International Summer School On Disaster Management - 2017

The 2017 International Summer School on Disaster Management in Arcalia, Romania was held from the 21st of August until the 27th of August. Throughout one week the participants have gained theoretical knowledge and practical skills regarding the emergency response operations at regional, national, European and global level. 


Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering - Research Institute for Sustainability and Disaster Management based on High Performance Computing (ISUMADECIP)


National University of Public Services, Hungary

Department for Emergency Situations within the Ministry of Internal Affairs

CLEMS – ECO-Innovation Cluster for Sustainable Environment

APELL National Center for Disaster Management Foundation CN APELL – RO

S.C. ICPE Bistrita S.A.

During the first 3 days of the summer school the participants have received lectures on disaster risk management (theory & concepts), disaster response management and coordination, and disaster environment, while the last days were dedicated to a civil protection exercise, where the trainees have set up a Base of Operations and have received different assignments in the field.

The trainees were also involved in several group exercises, which were great teambuilding opportunities for the students. The students took part in exercises to learn the necessary pre-mission conditions in order to be deployed in a country affected by disaster.

After several group works during the firts 4 days, the trainees received the scenario for the field exercise. The exercise lasted 48 hours. After setting up the Base of Operations (BoO), the teams have received assignments in the field to provide disaster assistance in the affected country. At the end of the exercise, there was the handover between the teams deployed in the country affected by disaster and the new teams coming to replace them. After that they packed their Base of Operations and left for their homes. On the last day of the summer school, the participants have had debates and discussions on the summer school activities, followed by conclusions and closing ceremony.

The theoretical classes were given by lecturers from the two partner universities and by disaster management experts from Finland, Hungary and Romania. The field exercise was facilitated by specilists experienced in international missions.












See also the:

Organising Committee and the Program Committee.

Trainers: Invited lecturers from the international civil protection system

Director of the Summer School: Prof. Eng. Alexandru Ozunu, PhD.


Disaster risk management - Theory & Concepts

Disaster response management and coordination

Disaster environment

The role of civil society in emergency situations

Exercise design and preparation

Exercise in field (48 hours exercise with tents and Base of Operations)

Minimum Requirements:

In order to apply for the Summer School, you must provide the following:

  • Registration form in word format
  • CV in English
  • Certificate to prove you are a student/employee
  • Letter of recommendation from an expert in the field/teacher



The summer school will involve outdoor activities (2 nights in tents) and therefore you are kindly asked to have proper equipment (boots, warm clothes, tents, sleeping bags). The language of the summer school is English.

The summer school is assigned 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.



The participation fee (excluding transportation) will be 100 EUR (or equivalent in lei). Transportation costs will be covered by the participants.

The participation fee can be paid to the following registration link by 17th of August 2017



Submission deadline: 30 June 2017 (via e-mail at

Evaluation period: 1-14 July 2017

Results: 17 July 2017


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