The Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) partners from around the world are preparing to travel to Freiburg, Germany next week for engaging presentations and discussions focused on innovating solutions for resilience. The theme of this year’s GRRN Summit is Baking Resilience In: Engineering Global Research for Novel Solutions, Applications and Technologies. Hosted by the Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), the summit will be held from April 9-11, 2019 in Germany’s Black Forest. The event will bring together many of the world’s leading academic, applied research, public policy and industry experts to explore emerging research and solutions for advancing resilience across sectors and scales. Panelists and keynote speakers represent diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. Themes to be explored at the Summit include engineering resilient infrastructure for hyperconnected systems and adaptive governance frameworks in dynamic landscapes.
Since GRRN’s inaugural summit at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston in March 2018, 10 new partner institutions have officially joined the network, bringing the network to 26 official partner organizations in 16 countries. New international partners added over the past year are: Cuba’s Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez and the Universidad de la Habana, India’s National Institute of Urban Affairs, Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, France’s Université de Technologie de Troyes, and the University of the Bahamas. New partners in the U.S. are Texas Tech University, the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience at the University of Hawaii Mānoa, and the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. Most recently, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has partnered with GRRN. The APL at Johns Hopkins is the nation’s largest university-affiliated research center, providing U.S. government agencies with deep expertise in specialized fields to support national priorities and technology development programs.
In addition to having substantially expanded our network, we are celebrating many GRRN accomplishments in the past year, including: over 50 research project teams organized within Lynx Net, our online collaboration and networking tool for GRRN members, 22 research exchange visits among network partners, 5 collaborative peer-reviewed publications and white papers, and 9 new proposals for multi-institutional program development. The Summit is an opportunity to share updates within our network about emerging research and collaborations for implementing resilient solutions.
We are looking forward to the next phase of enhancing our network and supporting members in accelerating resilient solutions. Focusing on enhancing resilience—the capacity to withstand, recover from, and adapt to sudden shocks and major societal disruptions– unifies researchers and practitioners focused on different disciplines, sectors, and scales. Innovating resilient solutions for complex social, technical, and environmental challenges will require integration of multiple perspectives and local expertise, making our global network of partners indispensable to devising and implementing scalable solutions. We can’t wait to come together in-person and continue the conversation about GRRN’s future!
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