This paper provides an overview of findings from a series of more than 40 interviews with a broad range of scientists and humanitarian policy makers and analysts. Carried out between May to July 2007, these interviews were conducted within the Humanitarian Futures Group’s efforts to promote dialogue on issues of future human vulnerability using a scenario development exercise.

The interview questions sought to identify factors that would increase human vulnerability to crisis threats, pinpoint innovative tools, technologies and approaches for strengthening preparedness for future humanitarian crises, and assess ways to strengthen the dialogue between scientists and humanitarian policy makers.