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  1. 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
  2. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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/
  6. 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/
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. The Interim Steering Committee of the Community of Practice Humanitarian Engineering (HECoP) seeks expressions of interest in members joining the HECoP Steering Committee for the two-year period 2021-2022. Since its launch in Nov 2019 the HECoP has been guided by an Interim Steering Committee but with a membership of over 100 is now seeking member involvement in the Steering Committee and its composition. The attached file outlines: - the Steering Committee positions available - a Terms of Reference (subject to approval from the EA College of Leadership and Management National Board on Nov 19) - the timeline for finalising Steering Committee positions Expressions of interest (EoI) should be sent to Jeremy Smith, Secretary of Interim Steering Committee HECoP, at jeremy.smith@anu.edu.au between Nov 9 and Nov 16 2020. This should include a current CV or link to a LinkedIn profile and a 100-word statement of why the candidate wishes to occupy the position. For any questions on roles or the process please contact Jeremy Smith. It is expected that early in 2021 further opportunities to be more involved in the HECoP will be promoted once the Steering Committee is finalised and priorities for 2021/22 identified. Thanks -- Jeremy Expressions of Interest HECoP_2020.pdf
  16. Hi All -- the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has announced its most recent funding round for early stage development or implementation of innovations for humanitarian settings. Details available at https://www.elrha.org/news/hif-call-for-proposals/ Thanks -- Jeremy
  17. The Association of Pacific-Rim Universities is organising a series of webinar focusing on multi-hazards titled "A new approach for disaster risk management after COVID-19". Details and registration available at https://apru.org/event/the-apru-multi-hazards-webinar-series-a-new-approach-for-disaster-risk-management-after-covid-19/ The three sessions are: September 30 - First session: Understanding and addressing different types of hazard risks Time: 8 am (Vienna)/ 9 am (Helsinki)/ 1 pm (Jakarta)/ 2 pm (Hong Kong)/ 3 pm (Sendai)/ 4 pm (Sydney) Duration: 2 hours October 14 - Second session: Strengthening disaster management strategies through multi-stakeholder partnerships October 28 - Third session: Developing innovative tools and approaches for disaster preparedness and response (tentative)
  18. The US-based Engineering for Change is compiling a set of regional reports on education for what they term "Engineering for Global Development", effectively what we'd call Humanitarian Engineering in Australia. An Australian report was completed in 2019, with a report for Latin America released in 2020 and attached here. Interesting to see a wide range of terms and approaches used, as well as a significant local and rural focus as well as engagement with North American organisations. State-of-EGD-Latin-America-Full-Report-July-2020.pdf
  19. August 19 2020 was UN World Humanitarian Day, to celebrate and acknowledge people who contribute to a range of humanitarian actions. Here are a couple of articles to do just that from an engineering perspective, featuring some of the CoP members: Engineers Australia - https://www.createdigital.org.au/4-engineers-share-passion-humanitarian-projects/?utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EDM-20200820 RedR Australia - https://www.redr.org.au/news-and-publications/latest-news/what-is-humanitarian-engineering/ and https://www.redr.org.au/news-and-publications/latest-news/real-life-heroes/ Thanks -- Jeremy
  20. The university focused Humanitarian Engineering Network of Australia (HENA) has organised a 1/2 day online Zoom workshop around Humanitarian Engineering, particularly as it relates to university education and research, but welcome to anyone interested in the area. On Wednesday July 15, 10am - 2pm. Registration and details via https://anu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoc-2oqT0vEtWt5QAuta81Ffe0izA0TXYd On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Engineers Australia's 2011 "Year of Humanitarian Engineering", this workshop will look at the current status of education, training and research across organisations and discuss opportunities and challenges for the field, its education and practice.
  21. Systems Engineering, Risk Engineering and Engineering Education in the same group, and taken them a lot longer to get to that so I think we're certainly doing well.
  22. While not focused on covid-19, one of the attached papers (available from ASEE PEER) looks at the high-level (goal level) linkages and tries to prioritise them. I do find that tries to "linearise" them whereas potentially a holistic systems approach is more appropriate given the relationships. The second paper extends the "systemigram" (an influence diagram of sorts) to develop a CLD (causal loop diagram) to explore the feedback loops involved, which helps to look at potential intervention points to have the most impact but utilising the feedback loops present. Would agree that thinking in terms of system dynamics and feedback loops is an important part of humanitarian engineering practice, although like any tool needs appropriate training and practice. SESA (Systems Engineering Society of Australia) are starting to look at this from a slightly different starting point, but perhaps there is a good opportunity for a joint discussion in the first place on that. a-methodology-to-model-the-integrated-nature-of-the-sustainable-development-goals-importance-for-engineering-education.pdf SDG Systems Zhang et al 2016.pdf
  23. Thanks Nick, looks good, may be one other around how you got into HumEng, always some interesting and personal stories, and could highlight some pathways for others interested in the area.
  24. Hi All -- an invitation for a webinar on IEEE SIGHT opportunities in Australia, as Australia does not have an IEEE SIGHT Chapter: Do you want to use your technical skills to have a positive impact on our local community? Come to our IEEE SIGHT workshop to get started! The IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. In this interactive workshop you'll hear about the SIGHT program from the steering committee chair, identify what opportunities for impact we have here in Australia, and meet other people with the same interests. Come with your ideas on what we can work on, and who we can work with! Workshop Date and Time Date: 26 Jun 2020 Time: 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM Presenters and Event Details: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/232691 Please Register for this workshop by clicking on this link - https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/232691 This event will be hosted on Zoom (Please register first): https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/98285368813 For more information on SIGHT, visit http://sight.ieee.org
  25. Hi All -- a new student-led initiative based on simulations scenarios running in September 2020. Has a security focus, but looking for mentors with backgrounds in security and crises response in case of interest to anyone -- https://australian-crisis-simulation-summit.com/
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