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Tuesday, 21 March 2023

National Conference on Societal Resilience

This National Conference on Societal Resilience will provide a forum bringing together partners from policy and practice from across UK+ to share insights, learn together, and identify opportunities on how to enhance societal resilience. The conference will seek to understand the ambition on societal resilience and galvanise further collaboration and action.

Event Time
21 Mar 10:00 - 21 Mar 16:00
Event Location
Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester
Event Type

Resilience as a societal endeavour is taking hold as an exciting national ambition. During the height of COVID we learned so much about our communities and their ever-present compassion and willingness to support others when major emergencies bite. But we also learned about their hidden vulnerabilities and diversity of urgent and chronic needs.

This in-person conference will continue the national conversation on societal resilience.

National Consortium for Societal Resilience UK+ logo

The National Consortium for Societal Resilience [UK+], abbreviated to NCSR+, was established 'to enhance the UK[+] whole-of-society approach to resilience, so that individuals, community groups, businesses, and organisations can all play a meaningful part in building the resilience of our society'. Founded and co-chaired by Alliance Manchester Business School and Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum (LRF), membership of the consortium includes almost all local authorities in the UK along with key resilience partners.

National Conference on Societal Resilience

This conference is organised by the National Consortium for Societal Resilience [UK+] to bring together partners from policy and practice from across UK+ to share insights, learn together, hear about inspiring work, and identify opportunities on how to enhance societal resilience. The conference will provide a networking forum, aiming to inspire and galvanise further collaboration and action.

Attendees will collaboratively address the following topics, and more:

  • What is the national-to-local ambition for societal resilience?
  • What is the opportunity to deliver local societal resilience?
  • What are the lessons from implementing strategy on societal resilience?
  • What will we do now to locally shape societal resilience?

Attendees will learn about the national aspirations on whole-of-societal resilience, how to ‘sell’ societal resilience within their partnership/organization, strategy for local implementation of societal resilience, a step-wise approach to implementation, challenges and how people have overcome them. We will discuss the latest research, practice, and learning on how to operationalise societal resilience as a local resilience capability.

Conference programme

We are preparing the conference programme which will include leading policymakers, practitioners, and resilience experts from multiple sectors. This includes our keynote speaker Mary Jones, Resilience Director, UK Cabinet Office, as well as other leading voices (TBC) in societal resilience from national and local government, voluntary and community sector, and business.

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at all those who have an interest in strategizing societal resilience. This will include strategic staff from resilience partnerships/LRFs and voluntary/public/private sectors as well as community resilience leads from the resilience sector.

The conference will focus on the contributions of:

  • government, including local resilience partnerships across the UK (LRFs, RRPs, EPGs)
  • voluntary and community, including local groups, faith-based organisations, national charities
  • business, including utilities, corporate programmes, and resilience advisors working in communities

Early-bird registration is now available:

  • Early-bird rate (before 31st December 2022): £75
  • Normal rate (1 January 2023-1st March 2023): £125