Coordinating Research Communities
The National Science Foundation currently supports seven Extreme Events Reconnaissance / Research (EER) networks focused on geotechnical engineering, social sciences, structural engineering, nearshore research, operations and systems engineering, materials management, and interdisciplinary research. This EER ecosystem is designed to help coordinate disciplinary communities, while also encouraging cross-disciplinary information sharing and interdisciplinary integration.
These research coordination networks are helping disciplinary communities to work more effectively together and with one another. The EERs are advancing the possibility for more ethical, efficient, and comprehensive data collection. This data can then help inform decision-making and policy to ultimately reduce the harm and suffering from disasters while improving community resilience and collective wellbeing. The CONVERGE Leadership Corps brings together the principal investigators of the NSF EER’s, as well as the leaders of the NHERI facilities that support extreme events research.