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The 2nd International workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment

Industry, Enterprise and Innovation
Date: Thursday, 14 December 2017 - Saturday, 16 December 2017

Venue: TBA  |  City: Brussels, Belgium

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in close collaboration with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce) and Colorado State University is organizing the 2nd International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment in 14-16 of December 2017.

The 1st International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience Assessment took place in Washington, DC on 19-21 of October 2016, and was organised by NIST and Colorado State University.

Interest in resilience has been rising rapidly during the last twenty years, both among policy makers and academia, as a response to increasing concern about the potential effect of shocks to individuals, civil infrastructure, regions, countries and social, economic and political institutions. The objective of the workshop is to bring together the scientific community and policy makers towards developing better policies and practices incorporating the element of resilience in various fields.

To this end, the JRC will build on the experience acquired during the JRC-EPSC annual conference "Building a Resilient Europe in a Globalised World" which took place in September 2015. This workshop was aimed at identifying strategic needs and providing an outlook of future actions policy making. 

This 2nd International Workshop that will take place in 2017 aims at building on the experience gained from these events focusing both on the high-level strategic needs and on the current scientific advances on modelling of physical, economic and social systems. The goal is to explore how these are linked in order to support resilience assessment in various dimensions.

The dimensions that will be covered by this workshop are the following:

  • Resilience of technological systems (e.g. electricity, gas, water, transport) that provide essential services to citizens during normal conditions as well as during crises.
  • Resilience of the built environment, thus civil engineering structures that need to guarantee a certain level of functionality both in terms of safety as well as in terms of business continuity and socioeconomic services that are supported by  these buildings.
  • Resilience of communities and societies to cascading effects that propagate across infrastructures and networks of infrastructures.
  • Economic and societal resilience of modern societies and communities during shocks but also to longer term adaptations.
  • Resilience of individuals, depending on social and economic contexts, as well as inter-dependency relationships between individuals and the rest of the society (being communities or national institutions) with respect to risk assessment, risk mitigation and post-crisis recovery.
  • Resilience to changes brought about by population growth, utilization requirements,  and environmental conditions.

The objectives of the workshop are the following:

  1. Bring together the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of resilience across different disciplines.
  2. Establish the dialogue between policy and research with a two-fold scope: to provide scientific advice and support for policies that incorporate the element of resilience, and to provide guidance to the scientific community on the knowledge and tools needed to support current and future policies.  
  3. Contribute towards establishing a coherent resilience assessment framework for communities and societies.
  4. Identify the constituents for measuring the resilience at various scales (local, regional, national, international) towards establishing the necessary indicators.
  5. Establish a long-standing partnership among the key actors in the area of resilience at global level that will support the continuous development of models that fit into the assessment framework and consequently the respective training curricula.


Selected papers will be published in the form of an edited, open access book available on the EU Bookshop (Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg).

Important dates

Submission of abstract (max. 500 words): 29/05/2017
Abstract acceptance notification: 26/06/2017
Full paper submission (max 8 pages): 04/09/2017
Final acceptance:  : 02/10/2017

Contact for more information

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All Dates

  • From Thursday, 14 December 2017 to Saturday, 16 December 2017

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