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  2. The Vinnies NSW recovery program has been running since mid-2020 and has transitioned from immediate relief and individual crisis support, through to longer-term community recovery and development. Community members commonly approach Vinnies for help with issues that are hard to handle or have slipped through the cracks. There are two communities in need of specialised engineering help right now. Vinnies is seeking experienced (or up and coming) engineers, who might be able to provide technical help either pro bono or at a discounted rate. Details at https://engineersaustralia.org.au/news/2021/07/volunteer-engineers-sought-nsw-bushfire-recovery-projects
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    2011: The Year of Humanitarian Engineering - Ten Years On Speakers: Dr David Hobbs, Elizabeth Taylor, and Kaj Lofgren 2011 was designated the ‘Year of Humanitarian Engineering’ by EA. There were a series of workshops held across the country, stories told, and the year culminated with a conference in Melbourne. Looking back across the last ten years where are we in 2021 with humanitarian engineering? Key Takeaways The increasing need for Humanitarian Engineering in the future A multidisciplinary approach makes better engineers An ethical basis for the engineering profession Thursday 26 August 2021, 12:00pm to 1:30pm AEST Engineers Australia members: FREE Non-Engineers Australia members: FREE
  4. The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience is hosting the following webinar on July 26 which may be of interest. Indigenous perspectives of disaster recovery Recovery Matters webinar series | 26 July | 2pm AEST NAIDOC Week encourages us to embrace First Nations' cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. Our upcoming Recovery Matters webinar will explore the impacts of disasters for Indigenous Australians and how the recovery system can better support recovery for First Nations communities. Register for the Recovery Matters webinar Please note: The Recovery Matters webinar series is hosted on Zoom and will be password protected. Guest speakers Samuel Savage Sam is a Traditional Owner of the Bindal Nation in Townsville. His ancestry is both Aboriginal (Birrigubba Nation) and Torres Strait Islander (Mauar Island). Sam is Community Partnerships and Development Officer at the Red Cross and will discuss the recovery effort following the 2019 Townsville monsoon and flooding event, and the work undertaken in recovery and preparedness with Indigenous Communties in Northern Queensland. Bhiamie Williamson Bhiamie is an Indigenous man from the Euahlayi people in north-west NSW. Bhiamie is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate at the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. He will discuss how pre-existing intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities impacts how accessible the recovery system is.
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    August's monthly HENA HumEng Conversations will focus on the new course at UNSW "International Humanitarian Response" (https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2021/ENGG4103). This incorporates a week long field exercise program with RedR at the training facility in Victoria. The team from UNSW will outline the aims, structure and logistics of the course, which provides a domestic intensive element (rather than international). Attendance open to all, via Zoom -- https://anu.zoom.us/j/82480279182?pwd=TjNFVzhEZVJEZnFJeGwzdXkyMXQyZz09
  6. Hi All -- IEEE are running a virtual workshop on energy access on June 30. Open to all (don't need to be IEEE/EA members). Details are at: https://ieeetv.ieee.org/live_event/PELS_Empower-Billions?mkt_tok=NzU2LUdQSC04OTkAAAF93faDtQZwA_uVIzMomB4KvH0CJHVSBKpHRYNzjVsrrkkkovmRV23t8v6tqCPZQf_vCucGoIKpncW24SG9fsf3ad74Is6hVg0cKa0mgBQpsMQ Thanks -- Jeremy
  7. Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB-A) are current seeking an Engineering Project Manager. This role will oversee projects run alongside EWB’s place-based engineering program in the region, while developing the systems required to manage projects effectively, and respond to emerging opportunities. Further details are available at - https://ewb.org.au/careers/
  8. Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB-A) are seeking three rapid repair roles related to the recent flooding in Dili. On 4 April 2021, Timor-Leste experienced catastrophic flooding from intense rainfall generated by Cyclone Seroja. This was a ‘once in 250 years’ event that critically damaged, and in some locations destroyed, Dili’s urban water supply infrastructure. As a result, an estimated 45% of Dili households have been left without access to clean water and continuous water supply. The Dili Water Supply Rapid Repair Program (DWSRRP) aims to urgently address the immediate need for clean and continuous water supply, complete rehabilitation works, and conduct long-term resilience planning. The DWSRRP implementing partners are PARTISIPA, Cardno, and EWB Australia. There are three roles available for immediate deployment to Timor-Leste: Senior Water Design Engineering Design Draftperson Survey/GIS Full details available at https://ewb.org.au/careers/
