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Walter J. Ammann awarded Dr. J. E. Brandenberger prize 2014

Switzerland's highest remunerated prize goes in 2014 to Dr Walter J. Ammann.

For decades, Dr Walter J. Ammann has showed a constant commitment to preventing, reducing, recognising and overcoming risks posed to man and the environment. As Director of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Deputy Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and President of the Foundation Swiss Research Institute for high-altitude climate and medicine, Dr Walter J. Ammann has attained great acknowledgement for his integrative risk management concept. 

This year he is awarded the foundation Dr J.E. Brandenberger prize of CHF 200,000 in recognition of his tireless work in the field, going ever beyond the call of duty. In establishing and subsequently leading the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, and both the prestigious International Disaster and Risk Conference and the One Health Davos Summits, Dr Walter J. Ammann has created important platforms for international exchange in the area of risk research and its practical application, for the benefit of people all over the world. His contributions led to an integrative approach to risk management which spans the entire spectrum from risk due to natural hazards to biological and technical ones, including the impacts of climate change, pandemics and global terrorism, encompassing disciplines such as engineering and the natural, social and medical sciences, plus the humanities.

"We are delighted to be able to award this year's prize to Dr Walter J. Ammann", said foundation president Carlo Schmid-Sutter - " his extraordinary achievements have fully addressed the core concerns of our patron, Irma Marthe Brandenberger." Her wish is that each year those individuals are honoured that actively strive to better the lot of humanity and who have made notable contributions in the area of natural and social sciences, social work and the improvement of living standards for the humanity as a whole. She set up the foundation in memory of her father, Dr J.E. Brandenberger, the inventor of cellophane, by investing the endowment passed on to her. Since 1990, the prize is awarded on an annual basis.

"I am particularly touched to receive this prize", said the laureate, "and I take it on mindful of the duty to continue the work of identifying the world's highest risks, in order to learn from them as best we can".

The award ceremony is to take place in November 2014 in Zurich.

For further information on the prize or the award winner continue reading at http://www.stiftungbrandenberger.ch

Outcomes of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014

"Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice"
24 - 28 August 2014 | Davos, Switzerland

Organised by GRF Davos in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 which took place in Davos, Switzerland concluded successfully on Thursday, 28 August 2014.

We are pleased to announce the outcomes report of the conference.

The report consists of two major parts. Part I  provides a summary of the discussions of the post-conference expert workshop with  focus on science and technology, education and training, and implementation from a science and technology perspective (participants are listed in the annex part III).

Part II  shows all the various comments which have been provided by the IDRC Davos 2014 participants to the pre-zero and zero draft concept. The comments are listed according to the numbering used in the existent zero draft. Many comments are very much in-line with the existent draft and might also serve for confirmation purposes of the existent zero draft.

The outcomes of the IDRC Davos 2014 shall serve as the science & technology input for the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2) and provide recommendations towards the UN World Conference WCDRR in Sendai, Japan.

The outcomes report is available for download here:outcomes report

Further information on the IDRC Davos 2014 and other past and future IDRC Davos conferences can be found at www.idrc.info.

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