The TSUNAMI Initiative
The TSUNAMI Initiative aims to promote an improved dialogue between the UK insurance industry and the UK science base, and to improve the competitiveness of the insurance industry. It was set up in response to the Foresight programme, an initiative by the UK Government to stimulate an improved dialogue between the science community and industry. It has a three-year programme, jointly funded by a consortium of companies from the UK insurance industry and the DTI Sector Challenge:
TSUNAMI is controlled by a Management Board, chaired by its founder, Dougal Goodman from the British Antarctic Survey, and comprises senior management representatives from each of the consortium companies. The British Antarctic Survey is a component institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Lance Garrard and James Orr have been seconded from within the consortium companies and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the initiative.
TSUNAMI finances major research projects that have the potential of delivering tangible business benefits to the insurance industry. A technical Advisory Committee from the insurance industry and a Scientific Advisory Committee consider proposals for research to ensure that the projects have a practical application and are at the leading edge of scientific research. Once underway, an insurance industry representative supports each project to ensure that the research matches the expectations and business needs of the sponsoring companies.
TSUNAMI additionally holds related workshops, lectures and conferences for both scientists and the insurance community.
For more information contact: TSUNAMI
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