The second steering committee meeting of the ASCENT project was held on October 17th to 21st 2016 in Manchester. The meeting was attended by 34 representatives of the programme and partner countries institutions and the Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities as the associated partner.

In the meeting, the institutional reports from each of the Asian partner and the national reports on research and innovation capacity analysis was presented and discussed. Complementing the report was the statistical analysis of the baseline survey result. The information collected from these reports provided the participants with important information required for the preparation of the future training plan.

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New EU Project Aims to Reduce Impact of Disasters

Over 30 experts from across Europe and Asia are meeting today, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to launch a new project funded by the European Union to strengthen research and innovation capacity for the development of societal resilience to disasters. The four-day meeting will conclude on Thursday 17th March, and will provide a basis for a three year workplan.

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 of €994,000.00, 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. 

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