Lectures and seminars GlobeLife Seminar: Debunking Disaster Myths

22-03-2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Add to iCal
Online Online via Zoom.
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Welcome to the network GlobeLife's seminar 'Debunking Disaster Myths' held online on 22 March. In the webinar, a panel of disaster researchers from four scientific disciplines outlines some of the most common myths and argues with facts to debunk them.

Disasters seriously disrupt the functioning of societies and cause needs that overwhelm existing capacities. However, their perceived impacts and risks as well as the need of the affected population are often based on pre-conceived opinions and myths rather than facts.

In this interdisciplinary webinar, a panel of disaster researchers from four scientific disciplines outlines some common myths and argues with facts to debunk them. The webinar’s purpose is to inspire and inform actors (including media, practitioners and researchers) involved in risk management, preparedness and disaster response as well as recovery after disasters.

Webinar goals:

  • Promote evidence-based understanding of disasters and their impacts
  • Catalyse academic interdisciplinarity
  • Foster new collaboration within the field of disaster science

Speakers and panelists:

  • Johan von Schreeb, Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet
  • Susann Baez Ullberg, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University
  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University
  • Nina von Uexkull, Department of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University


Margareta Wahlström, Swedish Red Cross, former Head of the United Nations’ Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

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The seminar is jointly organized by Professors Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Uppsala university and Johan von Schreeb, Karolinska Institutet.

About GlobeLife

The GlobeLife network aims to promote cooperation to strengthen both research and education in global health at both universities. A long-term goal is joint educational initiatives, increased collaborative research projects and cooperation in supervising doctoral students.

Find more information about upcoming GlobeLife events and other events related to Global health at KI and Uppsala University, as well as recordings of previous GlobeLife seminars at globelife.se