CORE WORKSHOP - Innovations in Disaster & Climate Risk Reduction 2020

Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Date: 29 June 3 July 2020

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020

How can information and communication technologies (ICTs) empower decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in management and effective response to natural disasters?

The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight the recent advances in ICTs and their impact on decision making. 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 several years to train environmental professionals in the field. 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 a multi-stakeholder partnership for regional and global cooperation. The main topics are:

  • Innovations in Climate Risk Management (CRM);
  • Disaster preparedness and response;
  • Innovations in technologies (remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), big data, citizen science, mobile technologies, data portals and more);
  • Early warning systems.

Target Group

The course aims at UN staff, primarily of the UNDP Country offices in Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, National Focal Points of International Conventions (e.g. Black Sea Commission), relevant government officials (e.g. Ministries of Emergencies, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society representatives.

Workshop Directors

Viktor Lagutov

ISEPEI Project, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU

Armen Grigoryan

Disaster Reduction and Recovery Team, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS
Course Faculty:

Douglas Cripe

Secretariat, Groups of Earth Observation (GEO), Geneva, Switzerland

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Jans Danzeglocke

The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Andras Szollosi-Nagy

Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Zoltan Vekerdy

Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Twente, Netherlands

Additional Information

In addition to The Innovations in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction workshop, spin-up workshops will be organized. More information will be provided soon.

The Innovations in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction workshop continues the series of joint UN-CEU training events under the ISEPEI Project “Bridging ICTs and the Environment”. The ISEPEI Project aims to address the gap between the geospatial industry and environmental practitioners by providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners.

How to apply?

Please visit to apply.

Price of the workshop: 700 EUR

ISEPEI reserves the right to cancel the course if it fails to meet the requirement of minimum enrolment. We will inform all applicants until June 1 about the confirmation or cancellation of the course.  Should the course be canceled, ISEPEI or summer school will refund 100% of the fee paid. Participants should not purchase tickets or book accommodations before the confirmation date, as the summer school or ISEPEI can only reimburse the fee but no other costs.