CNDS/EGU Summer School

Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene, 21-25 August 2023 


This international one-week course gathers PhD students in Earth-, engineering- and social sciences for an introduction to the dynamics and impacts of natural hazards (e.g., floods, droughts, wildfires and earthquakes), as well as disaster management and social vulnerability under the umbrella of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Through lectures, seminars, and group assignments, the course will explore DRR through the disaster management cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery), looking at the interplay between natural hazards and societal impacts and responses.

This year’s summer school will bring in aspects concerning humanitarian actions, particularly actions to reduce hazard impacts on populations vulnerable to climate-related hazards. Among other things, we will discuss the intersections between DRR, disaster management and humanitarian interventions throughout the entire disaster management cycle.

Important dates

Application opens: 2023-04-14

Application closes: 2023-05-15

Acceptance letters: 2023-06-01

Course starts: 2023-08-21

Course structure

The summer school builds on research themes studied within CNDS and aims to enhance a deeper understanding of society’s ability to prepare for and cope with natural hazard risks. By engaging lecturers and students from different disciplines, the course provides a venue for lively exchanges and discussions amongst participants and experts. The summer school provides a unique international forum to explore the diverse dynamics of DRR.


Erupting volcano

How to apply

This course is designed for PhD students, and participation is free. Moreover, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is sponsoring 10 travel grants to facilitate the attendance of early career researchers.

Your application should in­clude a 2-page CV, a 1-page summary of your cur­rent research focus as well as your objectives and motivation for attending the course. Don’t forget to indicate if you would also like to apply for the travel grant provided by EGU. 

Please send your application using this link no later than 15 May 2023 (23.59 CET).


The summer school will take place during 21-25 of August, at the Department of Earth SciencesUppsala University, Uppsala, 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 big city. You can experience both history and modern living during a visit to Uppsala

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

Uppsala cathedral and Frisån
Last modified: 2023-04-14