Opening Conference (12 of October 2020)

Title: The ICTs in supporting operational risk management

Alexandre Penha

National Operations Assistant
National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority
Specialist in Security Management and Civil Protection

Brief Biographical Note

Alexandre Penha, graduated in Security and Civil Protection Management, is National Operations Assistant at the National Emergency and Civil Protection Command of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, where he is responsible for coordinating decision support and incident management systems.

He began his career as a firefighter in May 1997, in the Lisbon Firefighter Regiment, where he was until 2017. He has worked in the Command Support Office, with responsibility for the management and creation of geographic information and participation in international aid missions.

During his career he participated in several national and international projects in the field of Civil Protection, highlighting the involvement in the working groups to create the decision support system of the European Forest Fire Support (rescEU) capacity, to strengthen the medical response of the Community Civil Protection Mechanism and the development and implementation of a fire behavior simulation system in the national civil protection system (FIREMODSAT II).

Currently attends the Master of Leadership of People and Organizations at the Military Academy.

Thematic Conference (14 of October 2020)

Title: Climate change and risks: past, present and future. The need for adaptation

Jorge Olcina Cantos

Cathedratic Professor, University of Alicante
President of the Association of Spanish Geographers (AGE)
Focuses his research in several geographical areas, with emphasis on natural hazards,
climatology and land use planning.

Brief Biographical Note

JORGE OLCINA CANTOS (Alicante, 1966) is Professor of Regional Geographic at the University of Alicante, where he teaches classes in Territorial Planning, Climatology and Natural Risks. He has focused his research on various geographic themes. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications (articles, book chapters and monographs). He has participated in several research projects on geographic and historical topics developed at the University of Alicante. Speaker at the International Year of Planet Earth (2008), declared by UNESCO. Guest professor at universities in Spain, Europe and Latin America. Member of the Editorial Board of various scientific journals of geographic and environmental issues. He is Principal Investigator of the Competitive Research Group of the University of Alicante in “Climate and Territorial Planning”, since 2002; and is part of the research team of the Competitive Research Groups of the University of Alicante in “History and Climate” and “Water and Territory”, also since 2002. He has been an evaluator of the 5th report of the IPCC on Climate Change of the United Nations. He has participated in the external evaluation process of PATIVEL (Territorial Action Plan for Green Infrastructure of the Coast of the Valencian Community). He is a member of the Advisory Council on Climate Change of the Department of Agriculture and Environment of the Valencian Regional Government

Closing Conference (15 of October 2020)

Title: We are all civil protection agents, but some more than others

Celso Paiva Sol

Radio Renascença
Usually accompanies the areas of safety, protection and relief

Brief Biographical Note

Celso Paiva Sol has been a journalist for 31 years, always working for the Renascença Multimédia Group. During this period he was responsible for editing and coordinating news teams and spaces, but also producing, planning and promoting information management content. As a simple journalist, whose job he is really comfortable with, are mainly in the area of safety, protection and relief. A vast area that focuses in particular on the political and operational activity of the Ministry of Home Affairs, but also concerns the area of Justice, Defense, Environment and Health.

He attended the course of social communication at the Porto School of Journalism, and, in order to improve his knowledge in the area he accompanies, he also attended several other training courses in the area of fire brigade and civil protection, security forces, legal medicine and meteorology, among others.