Centre for Crisis Psychology

Psychosocial responses to pandemic/natural disasters/climate change

The number of people affected by natural disasters each year are alarmingly high and can be expected to rise. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the whole world. The mental health consequences have been documented not only in rates of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and PTSD, but also for depression and other mental health problems.

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In Nordic countries where we live in modern welfare states, inhabitants have high expectations of being cared for, both in terms of medical and psychosocial assistance in times of crisis. Systems must be in place to provide help for affected groups to prevent them from undue suffering. This conference will discuss the challenges involved and outline how communities and states can respond and provide appropriate psychosocial help to its citizens.

The presenters at the conference have been involved in research and clinical work following various disasters in their respective countries and internationally. This conference is open to everyone who takes an interest in how we respond to the public’s psychosocial needs following disasters and climate change.

Keynote speaker and seminar leaders will be:

Keynote speaker, Robert A. Knox Professor Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health 
Keynote speaker, Professor Atle Dyregrov, Center for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen, (seminar leader)
Keynote speaker, Professor Jarle Eid, Center for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen, (seminar leader)
Keynote speaker, Professor Arna Hauksdottir, University of Iceland, (seminar leader)
Keynote speaker, Professor Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir, University of Iceland, (seminar leader)
Keynote speaker, Professor Esperanza Diaz, University of Bergen

The conference and seminar is a collaboration between Centre for Crisis Psychology and Pandemic Centre, University of Bergen, University of Iceland and NORDRESS

The conference will be held on November 17th.

Registration deadline September 01st. 2021

Program for the conference


Day 1: Open conference on psychosocial issues following natural disasters/climate change

Open for students from all professions, professionals, media, and the public

Invited presentations on the following topics:

Before lunch

  • Health and psychosocial consequences of pandemics in the Nordic countries
  • Health and psychosocial consequences of natural disasters in the Nordic countries
  • Children’s fear of pandemics and climate change

After lunch

  • A panel discussion with adolescents and professionals on psychosocial issues related to pandemics and natural disasters including climate change
  • Collective responses to environmental crises
  • Lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • What have we learned from COVID-19 that can help us address the consequences of future disasters

The conference is in English