ttakendur nmskeiinu Natural Catastrophes vefur

Summer course 2012: Natural Disaster Management

We are happy to announce the new international graduate summer course “Natural Disaster Management” that will be held 30 May to 22 June 2012 at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland.

The course follows the success of the last course which was held in June 2011. It was attended by people from Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The participants, who were of diverse backgrounds such as engineering, sociology, geology, environmental management, environmental sciences, geophysics, etc., consisted mostly of masters and doctoral students that all came together and studied natural distaster management with us here in Iceland.

The course of spring 2012 will again address all phases of the disaster cycle, examine local, national, and international aspects and discusse the many disciplines needed in disaster management projects. Such projects require representatives with diverse backgrounds, both academic and practical, and thus the philosophy behind this course is that all disciplines should have a common base on which to communicate, enabling them to effectively include different perspectives into disaster management projects. To mirror a multidisciplinary world this course therefore seeks students with different backgrounds. Additionally, the course offers specialized projects for students interested in relating disaster management to the field of earthquake engineering.

We encourage you to browse our website and gather more information on the course, the EERC and the University Centres of South Iceland, and of course Iceland itself.

We note that the application deadline is 1 March 2012.