European Science & Technology Advisory Group

The European Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (E-STAG) is a voluntary group of experts providing scientific and technical support to European and Central Asian countries on the implementation of the Sendai Framework - and other relevant frameworks in the EU in close collaboration with the European Commission's Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC). 



Other Contributions


  1. Contributions to the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
  2. Contributions to the development of the UNDRR Regional Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2023: Europe and Central Asia by authoring chapters, conducting ad hoc research, and making scientific contributions.
  3. Contribution to the MCR2030 Report titled ‘Flames of Change: Innovating Heat and Wildfire Governance for Inclusive Communities’.
  4. Contribution to enhancing the robustness of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism’s Wildfire Peer Review Assessment Framework, through the E-STAG publication on “Evolving nature of wildfire risk in Europe and Central Asia” and contributions to the EU Forest Strategy
  5. Participation in cross-continental collaboration with the UNDRR regional STAG for the Americas, improving communication and synergies between the two UNDRR science and technology advisory groups
  6. Contributions to the upcoming UNDRR Words Into Action guidance on the Science-Policy Society Ecosystem for DRR and the Global Assessment Report (GAR) Special Edition on drought 2024
  7. Support in representing UNDRR in webinars and international conferences.


  1. Contributions to specific sessions at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by Portugal, November 2021.  
    1. EFDRR Plenary on COVID 19 and Systemic Risks
    2. Scaling Up DRR in Civil Protection and Healthcare
    3. Resilient Infrastructure
    4. Science-Policy interface
  2. Contribution to the UNDRR Roadmap 2021-2030 endorsed by Member States in November 2021.
  3. Contribution to the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme, 2021
  4. E-STAG expert contribution to UKRI COP26 Adaptation and Resilience programme. October 2021
  5. Support to the UNDRR Office of the Americas and the Caribbean to finalise the Cultural Heritage Addendum of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign, 2021.
  6. Invited to facilitate the key theme:   Urban Disaster Risk Reduction: Strengthening Risks Fragility and Resilience for Sustainable Development, at the “Disaster Risk Reduction – Local Resilience in Europe and Central Asia, Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Demographic Considerations, Organised by: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Europe and Central Asia (UNDRR ROECA )and the Regional Secretariat for Making Cities Resilient 2030 for Europe and Central Asia Date: July 2021
  7. Representation at the Scoping Workshop on Crisis prevention, preparedness, response and resilience, European Commission , February 2021 
  8. Representation as a member of the ISC-UNDRR Expert Review Group (ERG) for the Development of a new Global Disaster Risk Reduction Research Agenda towards 2030 and beyond. 2020 – 2021
  9. Contribution to the revision of the EU strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (European Commission, Directorate General, Climate Action - 2020)
  10. Input to the discussion paper: The Bank of England 2021 biennial exploratory scenario on the financial risks from climate change (input provided in 2020)
  11. Input at the Sendai Framework National Focal Points Europe and Central  Asia meeting held in December 2020, on “Integrating Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness with DRR”
  12. Support to the Bulgarian government for the assessment of the Bulgaria Disaster Risk Strategy, performed in early 2020. 
  13. Representation as a member of the MCR2030 Regional Coordination Committee for Europe, Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) National Strategy Assessment for Bulgaria (2020)
  14. Contribution to the Hazard Information Profiles  (UNDRR, 2019/2020).
  15. Invited to be a facilitator at the International Workshop on Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies, UNDRR Global Education Training Institute (GETI), Incheon, Republic of Korea. September 2019.
  16. Representation at the Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 13-14 May 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Co-organized by UNISDR Science Technology Advisory Groups (STAG), International Science, Council (ISC), and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR


The current membership of E-STAG includes 14 national experts and 7 thematic experts, all with rich scientific, research or technical backgrounds from national platforms, science institutions, academic institutions, or technical agencies in European and Central Asia countries.

You may find the list of current members below, and download the more detailed biographies here.

National experts

LilitDr. Lilit Gevorgyan
Researcher at the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Armenian National Academy
ChristianMr. Christian Resch
Managing Director Disaster Competence Network Austria
Dr. Edouard Hosten, (MD, MSc), Emergency Medicine Physician (CHU Charleroi - ULB), PhD candidate (KU Leuven)
SvonkoDr. Zvonko Sigmund
Teaching assistant, University of Zagreb    
MyriamProf. Myriam Merad National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
ReimundProf. Reimund Schwarze Head of Climate Change and Extreme Events RG, Leipzig
AlexanderDr. Alexander Altshuler Head of the Research and Development Department at the Israel National Emergency Management Authority
 Dr. Daniela di Bucci, Senior Geologist with expertise in geohazards - International Relations and Activities Unit, Italian Civil Protection Department
Nina SerdarDr Nina Serdar
Assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering University of Montenegro, scientific-research expert in Earthquake Engineering and Seismic risk assessment
 Russian Federation
ElenaDr. Elena Arefyeva Chief researcher of the All-Russian Research Institute for Civil Defense    
BlazDr. Blaz Komac ZRC SAZU, Head of Department of Natural Hazards at the Anton Melik Geographical Institute
UrbanoDr. Urbano Fra Paleo Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura
JorgenDr. Jorgen Sparf Department of Social Sciences of the Mid Sweden University    
 United Kingdom  
MarkProf. Mark Pelling Professor in Geography at the King’s College of London

Thematic experts

Disaster Risk Management
DilanthiProf. Dilanthi Amaratunga Global Disaster Resilience Center, University of Huddersfield
Multi-hazard risk assessment, climate risk assessment
JaroslavDr. Jaroslav Mysiak Director of the Risk Assessment and Adaptation Strategies division, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change
Risk modelling, wild fires
Jean LouisDr. Jean Louis Rossi Professor and coordinator of the risk modeling research group part of the project “Fire” of the University of Corte
Data management
MassimoMr. Massimo Migliorini
LINKS Foundation, Head of Extended Reality Lab
Earth Observation & GIS
AlexanderProf. Alexander Siegmund Professor of Physical Geography and Geo Education at the Heidelberg 
University of Education and Heidelberg University
Liaison with JRC
Ian ClarkeMr Ian Clarke

Young scientists

Cecilia SkarneCecilia Skarne Delivery Consultant at 4C Strategies International (London) and representative in the UN Major Group for Youth and Children (UNMGCY). 
SigneDr. Signe Mikulane
Research associate at Institute for Building Information Modeling, Bochum University of Applied Sciences


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