Exploring complexity and capacity at GRRN Summit 2019

Working with pioneers is one of the key tenets of the Resilience Shift, and the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) is very much a leader, providing a forum for global collaboration on resilience-building efforts.

This year’s GRRN 2nd Annual Summit takes place from 10-11 April 2019 in Freiburg, Germany, and the Resilience Shift is looking forward to attending as we are highly supportive of GRRN’s work.

For those not familiar with their story, it’s useful to remind ourselves of their aims. In 2018, some of the world’s leading universities and research organizations joined forces under the leadership of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University (Boston, USA) and Fraunhofer EMI (Freiburg, Germany), and launched the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN).

The growing complexity and interdependence of the systems we depend on, and the potential damage shocks and disruptions can cause when these systems are hit, drives the GRRN agenda to develop applicable tools and applications to increase the resilience of infrastructures and societal systems.

Together with a global audience, the GRRN will discuss key questions with stakeholders from academia, industry and society at this year’s Summit. The organizers are happy to invite all those dealing with resilience from all different kinds of perspectives to the Summit.

Benjamin Scharte, Fraunhofer EMI, explains some of the topics they aim to explore at the event. He says,

“Resilience can be understood as a way of successfully dealing with complexity by maximizing the adaptive capacity. The question is how to engineer adaptive capacity into technical as well as socio-technical systems? Especially, if you need to take phenomena like emergence, cascading effects and multiscale coupling of networks into account.”

“At the same time, research has shown that resilience stories are written by people. If we look at natural disasters, terror attacks or major accidents, it is the creativity, flexibility and talent to improvise when people find themselves in completely unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances that allows them to thrive. How can people’s capacity to deal with disruptions be strengthened?”

This year’s Summit is entitled: Solutions for Global Resilience | Baking Resilience In: Energizing Global Research for Novel Solutions, Applications, Technologies.

More information on sessions and speakers can be found here: grrnsummit.org

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