Thursday, April 19, 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | CAS in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) | EPFL | Switzerland-Bangladesh

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR)

- Part 1 - 03 Sep - 30 Sep 2012 => Preparatory phase, E-learning
- Part 2 - 08 Oct - 19 Oct 2012 => Theoretical phase, EPFL, Switzerland
- Part 3 - 24 Nov - 02 Dec 2012 => Field work, Bangladesh
- Part 4 - 03 Dec - 31 Jan 2013 => Individual project

Deadline for Applications: 10 June 2012

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR).

The 3rd edition of the CDRR seeks to strengthen the competences of practitioners in the field of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change. The program favors an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the issue, concentrating on the reduction of vulnerabilities and the strengthening of the capacities of populations at risk.

The program does not have a deep technical vocation, focusing more on a practical and field-oriented approach as a means of consolidating the theoretical component. Particular emphasis is placed on the issue of climate change as a factor in the increase of extreme hydrological, climatological or meteorological events. The immersion in two countries with distinct economic and socio-cultural realities, such as Switzerland and Bangladesh, is to highlight to participants the linkages between development cooperation and disaster risk reduction.

The program is structured in four parts, all which are compulsory. Part I (3 - 30 September 2012) involves a preparatory phase of e-Learning with access to compulsory and mandatory reading material to understand the basic concepts. Part 2 (8 - 19 October 2012), will be held at EPFL in Switzerland and will cover such modules as: Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change, Vulnerabilities and Capacities, Science and Technology in DRR. Part 3 (24 November - 2 December 2012) will be held in Bangladesh and mainly focus on field activities. Part 4 (3 December 2012 - 31 January 2013), consists of a personal project.

Upon completion, participants will be familiar with natural disaster risk management. They will be in a position to:

- Identify and asses disaster risks using risk management approaches;
- Interpret the current results of scientific research on climate change and its challenges to natural hazards, and identify appropriate measures in a specific situation;
- Apply methodological tools to assess vulnerabilities and strengthen adaptation.
- Improve their comprehension of the role and the challenges of science and technological innovations in disaster risk reduction, in an interdisciplinary manner.

Applicants must have a graduate or undergraduate degree and good English.

Full and/or partial grants may be offered to participants from developing and emerging countries that are not able to meet the total costs involved. Grants can cover tuition fees as well as accommodation and board in Switzerland and Bangladesh. Grants will NOT cover travel to Switzerland and Bangladesh, visa, insurance or any other costs incurred by participants for their private needs.

For full information and application procedure refer to our website

Please note that only applications submitted via the online submission system on the program webpage will be accepted.

You are encouraged to circulate this email to people and / or organizations who may be interested in this program.

Thank you for your support.

Sincere regards,

Eileen Hazboun
Cooperation & Development Center
UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development

Station 10 - 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
Tel. +41 (0)21 693.60.48

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