Disaster Research Days 2020 (DRD2020)

from October 12, 2020 to October 13, 2020

Science and research play an essential role in preventing disasters. The transfer of scientific knowledge into practice, as well as the common discourse with expert representatives from authorities, emergency organizations and the economy are crucial in order to be optimally prepared for challenges in the prevention and management of disasters. https://www.dcna.at/index.php/en/home.html

The Disaster Research Days 2020 support this dialogue and the networking between the individual scientific disciplines and departments in disaster management. The conference will take place from October 12 to 13, 2020 at the University of Innsbruck and include the following highlights:

  • International keynote lectures (well-known representatives of the EU Commission and the United Nations)
  • Specialist lectures in own breakout sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Research Marketplace library
  • Evening reception by the state of Tyrol

Registration for the event can be done here.

Call for Abstracts

You would like to submit a contribution for the Disaster Research Days 2020 in Innsbruck:   The most interesting and high-quality contributions will be included in the conference program as an oral presentation. The other authors are invited to present their contribution during the poster session. [Nbsp] The extended abstract comprises two pages with tables and illustrations and can be written in both German and English.


Main topics:

  • Geological risks and disasters: mass movements, avalanches and earthquakes
  • Extreme weather events (heavy rain, heat, forest fires, late frost, hail, storms)
  • Hydrological catastrophe events (floods)
  • Risk governance, community resilience and crisis psychology
  • Technology assessment in the context of climate change
  • Natural hazards and their effects on the protection of critical infrastructure


  • Data management before / during / after the disaster event (acquisition, monitoring, simulation, modeling)
  • Classification, standardization and event documentation
  • Consideration of historical events or near accidents
  • Hazard and risk assessment, risk and emergency management, industry risk analysis
  • Risk reduction (land use and spatial planning, technical measures, nature-based solutions)
  • Risk and crisis communication, legal ethics
  • Crowd-sensing and involvement of the population
  • Improvement of the functionality of protective structures and critical infrastructure
  • Optimization of operational and supply logistics

Editorial board:

  • Barbara Juen (University of Innsbruck)
  • Harald Raupenstrauch (Montanuniversität Leoben)
  • Harald Rieder (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
  • Josef Schneider (Graz University of Technology)
  • Christian Zangerl (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

Time schedule:

  • 01.01.2020 to 31.03.2020: submission period of the abstracts
  • Until end of June 2020: reviewer period
  • July / August 2020: Paper selection for conference program or poster session

Authors from the submitted extended abstracts are invited to publish their contribution as a full paper in a scientific magazine as a "Special Issue".

Positiv evaluated abstracts will be published in conference proceedings.

You can register for the event and submit a contribution
here. Detailed instructions for submission can be found here.


Conference program

The conference program is still in preparation. As soon as the speakers have been chosen, it will be published here.


You can register using the ConfTool tool at the following link::


Die Teilnahmegebühren sind wie folgt:

2-Day pass: 350 € (250 € for DCNA members)

1-Day pass: 250 € (150 € for DCNA members)

0 € for students and speakers

For further questions we are available per E-Mail.
Published on November 27, 2020

Practical informations


University of Innsbruck Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck
Universitätshauptgebäude, 1. Obergeschoß