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Aims and objectives

Aim

ANDROID aims to promote co-operation and innovation among European Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to increase society's resilience to disasters of human and natural origin. The network's teaching and research is concerned with what resilience is, what it means to society, and how societies might achieve greater resilience in the face of increasing threats from natural and human induced hazards. The network will create a European approach that will help us understand the attributes that enable physical, socio-cultural, politico-economic and natural systems to adapt, by resistance or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. The network will also raise awareness and promote a common understanding among stakeholders of the importance of disaster resilience education and the essential role of European HEIs in improving society's ability increase disaster resilience.

Objectives

ANDROID will:

  1. Promote discourse among European applied, human, social and natural scientists to, pool their results and findings, discuss methods and develop inter-disciplinary explanations that increase society's resilience to disasters;
  2. Describe, analyse, and compare the capacity of European cities and HE to address disaster risk, and thereby reinforce the link between education and society;
  3. Build the capacity of HE to address emerging challenges in disaster resilience, strengthen the link between research and teaching, and inform policy development.

Workplan

ANDROID will achieve these objectives by undertaking a series of work packages (WPs) linked to an overall work plan. The overall work plan, detailed in Annex II, is designed to meet the aim and objectives of the network, and based on the explicit interests and expertise of the partners involved. It achieves an appropriate balance between management, quality, dissemination, exploitation and implementation. It also balances the need to establish effective infrastructure and events that can sustain the network during and beyond the proposed three years, while also proposing meaningful survey and analysis projects.

  1. Managing network partners to deliver outputs and achieve intended outcomes, and by developing a virtual network platform for European disaster resilience education (WP1&2);
  2. Organising an inter-disciplinary doctoral school (WP3);
  3. Capturing and sharing innovative approaches to inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience (WP4);
  4. Surveying European education to map teaching and research programmes in disaster resilience (WP5);
  5. Analysing the capacity of European public administrators to address disaster risk (WP6);
  6. Creating SIGs that address emerging research and teaching concerns in disaster resilience (WP7);
  7. Developing and hosting OERs for disaster resilience education (WP8);
  8. Raising awareness and promote a common understanding among stakeholders of the importance of disaster resilience education and the essential role of European HEIs in improving society's ability to withstand the threat posed by hazards (WP9);
  9. Organising inter-disciplinary conferences and seminars that promote innovation and knowledge exchange on disaster resilience between Higher Education and relevant stakeholders (WP10); and,
  10. Planning to continue the network and sustain its impact beyond its initial funding (WP11).

In doing so, ANDROID will: increase inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral cooperation to develop innovative European education that can increase societal resilience, and thereby reduce the threat posed by natural and human hazards, a challenge of critical European and global importance.

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