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Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS)

The Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, CNDS, is a national platform for research on the nexus between socio-technical vulnerability and extreme events. CNDS researchers are affiliated with the Swedish Defence University, Karlstad University and Uppsala University.

The Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) is an interdisciplinary research centre in Sweden that brings together early career scientists and leading researchers from engineering, social and earth sciences to work together in projects on natural hazards, socio-technological vulnerabilities, and societal security. The vision of the centre is to advance disaster risk reduction and contribute to enhancing society’s ability to prepare for and cope with natural hazard risk in the national and international context.

CNDS is a virtual research centre that was formed in 2010 when the Swedish Government marked natural hazards and disaster science as a strategic research area. Today, CNDS is Sweden’s leading research centre on natural hazards, disaster risk reduction and crisis management, comprising ten departments from three universities (Swedish Defence University, Karlstad University and Uppsala University).

During the last decade, more than 30 PhD students have graduated from the centre, which currently counts 28 active early career scientists (postdocs and PhD candidates). CNDS also supports early career researchers who advance in the field of interdisciplinary natural hazard and disaster science by awarding the CNDS Interdisciplinary Grants.

The centre contributes to the international educational curricula of disaster risk reduction through its renowned international research Summer School on Natural Hazards for doctoral students. Through the biennial conference Forum for Natural Hazards and Disasters and many national and international collaborations, CNDS keeps an open dialogue with practitioners in the field.

Read more about CNDS and upcoming events.