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CNDS Summer School 2024

Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene, 19-23 August 2024

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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.

Important dates:

  • Application opens: 2024-04-08
  • Application closes: 2024-05-06
  • Acceptance letters: 2024-06-01
  • Course starts: 2024-08-19


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, and it is a great opportunity for early career scientists to expand their network and engage in interdisciplinary dialogues and exchanges.

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Confirmed lecturers

Marleen de Ruiter

Assistant Professor, VU Amsterdam

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Marleen's research focuses on consecutive disasters and assessing the impacts of adaptation measures on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Micha Werner

Associate professor, IHE Delft

Micha's research focuses on flood and drought risk management, including forecast verification and dealing with uncertainties, as well as how uncertainties are presented and communicated.

Giuliano Di Baldassarre

CNDS Director, Professor Uppsala University

Giuliano's research focuses on the complex interplay between social, technical and physical processes, in particular on how these can generate risks, crises or disasters.

Daniel Nohrstedt

Professor Uppsala University, CNDS

Daniel's research focuses on policy, crisis management, collaborative governance and natural hazards.

Steffi Burchardt

Professor Uppsala University, CNDS

Steffi's research focuses on volcanoes – how magma chambers forms and what it takes to trigger an eruption.

Björn Lund

Associate professor Uppsala University, CNDS

Björn's research focuses on earthquake source processes. He is also the director of the Swedish National Seismic Network.


Vy på Fyrisån och Domkyrka i Uppsala

The summer school will take place during 19-23 of August, at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala 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.


How to apply

This course is designed for PhD students, and participation is free (but, accommodation and travel is at your own expense). 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.

Apply using this link: CNDS Summer School application form

Application system will close May 6 (23:59 CEST)

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Johanna Mård (CNDS Summer School Coordinator),

Irina Chic (CNDS Project Administrator),

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