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Joint CONRIS-DRMKC Disaster Risk Management Training Seminars

CONRIS network Coventry University

Working with the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) and the CONRIS network, Disaster and Emergency Management course at Coventry University will host a series of 12 online Disaster Risk Management Training seminars between September 2021 and April 2022 to provide students studying in disaster risk management with international, state of the art, evidence based knowledge about disaster risk management which should contribute to the quality of disaster risk management practices.

The use of collaborative online international learning (COIL) model aims to facilitate the teaching and learning activities and discussion between academic (teachers, students), professionals and communities. The series of COIL seminars will address the need for the collaboration between academics and professionals in the arrangements for disaster risk management to understand the factors which can enhance resilience and capacity. The use of co-design and co-create methods will provide students the opportunity to consider a variety of disaster risk management tools and strategies, not only from European perspectives but further reaching out to global context. The initiatives of solutions to risks of modern life can be seen as part of global citizenship development for students.

To obtain further detailed knowledge about disaster risk management, we have adapted two publications from the DRMKC. Four themes are identified for the series, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; each theme will be covered by means of scientific knowledge, a supporting case study and an exercise (drill). The goals are to: (1) provide understanding of disaster risk; (2) identify solutions to potential risk using a student-centred approach.

  • Poljanšek, K., Marín Ferrer, M., De Groeve, T., Clark, I. (Eds.), 2017. Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less. EUR 28034 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, ISBN 978-92-79-60679-3, doi:10.2788/842809, JRC102482.
  • Casajus Valles, A., Marin Ferrer, M., Poljanšek, K., Clark, I. (eds.), ‘Executive summary of the report Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow’, EUR 30183 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020, ISBN 978 - 92 - 76 - 27150 - 5, doi:10.2760 / 919253, JRC114026.


Contact and registration

We welcome students from partner universities/organisations to participate in the seminars. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance if they have joined over 80% of the seminars. Please contact Dr. Yung-Fang Chen (aa4106@coventry.ac.uk) for registration.

Detailed programme


  Date-Time Themes (proposed) Speakers Organization
1 22-Sep 10.00-11.00 DRMKC opening lecture: EU DRM framework from CP/operational perspective Modris Stasuls
Ian Clark
2 06-Oct 10.00-11.00 Methodologies for risk assessment/impact assessment in the Risk Data Hub Christina Corbane
Tiberiu-Eugen Antofie
3 20-Oct 10.00-11.00 Psychology for security management Birgitta Sticher HWR, Berlin
4 03-Nov 10.00-11.00 Insurance Turkey/Covid 19 Burcak Basbug METU, Turkey
5 10-Nov 10.00-11.00 Societal Transformation: From Risk Management to Collapse of Societies Juergen Weichselgartner HWR, Berlin
6 24-Nov 10.00-11.00 Psychosocial aid during and post disasters Nils Vandenbroucke VIVES, Belgium
7 19-Jan (TBC) Humanitarian and development Daniel Watson CU, UK
8 2-Feb (TBC) Fukushima disaster – a case study Forest fires in Portugal in 2017 Wolfgang Raskob
Jesus San Miguel
9 16-Feb (TBC) Flood risk management and environmental safety in the Netherlands Jeroen Neuvel Saxion, Netherlands
10 2 Mar (TBC) Citizen participation and governance: lessons from recent disasters on societal resilience and cultural inclusion. Anne Bergmans University of Antwerp,
11 16 Mar (TBC) Critical infrastructures Dannis 't Hart Hogeschool Utrecht,
12 30 Mar (TBC) 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Earthquakes in Central Italy
Gudrun Pétursdóttir and
Uta Reichardt

Daniela di Bucci and
Mauro Dolce


Previous course

The link to the previous webinar for the preparation of training courses based on the latest DRMKC flagship report “Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: Knowing Better and Losing Less” is https://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/partnership/Scientific-Partnerships/Conris#documents/884/list