Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science celebrates 10th anniversary this year


In 2010 efforts initiated by senior fellows from Uppsala University, Swedish National Defence College (today, Swedish Defence University), and Karlstad University under the coordination of Professor Emeritus Sven Halldin of Uppsala University lay the foundation of CNDS. On 8 January 2020, the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) celebrates its 10th anniversary.  A series of events have been planned throughout the year to celebrate this occasion. 

In the last decade, over 30 PhD CNDS students have sucessfully earned their doctoral degrees. Today, the centre currently has 28 active early career scientists (postdocs and PhD candidates). The centre has also contributed to the advancement of the international educational curricula of disaster risk reduction by organizing its international research summer school for doctorate students as well as its biennial conference Forum for natural hazards and disasters, which focuses on nurturing an open dialogue with practitioners in the field. Over and beyond significant contributions made in the field of natural hazards and disaster science through numerous research publications, the centre has also been successful in attaining external research grants that are used to make further progress in the field of disaster risk reduction.

The centre's vision is to:

  • conduct research that facilitates a deeper understanding of coupled human-nature systems and reciprocal feedback mechanisms between natural hazards and socio-technical vulnerability,
  • advance efforts in disaster risk reduction, and
  • contribute to enhancing society’s ability to prevent and cope with natural hazard risks both in the national and international contexts.
First CNDS kick-off assembly.