Introduction

Natural processes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions pose a great threat to people worldwide, and to the built environment, infrastructure and economy of the society. With the infrastructure of the modern society becoming increasingly complex, there is increased demand that the built environment has greater redundancy to adverse effects of such natural processes. For example, international building standards for earthquake resistant design (Eurocode 8) have replaced national standards over the last decade, and active volcanoes are being monitored in an increasingly and multidisciplinary manner. The project partners recognize the increasingly important role that geoscientists and engineers, and their collaboration, have in the preparation of society for strong earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and for managing the seismic risk and mitigating the effects of these natural processes.

The Masters Programme in Volcanic and Earthquake Risk Reduction (MVERR) is a joint International Masters Study Programme in the multidisciplinary field of disaster risk reduction, with emphasis on prevention strategies that have application for populated urban regions exposed to earthquake and volcanic hazard. The multidisciplinary field of understanding and modelling the natural processes, their effects on modern infrastructure, and the prevention strategies for their risk reduction falls within the expertise of the partners of this project.

The objective of MVERR will be to help graduate students with ability to become internationally leading experts in both theoretical and practical actions.

Partners of the International Joint Study Programme on Volcanic and Earthquake Risk Reduction