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Evidence for policy school – disaster risk management

Jan 13 2020
Jan 15 2020

In a world flooded with information, managing, making sense of and communicating knowledge, or evidence, is highly challenging.

Evidence-informed policymaking needs advocates and skilled practitioners, both in scientific and policy bodies.

The evidence for policy school aims to help researchers to have more impact on policy and policymakers to use evidence for policy solutions.

The school will focus on the tools and approaches to inform the policymaking process through evidence.


The application process is closed.


The selection process strives to achieve a balanced representation of qualified candidates, including by gender and country, evaluating past experiences and motivation of the applicants.



Masterclasses are run throughout two days in five parallel sessions.

Prevention & migration

  • Disaster prevention and climate adaptation: how to ensure synergies?
  • Integrated multi-risk assessment and planning – complexity thinking and systemic risk
  • Science for disaster risk management – liability of the scientific world

Preparedness & response

  • Emergency Management Priorities
  • Situational awareness and information management in emergencies
  • Communicating risk and engagement of communities in DRM policy making

Hands-on & case stories

  • Hands-on Crisis Management tools?
  • How to brief your Minister on international disasters?
  • Monitoring and early warning for disaster risk reduction
  • Case study: policy making in a scenario of flash flood in an
  • Data visualisation for evidence-informed policy making: a hands-on approach

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The final list of masterclasses is to be confirmed

Who is this school for?

  • Early to mid-career scientists interested in how to achieve impact on policy; and
  • Early to mid-career policymakers interested in how to commission and use research to support them in their daily work;
  • Both having experience of working within the field of disaster risk management (producing science or policy tackling it, using related data in their work on other; topics, interested in the implications of this societal challenge on other fields, etc.) and
  • Working primarily in the Participating States to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, i.e. EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey;
  • Having citizenship of an EU country or any of following countries: Norway, Iceland, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro or Turkey;
  • Being proficient in English and committing to participate for the whole duration of the seminar is mandatory.

What will you gain?

  • New knowledge on how to better integrate scientific evidence into policy-making;
  • Scientists will learn how to better communicate and visualise their results, tackle uncertainty and align their projects with policy needs;
  • Policymakers will learn how research can support policy, which science can be relevant to their field, where to find it and how to interpret it, and what can be expected from researchers;
  • New insights on how 'the other side' operates;
  • Enlarged network of likeminded professionals, working on disaster risk management with ambition of using evidence in policymaking;
  • Access to a global community of practice, exchanging top resources and expertise.

What is unique about the professional development training?

  • Policymakers and scientists meet and together develop skills in using evidence for creating policy solutions;
  • Participants will learn how their respective professional worlds operate;
  • Leading thinkers and practitioners share their experiences with participants through participatory, interactive masterclasses.


The organisers have pre-booked for 2 nights (arrival on Jan 13) at:

Hilton Garden Inn Novoli****
Via Sandro Pertini, 29,
Florence, 50127,

Participants need to cover the cost of €115/room/night (including breakfast).

The hotel is located a short walk away from the Novoli Campus of the University of Florence, where the school takes place.


For any questions about the school, please email

Updates on the call for applications will be available on this website and on our Twitter account.

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The 2020 Evidence and Policy School in Florence, Italy is organised by European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO), in collaboration with the Italian Civil Protection Department, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) and the University of Florence (UNIFI).