Upcoming PSCE Webinar: Transboundary Resilience (10 June 2021)

We are happy to announce our upcoming PSCE open webinar on the topic of Transboundary Resilience taking place online on 10 June 2021 from 9.30 to 12.30 CET.



The 21st Century is the century of transboundary crises. The 2006 European blackout, the financial crisis of 2007-8, Ebola outbreaks, the wildfires of 2017 and 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic are examples of transboundary crises, ‘characterized by the potential to cross geographic and functional boundaries, jumping from one system to another’. They have shaped, and will continue to shape, social life, and they are exacerbated by the planetary climate change crisis. Poverty and inequality, strained health services, struggling economies, disrupted mobilities, extreme weather events are felt across the boundaries of countries, organisations, and communities. Transboundary crises are ‘the ultimate nightmare’ for crisis managers, because they cut across multiple domains and have multiple manifestations, escalate rapidly, and are hard to predict in onset and evolution. There are multiple actors with conflicting responsibilities, and there are no ready-made solutions. It is, therefore, important to strengthen transboundary resilience, but how? Join us at this webinar to know more and discuss!


Please note that this agenda is subject to change:

09:30 – 09:45 Introduction: Transboundary Resilience in a 21st Century of Transboundary Crises Marie Christine Bonnamour (PSCE), Anouck Adrot, Monika Büscher (PSCE), Frank Fiedrich, Eric Rigaud and Marcus Wiens
09:45 – 10:00 Transgovernmental Solutions: Insights from the 1st European Disaster Response Exercise 2016-17 (EDREX)
Simon Hollis, Swedish Defence University, Stockholm (To be confirmed)
10:00 – 10:15 Search and Rescue Project on Community Resilience, Certh, Social Science (Warsaw) and University of Hasselt (To be confirmed)
10:15 – 10:30 Q&A & Discussion
10:30 – 10:45 Transboundary Societal Resilience Kees Boersma and Robert Larruina, Vrije University of Amsterdam (To be confirmed)
10:45 – 11:00 High Reliability Organisations Principles and a ‘Culture of Preparedness’ Emery Roe, University of California, Berkeley (To be confirmed)
11:00 – 11:15 Q&A & Discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Break
What are the main opportunities and challenges for transboundary resilience from your perspective? What actions can PSCE take to support innovation?
Formation of Discussion Groups and Breakout Rooms
11:30 – 12:00 Group Discussions
12:00 – 12:30 Synthesis & Next Steps