2021 Annual Meeting Workshop Details

QuakeCoRE Seminar – 26 November 2021
June 18, 2021
QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting: Draft Programme
August 2, 2021

Workshop details for the 2021 Annual Meeting


Date  Workshop Leader(s) & Presenter(s) Workshop detail
Monday 30 August
11.00 am – 12.00 pm Siautu Alefaio Talanoa-HUBBS (Humans United Beyond Borders Sessions) Engaging Pasifika for Urban Resilience

TalanoaHUBBS is a forum for Pacific community activation and activism in disaster management and humanitarian response. Since 2016 TalanoaHUBBS have been convened across the Pacific in Tonga, Samoa and South Auckland NZ and is an open-forum for all to attend. This power-hour session is focused on engaging Pacific communities with QuakeCoRE and highlighting Pacific-led initiatives currently in action. The session will be open to a broader Pacific zoom-fono audience and broadcast on Facebook LIVE through NIUPATCH. The session is open to all as per the TalanoaHUBBS platform.

This Pacific-engagement session is a power-hour TalanoaHUBBS forum highlighting Pacific-led engagement activities facilitated by NIUPATCH. The session will introduce the work of NIUPATCH and focus on the QuakeCoRE project: NIUSBYTES PODCAST hosted in our partnership school – Roscommon based in Manurewa South Auckland. It will also feature the collaboration for Polyfest and research areas that Pacific students are engaged in.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Matt Gerstenberger National Seismic Hazard Model

An update on progress on the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model and an opportunity to engage with the team and provide input on the science direction and output needs of the model.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Science Media Centre (SMC) Science Communication & Media Training (For Early and Mid-Career Researchers)

Note: this workshop is meant for early and mid-career researchers.  If you are a PhD student, please consider attending the Science Communication for Researchers: QuakeCoRE Emerging Researcher Chapters (QERC) Workshop on Tuesday afternoon.

Understanding the NZ media landscape – brief overview of what the news cycle looks like and what journalists are looking for when they contact an expert
Different motivations for scientists to develop their science communication skills (e.g. inspiring the next generation of scientists, defending taxpayer-funded research, raising one’s profile, etc.)
Identifying your audience (e.g. peers, politicians, community groups, wider public, etc.
Cutting out the jargon – importance of being understood and examples of identifying how words used among specialists can have different meanings with the lay public.

Tuesday 31 August
9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Liam Wotherspoon
Transport System Seismic Resilience: Present & Future Challenges

This workshop will focus on the development of a national strategy for transport system seismic resilience research, bringing together aspects of two interdisciplinary themes in QuakeCoRE 2: A Resilient NZ Transport System and Disruptive Technologies. The strategy development will include both transport systems and the energy systems that these systems rely on. Both present and future-focussed research will be explored, from the assessment of existing infrastructure through to the emergence of new transport and energy technologies. Small group and wider workshop discussions will be used to identify research needs to inform QuakeCoRE workplans and future proposals that can be supported through other research and industry sources.

9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Transcolonisation of UTAS: University Targeted Admissions System & Mātauranga Māori

QuakeCoRE’s mission is to transform the earthquake resilience of communities and society through innovative world-class research, education of the next generation, and deep national and international collaborations using Aotearoa New Zealand as a natural earthquake laboratory. Through partnership with key sectors of Te Ao Māori, research activities seek to develop and harness mātauranga Māori perspectives on earthquake resilience, to achieve the resilience aspirations of tangata whenua.

Education is part of the mission of QuakeCore and when we look at the education system in Aotearoa NZ there is an urgent need for it to be more equitable. Greater resilience in education could be achieved by allowing greater accessibility for Māori into tertiary learning. For Māori to achieve such parity with European NZers would start to honour Te Tiriti obligations. With regard to admissions, the number of Māori students enrolled and graduating from NZ Universities is, at 6%, disproportionately lower than the 17% who constitute the population by ethnicity. University admissions currently use entry requirements which are based purely upon academic GPA performance in secondary school examinations which in turn are based upon western frameworks of knowledge.

This workshop seeks to particular work with students and early Researchers. What if indigenous knowledge, that is mātauranga Māori, which lies outside the pedagogy currently being taught and examined in secondary schools could be meaningfully framed as part of the admissions process to re-address the societal imbalance? What forms of indigenous methodologies, that is tikanga Māori, could be deployed to expose and calibrate say the tacit forms of knowledge that are not immediately intelligible to non-Māori?

By trans-colonising seismic education in the tertiary built environment curriculum the project will facilitate increased engagement from Māori, both through the admission of Māori and Pacific students to universities as well as advance Māori research scholars once within.

