CNDS Summer School

A one-week course that gathers early career scientists in earth, engineering and social sciences for an exchange of ideas and perspectives on natural hazards, disasters and crises.

Thematically, the summer school builds on the key research goals of the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science and contributes to enhancing society's ability to prevent and cope with natural hazard risks in the local, national and international context.

Through its inclusion of academics from different disciplines, the course aims to encourage lively exchanges and discussions amongst participants and experts. The summer school provides a unique international forum to explore the diverse dynamics of disaster risk reduction.

About the Summer School

This one-week course gathers early career scientists in earth, engineering and social sciences to understand the dynamics and negative impacts of natural hazards (e.g., floods, droughts, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes) as well as international crisis preparedness and social vulnerability. More specifically, the course offers intensive training that will cover the fundamental concepts and tools for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

The course explores DRR through the disaster cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery) and in relation to the interaction of natural hazards with human society. Together with senior researchers in the forefront of this field, students discuss and propose solutions to complex problems in DRR, where the disaster cycle is compared and critically analysed in relation to recent catastrophic events.