Disaster Management & Emergency Responses to Flooding

August 7-13, 2016 in Almaty Mountain


The workshop is being coordinated by Dr. Jonathan Pearson (University of Warwick, UK) and Dr. Zhanay Sagintayev (Jay Sagin, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan), and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or Kazakhstan to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, is attached and should be sent to Dr. Jonathan Pearson at J.M.Pearson@warwick.ac.uk for UK participants, Dr. Zhanay Sagintayev zhanay.sagintayev@nu.edu.kz and Dina Kaskina dina.kaskina@nu.edu.kz for Kazakhstan participants before the deadline of 15th June 2016.


Edelweiss Hotel

548b Gornaya St., Almaty, Kazakhstan

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About Workshop

The workshop will be held in English. In particular the workshop will focus on three specific themes related to forecasting, decision making and response to natural disasters:

I) Natural hazards from floods and seismic activity to landslides;
II) Remote Sensing (Satellite) for monitoring and prediction of natural disasters; and,
III) Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DRRR).

Theme I will deal with natural hazards with a particular focus on flooding from seasonal glacial ice melt and seismic distortions resulting in landslides, with field work tracking and sensors applications, data collection and modelling.

Theme II is intended to deal with remote sensing for real-time monitoring and prediction analysis, applications of the different international satellite data, including EU and Kazakhstan KazEOSat-1 and -2 are very welcome. Satellite data processing, data collection, modelling and visualization with web GIS tools application are also welcome.

Theme III is to deal with Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DRRR) and response. Public emergency preparedness researchers, emergency agency cooperation with scientists, multidisciplinary social-political science and engineering science cooperation experts related to DRRR are welcome.

The five-day workshop will include intensive discussion forums where free thinking is encouraged to delve into the problems and challenges to uncover innovative solutions, the workshop programme has been broken down into the following activities:

1) Introduction & networking day;
2) Knowledge Transfer day;
3) Field visit day;
4) Sandpit day; and,
5) Future collaboration day.

Mountain hiking

We are planning to have extra couple of days for mountain hiking, geocaching and camping activities. You are welcome to join our group, please be well prepared with the hiking clothes, boots, sleeping bags, and navigation tools GPS. For those of you wishing to extend your stay in Almaty, you are free to do so, but associated costs will not be covered by the workshop budget.


We are planning to publish the workshop papers in the AUPET’s scientific journal “VESTNIK” for the promotion of disaster resilience research cooperation.

Application Form

Workshop Title: Disaster Management & Emergency Reponses to Flooding

UK coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Pearson

Partner Country coordinator: Dr. Zhanay Sagintayev

Discipline: Civil, Environmental, Hydrological, Geological Sciences, Earth Observation Satellite or Remote Sensing Technologies

Dates and venue: 7th-13th August 2016, Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, 126 Baytursynova str., Almaty, 050013, Kazakhstan Tel. +7(707)1900057, Dr. Gani Balbayev gani_b@mail.ru, Aidar Sagintayev aidarsagin@gmail.com, and Dina Kaskina dina.kaskina@nu.edu.kz

The programme, Researcher Links, provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK & Kazakhstan to interact learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

The workshops will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops, early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers and Emergency Response experts from the UK and Kazakhstan. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

The British Council and Newton Researcher Links will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted by the 15th June 2016 and sent to

Dr. Jonathan Pearson at J.M.Pearson@warwick.ac.uk for UK participants

Dr. Zhanay Sagintayev at zhanay.sagintayev@nu.edu.kz, Dina Kaskina dina.kaskina@nu.edu.kz for Kazakhstan participants

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be early career researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience – in Civil, Environmental, hydrological, Geological Sciences, or Earth Observation Satellite Technologies, and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience). They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers ( http://tinyurl.com/TEFECRS ). Applicants who do not have a PhD must have at least 4 years research experience in an appropriate field, supported by a list of research outputs, e.g. reports, journal articles, book chapters, etc. Leading Researchers as defined by the EU Framework for researchers careers are research group leaders who are internationally recognised in their field.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship or something else) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Kazakhstan.
  • Emergency Response experts from the Emergency Agencies, such as the International Charter Space & Major Disasters, the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) within the UK Space Agency, and Kazakh Space Agency, Kazakhstan’s Committee for Emergency Situations, to share their expertise would be welcomed.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure:

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email before 1st July 2016.

Equal Opportunities

The British Council is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in all its activities and this includes the avoidance of any bias in the assessment of applications due to gender, disability, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of early career researchers with special needs will be given.

Please see the link below for detail on British Council policies that relate to your work- adherence to these policies are British Council Requirementshttp://www.britishcouncil.org/new/about-us/jobs/folder_jobs/register-as-a-consultant/policies-for-consultants-and-associates/ . Please refer to brand guidelines as directed by the British Council office in the country where you will be delivering your workshop.

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