“Let’s build ties!”

Photo: Guðrún Pétursdóttir, NordForsk/Terje Heiestad. Photo from a previous occasion.

“Let’s build ties!”

Project leader Guðrún Pétursdóttir opened the Annual meeting of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security (NORDRESS) in Copenhagen with a call for further cooperation. In her view, it is important to maintain close multidisciplinary collaboration long after the centre has completed its period as a Centre of Excellence.

Researchers working together at the Nordic Centre of Excellence under NordForsk’s Nordic Societal Security Programme convened in Denmark on 9 May to bring one another up to date on activities and plans within the Centre’s various areas of research. Participants from a full 15 institutions located across all five Nordic countries are working together on research on natural disasters and their impacts on society.

During the past 30 years, the number of registered natural disasters has more than quadrupled worldwide; in 2011 alone, 440 million people were affected by natural hazards. The Centre studies different phenomena such as extreme weather, floods, mudslides, avalanches and volcanic eruptions and their effects locally and across national borders.

“We want NORDRESS to be a network,” stated Dr Pétursdóttir, Director of the Institute for Sustainability Studies at the University of Iceland. “My ambition is for you to build a framework for trust, mutual benefit, and fruitful cooperation across different fields,” she continued. The various activities under the Centre have gotten off to a good start during the first year of operations, and next year we will be even more active, she promised.

Read more about the NCoE NORDRESS and the Nordic Societal Security Programme

Text: Lisa H. Ekli
Photo: Guðrún Pétursdóttir, NordForsk/Terje Heiestad. Photo from a previous occasion.

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