The Disaster Risk Management Knoweldge Centre (DRMKC) and the Cooperation Network of Risk, Safety and Security studies (CONRIS) share a common goal: to provide (future) disaster risk management professionals with international, state-of-the-art, evidence based knowledge about disaster risk management which should contribute to the quality of disaster risk management practices. In May 2017 the DRMKC published an extensive report "Science for Disaster Risk Management: Knowing better and losing less", knowing better losing less, in which reviews and scientific solutions and their practical use in various DRM areas are brought together. This training should contribute to the dissemination of this knowledge to risk safety and security management students that work in or aim at working in the disaster risk management domain.
The training will be organized and developed by EPSI-UAB together with partner universities from the CONRIS network. The DRMKC will support the initiative through feedback on the outline of the training and through the arrangement of guest lecturers from the DRMKC network. The materials will be developed in such a way that they can be reused at other universities.

The training will take place from February 11th to 15th 2019, on the School of Prevention and Integral Safety and Security EPSI - UAB. It will be given for Bachellor and Master students.


Learning outcome

The DRM 2017 book should contribute to the overall objective of the Sendai framework: reducing disaster risks and losses and shifting the emphasis from managing disasters to managing the underlying risk. This should result in more resilient society.

The overall learning outcome of the training is:

After the training, participants understand the major technological and natural risk that are relevant for their region, are able to communicate these risks to selected target groups and can advise measures to reduce the risks and increase the resilience  of the society.

To achieve the overall objective, the following learning outcomes have been defined:

• You are able to assess the relevant natural and technological hazards in your regions, the area exposed to these hazards and the vulnerability of your region to these hazards and make use of the available risk information e.g. risk maps for your country.
• You understand the drivers, impacts and key tools to manage the main natural and technological hazards in your region.
• For two major risks in your region, you develop a risks management strategy that takes the whole disaster management cycle into consideration.
• Based on your risks management strategy, you develop a risk and crisis communication strategy to inform the public in your region.


The examination is based on the following products:

  • You develop a disaster management strategy for two particular type of risks in  a region that:
  • includes a risk assessment, based on the assessment of available risk information e.g. the open source risk maps, that consists of an assessment of the hazard, exposure, vulnerability and the drivers that influence these;
  • covers the whole disaster risk management cycle;
  • considers both structural and non-structural measures e.g. based on the tools provided through the JRC project database includes a risk and crisis communication strategy to inform the public about what they can do to manage the risk e.g. based on the tools provided through the JRC project database.