The INHaLE initiative had its first open kick-off session during the LANDac Annual International Conference, which took place on 28-29 June in the iconic building of The Munt.
During a devoted 3-hour panel session, five participants of the INHaLE initiative presented current work on the intersecting themes of natural disasters, risk management, governance, and economics to an active and helpful audience of conference participants and INHaLE members. The five presentations were followed up by an excellent discussion of prof Zbyszek Kundzewicz, professor of Earth Sciences and head of Laboratory of Climate and Water Resources in the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment in Poznán. Among many academic achievements, he was heavily involved in the IPCC reports on climate change. Prof Kundzewicz reflected on the presented research projects of INHaLE members, and gave very useful advise as to how to further strengthen and sharpen the research goals and approaches, given the expertise and experience of the INHaLE members. The session provided substantial input to the INHaLE team and further sharpened its vision on where the initiative can take its research agenda.