A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Professional Course
Self-paced Online
7 weeks
From 199 USD

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Course description

A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction

This 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.

Who should attend?


  • 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 somevideos; however, these equations are not key to the success in the course.

Training content

  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction and Science and Technology for DRR
  • Science and Technology for Risk Assessment
  • Science and Technology for Prevention
  • Science and Technology for Early-Warning and Preparedness
  • Science and Technology for Disaster Response and Emergency Relief
  • Science and Technology for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction
  • Science and Technology for Resilience and Sustainable Development

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, a partner institute of EdX.

3-5 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain Disaster Risk Reduction (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 reductionin 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.

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