The UP Natural Hazard Centre Africa is 10 years old this year.  The centre is the successor to the Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre Africa, which resulted from a five-year partnership between leading reinsurance intermediary, Aon Benfield, and the University of Pretoria (UP).

In 2013, it was remodelled into a multi-partnership centre and renamed the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre. It strives to be interdisciplinary, building relationships with various departments at UP and with other national and international academic and research institutes. Recently, the centre joined the Future Africa Initiative as part of its commitment to help train a new generation of science leaders on the continent.

Located in the geology department, the centre focuses on the mathematical modelling of natural hazards and risks facing South Africa, Africa and the world. It calculates the likelihood of natural disasters and offers advice on, and analysis of, the potential damage these disasters can have on life and property.

Primarashni Gower from UP, spoke to the centre’s director, Professor Andrzej Kijko, an international leader in hazard and risk modelling, about the work they do and what their aims are. Click here to read the interview. – University of Pretoria

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