Summer School on Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene

About the Summer School

This one-week course gathers PhD students in earth-, engineering- and social sciences to understand the dynamics and negative impacts of natural hazards (floods, droughts, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, etc.) as well as international crisis preparedness and social vulnerability. The course offers intensive training that will cover both fundamental concepts and up-to-date tools for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

The focus of this year's course is on multiple natural hazards, including compound events and cascading effects. We will explore DRR through the disaster cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery) and in relation to the interaction of multiple 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. 

Important dates

21 April 2019 –  Deadline for summer school application 

2 May 2019 – Applicants are notified

19 August 2019 – Summer school starts at 8:30 am


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 multiple natural hazard risks in the local, national and international context.

By engaging several 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.

Download the tentative programme here.

Invited lecturers

Hannah Cloke, University of Reading, UK
Hannah Cloke is a Professor in Hydrology and co-director of Water@Reading at University of Reading, and a visiting Professor at Uppsala University. Her research focuses on forecasting and modelling of environmental processes and natural hazards. She received the EGU Plinius Medal in 2018 for her outstanding interdisciplinary research on natural hazards.

Philip Ward, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
Philip Ward is a Professor in Global Water Risk Dynamics, and head of the Global Water and Climate Risk section at Dept. of Water and Climate Risk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research focuses on flood and drought risk assessment at the global and continental scale. He received the EGU Plinius Medal in 2019 for his outstanding interdisciplinary research on natural hazards.

Application process

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

Please submit your application here no later than 21 April 2019 (23:59 CET). Your application should include a 2-page CV, a 1-page summary of your current research as well as your objectives/motivation for attending the training course. Don’t forget to indicate if you would also like to apply for the travel grant.

The summer school is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Accepted and granted applicants will be notified by 2 May 2019.


The summer school will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest university in Sweden. Uppsala is located 71 km north of the capital Stockholm. It offers both picturesque countryside and the vibrancy of a city. You can experience both historical treasures and modern living on a visit to Uppsala. Read more about Uppsala University here.

How to get here: Uppsala is easily reached by train in just 30 minutes from Stockholm and 18 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport.


Johanna Mård (CNDS Project Coordinator)

Giuliano Di Baldassarre (CNDS Director)