Eelco H. Dykstra, MD
Daily Impact Emergency Management
The Netherlands

Eelco H. Dykstra, M.D. has more than 25 years of international emergency management experience in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and North America, both from a policy and practice perspective. Since his return to his native country The Netherlands, he was appointed for a 4-year term as Member on the National Advisory Board for the Environment and Infrastructure in 2012 ( and served as convenor of a European Standardization working group (CEN TC 391: Societal and Citizen Security). He also founded an international network organisation of cross-thinkers, DIEM (Daily Impact Emergency Management – In 2016, the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers in London nominated him as their 11th Brunel International Lecturer 2016-2018 to conduct an 18-month worldwide lecture series: From Risk to Resilience: Practice Made Perfect?
Eelco is known for his highly engaging and interactive presentations in which he involves audiences, for instance to prioritize his Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model™.

Presentation: From Risk to Resilience… Introducing the Nine Universal roadblocks (NUR) Model

The 11th Brunel International Lectureship 2016-2018 (Institution of Civil Engineers, London, ( was entitled: “From Risk to Resilience…” and explored how professionals from Engineering and Emergency Management could work together to foster resilience of critical infrastructures in local communities/cities.

Twenty-five interactive lectures were delivered in the UK, Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia, where DIEM’s Nine Universal Roadblocks (NUR) Model™ was introduced – and the audiences were asked to prioritize them.

We will present the NUR Model and ask also this audience to prioritize the Nine Universal Roadblocks.

In addition we can offer an insight in the results of the 1100 responses collected from people around the world so far: what did they think the priorities are in terms of roadblocks that stand in the way of strengthening the resilience of critical infrastructure in local communities/cities? And where should we start to overcome – or bypass – them?