Summer School - Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction, 24-28 July 2017, Hungary

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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.

How To Apply

Please read the following directions carefully.

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including list of publications, if any
  3. Statement of Purpose/ Motivation Letter (max 1 page)
  4. Proof of English proficiency

Optional attachments:

  • A cover letter (max. 1 page) to support application for financial aid (mandatory for those who wish to receive financial aid)
  1. Online Application Form

SUN's Online Application Form, delivered by Embark, enables the online submission of the application form itself as well as all other relevant documentation, including CV's and resumes, letter of recommendation, statements of purpose and application essays (such as research proposal, case study, paper proposal, writing samples, academic records, etc.), eliminating all paper mailing to the SUN Office.

In addition, applicants will be able to use this system to track their progress and learn the outcome of their admissions evaluation online. Admissions decisions will be available to applicants as soon as they are entered into the system.

Please note that the online application system can only accept one course application. If however you are interested in participating in both "Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction" summer school and the "Geospatial Technologies and Remote Sensing for Monitoring SDGs" summer school, please contact the SUN office at summeru@ceu.edu . The SUN office staff will register your second application.

The application form is password-protected. 

  1. a) In case you have started an application for our program in previous years, you can use your old login and password and can log in as a "Returning Embark User" (right-hand side of the page). In case you cannot remember your old password, click on the "Forget your password?" link.
  2. b) In case you have not started an application before, please register first in the "New User?" section (left-hand side of the page). For registration please click on "Create an Account" and provide the requested information. Embark will send you your password by email and then you can log in and start your application, this time already as a returning user.

Further user's instructions for the online application are included in the form itself.

Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions .

  1. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.

  1. Statement of Purpose/ Motivation Letter (max 1 page)

In the Statement of Purpose please describe your relevant (disaster risk reduction) professional experience and qualifications, how the program is relevant to your professional work, and in what way you / your organization expect to benefit from it. Please list relevant organization activities, the tasks you are responsible for, and how the program will contribute to those.

  1. Proof of English proficiency

As proof of your English language proficiency, please upload a copy of any of the following: graduate or post-graduate degree earned in a program whose official language is English; recent English language proficiency certificate (e.g. TOEFL); or a writing sample in English (e.g. recent publication).

Optional attachments:

  • A cover letter (max. 1 page) to support application for financial aid (mandatory for those who wish to receive financial aid)

Applicants who wish to apply for financial aid are required to upload a cover letter in which they specify their reasons.

All application materials must be submitted electronically with the online application form. CEU does not accept application documents by e-mail or fax. Candidates who may experience difficulties with the online submission of their documents should contact the SUN Office.

CEU does not return application documents, or copies thereof under any circumstances. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Inquiries

If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff:

E-mail for inquiry and correspondence: summeru@ceu.edu
Tel: (36-1) 327-3811
Fax: (36-1) 327-3124

Notification

The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results around the end of April. Please check the 'Important course dates' section on the relevant course web sites for earlier or later planned notification deadlines. The final decision is not open to appeal.

Eligibility

Target group

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. 

Pre-requisites

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.

Language requirement

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 AdvocacyMarch 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.

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