Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction 2016
Course dates: July 11-15, 2016
Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster response.
The workshop will build upon experience and expertise in ICTs and DRR by both UNDP and a diverse network of organizations, who have come together over the past two years to train environmental professionals in the field (http://isepei.org/workshops). Combining regional UNDP experience, ICT industry expertise, and accumulated first-hand knowledge by this global community of practice, the workshop will offer both theoretical and practical skills in disaster risk reduction, monitoring, and recovery.
Best practice case studies will be highlighted, through which technologies have been proven to be highly effective tools in disaster management. The transformative digital opportunities provided by the workshop will allow its participants to integrate know-how in a decision-making process, facilitate response and establish multi-stakeholder partnership for regional and global cooperation.
Program themes will include ICTs for DRR, innovations in climate risk management (CRM) and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, and integration of relevant innovative solutions into sectoral and municipal development. A range of technologies will be presented including remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), big data, citizen science, mobile technologies, data portals, and more.
The workshop is targeted at representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of international conventions, relevant government agencies (e.g. Ministries of Emergency Situations, Environment, Communications), academia, researchers and civil society.
Workshop Faculty (tbc)
Douglas Cripe, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Switzerland
Tom De Groeve, Joint Research Centre, Italy
Ali Chavoshian, Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Iran
Lorant Czaran, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria
Jens Danzeglocke, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Zsuzsanna Gabor, Central European University, Hungary
Irina Makarenko, Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution, Turkey
For further information on the workshop and application procedures, please visit: http://summer.ceu.edu/disaster-2016.