Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science celebrates 10th anniversary this year

8 January 2020

On 8 January the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) celebrates its 10th anniversary. A series of events have been planned to celebrate the occasion during the year 2020. CNDS is a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research on the nexus between socio-technical vulnerability and extreme events. It involves numerous scientists at Uppsala University, Swedish Defence University and Karlstad University.

CNDS was initiated in 2010 by senior fellows coordinated by professor emeritus Sven Halldin, Uppsala University. During the last decade, CNDS has had over 30 PhD students graduating from the centre, and currently have 28 active early career scientists (postdocs and PhD candidates).

The centre has also contributed to the international educational curricula of disaster risk reduction through its international research summer school for doctorate students. Through the biennial conference Forum for natural hazards and disasters, CNDS has kept an open dialogue with practitioners in the field.

Apart from contributing to the field of natural hazards and disaster science through numerous research publications, the centre has also been successful in attaining external research grants to continue to advance the field in disaster risk reduction.

The vision of the centre is to carry on its work to understand coupled human-nature systems and reciprocal feedback mechanisms between natural hazards and socio-technical vulnerability, as well as to advance disaster risk reduction and contribute to enhancing society’s ability to prevent and cope with natural hazard risk in the national and international context.

Johanna Mård