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Willis commits to global resilience modelling and mapping forum

Oct 09, 2015

Willis has announced a $1m commitment to help mobilise a global resilience modelling and mapping forum to address natural catastrophe risk....read more ›

Two top Exeter researchers secure distinguished science award

Aug 05, 2015

Two world-leading scientists from the University of Exeter have been honoured with a prestigious national science award....read more ›

Willis Research Network featured in Royal Society report

Jul 22, 2015

Inspiring innovations - Businesses using science in the UK...read more ›

Insurance offers new hope to Africa in fight against drought and natural disasters

Feb 13, 2015

A programme run by the African Union and backed by Willis hopes to provide member states with immediate aid following catastrophes...read more ›

Understanding Risk in an Evolving World

Oct 03, 2014

Emerging Best Practices in Natural Disaster Risk Assessment...read more ›

Nature's Roadblock to Hurricane Prediction

Jul 23, 2014

Experiment shows how small-scale variability can thwart seasonal outlooks...read more ›

AllAfrica: Climate Change Adaptation and more

May 07, 2014

Rowan Douglas, chairman of the Willis Research Network, discussed food security and financial risk management in a podcast on AllAfrica.com....read more ›

Expiration of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Could Hurt National Security

Mar 06, 2014

Allowing the federal terrorism risk insurance act to expire could have negative consequences for U.S. national security, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation....read more ›

Flood crisis: dredging is a simplistic response to a complex problem

Feb 12, 2014

In an effort to outmanoeuvre one another, our leaders are promising to enact a policy of dubious benefit...read more ›

The Science behind Willis Resilience

Nov 28, 2013

Rowan Douglas, Chairman of Willis Research Network explains how the Willis Resilience Expedition will make an important contribution to the scientific understanding of climate change both within the Antarctic region and the world as a whole....read more ›

Willis focusing on cold, hard facts of climate science - BusinessGreen

Oct 16, 2013

Insurance giant is funding climate research and a world record Antarctic expedition in an attempt to further its understanding of future risk....read more ›

Insurance Journal: Willis Sponsors Antarctic Research to Gauge Climate Change Impact

Sep 30, 2013

Willis Group Holdings announced that it is sponsoring a scientific program in Antarctica from November 2013 to January 2014 to “better understand our changing climate and build resilience to weather-related risk.” Willis said its “Resilience Expedition will undertake three scientific research projects focused on how the climate is changing in Antarctica, a region which provides an important signal for the rate and scale of global environmental changes.”...read more ›

Joshua Macabuag wins award from the Institution of Civil Engineers

Jul 05, 2013

UCL WRN Fellow, Joshua Macabuag has won the Palmer Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for his paper titled: “Seismic Retrofitting of Non-Engineered Masonry in Rural Nepal”, published in the ICE’s Journal: “Structures and Buildings”....read more ›

Joshua Macabuag wins the Kenneth Severn Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers

Jun 13, 2013

WRN Fellow, Joshua Macabuag, from UCL, has won the Kenneth Severn Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) for his article titled: “How Can Structural Engineers Contribute Towards Disaster Mitigation”....read more ›

Award-Winning Research Is Helping Insurers Better Understand Flood Risk

Mar 14, 2013

Science of Risk Prize winners Prof. Paul Bates, director of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and senior academic with the Willis Research Network, and Dr Tim Fewtrell, chief hydrologist at Willis Global Analytics, fatured in Risk Management Magazine...read more ›

From conservation of rare species to murder cases: NERC-funded research at Bristol is making an impact

Jan 24, 2013

A recent look at how research at the University of Bristol has had an impact beyond academia has illustrated the diversity and global reach of Bristol’s research portfolio Press release issued by Bristol University...read more ›

Extreme rainfall in UK 'increasing'

Jan 03, 2013

The frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK may be increasing, according to analysis by the Met Office published on the BBC today...read more ›

The Security and Sustainability Forum Announces Complimentary Access to its Educational Videos

Dec 31, 2012

The Security and Sustainability Forum has opened its archive of educational videos featuring global experts addressing the impacts on society from climate and other disruptions to natural systems. Its webinars address many of the world’s most pressing topics and attract an international audience of senior professionals, decision makers and the public....read more ›

Risk Insights from Space

Dec 17, 2012

The insurance industry is on the brink of a data deluge thanks to the imminent launch of several new Sentinel satellites that could bring a huge increase in the volume and quality of useful information available to underwriters and risk managers....read more ›

Paying for Future Catastrophes

Dec 06, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY could cost the nation a staggering $50 billion, about a third of the cost of Hurricane Katrina — to date the most costly disaster in United States history....read more ›

Willis Research Network wins Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize

Nov 30, 2012

The Willis Research Network today celebrates winning the Lloyd’s Science of Risk prize in the category of Natural Hazards....read more ›

Willis Contributes to Major UK Government Report Highlighting Role of Catastrophe Modelling in Disaster Risk Reduction

Nov 27, 2012

Disaster risk reduction needs to learn from the transformation that the insurance industry has made over the past 30 years and move to a situation where the view of the future is firmly rooted in science-based risk models. This was a key message contained within a new UK Government Office of Science Foresight report entitled “Reducing the Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers” published today....read more ›

WRN Speaking at European Space Solutions Event

Nov 22, 2012

Willis and the WRN will be well represented at the European Space Solutions event taking place in London from 3rd-5th December 2012....read more ›

How resilient is your country?

