Centrum för naturkatastrofslära

Summer School on Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene

Applications are now being accepted for the CNDS/EGU Summer School! 
Scheduled for 20-24 August 2018 at Uppsala University, Sweden

About the Summer School

This one-week course aims to gather 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 will explore 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 will discuss and propose solutions to complex problems in DRR, where the disaster cycle is compared and critically analysed in relation to recent catastrophic events. 

The course will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Important dates
  • 20 April 2018: Deadline for summer school application
  • 30 April 2018: Applicants are notified
  • 20 August 2018: Summer school starts @ 8:30 AM

Programme 20-24 August 2018

Thematically, the summer school builds on the key research goals of the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science and aims to contribute 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.

See a preliminary programme of the summer school in the flyer.

Confirmed lecturers

Hannah L. Cloke, University of Reading, UK
Hannah Cloke is the Co-Director of Water@Reading and Professor of Hydrology at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on forecasting and modelling environmental processes and natural hazards. She received the 2018 EGU Plinius Medal for outstanding interdisciplinary natural hazard research.

Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Uppsala University, Sweden
Giuliano Di Baldassarre is the Director of CNDS and Professor of Hydrology at Uppsala University. His research focuses on water and society, risk assessment, droughts and floods. He is also Chair of Panta Rhei - Everything Flows, the research decade of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences.

Steffi Burchardt, Uppsala University, Sweden
Steffi Burchardt is a Docent in mineralogy, petrology and tectonics at Uppsala University. Her research focuses on volcanic hazards and magma dynamics. She has been awarded the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship for her research on fracture formation in magma.

How to apply

This course has been designed for PhD students and postdocs, and participation is free. Moreover, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is sponsoring travel grants to facilitate the attendance of key early career researchers.

Please send your application to coordination@cnds.se no later than 20 April 2018 (23.59 CET). Your application should include a short CV, a summary (~500 words) of your current research as well as your objectives in attending the course. Don’t forget to indicate if you also apply for the travel grant. The course is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Accepted and granted applicants will be notified by 30 April 2018.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns!


Giuliano Di Baldassarre (CNDS Director)

Johanna Mård (CNDS Project Coordinator)

Email: coordination@cnds.se