Summer School on Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene

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. 

Important dates

Important dates for the 2019 summer school will be posted when available.


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.

Application process

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

We are currently working on the programme for 2019 and expect to be able to open the application process at the end of the year. So keep checking this page for updates!


Giuliano Di Baldassarre (CNDS Director)

Johanna Mård (CNDS Project Coordinator)