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    Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon The Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon is a weekend-long virtual event designed for university students to work collaboratively in cross-discipline teams to create technology-driven solutions for the most pressing humanitarian challenges. Participants are asked to identify practical solutions for real and current problems from a current international humanitarian response context. The 2021 Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon will take place 23-25 July. This year's event will be a hybrid, with a combination of digital and in-person activities. We have received great support from our partners RedR and are expanding our partnership to include RMIT, which will be hosting a satellite site during the event In 2020, the event saw over 200 students virtually come together to address topics including climate change-induced population displacement, educating for the future, aiding island communities and the provision of clean water. >> Go to website <<
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    Engineering is a Critical Enabler for Sustainable Development Speaker: Dr Tony Marjoram and Jacqui Bell In this webinar we will hear both global and local perspectives about how engineering is a critical enabler for sustainable development. The UN Millennium Development Goals were introduced at the Millennium Summit for the period 2000-2015, and have been hailed as the most successful global initiative for reducing poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The MDGs were superseded in the post-2015 development agenda by the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the period 2015-2030 which aim to eradicate poverty by 2030. Tony Marjoram will look at the global perspective, examining the vital role of engineers in the MDGs and SDGs, why there is so little explicit mention of engineering in them, and how this can be addressed. Jacqui Bell will then explore the critical role the Australian engineering profession has in facilitating and translating global goals into meaningful action in Australia. This will consider how engineers must be an essential contributor to discussion, debate, policy and planning regarding action on climate change, biodiversity loss and equitable sustainable development. Thursday 24 June 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST Engineers Australia members: FREE Non-Engineers Australia members: $30
  11. The University of Sydney are again running the annual Humanitarian Innovation Awards - https://www.sydney.edu.au/engineering/industry-and-community/the-warren-centre/humanitarian-innovation-awards.html Opportunities for students in particularly to be involved in developing new ideas and inspiration for use and impact in the humanitarian sector. Thanks -- Jeremy
  12. Hi All -- EWB Australia are recruiting for three new paid staff roles. These are: Graduate-targeted role for an Education Programs Officer: https://ewb.app.box.com/s/09c9fawy4q1mrjibz08d9tq99va7e1hu Volunteer Mobilisation Coordinator: https://ewb.app.box.com/s/ykoo2p044dinwqoh9grpb3odbf22yzol Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist: https://ewb.app.box.com/s/zenco2d19h1h91ybztg0i3y3krrklbfe EWB-A have been leading the emergence of Humanitarian Engineering for over a decade. Thanks -- Jeremy
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    How the EWB Challenge develops professional skills for participants By Grace Roberts and Bryce Neuman The Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenges encourage participants to engage with the complexity of wicked problems by developing appropriate solutions for sustainable development. They are university design programs aimed at first-year engineering students that bring real-world challenges to the classroom. Student teams respond to a design brief developed in collaboration with a community partner organisation where they propose a technical solution to a challenge faced by that community. Each year, tens of thousands of students participate in the curriculum-integrated programs at dozens of universities around Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. Since it began in 2007 in Australia, and 2011 in the UK, over 150,000 students have participated. The EWB Challenges aim to develop future-fit professional skills to tackle complex problems of the world, by situating technology within the holistic context of people, society, culture and environment. The vision is that every engineer has the skills, knowledge, experience and attitude to contribute to sustainable community development and poverty alleviation. This applies not only to the participating students, but also to the academics that are supported by EWB to deliver the program, and the industry reviewers that are recruited to evaluate the top reports. In this talk, Grace Roberts, the EWB Challenge Coordinator at EWB Australia, will present on the experience and skills that students take into their careers, while researcher Bryce Neuman will share his findings on the roles and parallel outcomes for volunteer industry reviewers and academics. Key Takeaways The EWB Challenges encourage participants to engage with the complexity of real-world wicked problems by developing appropriate solutions for sustainable development From their participation in the programs, engineering students, academics, and industry reviewers can experience a shift in their social, cultural, and globally responsible engineering mindsets Students and reviewers of the EWB Challenges are gaining skills and experience that can be applied in their engineering practice every day. Tuesday 13 April 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEST
