New programme on societal security in the works

The view over Oslo approximately 30 minutes after the explosion 22 July 2012. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Research Council of Norway is in the process of establishing a new research programme on societal security. The mandate for the work programme committee has now been drawn up.

The new research programme on societal security will generate new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the risk and threats facing critical societal functions and the capacity within society to maintain and safeguard the life, health and basic needs of its citizens during events that pose major types of stressors. Important tasks will be to strengthen the overall resilience of society and improve prevention, preparedness, rescue services, crisis management and learning.

The new programme will build on the results of the Research Council’s now-concluded Programme on Societal Security and Risk (SAMRISK) and on findings from other relevant Norwegian and international research. Representatives of various public and emergency preparedness authorities as well as relevant NGOs will be invited to provide their input when designing the programme.

The Research Council will appoint a committee to draw up a complete work programme by the end of November 2012.

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