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‘Young Researchers Award’ to debut at the 2nd Annual Global Resilience Research Network Summit in Freiburg, Germany

An inaugural summit hosted by the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University in March 2018 marked the official launch of the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN), bringing together leading resilience experts from 20 major universities and research institutions from 14 countries.

At the summit, powerful stories were shared by distinguished practitioners from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America, including: Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Former Head of Aceh-Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency in Indonesia; William Evans, the (then) City of Boston Police Commissioner; Albrecht Broemme, President of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief; Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Manchester, UK; and Ed Emmett, the (then) CEO of Harris County, TX.

Each leader shared their experience of having been on the front lines of managing some of the 21st century’s most catastrophic disasters: The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, the 2013 European floods, the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing, and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. The theme of the inaugural event was: Solutions for Global Resilience – Thriving, Not Just Surviving.

GRRN YOUNG RESEARCHERS AWARDThis year’s summit (Baking Resilience In: Energizing Global Research for Novel Solutions, Applications, Technologies) will be hosted by Fraunhofer EMI, an institute of Europe’s largest organization for applied research: the Fraunhofer Society. The Summit will take place in Freiburg, Germany from April 10-11 and will incorporate a new feature: the “GRRN Young Researchers Award.”

This new Award has been designed to recognize excellent and innovative work and ideas in the broad field of resilience conducted by the most promising young researchers. The Network is proud to support the efforts of its young members by raising awareness for their work, and to acknowledge their contribution to the interdisciplinary research field of resilience. All young scientists working in the broad field of resilience research are encouraged to apply for the GRRN Young Researchers Award.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • You are a researcher at a member organization of GRRN or any other organization with a solid track record in resilience research with respect to adverse events like terrorism, natural disasters, technical disasters etc.
  • You are currently working on your PhD or a comparable scientific project, the ideas and results of which you wish to discuss with some of the world’s leading resilience researchers.
  • You submit your application no later than January 31, 2019.

For more information about the application, selection process, and award, click the graphic above or download the PDF here.

The 2019 Summit will build upon the successful launch of the GRRN in 2018 and will bring together many of the world’s top academic, applied research, public policy and industry experts to exchange the latest ideas and solutions for informing and advancing resilience on multiple scales. GRI looks forward to participating and continuing to drive the mission of the GRRN forward: Devising novel approaches for responding to the growing array of shocks and protracted disruptions through close collaboration amongst researchers, policymakers and practitioners worldwide.

To register for the 2019 GRRN Summit, visit To learn more about the Inaugural Summit visit