  14. Participate in the Humanitarian GBV Risk Mitigation & COVID-19 Survey. The study includes a 30-minute online survey on gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation and COVID-19 in humanitarian settings. This survey is being conducted by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in partnership with UNICEF, CARE, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). We encourage practitioners working in the humanitarian field, especially those in non-protection sectors, to participate in the survey available here in 6 languages. Your experiences and insights will help strengthen GBV risk mitigation in the context of COVID-19. For more information contact Dr. Jennifer Scott (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and the Humanitarian Gender Study Team at humanitariangenderstudy@bidmc.harvard.edu or visit the study website. GBV COVID Survey Invitation Flyer_All Languages.pdf
  15. 2020 Winner for Engineering Education Engagement Congratulations to Cris Birzer, Nick Brown, Eva Cheng, Sarah Herkess, Beatrix Neville, Tanja Rosenqvist, Jeremy Smith, Alison Stoakley and Jennifer Turner - For ‘Humanitarian Design Summits’ Humanitarian Design Summits is a team application for the AAEE award for Engineering Education Engagement. The application has been led by Nick Brown (RMIT), Sarah Herkess (EWB), Jeremy Smith (ANU), Jennifer Turner (SUT), Eva Cheng (UTS), Cris Birzer (UoA), Alison Stoakley (EWB), Beatrix Neville (EWB) and, Tanja Rosenqvist (RMIT). In reality this small team represent dozens of academics, educators, and practitioners who have contributed to the design and delivery of the Humanitarian Design Summit program over the past six years. Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) led Humanitarian Design Summits (EWB Summits) are two-week immersive cross-cultural study-abroad programs that embed human-centred values and approaches in engineering, design, and technology. Since the first EWB Summit in January 2015, over 1,500 students from 35 universities have participated. Sustained success has derived from the purposeful engagement with multiple stakeholders, including EWB, 32 Australian and three New Zealand universities, university students, academics, and dozens of local partner organisations. The engagement has resulted in approximately $4,800,000 in student mobility funding and almost $500,000 universities’ administrative funding, much from consortia applications. Through this engagement with EWB Summits, universities across Australasia have produced graduates with greater global awareness, understanding of the implementation of engineering and technology within society, and stronger consideration of the social impacts of engineering. EWB Summits are raising the quality of engineering education across Australasia and redefining engineering as a human-centred profession.
  16. Hi All -- an interesting piece here from the latest RedR newsletter on HumEng in a post covid-19 world, with reflections from three perspectives - https://issuu.com/consultingmatters/docs/2020_oct_consulting_matters/28?utm_source=RedR%2BNewsletter&utm_campaign=4fcc8f2a41-EOY%2B2020%2BEnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a13640fa4f-4fcc8f2a41-108511029 Thanks -- Jeremy
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    The Understanding Risk (UR) Global Forum is a biennial conference that convenes experts and practitioners from all around the world to showcase the best practices and latest innovations in the field of disaster risk identification as well as to facilitate non-traditional interactions and partnerships. Development & Climate Days (Dec. 2 – 3) and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Summit (Dec. 4). REGISTER NOW
  18. The Understanding Risk (UR) Global Forum is a biennial conference that convenes experts and practitioners from all around the world to showcase the best practices and latest innovations in the field of disaster risk identification as well as to facilitate non-traditional interactions and partnerships. The 2020 edition also marks the 10th anniversary of UR community, and we are celebrating its achievements and the advancements of the field during the past decade. Register now, and if you have any queries you can see the FAQ page, we look forward in seeing you. Topics to be covered include AI/machine learning | Art | Cities | Data, including earth observation data | Data visualization | Decision-making | Early warning systems | Emerging technologies, including Internet of Things, drones, quantum computing | Fragility, conflict and violence settings | Inclusivity | Infrastructure | Nature-based solutions | Risk assessment | Risk communication | Risk finance | Stakeholder collaboration | Transport | User-centered design | Youth and young professionals For details and registration see -- https://understandrisk.org/event/ur2020_forum/ Thanks -- Jeremy
