The Nepal Earthquake: One Month On

Monday 25 May 2015 6.00 - 7.30PM

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Old Geology Lecture Theatre | Edgeworth David building | University of Sydney


Nepal Earthquake Forum


On 25 April, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Gorkha district Nepal, just west of the capital, Kathmandu. At least 8,000 people were killed in the earthquake. This Sydney Ideas event, coordinated by the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences, will allow you to hear from three experts about the background and impacts of this disaster. Professor Geoff Clarke will discuss the geological context of the earthquake. Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes will assess its human implications. Wayne Gum, from Oxfam Australia, will discuss ongoing relief efforts in Nepal. This event is free however attendees are requested to make a donation to Oxfam’s Nepal fund.

Speaker Bios 

Geoff Clarke is Professor of Geoscience at the University of Sydney. His research analyses the minerals and textures forming metamorphic rocks to discover the tectonic processes responsible for their formation. Since 2013 he has been involved in a joint Australian-Indian research group reassessing processes responsible for forming rocks in the Himalayas and parts of the Tibetan Plateau.

Dale Dominey-Howes is Associate Professor of Earth Hazard Geosciences. An international expert in natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, his research focuses on the processes that lead to natural hazard events and the societal contexts in which such events become disasters. He works with local and regional governments across the Asia-Pacific region and is Chairman of the United Nations Post-Disaster Policy and Practice Research Working Group.

Wayne Gum is portfolio manager of the East Asia region for Oxfam Australia. He has nearly 20 years of international development experience in East Asia, South Asia and East Africa. Wayne has managed a wide range of programs in Cambodia, Timor- Leste, Eritrea and Nepal and provided technical support to programs in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines. He holds a Master of Environmental Management and has expertise in program design, management, monitoring and evaluation.