About the summer school
The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster response. The workshop will build upon experience and expertise in ICTs and DRR by both UNDP and a diverse network of organizations, who have come together over the past two years to train environmental professionals in the field. Combining regional UNDP experience, ICT industry expertise, and accumulated first-hand knowledge by this global community of practice, the workshop will offer both theoretical and practical skills in disaster risk reduction, monitoring, and recovery.
Best practice case studies will be highlighted, through which technologies have been proven to be highly effective tools in disaster management. The transformative digital opportunities provided by the workshop will allow its participants to integrate know-how in a decision-making process, facilitate response and establish multi-stakeholder partnership for regional and global cooperation.
Program themes will include ICTs for DRR, Early Warning Systems, innovations in climate risk management (CRM) and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, and integration of relevant innovative solutions into sectoral and municipal development. A range of technologies will be presented including remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), big data, citizen science, mobile technologies, data portals, and more.
The workshop is targeted at representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of international conventions, relevant government agencies (e.g. Ministries of Emergency Situations, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society. No prior experience in application of geospatial technologies in DRR is required.
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. There will be two options for all hands-on GIS and remote sensing exercises, ranging in technical difficulty to accommodate varying backgrounds of participants.
The language of instruction is English, thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.
Important dates and deadlines
General application deadline for most courses: February 14, 2017
In exceptional cases the application deadline is different from the above. See the list of these courses below:
Media Capture: The Relationship Between Power, Media Freedom and Advocacy: March 31, 2017
Important program dates (for all courses):
- Email notification about the decision: mid-April - mid-May
- Participants confirm acceptance and housing needs: in two weeks after receipt of the acceptance notification
- Activation of the course-specific e-learning sites with readings and course outlines: end of April - end of May
- Early-bird deadline of tuition payment for fee-paying participants: March - April, for course specifique early bird deadline see the course website
- Tuition payment deadline for fee-paying participants: April - May, for course specifique fee payment deadline see the course website
- Participants needing a visa reserve tickets, confirm exact travel dates to SUN; SUN Office sends out original invitation letter and room reservation for visa application: 6 weeks prior to arrival
- Participants submit visa applications: 30 days prior to arrival
- Participant arrivals, hotel check-in, and registration: one day before the course starts
- Orientation session at CEU: on the first day of the course
For more information click "Further official information" below.