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    For 17 years EWB Australia has been nurturing the growth of ‘humanitarian engineering’ through education. We have cultivated and activated a movement of new-look engineers. They are future-fit professionals, grounded with a community-first mindset and equipped with activated social and technical skills. They are capable of sensitively ideating solutions for global issues, at all levels. Yet we live and learn within structures and power imbalances that reinforce the very issues we are trying to solve. How can we support individuals, organisations and the sector to be enabled to act, so that we have the best chance of a future that is regenerative, inclusive and whole? Details and registration here -- https://www.ewb.org.au/get-involved/events/evolving-technical-professionals-webinar/
  20. Hi All -- a number of events, resources and links were mentioned in the Engaging with Humanitarian Engineering webinar with Mariela Machado (from E4C) and Peter McArdle (from Australian Red Cross). This are: Impact:Engineered event - https://www.impact-engineered.org/agenda E4C reports and background - https://www.engineeringforchange.org/what-we-do/introduction-to-egd/ More details on Mariela's ICT4D work - https://www.sipa.columbia.edu/news/project-examines-value-new-information-resource-medical-providers-rural-latin-america Sphere Standards mentioned by Peter - https://spherestandards.org/ Human-centred Engineering mentioned by Peter, from EWB - https://ewbchallenge.org/human-centred-engineering-0 Thanks for those who made the webinar, and to Peter and Mariela for their time, Jeremy
  21. Hi All -- great to see CoP members Tanja and Nick presenting on the Humanitarian Engineering in Australia through the US-based Engineering for Change (E4C). Details are below. Seminar Series: Teaching Humanitarian Engineering, An Australian perspective December 9th | 6PM ET | Free registration Dr. Tanja Rosenqvist and Dr. Nick Brown, co-leads of the Humanitarian Engineering Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, will present their experience developing Humanitarian Engineering into a field of research and practice. Join this seminar to learn how Humanitarian Engineering is defined in Australia and why Humanitarian Engineers are the engineering equivalent of a GP. https://www.engineeringforchange.org/webinar/seminar-series-teaching-humanitarian-engineering-australian-perspective/
  22. Impact.Engineered is organised by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and Engineering for Change (E4C) that will provide a critical platform for knowledge exchange, meaningful connection and celebration of the individuals and organizations advancing the role of engineering in social innovation and sustainable development.The event will feature a two-day program with a series of panel discussions and networking, along with an awards ceremony where we will recognize social entrepreneurs, engineers, industry leaders, and rising stars who are shaping the future of purposeful business and engineering. E4C's Program Director Mariela Machado will be one of two panellists for the HumEng CoP Webinar on Nov 26.
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    Resilience in an energy system can be defined as its ability to resist, absorb, accommodate, adapt to, transform and recover from shocks and stresses. Energy resilience in the Asia-Pacific region is shaped by dynamics relating to energy security, transitions, reliability and recent disasters, such as coastal flooding, volcanic eruptions, cyclones and COVID-19. These are FREE events. This online, interactive workshop series will open up dialogue on energy resilience focusing on the experience of Pacific Island Countries, as well as exchange experiences with other regions. Case studies will include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Tokelau, as well as drawing experience from Australia and a range of other countries. The aim of the series is to jointly identify research priorities for increasing energy resilience using grid and off-grid renewable energy in Pacific Island Countries. REGISTER HERE
  24. Our HumEng Conversations series resumes in 2021, and will be held lunchtime on the 2nd Monday of the month, 12-1 pm. Click here to join the mailing list, or here to see resources from our past events.
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    Our HumEng Conversations series will resume for 2021 on February 8, 12-1 pm. Details TBC
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    Disrupting Business as Usual in Engineering Education - Calling for Papers
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