Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

Course datesJuly 1-5, 2019
Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Workshop information

The annual workshop The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will bring attention to the recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and examine 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 main aim of the workshop is training environmental professionals in the field building upon experience and expertise in ICTs and DRR by both UNDP and a diverse network of organizations like Esri, GEO and Google. 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.

DRR workshop will cover ICTs for DRR, Early Warning Systems, innovations in climate risk management (CRM) and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, and integration of relevant innovative solutions into sectoral and municipal development. In addition, a range of technologies will be presented including remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), big data, citizen science, mobile technologies, data portals, and more.

Target Group

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), researchers and civil society. No prior experience in application of geospatial technologies in DRR is required.

Workshop Directors

Viktor Lagutov, Central European University
Armen Grigoryan, UNDP 

Workshop faculty

Douglas Cripe, Group of Earth Observations (GEO)
Jens Danzeglocke, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Craig von Hagen, IMMAP
Ivana Hlavácová, GISAT
Despoina Makariou, London School of Economics
Olaf Neussner, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ)
Masahiko Nagai, Center for Research and Application of Satellite Remote Sensing, Yamaguchi University (YUCARS)
Clive O'Connell, McCarthy Denning
Vasko Popovski, UNDP
Tatyana Sarayeva, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University
Kirill Savrassov, Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company
András Szöllősi-Nagy, Sustainable Water Futures Programme

Application Information

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Additional Information

This workshop is a joint activity between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Central European University and DG Joint Research Centre through the ISEPEI project. This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series. It is run under the organizational framework of the CEU Summer University.