CNDS Summer School 23-27 August 2021

Exploring Frontiers in Natural Hazards Science: Drivers, Impacts, and Responses


This international one-week virtual course via Zoom 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 online lectures, seminars, and assignments, the course explores DRR through the disaster management cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery), looking at the interplay between multiple natural hazards and society. Together with senior researchers in the field, students will discuss and propose solutions to complex problems in DRR. The course is an opportunity to compare and analyze the disaster management cycle in relation to alternative concepts of disaster management and recent catastrophic events.

Important dates

2021-05-17 Application deadline

2021-06-04 Applicants notified

2021-08-23 Summer school starts

Course structure

The summer school builds on research themes studied within the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) and aims to enhance a deeper understanding of society's ability to prepare for and cope with multiple natural hazard risks at local, national and international levels. 

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.

Tentative programme 23-27 August 2021

Confirmed lecturers

Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Uppsala University, 2021 EGU Plinius Medal Recipient for outstanding interdisciplinary natural-hazard research

Hannah Cloke, University of Reading, 2018 EGU Plinius Medal Recipient for outstanding interdisciplinary natural-hazard research

How to apply

This virtual course is designed for PhD students, and participation is free. The application deadline was the 17 May 2021 (17.00 CET).  Accepted applicants will be notified by 4 June 2021 the latest. 

Please feel free to contact us for any questions! 


Last modified: 2021-05-21