Disaster risk reduction (DRR), Environment, Geographic information systems (GIS), Information and communication technologies, Remote sensing, Satellite technologies, Smart Cities, Urban Resilience

This workshop is a joint activity between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Central European University through the ISEPEI project. This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series.



Course date

24 July - 28 July, 2017
Application for this course is closed.

Experiences of past course participants

2017 course participants said:
"The course is a good example of how the academe (in this case, CEU) is helping keep the momentum in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. More academic institutions should be encouraged to conduct similar summer courses to bring together policy makers and other experts/stakeholders in a lively discourse on DRR."
"I think this course is very solid and very good combination of frameworks presentations, technologies presentations and real life examples."
"Strengths include the speakers invited (these are indeed the experts in their fields), very good selection of content on DRR and Innovation, a good mix of introducing all the global processes/agreements then the transition to regional and then national to local implementation of DRR/innovation, good examples and case studies; opportunity for scholarships/funding for experts attending; not too cramped in terms of topics the time allotment was right and not too many sessions in the morning; design of the topics and themes were good too"
2016 course participants said:
"The training course was useful in many ways for my professional and personal development. First, I learned new innovative technologies such as satellite and radio technologies and images that are being used for monitoring and assessment of disaster risks in many countries and agencies.
Second, it was a good environment to share and learn from other participants and discuss how some of the processes are done in a particular county or agency."
"I learned new things applicable to my work through discussions, presentations and sharing experiences with participants. One thing that was very useful is GIZ's presentation on monitoring of rice fields, food security and drought through satellite images that could be successfully applied at WFP's context."
"I had opportunity to assess my work and projects from another angle, and think over another solutions and further steps. C ritical thinking and discussions conducted in small groups are always beneficial."
"Excellent organizers, teachers and everyone participate as a facilitator or participant were mostly professionals and I left with a very positive impact. I would like to thank the organizers, C EU management to giving us a chance to participate and also for their extended hospitality."
2015 course participants said:
"I am not an ICT environmental professional, but have a certain handson experience. For me it was the right level to stay grounded with my knowledge, but also to get the perspective of where I can professionally head to."
"The course was well-fitted for my particular professional development. As I haven't got a lot of experience in the field and the environmental area beforehand, getting to know people who actually work in the sector was a superusefuldeep dive into the topic."
"I've learned a lot about how to apply the IT background to the various environmental and urban issues, as well as how to potentially link grass root work with the communities and a broader array of initiatives in the field of disaster risk management."
"I have just finished my masters in the disasterrelated area and the course shed the light on the potential fields I would like to proceed with, as well as topics within my particular area of interests where I can enhance my current work."