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Terms of membership

  1. Members and Associate Members can expect from ANDROID:
    • Access to the ANDROID Virtual Network, a restricted access area of the ANDROID website. Members and Associate Members will be able to set up and manage their ANDROID profiles with information including name, title, area of expertise and contact details, with hyperlinks to personal web pages.
    • Use of ANDROID as a means of exchanging communications of relevant studies and points of views with key colleagues in the field.
    • Opportunity of creating a vivacious global cenacle to: ask for other members’ contribution to their work; be acknowledged of research opportunities worldwide; and, exchange practical and academic experiences.
    • Opportunity to join consortia that are preparing and submitting proposals for research and development funding on subjects pertaining to the field.
    • Access to an electronic network newsletter at least four times per year. The newsletter will provide information about the progress of the work packages, about relevant developments in Europe and abroad within the field of disaster resilience education. It will give important practical information of relevance to the network.
    • Access to Open Educational Resources (OERs) made available through the network, including those associated with the Online Doctoral School, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and Seminars on inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education.
    • Opportunity to contribute to surveys conducted through ANDROID, including:  Survey of inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education; European inventory of disaster resilience education; and, Capacity analysis of European public administrators.
    • Access to network publications, including: Doctoral school proceedings in 2013 and 2014; Good practice review of inter-disciplinary working in disaster resilience education; Future research directions in disaster resilience research, and the implications for education; Roadmap for European education in developing societal resilience to disasters; and, Annual report on the state of innovation in disaster resilience education.
    •  Increased recognition and reputation as an international player – members derive from increased levels of exposure and visibility on the international stage and by working with leading scientists, technologists and engineers around the world.
    • Increased internal capability through the development of in-house skills, knowledge and understanding. Exposure to other network members from around the world provides access to new perspectives, methods and techniques, and the opportunity to work on leading edge projects provides benefits in terms of enhanced internal competencies.
    • Access to knowledge and expertise, including specialist expertise or equipment on a temporary or ad hoc basis, or exposure to new technologies that have not been brought in-house, where increased capability denotes a change to or upgrading of one’s in-house competence and capability.
    • Cross-fertilisation of ideas which may in turn generate new insights or perspectives that members working on their own would not have grasped (or grasped as quickly). The act of collaborating may thus be a source of stimulation and creativity. Hence, collaboration is greater than the sum of its parts. Such benefits are likely to be largest when the collaboration involves partners from more divergent scientific backgrounds, such as found in ANDROID.
    • Wider network opportunities as the benefits of working with others are not confined to the links with immediate collaborators. Collaboration also has the effect of 'plugging' the member into a wider network of contacts in the scientific community. An individual member may have good contacts with 50 or 100 other organisations in his or her field around the world whom he/she can contact for information or advice. By collaborating with others in another institution or country, the member can greatly extend that network.
    • Enhance the potential visibility of work by diffusing findings, either formally (e.g. through pre-prints, seminars or conference presentations) or through informal discussions.
    • An increase in the number of routes through which to secure research income.
    • An increase in the number of potential research students and young researchers to which the member is visible, to replenish the institution and make up for natural losses to career advancement and onward movement to other institutions and economic sectors.
  2. In addition to the above, Members (excluding Associate Members) can expect:
    • A sponsored place (one per member organisation, travel and subsistance) at the Annual Network Conference, to be held in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The conferences will include a varied programme of themed paper presentations, workshops, round tables, WP working group meetings, and plenary addresses. The programme each year will result in an annual report on the state of innovation in disaster resilience education. All member organisations will be expected to attend the annual conference. The conferences will be used by WP teams to plan activities, discuss emerging results and outputs, and disseminate their findings. The third annual conference will also include the publication and presentation of double blind peer reviewed papers.
    • An opportunity to apply for one of fifteen sponsored places (travel and subsistence) at the ANDROID Residential Doctoral School (WP3), to be held adjacent to the network conferences in 2013 and 2014.  The ANDROID Residential Doctoral School will provide the opportunity for research students to present papers to a smaller and more supportive audience, and undertake a varied and innovative research training programme aimed at honing the students’ skill set. The School will incorporate training by senior academics, round tables to discuss emerging issues and challenges, and scientific paper and presentation sessions whereby students can share their research and gain constructive feedback.
    • An opportunity to submit a paper to a special themed issue on disaster resilience education to be published by the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment. It is expected that the issue will include double blind peer reviewed articles on the results of major studies undertaken by network partners.
    • Opportunity to speak about their work at Network conferences and events.
    • Provide the comments/opinions on research relevant to their area of expertise.
    • Contribute in the development of new ANDROID related projects and activities.
    • Contribute in the drafting of the ANDROID newsletter.
  3. Documents published through the network will express the views only of the author and it will not be assumed that the conclusions of any such publications represent the views of all the ANDROID membership.
  4. The copyright of ANDROID funded research and publications remains with the author. However, the ANDROID membership may make use of ANDROID funded research and publications, provided that the author and ANDROID is acknowledged and correctlyMembership should also recognize Commission funding, as detailed elsewhere in this document.
  5. Membership is not remunerated.
  6. Memberships have no fixed length; either party can terminate the membership at any time, but subject to any agreement between the Secretariat (applicant) and the Member or Associate Member.

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