Session recordings are posted below. Please note recordings are only accessible within DOI.

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Day 1 (August 17, 2021) (all times ET) (Part 1 recording, Part 2 recording)

12:00 – 12:30     Welcome, including comments from Dave Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director

12:30 – 1:30       Keynote: A Risk Communication Challenge – Belief Systems as Precursors to Protective ActionsDavid Abramson, New York University School of Global Public Health

1:30 – 2:30         Break

2:30 – 3:45         FY20 Risk Funding Awardee Presentations

3:45 – 4:30          Program and Project Evaluation – Nora Smithhisler, USGS FORT Social and Economic Analysis Branch

Ever wondered how to think about evaluating your projects – and including this in the design of your projects from the beginning? Join us for a session to learn some basics of evaluation and examples of how USGS programs and projects have been assessed.

4:30 – 5:00           Virtual Networking: Meet and Greet another Risk COP Member 

5:00                      Adjourn

Day 2 (August 18, 2021) (all times ET) (Part 1 recording, Part 2 recording)

12:00 – 12:10     Introduce the Day/Who did you meet?

12:10 – 1:30       Working with Community Based Organizations

What does it mean to work with a community? How do you connect with the trusted voices within a community? How do you establish a relationship with these groups and individuals? How do you best determine their needs for information? How do you develop and deliver information and products they need – and know that they are being used? What are examples where this has been done successfully and what are the elements of success? This panel will include speakers from outside the USGS who will provide examples of how scientists and communities collaborate for solutions to reduce risk from a variety of disruptions.


1:30 – 2:30         Break

2:304:00         Introducing the FY21 Risk Funding Awardee Projects 

3:10 – 3:20         Break (10 min)

4:00 – 4:30         Insights for the FY22 RFP and FY22 RFP Theme Discussion

Each year, there is a competitive risk request for proposals (RFP) open to anyone in the USGS and designed to support projects that advance the USGS Risk Plan. First, this presentation will revisit lessons learned from previous awardees and will be particularly valuable to the FY21 Risk award recipients and to those who are considering submitting a proposal to the FY22 RFP. Remaining time will be used to collectively brainstorm ideas for an FY22 theme to incentivize projects in a particular area of focus.

4:30 – 5:00         Science Communication and Podcasts - Mark Ristich, Executive Producer, Snap Judgement

5:00                    Adjourn

Day 3 (August 19, 2021) (all times ET) (Part 1 recording) (Part 2 recording)

12:00 – 12:15    Introduction to the Day

12:15 – 1:30      Part 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at DOI and USGS  


1:30 – 2:00        Break (30 min)

2:00 – 2:15        Part 2: Equity in Risk Research and Applications Strategic Plan Initiative - Emily Brooks, USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area (see Part 2 recording)

2:15 – 4:30        Mini-Workshop: Considering Equitable Engagement in Research Design - Emily Brooks and Alice Pennaz, USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area (see separate Teams link)

This knowledge sharing mini-workshop will share tools (including a spectrum of participatory methods), success stories, and troubleshoot common challenges around increasing equitable engagement in risk research design. Our goal is for participants to walk away with concrete ideas and strategies for better engaging partners and collaborators and incorporating equity into their work at multiple levels. 

Before the workshop, we strongly recommend that participants take a look at the following workshop proceedings for ideas and examples: Conversing with Pelehonuamea: A workshop combining 1,000+ years of traditional Hawaiian knowledge with 200 years of scientific thought on Kīlauea volcanism (

Additional suggested references for those who wish to dig deeper (this list will be updated throughout the annual meeting):