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Evidence for Policy in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Summer School 2024

By Knowledge Network – Staff member in project Evidence for Policy in Disaster Risk Management Summer School 2024

Summer School on generating Evidence for Policy in Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

Meteorological & HydrologicalMulti-hazardSocietalTraining course

Key information

Vienna, Austria
Attendance type
Registration instructions

As a closed event, UCPM Member/Participating States will have first priority in nominating participants, but a selective call for applicants was open in April 2024.

Attendance model


Due to the success of the previous Evidence for Policy in DRM Summer Schools (2020 and 2023), the Commission and the Civitas Soteria consortium (ICF and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) are reorganising the school for 2024 in Vienna, Austria with the University of Vienna as host. In 2023, 85% of participants (N=80) rated the overall quality of the programme as above average or very high.

The Summer School's objective is for participants to gain:

  • New knowledge on how to better integrate scientific evidence into policymaking.
    • Scientists will learn how to better communicate and visualise their results, tackle uncertainty and align their projects with policy and operational needs.
    • Policymakers and operational staff will learn how research can support policy, which science can be relevant to their field, where to find it and how to interpret it, and what can be expected from researchers.
  • New insights on how ‘the other side’ operates.
  • An enlarged network of likeminded professionals, working on disaster risk management with ambition of using evidence in policymaking.
  • Access to a global community of practice, exchanging top resources and expertise.

Please find more information in documents below as well as in the alumni group where data (recommended reading, masterclass description and distribution, etc.) is compiled.

Cover picture source: Georg Herder via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Day 1

9:00 - 12:30

Morning session

- Registration
- Setting the scene
- Interactive session with participants (e.g. using Slido around their expectations, knowledge of Vienna, etc.)
- Logistical brief
- Team building exercise
- Keynote speeches
14:00 - 17:00

Afternoon session

- Masterclasses- Round 1 (masterclasses running simultaenously)
18:00 - 21:00


- Social event
- Dinner

Day 2

9:00 - 12:30

Morning session

- Masterclasses- Round 2 (masterclasses running simultaenously)
14:00 - 17:00

Afternoon session

- Masterclasses- Round 3 (masterclasses running simultaneously)
- Concluding Points
- Closing Session
18:00 - 21:00


- Dinner




UCPM SC 006_ Brief Summary Masterclasses.pdf

(235.24 KB - PDF)

UCPM SC 006_ Draft Agenda.pdf

(287.61 KB - PDF)

SC 006_ Logistical brief_V2.pdf

(613.99 KB - PDF)


Education & Training

Risk drivers

Climate change Technological developments