The Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security (NORDRESS) had its kick-off meeting January 28-30 2015. A multidisciplinary team of more than 50 researchers and practitioners from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway were gathered at the Nordic House in Reykjavik

to embark on a 5 year project designed to enhance societal security and resilience to natural disasters. Spanning extreme weather, floods, mud slides, avalanches, and volcanic eruptions the Centre takes on studies of hazards impacting all the Nordic countries from local to trans-boundary levels.

Climres researchers Haakon Lein, Silje Aurora Andresen, Jan Ketil Rød and Gunhild Setten will contribute to studies of community resilience across Nordic countries in order to possibly identify what make us resilient within different spatial contexts and by which means. NORDRESS thus puts us in a unique position to learn, across disciplines and institutions, how communities and individuals prepare for, act during, and recover from natural disasters.

To learn more about NORDRESS, visit the Centre’s website at http://www.nordress.hi.is/