Background to CNDS

The Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, CNDS, started its activities as Centre for Natural Disaster Science in 2010 following a decision made by the Swedish Parliament in the autumn of 2009. Prior to that, there was a graduate school called CANDIM at the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University that focused on education and research about natural disasters. Until his retirement in September 2016, Sven Halldin (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University) was the coordinator of CNDS.

In 2016, CNDS was reconstituted as a proper centre with a new board and a new director. Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University) was appointed director of CNDS.

On the 28 November 2016, the Swedish Government released their research bill for 2017 which ensures that CNDS will have continued funding at the current level until 2022.

During the Annual Assembly 2017, CNDS fellows and the CNDS Board unanimously agreed to change the English name of CNDS to “Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science”, while keeping the acronym and the Swedish name to better reflect the centre's views regarding the dilemma of so-called natural disasters.