The first meeting of the partners in CARISMAND Project (Culture And RISk management in Man-made And Natural Disasters) took place in Groningen, the Netherlands on 8-9 October.

CARISMAND is devoted to the role of culture and risk management in natural and manmade disasters. The project studies issues related to the level of preparedness, types of reactions in case of disasters, post-event recovery, and the role of the individual and group cultural characteristics in these issues. Religion, traditions, cultural leaders, and media are only some elements of the varied effect which CARISMAND is studying.

The project aim is to provide disaster practitioners working with the population practical guidelines in accordance with the local cultural specifics.

CARISMAND receives funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. It is coordinated by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

During the meeting the partners discussed and approved a number of items including project plan, and outlined dissemination and evaluation strategies and criteria.

The Dissemination and Communication Strategy is being developed by the team of LIBRe Foundation and is directly related to the rest of our team’s activities within the project such as organisation of public events and project website development.

More information will be available on CARISMAND’s website which is expected to be released in the beginning of 2016.