Hungary, Budapest

Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

Advances in ICTs are increasingly empowering citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The ability of development workers to tap into this local energy and know-how, go beyond the usual actors (e.g. NGOs, think tanks) and partner with outliers (e.g. citizens, informal groups) and link their efforts with the institutional response and resources will play a major role in supporting communities' resilience. Therefore, applying innovations and the latest ICT advances in this regard will be the key topic of the program. A range of technologies will be presented including Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, big data, mobile technologies, data portals, etc.

The workshop will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for disaster risk reduction (DRR), innovation in climate risk management and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, integration of innovative solutions in climate risk management (CRM) and DRR into sectoral and municipal development, and more.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer-based trainings, and independent project work.

Course Faculty:
Lorant Czaran
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria
Jens Danzeglocke
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Administration, Earth Observation, Cologne, Germany
Zsuzsanna Gabor
Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Irina Makarenko
Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution
Ed Parsons
Google, London, UK
Sergey Stanichny
Marine Hydrophysical Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Russia, Sevastopol , Russian Federation

Course leader

Viktor Lagutov
Systems Laboratory, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Armen Grigoryan
United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), New York, USA

Target group

he target group includes staff of the regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of International Conventions, relevant government officials (e.g. Ministries of Emergencies, Environment, Communications), academia, researchers and civil society representatives. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Participants will be required to prove professional and/or academic focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR) or related issues. Intermediate computer user skills are required for this course, but previous experience with geographic information systems (GIS) or remote sensing software is not required. Participants will have to complete course project for successful workshop completion.

The course will be a mixture of lectures, hands-on computer-based trainings, and independent project work. There will be two options for all hands-on GIS and remote sensing exercises during the practical sessions, ranging in technical difficulty to accommodate varying technical backgrounds of participants.

Course aim

The overall aim of the workshop is to highlight recent innovations and advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are increasingly empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively respond when disasters hit. The workshop builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)