9.00 am – 12.00 pm Caroline Orchiston, Mark Stirling and David Johnston The Challenges of Earthquake Resilience in Lower Seismic Hazard Zones

Many factors shape people’s interpretations of seismic hazard and risk.  Research following the Canterbury (2010-11), Cook Strait (2013),  and Kaikōura (2016) earthquakes has shown that the experience of major earthquakes influences people’s motivations to undertake various personal and policy-related actions. In contrast, people in relatively lower seismic hazard areas are less likely to act even though their exposure to earthquakes is still relatively high at a global scale. Aotearoa New Zealand’s lower seismic hazard zones, as defined by National Seismic Hazard Model, have longer timeframes for completing work to identify and reduce risks to buildings.

This workshop will explore the challenges of quantifying seismic hazard in the seismically “quiet” areas, and the current policies and practices for mitigating risk in areas defined by the Building Act as lower seismic hazard (e.g. Auckland, Northland, East Otago, Eastern Southland). Recent risk-based analyses of urban areas considered to be lower seismic hazard has revealed a higher than expected level of risk.  Local government and other stakeholders are challenged by current policies with long timeframes from implementation, resulting in complacency and lack of urgency to address life safety risks posed by buildings. This workshop will bring together a range of perspectives from seismic hazard scientists, risk engineers, local and central government, and social research to explore solutions and pathways to improve the development, uptake and implementation of earthquake risk reduction policy and practice.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Nirmal Nair Establishing a Research Agenda for Disruptive Technologies that Create Seismic Resilience

This inter-disciplinary workshop will focus on emerging disruptive technologies and their implications with regards to seismic resilience.  Topics covered will include grand challenges in 1) renewable distributed energy, particularly the declining costs combined with climate change adaptation and increasing digitalisation leading to rapid adoption of renewable distributed energy; 2)  Smart cities which are increasingly dependent on complex utility networks driven through sensors and the IoT, but also have increased vulnerability through increasingly complex interdependencies; and 3) Modelling of multi-scale socio-economic wellbeing business cases for disruptive technologies that meet the needs of a diverse set of decision-makers.  Small group and wider workshop discussions will be used to discuss the above grand challenges drawing out key research opportunities to establish an initial research agenda.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm Anthony Hoete and Tūmanako Fa’aui Te Arawa Atlas / Te Ngāti Awa Atlas of Marae Resilience

Enhanced Māori community understandings of seismic engineering and infrastructural resilience
Increased engagement between emerging Māori researchers and Māori communities
Mātauranga knowledge capture

Project description:
The aim of this research project is to
1. undertake a stocktake of existing marae
2. analyse for infrastructural resilience
3. propose potential adaptations
to marae such that they can provide support following a natural hazard and subsequent loss of infrastructure service. This database will ultimately build an Atlas of marae infrastructural resilience across Aotearoa NZ.

The role and importance of marae in post-disaster/response contexts has been highlighted in recent natural hazard events, where marae have provided the resources to support not only their own marae community, but also the broader community and help supplement the wider initial response (Lambert et al., 2012; Carter & Kenney, 2018). Marae tend to be well suited for civil defence scenarios (Busby, 2010) – able to house large numbers of people, with facilities able to cater to these overflows. In addition to having the capacity to deal with large numbers, marae are often required to deal with sudden influxes of people for tangihanga (funerals), requiring organisation of food, lodging and resources, requiring a similar response time to a hazard event. However, marae can also be vulnerable themselves in natural hazard events, especially those that are based in rural and isolated areas, with limited connections to main infrastructure networks. Therefore, it is imperative that research is developed to provide increased understanding of the potential vulnerability marae infrastructure may face in natural hazard scenarios.

The aim of this workshop is to brainstorm who, what and how to research the project. The workshop will examine the research architecture: for example, whether to undertake a photographic survey of existing marae, how to explore the potential adaptations that marae can make and the support they can provide following natural hazard events and who can talk to the subsequent loss of infrastructure service? Each Atlas could collectively build a database (an Atlas) of marae across the country.

1.00 pm – 4.00 pm QuakeCoRE Emerging Researcher Chapters Science Communication for Researchers: QuakeCoRE Emerging Researcher Chapters (QERC) Workshop

Note: this workshop is meant for current PhD students.  If you are an early to mid-career researcher, please consider attending the Science Communication & Media Training (For Early and Mid-Career Researchers) Workshop on Monday afternoon.

This workshop will explore science communication of research by drawing on experts in the field. There will be an activity to apply and practice some science communication techniques. Participants will discuss how to engage an audience and effectively communicate research to a range of audiences.
• The first part of the workshop will draw from short presentations and a panel discussion.
• The second half will involve an interactive activity

Aligned Activities:

Tuesday 31 August

Women in QuakeCoRE Dinner

This event is designed to provide a forum for Women in QuakeCoRE to come together in a welcoming and safe space, to talk about their experiences as emerging and mid-career researchers and as women as they navigate their studies and consider their future career directions.

Wednesday 1 September

Wellness Sessions: Yoga &  Boot Camp

This year there will be two early morning wellness sessions on Wednesday to help you relax and feel energised for the day ahead. Places are very limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will be offering both early morning yoga and boot camp sessions.

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