The Willis Research Network (WRN) was created in 2006 and celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year. Our 2021 WRN conference (18-20th May) looked back at 15 years of partnership with public science, and achievements along the way to develop practical, applied research that delivers innovative insights on risk and resilience. It also looked ahead at the challenges we still face. This page collates the conference plenary sessions, designed for a broad, not-necessarily technical audience, yet interested in how science is helping risk and resilience decision-making.
This page also provides a wide selection of further material: interviews, blogs, “tech-talks” and seminars on demand, for further insights into research projects.
Day 1: Weather, Climate and Flooding
Weather and flood related risks drive significant economic and insured natural catastrophe losses, posing considerable challenges across global insurance portfolios and large complex organisations, especially in the context of a changing climate. Since 2006, WRN partners have advanced understanding of these challenges and supported the development of practical solutions.
Session 1: The impact of Willis Research Network
- Welcome and keynote address – reflecting on the impact of WRN on the industry
This video focuses on the introduction to the conference and it is followed by James Vickers reflecting on the impact of WRN on the industry. Professor Dame Julia Slingo and Dr. Greg Holland also elaborate on climate change and the challenges ahead and the session is finished following a panel session moderated by Rowan Douglas.
- WRN and Willis Re: 15 years of research for the (re)insurance industry
Ying Chuang, Deputy Head of Catastrophe Analytics for Willis Re International, and Tim Fewtrell, Head of Catastrophe Analytics EMEA North and East, Willis Re and former Willis Research Network fellow at the University of Bristol revisit some of the success of the WRN over the last 15 years.
- Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros
Francisco Espejo, Deputy-Director for Studies and International Relations, Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros (CCS)