CNDS/EGU Summer School


Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene, 22-26 August 2022 


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). 

The theme of this year’s course is diversities in approaches and practices in natural hazards and disaster science. Through lectures, seminars, and project assignments, the course will explore  DRR through the disaster management cycle (mitigation, preparation, response and recovery), looking at the interplay between 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.

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.

Schedule (tentative)

Schedule: MONDAY Introduction, Disaster risk management, DRR, Bridging the gap between scientists and practitioners, TUESDAY Before a disaster hits, Role of scientists communicating uncertainty, Reducing vulnerabilities and building capacities, Climate resilience development, WEDNESDAY During a disaster, Forecasting natural hazards, From early warnings to risk communication, Making society function during a disaster, Knowledge management in crisis, THURSDAY After a disaster hits, Complex effects of disaster events, Recovery processes and build back better, Long shadow crisis: politics of account-ability and reform, FRIDAY Summary, Group work presentations, Wrap up

Lecturers (confirmed)

Guest lecturers:

  • Marleen de Ruiter (VU Amsterdam)
  • Jonas Johansson (Lund University)
  • Lisa Schipper (University of Oxford)
  • Johan von Shreeb (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Lars-Göran Uddholm (Rescue service on Gotland, Sweden)

CNDS Fellows: Steffi Burchardt, Fredrik Bynander, Andra Covaciu, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Mikael Granberg, Malin Göteman, Helena Hermansson, Björn Lund, Gabriele Messori, Elena Mondino, Johanna Mård, Daniel Nohrstedt, Lars Nyberg, Charles Parker, Anna Rutgersson, Nina von Uexkull 

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. 

Submit your application to this Kurt form no later than May 31 (23:59 CEST). Accepted applicants will be notified by June 7

Please feel free to contact us for any questions!


The summer school will take place during 22-26th of August, at the Department of Earth SciencesUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, if regulations allow. 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: 2022-08-08