The general objectives of WP5 are:

a) Dissemination. The dissemination of ESPREssO will aim at integrating new pathways in enhancing the effectiveness and coherence among the various sectors and disciplines of the European Disaster Risk Management community. The dissemination will approach: 1) key players from European and national Civil Protection, National Platforms for DRR, UNISDR, the private sector, the press and media, and research;, 2) the public, with the aim to increase public awareness of Disaster Risk Management in Europe; 3) relevant EC services. European National Platforms in six selected countries will support the dissemination activity of ESPREssO by activating their consolidated networks (e.g. DKKV as the Germany´s National Platform has members coming from civil protection, humanitarian aid, authorities, research institutes, development cooperation, private sector). In order to take into account different European views the selection of National Platforms will cover different regions of the European Union.

b) Guidelines and Vision Paper. The preparation of final guidelines of the project coming as an output of all the activities developed in WPs1-4. The guidelines will seek to solve the conflicts inherent within the three challenges and propose a future strategy for a more effective, coordinated impact of the research and governance to decrease the effect of natural hazards at a trans-European level.

A core group formed by experts belonging to the partners and to the Advisory Board will carry out the studies needed to develop a Vision Paper on future research strategies in order to better define the research priorities following the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The key objectives are:

  • Development and implementation of a dissemination strategy for the ESPREssO results and guidelines, including information materials, policy briefs, web-tools, video casts, and building upon existing global and regional campaigns as instruments for public awareness and education on resilience.
  • Preparation and dissemination of guidelines for the 3 cross-boundary challenges, highlighting the pathways in mainstreaming and integrating the recommended actions into DRR and CCA, national and local policies, regulations, frameworks and practice in order to achieve effectiveness and coherence among the European Union in terms of DRR and resilience.
  • Preparation and dissemination of the vision on future research activities in natural hazards that account for the necessary multidisciplinary approach.
  • Enhancing National Platforms and key player´s role in disseminating information on DRR-coherence while using their existing structures to bridge the gaps between science and policy/users, CCA and DRR and in terms of trans-boundary cooperation. Furthermore, to increase the public awareness of these gaps and their possible mitigations.


Task 5.1: Communication/Dissemination strategy (Task leader: K. Cerdervall Lauta – UCPH; AMRA, GFZ, BRGM, DKKV, HUD, ETHZ) (M1-30)

A flexible dissemination strategy will be developed that considers the diversity of stakeholders and communities to be served with appropriate information and guidelines, thus taking into account the “cross-boundary” and interdisciplinary approach of the project, as indicated by the project challenges.

The dissemination of the information to the stakeholders will support the risk management capabilities of Member States through sharing of knowledge and promoting of good practices identified during the stakeholder workshops of WP1, the synthesis of innovative action identified in WP2, the user-driven development of hazard scenarios in WP3, and the analysis of the indicators in WP4.

The strategy will comprise:

1. Collecting communication requirements from stakeholders on the dissemination process (DKKV, ETHZ)

The project team members and the members of the Advisory Board will participate in the key interaction activities of WP1 (e.g. workshops) and WP3 (the RMS tool) in order to receive crucial feedback of the users’ requirements with regard to the dissemination process. This feedback will show the format of information stakeholders expect the consortium to disseminate. Producing dissemination material tailored to the users’ needs will enhance the effectiveness of communicating the ESPREssO recommendations at the organisational level.


2. Development of dissemination material (UCPH, DKKV)

  • Development of a unified ESPREssO reporting structure and communication design.
  • Project brochure providing a general overview of the projects.
  • Biannual one-page newsletters to be distributed and issued on the website informing about the progress and key results.
  • Information material on the RMS tool and the scenario will be prepared and distributed to the TTs workshops.
  • Translation of relevant material into different languages.
  • Presentation of results during conferences and relevant events.
  • Final presentation to EC level outcomes and methodologies.


3. Development of the web-portal (AMRA, UCPH)

The project is expected to create information and knowledge that can be presented in a structured manner on a web-portal. The web-portal will comprise:

  • A brief overview of the project.
  • ESPREssOVideocast section (publishing of key stakeholder statements after workshops and key ESPREssO stakeholder interactions) – the videos will simultaneously be broadcasted on the project’s Youtube channel to reach the broadest possible audience.
  • Stakeholder Feedback Section will provide the possibility for stakeholders to comment upon major ESPREssO findings, for example on incoherence issues, ESPREssO guidelines and to provide own knowledge.
  • An internal section for the project coordination and repository.
  • Social network (Twitter and Facebook) will be used in order to inform about major outcomes and activities and also to receive comments from the public.
  • Kick-off computer animation/video for the web-portal aimedat providing easy to understand information to stakeholders. The animation will be available and disseminated through social networks.
  • Online mapping providing information on the stakeholders involved in natural hazard management and their portfolios.


This task will produce D5.1, D5.2 and D5.3.


Task 5.2 Guidelines and Vision Paper on future strategies (Task leader: P. Gasparini – AMRA; GFZ, BRGM, DKKV, HUD, ETHZ, UCPH) (M13-30)

An editors group, formed by members of the project with long expertise in Risk Management (P. Gasparini, K. Cedervall Lauta and G. Grandjean), will write a draft version of Guidelines on risk management capability and will edit the Vision Paper on future strategies of research following the Sendai Framework and will edit the final version.

The former will be a 60-100 pp booklet edited by the core group with one chapter written by each partner and a final conclusion by the editors.

The latter will be a condensed document prepared by a core group formed by experts belonging to the partners and to the Advisory Board.

The outcomes of WP1, WP2 and the results of WP4 will provide the baseline for drafting the guidelines and the vision paper. These documents will be reviewed by all the partners and the Advisory Board. Their comments will be included in a second draft of the guidelines and the vision paper that will be submitted for comments to the SF. On the basis of the SF comments, a final version of the guidelines and Vision Paper will be prepared and will be the final product of ESPREssO.

The final version of the guidelines and the Vision Paper will be printed towards the end of the project and presented to the involved stakeholders during the ESPREssO Final Meeting.

The printed version will be distributed to National Platforms, civil protection authorities, research and UN organisations, National Platforms and their members, other networks and projects.

These documents will be distributed online using existing European networks.

This task will produce D 5.4 and D5.5.


Task 5.3 Assessment of societal impact and consistency with EU policies(Task leader: P. Gasparini – AMRA; UCPH) (M1-M30)

The aim of this task will be to ensure that the societal challenges (sec 5.2) are adequately addressed, with special reference to the European Union documents and policies, and the Sendai Framework.

This task will produce D 5.6 and D5.7.