Welcome to ASCENT

A new project funded by the European Union aims to strengthen research and innovation capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters. The project, called ASCENT (Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Transformation), will support training, skills, leadership development, international collaboration and university-industry partnerships. It will strengthen the ability of higher education to respond to research needs in disaster resilience. It will also empower individuals and organisations with the skills, competencies and credentials needed to continue to pursue research, and to lead research at institutions, aimed at reducing the impact of disasters.

ASCENT is co-funded by an EU Erasmus+ programme grant, will run for three years and is led by the University of Huddersfield’s Global Disaster Resilience Centre, based in the UK. They are joined by a consortium of 13 European and Asian higher education institutions from the Bangladesh, Estonia, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand and the UK.

Over three years, the ASCENT consortium will identify research and innovative capacity needs across Asian higher education institutions in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand to tackle the development of societal resilience to disasters. It will develop research infrastructure, prepare researchers to undertake advanced, world-class and innovative, multi- and inter-disciplinary research, and increase international cooperation among higher education. It will also explore, promote and initiate opportunities for fruitful university / industry partnerships. In doing so, ASCENT will provide the link between the research and the public, helping to reinforce the connection between education and society.

The project was inspired by the Sendai Framework for Action 2015-2030, signed by 187 UN member states in March 2015, as a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognises that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders. The Framework identifies that international, regional, sub-regional and transboundary cooperation remains pivotal in supporting the efforts of States, their national and local authorities, as well as communities and businesses, to reduce disaster risk. The project will help support states in working towards the targets set out in the Sendai Framework, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The first phase of ASCENT will involve a detailed analysis of existing capacity for disaster resilience among higher education in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This will provide the basis for future capacity development activities.



University of Huddersfield
University of Huddersfield


Programme Countries 

University of Central Lancashire Mid Sweden University Tallinn University of Technology Lund University Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
University of 
Central Lancashire
Mid Sweden 
 Tallinn University 
of Technology
Vilnius Gediminas 
Technical University


  Asia (Partner Countries Region 6)

University of Moratuwa University of Colombo University of Ruhuna Naresuan University University of Chiang Mai University of Dhaka BRAC University
Patuakhali Science and Technology University
 University of
 University of 
 University of 
 Chiang Mai 
 University of 
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