions:

  • Why do we need multi-risk assessments?
  • What are the gaps in developing and applying multi-risk assessments?
  • What are new / innovative methods and approaches for these tasks?
  • How can IT help us in understanding multi-risk dynamics and in validating of results?

INQUIMUS 2018 provided a setting for generative conversations. Following the interpretation of workshop results, the participants identified open issues to be addressed in the context of multi-hazard risk, vulnerability and resilience:

  • Who does need multi-risk assessments?
  • What level of complexity should we stop at in order to describe multi-risk processes?
  • How to integrate social scientists research for a comprehensive multi-risk assessment?
  • Including indirect impacts (e.g. health) into the risk cascade
  • The need of trans-sectoral perspective supporting multi-risk assessment
  • How to communicate complexity to stakeholders?
  • How (and how far) perform outputs aggregation?
  • Higher demand for training and validation data for impacts assessment

Scientific Committee

Extended Scientific Committee

• Stefan Kienberger (Z_GIS, University of Salzburg – Austria)
• Stefan Schneiderbauer (EURAC – Italy)
• Marc Zebisch (EURAC – Italy)
• Silvia Torresan (Fondazione CMCC, University of Venice – Italy)
• Andrea Critto (University Venice, Fondazione CMCC – Italy)
• Jaroslav Mysiak (University Venice, Fondazione CMCC – Italy)

Inquimus Brochure

INQUIMUS Documentation (password protected)

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