Critical infrastructure Resilience Summer School 2018

VIU | July 16 – 20, 2018

In its second edition, the VIU Summer School on Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) brings together academics and professional experts to discuss an emerging topic with a pragmatic and scientific approach.

The School, led by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, explains how critical infrastructure works and fails; its cascading impact from local to global, and the strategies to use to build a resilient society.

The course will discuss the concept of CI and the EU framework, and present a series of tools and solutions for resilience. The participants will gain (i) a clear understanding of the key concepts, (ii) a methodology to apply it to their specific field/scale, and (iii) an overview of specific tools and solutions from recent applications. The course consists of a mix of theoretical knowledge, case studies/projects and hands-on exercises. The beautiful city of Venice is an ideal place that participants can use to identify a critical infrastructure, assess its risk and develop resilience strategies.

Applications via the VIU website: February 27 – March 29, 2018.


Erdem Ergin, University of Rome Tor Vergata/World Bank – Coordinator
Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Waseda University
Marcus Abrahamsson, Lund University
Jonas Johansson, Lund University
Gaetano Vivo, European Commission
Carlo Giupponi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Silvio Nocera, IUAV University
Federico Carturan, RiskApp

Course outline

The 5-day course consists of 10 modules:
M1 – Definition & role of critical infrastructure
M2 – The EU framework
M3 – Cascading impacts & ranking criticality
M4 – Risk assessment & developing scenarios
M5 – CI Resilience solutions from infrastructure, business and agriculture
M6 – Applied work: identify and assess CI
M7 – Life-cycle-based design and assessment of civil systems under multiple hazards
M8 – Critical Impacts of Climate Change on Transport Infrastructure Planning
M9 – Decision-making under uncertainty
M10 – RiskApp, presentation and logic of a cascading impact estimation software

Graduate students and working professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) with an interest in critical infrastructure issues and ability to read and write fluently in English. Advanced undergraduates will also be considered.

Application procedure and costs
Students of VIU member-universities: € 300 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities/professionals: € 600 incl. VAT.
The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in share rooms at the VIU campus, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.


Applications via the VIU website: February 27 – March 29, 2018.
Admitted candidates will be notified by April 5 2018.
Payment of the fee by April 12, 2018

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