WP 2. The Nordic Societal Security Academy (NSSA)
NSSA is the main educational and researcher mobility vehicle of NORDRESS. It provides mobility grants and funds courses or seminars for graduate students, policy makers, rescue workers, media, and others.
Researcher mobility is of central importance to strengthen relations and cooperation between researcher groups. All the research teams in NORDRESS are multinational, and all the tasks are carried out in two or more Nordic co
untries. This calls for researcher mobility in all the teams, albeit to a varying degree.
NSSA supplies on average 10 mobility grants per year to fund travel costs of team members on working missions or visiting host institutions.
Courses and seminars
The NSSA also co-funds courses/seminars on subjects relevant for societal security, that competent network partners organize and host. NSSA co-funds the cost of travel and board for participants/speakers and contributes towards the salaries of invited international experts.Each course should involve participants from at least three Nordic countries.
The organizers provide the course venue and manage the course in every respect. The courses/seminars are typically 3-5 days but may vary in length. To facilitate accreditation by different universities, where applicable, the workload of the course is measured in internationally recognized work-units, ECTS.
The courses serve researchers, not least doctoral students in the Nordic and neighboring countries, but can also target others concerned with safety, such as government officials, policy makers, disaster management teams, and media people.
Applications to the NSSA are received twice a year, on February 1st and September 1st. The NORDRESS Executive board evaluates the applications, selects courses/seminars to be funded and monitors quality.