Brunel Lectures

From Risk to Resilience: Practice made Perfect

How to Empower Local Communities by Benchmarking Resilience

The lecture series will provide attendees with a unique and region-specific perspective on
emergency management.

Exploring the neuralgic role engineers have to play in dealing with extreme scenarios and the importance of efficiently collaborating with all relevant stakeholders, to ensure resilience of strategic infrastructure and cities as a whole.

Each 90 minute lecture will consist of four parts, delivered in a creative, interactive way to create a sense of co-ownership with the audience

1. Common Frame of Reference
The lecture starts with the creation of a ‘Common Frame of Reference’ covering issues such as semantics and terminology, a few formulas, basic principles of risk/crisis communication and a brief forecasting exercise.

2. Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model
A brief overview of the ‘Nine Universal Roadblocks’ Model will be given. These are universally lamented problems for which we seemingly have failed to find acceptable solutions. The audience will be asked to prioritize these roadblocks.

3. Reality-fiction scenario
The audience will be immersed in a “what If…?” scenario and be given an opportunity to offer conclusions and recommendations.

4. Questions and Answers
The lecture will finish with a Q&A session, allowing the audience to discuss any of the points that have been raised.


Eelco H. Dykstra, MD, is Executive Chairman of Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM).

With thirty years of international emergency management experience in a wide variety of settings and a proven ability to effectively deal with European, US, African and Asian approaches to emergency management systems and their respective stakeholders, Eelco is an acclaimed presenter and motivator, particularly with interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and inter- sector audiences.

Compared to past lectureships, a somewhat different approach has been taken, which puts proactive and interdisciplinary cooperation in front of existing and new audiences, with the aim of establishing a legacy system that will remain active and relevant after the series ends in early 2018. In addition to the lecture, an optional seminar and workshop will be offered at selected locations.

Attendees of the lectures and participants in the seminar and workshop will receive a summary of the results of their feedback in the form of a DIEM Focused Feedback Report/Initial Trend Analysis.

Johannesburg - 29 March 2017
Venue: University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus – B LES 101
Durban - 31 March 2017
Stellenbosch - 3 April 2017

Venue: Room Nr: K302 in the Knowledge Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch Campus