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The 2nd International workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment

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Dec 14 2017
Dec 16 2017

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) in close collaboration with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce) and Colorado State University is organising the 2nd International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment on 14-16 of December 2017.

The workshop aims to explore how high-level strategic needs and current scientific advances on modelling of physical, economic and social systems are linked in order to support resilience assessment in various dimensions.


  • Bring together the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of resilience across different disciplines.
  • Establish the dialogue between policy and research with a two-fold scope: to provide scientific advice and support for policies that incorporate the element of resilience, and to provide guidance to the scientific community on the knowledge and tools needed to support current and future policies.  
  • Contribute towards establishing a coherent resilience assessment framework for communities and societies.
  • Identify the constituents for measuring the resilience at various scales (local, regional, national, international) towards establishing the necessary indicators.
  • Establish a long-standing partnership among the key actors in the area of resilience at global level that will support the continuous development of models that fit into the assessment framework and consequently the respective training curricula.


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The workshop covers:

  • Resilience of technological systems (e.g. electricity, gas, water, transport) that provide essential services to citizens during normal conditions as well as during crises.
  • Resilience of the built environment, thus civil engineering structures that need to guarantee a certain level of functionality both in terms of safety as well as in terms of business continuity and socioeconomic services that are supported by  these buildings.
  • Resilience of communities and societies to cascading effects that propagate across infrastructures and networks of infrastructures.
  • Economic and societal resilience of modern societies and communities during shocks but also to longer term adaptations.
  • Resilience of individuals, depending on social and economic contexts, as well as inter-dependency relationships between individuals and the rest of the society (being communities or national institutions) with respect to risk assessment, risk mitigation and post-crisis recovery.
  • Resilience to changes brought about by population growth, utilisation requirements,  and environmental conditions.


Please register online for this event. Expressions of interest by email will not be accepted.

Participants from 28 EU Member States may register till the 5th December 2017.

All participants from non-EU countries (including Norway, Switzerland, China, the USA etc) are invited to register by the 26th November 2017 and to send a copy of their passport to for entry permit arrangements.


Selected papers will be published in the form of an edited, open access book available on the EU Bookshop (Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg).


Submission of abstract (max. 500 words): 29/05/2017

Abstract acceptance notification: 26/06/2017

Full paper submission (max 8 pages): 04/09/2017

Final acceptance:  02/10/2017


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The 1st International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment took place in Washington, DC on 19-21 of October 2016, and was organised by NIST and Colorado State University.

Interest in resilience has been rising rapidly during the last twenty years, both among policy makers and academia, as a response to increasing concern about the potential effect of shocks to individuals, civil infrastructure, regions, countries and social, economic and political institutions. The objective of the workshop is to bring together the scientific community and policy makers towards developing better policies and practices incorporating the element of resilience in various fields.

To this end, the JRC will build on the experience acquired during the JRC-EPSC annual conference "Building a Resilient Europe in a Globalised World" which took place in September 2015. This workshop was aimed at identifying strategic needs and providing an outlook of future actions policy making.