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Webinar on Building Resilience Together

Date: 23rd November 2021
Time: 11.30 am – 2.00 pm (IST)

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Organized by

Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe
Organized by ER Pitch together with the Youth Leadership for Environment and Resilience, ENTRUST and the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Devanmini Halwathura, Dr. Ayomi Witharana

Temporary staff and students:
Harsha Dahanayake, Damithri Jayasekara, Lihini Prematilaka, Thisaru Perera, Dilisha Gunawardena and Vihanga Amarakoon


  • Welcome speech by Prof. Preethi Udagama
  • Introduction by Prof. Deepthi Wickramasinghe
  • Speech by the Vice Chancellor/ UoC, Senior Prof. Chandrika Wijeratne
  • Keynote speech by Prof. Virginia Murray
    Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction, UK Health Security Agency
    Co-chair of the WHO Thematic Platform Health and Disaster Risk Management Research Network

Panelists and speakers

  • Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe
    Director General, Disaster Management Center, Sri Lanka
    Topic – Disaster management in the Sri Lankan perspective
  • Prof. Mahua Mukherjee
    Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India
    Topic – Disaster preparedness for a better future
  • Prof. Michael Petterson
    School of Science, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
    Topic –Towards a resilient society: the role of youth
  • Dr. Stephen Woroniecki
    Department of Thematic Studies and Environmental Change, Linkoping University, Sweden
    Topic – Nature based solutions for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Q and A session
    Dr. Missaka Hettiarachchi, Research Fellow, WWF, Switzerland
  • A short video reflecting youth (university students’) voices of Asia- Pacific region
  • Presentation by Youth Leaders/ UoC on “Building a safe future together”
  • Concluding remarks