UR is a global community of nearly 10,000 experts and practitioners active in the creation, communication, and use of disaster risk information. Members share knowledge and experience, collaborate, and discuss innovations and best practice in risk assessment. The community convenes every two years at UR Forums – five-day events that highlight groundbreaking work, facilitate nontraditional partnerships, and showcase new technical know-how in disaster risk identification.
Global Forums consist of two parts: 1) the Main Conference, and 2) Focus Days. The Main Conference are exciting days of crowdsourced technical sessions and plenaries, entertainment and the expo. Also featured during the Main Conference are the opening and closing ceremonies, keynote speakers, and a UR staple–Ignites where technical session leads pitch their session to the audience.
Focus Days consist of workshops, training sessions and stakeholder meetings from UR partners. Organizations can apply for a space during these days, where in the past over 50 events have occurred.