Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP) 

“Multi-Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Europe”



The MIRAME IP is a 2-weeks intensive course focusing on analysis of multiple risks. The key objective of the MIRAME IP is to develop and convey to participants, methods for: hazards and vulnerability data collection/management, integration of multiple hazards scenarios, optimization of risk assessment proceduredures and, finally, analysys of different mitigation/adption strategies.

Scientific and teaching expertise of the IP partners in different specific disciplines will ensure the application of multi-disciplinary approaches to analyze multi-risk topics and the implementation of an advanced level teaching programme.

The IP partners will cover the following thematic areas: Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, civil and coastal engineering, seismicity, slope stability, spatial planning, environmental protection, hazard and risk assessment, WebGIS and WebMapping. 

For two weeks selected students have a unique opportunity to join together in a modern campus at the Centre of GeoTechnologies CGT of the University of Siena (Italy) and to study and discuss on topics like e.g.:

  • Geographical Information Systems,
  • coordinate systems,
  • GPS measurements and data processing,
  • generation and processing of digital elevation models,
  • field investigations,
  • remote sensing,
  • flood hazard analysis,
  • inundation modelling,
  • failure probabilities,
  • vulnerability and flood
  • risk assessment,
  • multiple hazards scenarios,
  • mitigation/adaptation strategies

The MIRAME IP work programme is scheduled as follows: during the first week, activities focus on basic and specific themes for risk assessment. Short theoretical lectures are followed by computer-based exercises which allow students to acquire practical know-how. An in-deep analysis of some case studies data in Italy is performed, then one/two days fieldwork is carried out in order to collect new data from these sites. During the second week, archive information and fieldwork data are processed in order to perform simulations, vulnerability analyses and risk assessments for the study areas. At the end of the IP, students, organised in groups of 3-4 persons, present the results of the implemented tasks.

One main objective achieved by the MIRAME IP is the implementation of a multidisciplinary teaching programme where different topics like geographic information systems, remote sensing, DEM analysis, GPS, inundation simulation, vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and mitigation are integrated and applied to real case studies. Such a multi-disciplinary intensive teaching programme with the direct application to real case studies can be regarded as novel within the European framework.

The IP allow also to improve the quality and to increase the volume of student and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe: about 50 students and 10 teachers moved to Italy during the first two editions of the IMARA IP. The practice-oriented programme is developed/supported by scientific-professional hardware, software and equipment in order to obtain digital databases/outputs, i.e. ICT-based content data.