Contact: Dr. Silvia Hostettler, Deputy Director
On September 15 2017, CODEV will launch the second edition of its Massive Open Online Course: A Resilient Future – Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction in self-paced format. The DRR MOOC brings together technical expertise from several EPFL labs and sections and other major partners active in the DRR field.
The course aims to introduce participants to existing and emerging technologies suitable for disaster risk reduction while promoting the overall aim of sustainable development. The course focuses on three main natural hazards – floods, landslides and earthquakes. It also discusses the challenges and limits of adapting and adopting technologies depending on context (Global North and Global South) with examples from Switzerland, Nepal, Colombia, Philippines, and other countries.
- Explain DRR related concepts and science and technology for DRR.
- Identify and describe existing and emerging technologies for landslide and flood reduction.
- Explain methodological tools to assess vulnerabilities and risk and strengthen the resilience of communities at risk of landslides, floods and earthquakes.
- Exemplify the role and the challenges of science and technological innovations for disaster risk reduction in an interdisciplinary manner including the importance of social aspects.
- Recognize some of the actors active in DRR and international policy frameworks and technology for DRR.
- Practitioners, scientists, researchers, multilateral, governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide working on international development in general and disaster risk reduction, management, and resilience in particular.
- Students interested in technologies for sustainable development and who wish to work to solve societal challenges.
- Individuals interested in technologies for disaster risk reduction.
- Introduction to basic DRR concepts such as hazard, disaster, vulnerability, risk, capacity and resilience, and to define what is science and technology for DRR.
- Presentation of tools and technologies that can help complete hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessments.
- Presentation of examples of technologies and structural measures that help to prevent and mitigate risks, the non-structural aspects of prevention, including actors and governance with a science and technology linkage, and case studies that show non-structural science, tools and technology application.
- Introduction to early-warning systems and examples of preparedness actions, and discussions on appropriate technologies for preparedness.
- Introduction to technologies that are used when a disaster strikes and in its immediate aftermath, and show how technologies such as robotics (e.g., UAVs) and information and communication technology can help in disaster response.
- Introduction to technologies that can allow the assessment of the damages and presentation of technologies that could help to “build-back better.”
- Presentation on how science and technology can help the international, national and local levels to become more resilient against disasters and examples of how science and technology for DRR help to increase resilience. Introduction of risk as an engine for development and general constraints and opportunities on the use of technology for DRR, resilience and sustainable development.
- University degree or equivalent.
- Background in engineering, environmental sciences, architecture, geography, anthropology, international relations or any curriculum sharing a global perspective. This list is not exhaustive. We encourage people of all disciplines and backgrounds to join.
- Motivation, persistence, and interest in learning about disaster risk reduction.
- Notions of statistics and calculus may help participants to better understand some concepts and equations used in some videos; however, these equations are not key to the success in the course.