INTERPRAEVENT 2024 places great emphasis on the promotion of women working in the fields of natural hazard and risk management. In cooperation with the international network Women Exchange for Disaster Risk Reduction (we4DRR), INTERPRAEVENT 2024 offers a programme for networking and exchange between women.



All women attending INTERPRAEVENT 2024 are actively encouraged to participate in this programme. It is not necessary to be a member of we4DRR* or to make a scientific contribution at the conference. The following networking activities are offered:

  • All participants at INTERPRAEVENT 2024 are invited to the Impulse Lecture “Gender in DRR – Why bother?” on 11 June during the conference’s lunch break from 13:15 - 14:15. More details below.  
  • We4DRR invites all female conference participants to the Women Networking Event on 12 June from 17:45 - 22:00 at the Dachsaal of the Wiener Urania. Programme and more details here.
  • Informal networking and meeting during the conference and connecting through the we4DRR LinkedIn account:


Impulse Lecture

"Gender in DRR – Why bother?" at INTERPRAEVENT 2024

Date: 11 June 2024 | Time: 13:15 - 14:15 | Location: “Künstlerzimmer”

The Impulse lecture “Gender in DRR – Why bother?” as part of the Women’s Programme at INTERPRAEVENT 2024 will feature short talks on female contributions to Interpraevent by Niki Beyer Portner as well as on the role of Gender in DRR by Karin Weber. Inspired by the presentations, there will be lots of time for lively exchange and discussion with all participants. 

Niki Beyer Portner is a long-term Interpraevent STAB member and is active in the network women exchange for Disaster Risk Reduction (we4DRR) Steering Committee. She studied civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and has been working in the field of numerical modelling for flood risk assessment and flood risk reduction for nearly 20 years. Currently, Niki is responsible for projects concerning surface runoff risk reduction.

Karin Weber is a research fellow at BOKU University, Vienna, Institute of Landscape Planning. She is currently finalising her PhD on social aspects of DRR in Austria. In the ACRP project CCCapMig, she explored the topic of target group-orientated risk communication, and has researched the topics of natural hazard management and climate change adaptation in several projects (EXTEND, ALPGov). Karin is also a member of the we4DRR network’s organisation team.

The Impulse lecture will take place on Day 2 of the conference during the lunch break (13:15 - 13:45 Short talks, 13:45 - 14:15 Discussion) in the “Künstlerzimmer” and welcomes all conference participants to join.



  • Women exchange for Disaster Risk Reduction (we4DRR): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Michaela Teich, Department of Natural Hazards, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*If you would like to join the exchange network for women working in research and policy or as practitioners in the field of natural hazards and disaster risk reduction, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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