Nov 21, 2012

Extreme events are on the rise. Governments must implement national and integrated risk-management strategies, says Erwann Michel-Kerjan in a recent article in Nature Magazine...read more ›

2012 Superstorm: Hell and High Water

Nov 18, 2012

Including an interview with Willis Research Network chair, Pier Luigi Vidale, this US History Channel documentary first aired Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 9 p.m...read more ›

Social media changing the way Insurers’ respond to natural catastrophes

Oct 11, 2012

Nigel Davis, Global Analytics and Willis Research Network at Willis speaks on harnessing emerging technologies and the influence of social media during a keynote speech at the 2012 Insurance Technology Congress....read more ›

WRN involvement in £2.3M NERC Project on Tsunami Risk

Oct 01, 2012

The threat posed to the United Kingdom by tsunamis that are triggered by colossal – but extremely rare – underwater landslides will be assessed in WRN Member National Oceanography Centre-led research project that has won £2.3 million in funding from the Natural Environment Research Council....read more ›

Willis Research Network featured in The Times Graduate Career publication

Sep 21, 2012

Pier Luigi Vidale, Willis professor of climate system science and climate hazards at the University of Reading, speaks on the Times Graduate Career website...read more ›

StrategicRISK: Risk Atlas

Sep 16, 2012

Windstorms are the main driver of natural catastrophe losses in Europe, and hence a major consideration for European risk managers, principally those in the UK, France, Germany and Scandinavia. Changes in European windstorm activity are driven by climate variability, most prominently the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)....read more ›

Hermit Enables Study of Climate and Tempests

Sep 12, 2012

A team of climate scientists under Prof. Pier Luigi Vidale are using the computing power of HLRS’s Petascale System Hermit, working eagerly on gaining a better understanding of weather phenomena. The results of project UPSCALE will help try to make projections of tropical storms and other extreme weather features....read more ›

Dealing with Natural Disasters, and Beyond

Aug 01, 2012

Last month, US Congress renewed the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for another five years and authorized a study on the role that risk-based premiums and means-tested insurance vouchers can play in the future. For Howard Kunreuther, Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Wharton’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, this is a very big deal, and relates directly to principles articulated in their book, At War with the Weather, published in 2009....read more ›

New WRN / NOAA agree Hail research programme

Jul 20, 2012

NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and Willis Research Network sign cooperative research agreement to improve hail damage estimates across the United States and Worldwide...read more ›

Technology tools drive data capabilities

Jul 11, 2012

Nigel Davis, Team Leader for Platforms and Delivery, London, is quoted in the 11 July 2012 Insurance Day about how mobile technology and social media are playing increasingly prominent roles in claims management and risk assessment...read more ›

Willis Exec: Industry Will Respond w/ ‘New Tools’ to Growing Disaster Risk

Jul 05, 2012

"It is clear that we are entering a new era of knowledge about extremes, natural hazards and the vulnerabilities of the built environment and exposed populations," says Rowan Douglas,chairman of the Willis Research Network (WRN)...read more ›

An Ounce of Prevention ...

May 04, 2012

It’s harder for poor countries to respond to natural disasters. We should help them be better prepared before hurricanes and earthquakes strike. In this article, from Slate magazine, Bjorn Lomborg and WRN Professors Howard Kunreuther and Erwann Michel-Kerjan explore the smartest investments to respond to global challenges...read more ›

The Year the Earth Went Wild

Dec 19, 2011

First broadcast at 8PM on Mon 19 December 2011, this Channel 4 documentary features Jane Strachan, Willis Research Network Fellow at Reading university....read more ›

Willis adopts location intelligence solution for geocoding

Feb 10, 2011

Insurance Business Review article regarding Willis' use of Pitney Bowes global geocoding...read more ›

Predicting hurricanes years ahead

Sep 11, 2006

A major breakthrough in forecasting the number of Atlantic tropical storms has been achieved, say Met Office scientists....read more ›

The Willis Research Network - the world's most important hazard and risk collaboration?

Sep 11, 2006

The Landslide Blog: The Willis Research Network is now an extraordinary entity. The initial group of seven has been joined by universities from the USA, Japan, Italy, Germany and Australia....read more ›

Forum established to study economic capital modeling

Sep 11, 2006

The world's leading risk and actuarial research departments have come together under the academic and analysis arm of global insurance broker Willis Group Holdings to support the development and use of economic capital models required under Solvency II....read more ›

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As economic, social and environmental uncertainties increase, institutions and populations seek greater resilience to support sustainable growth. Science and insurance lay at the heart of understanding, managing and sharing these risks, building more secure futures at local and global scales.

The Willis Research Network (WRN) operates across the full spectrum of risk from natural catastrophe, to legal liability, financial and security issues linked across driving themes: Resilience, Security & Sustainable Growth; Managing Extremes; Insurance & Risk Management and Mastering the Modelled World.

All Members and activities are united by a common aim: improving resilience by integrating first class science into operational and financial decision-making across public and private institutions.

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Fast Facts

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  • Collectively, our members have published more than 100 papers in leading scientific journals
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