Prof. Rajib Shaw(IRDR IPO Executive Director, Co-Chair of ASTAAG), joined with Prof. Takako Izumi (International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University) and Prof. Peijun Shi (State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Chair of ASTAAG), published new paper Perspectives of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction of Asia on International Journal of Disaster Risk Science.
Science and technology innovation has always been present in Asia, but its application in disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been differential. In Asia, globally significant hotspots of disasters and economic development have emerged in which the application of science and technology in DRR has become an essential requirement for informed decision making. Science has supported establishment and implementation of major international initiatives in DRR, including the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015. The more recent Sendai Framework for DRR 2015–2030 recognizes the importance of science and technology in all of its priority action areas, and subsequent global and regional forums and conferences have reconfirmed science and technology’s importance. To perceive and monitor the progress of science and technology in DRR, a qualitative assessment of different countries is made using three major attributes: (1) science-based decision making; (2) investment in science and technology; and (3) the intensity of science’s link to the public. This assessment exercise points out several strengths and weaknesses in science and technology application; the method can be employed to develop future multistakeholder and multidisciplinary science and technology plans at the country level. To implement regional and national activities, a set of 15 recommendations is put forward, which will strengthen the collective regional “science voice” in DRR.
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The Regional Innovation Forum-Asia was held in Bangkok, December 6th and 7th, 2016. IRDR is one of the organizers with ADRRN, OCHA, MoreImpact and UNDP. IRDR Executive Director Prof. Rajib Shaw attended this meeting.
The Asia-Pacific region is home to 40 per cent of all natural disasters and 84 per cent of people affected by natural disasters worldwide. With the region facing such a magnitude of humanitarian and development challenges, there is need for innovation and collaboration to ‘solve the unsolved’ . RIF-Asia is a creative forum for fostering multi-sectoral partnerships to “solve the unsolved” problems that are hindering disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian efforts in the Asia region. RIF will bring together local practitioners and thought leaders from countries across the region to identify and develop solutions to challenges from the field and show-case some of the region’ s key innovation practices. RIF-Asia will provide a facilitated space to develop innovative solutions to regional challenges through collaboration between partners from civil society, the private sector, government and academia. The goal is to generate specific innovation projects – and the partnerships that will bring them to reality.
Objectives of RIF-Asia:
– To provide annual platform to various business, science, civil societies, UN, and other stakeholders in the region for sharing of their innovative ideas to solve the ‘unsolved’ .
– To generate specific cross-sectoral innovation projects, which can provide evidence based solutions, as concrete outcomes from the forum.
– To seek linkages of these innovative solutions to local/national disaster risk reduction plan and policies.
4 Thematic Areas for RIF-Asia 2016:
– Localizing disaster risk reduction. How to maximize the ownership for more impact?
– Stay or relocate? Solutions for communities living with high recurrent risks.
– Safe water for all. Is filtering an only option? Addressing root causes.
– Alleviating malnutrition during disasters. Is reducing the need possible?
On Nov 30th, 2016, IRDR welcomed four new ICoEs in its scientific network!
ICoE- CCOUC for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response, located in Hong Kong, China, is proposed by Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC). It will be directed by Prof. Emily Ying Yang CHAN. This new ICoE mainly focuses on 1) climate change and health, 2) disaster risk perception, 3)human health security, 4) disaster case studies of Asian Pacific region and other relevant issue.
ICoE-Disaster Risk and Climate Extremes, located in Malaysia, is proposed by Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (SEADPRI-UKM). It will be directed by Prof. Joy Jacqueline PEREIRA. This new ICoE has a five-year scientific plan with a thematic focus on “Climate-driven Hazards – Policy Intervention and Adaptation”, where “Building Disaster Resilience in ASEAN” is a flagship.
ICoE-National Society for Earthquake Technology, located in Nepal, is proposed by National Society for Earthquake Technology-NEPAL (NSET). It will be directed by Prof. Amod Mani DIXIT. This new ICoE has key researches under SFDRR and focuses on innovative policy research, risk perception and dynamics, physical science (such as local building typologies) and so on.
ICoE-Spatial decision support for integrated DRR, located in Netherlands, is proposed by University of Twente. It will be directed by Prof. Victor G JETTEN. This new ICoE developed its science plan with topics of characterization of hazards, vulnerability and risk, understanding decision-making in complex and changing risk contexts, and reducing risk and curbing losses through knowledge-based actions.
IRDR now is a larger family with 10 NCs and 12 ICoEs. Scientific committee members wished a close cooperation inside IRDR and greater contribution to global DRR field.
Congratulations to new IRDR ICoEs!
International Training Workshop on Strengthening Science Capacities for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction, focused on Digital Belt and Road Initiative (DBAR) – Disaster Theme, opened on Nov 28th, 2016, Sanya, China at RADI Sanya Campus. (Notification before)
In the opening ceremony, Prof. GUO Huadong (Director, SDIM), Mr. HU Changyou (Deputy Secretary-General of Sanya City), Ms. FENG Kai (Deputy Director, Division of International Organization Programmes, Bureau of International Cooperation, CAS), Prof. Rajib SHAW (Executive Director, IRDR IPO) and Prof. WANG Changlin (Executive Director, ISDE) delivered the opening remarks. They stressed the important role of science and technology for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. They wished a close cooperation with all concerned stakerholders including academic institutions, NGOs and governments.
In second part of opening ceremony, Prof. CHEN Fang (Executive Deputy Director, SDIM) gave a detailed introduction to the International Training Workshop. Prof. Virginia MURRAY, Prof. JIA Gensuo, Prof. Bapon FAKHUDDIN, on behalf of lecturers, extended a warm welcome to all the students and hoped them could have great harvest in this training workshop.
After opening ceremony, Ms. FENG Kai introduced the international cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Rajib SHAW started the first class of the training workshop. His lecture is Sendai Framework, urban resilience, private sector and science and technology.
This training workshop is organized by the following organisations:
Minutes of the opening ceremony:
In 6th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, IRDR co-hosted with ICoE REAL and Periperi University the pre-event and side events, and contributed to the science technology academia stakeholder group commitments in Africa. An exciting meeting with the 12 university representatives for the future of science and technology in Africa. IRDR was represented by its ED Rajib Shaw, SC Chair Shuaib Lwasa, SC member Djillali Benouar and ICoE leader Ailsa Holloway.
The Science, Technology and Academic Communities consultative session was convened by the Periperi U (Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks) Consortium in association with the International Council of Science’s Regional Office for Africa. This pre-event on 22 November 2016 was attended by approximately 50 delegates. Those attending represented a diverse and inclusive range of disaster risk-related disciplines, professions and related practice fields, drawn from across the continent and beyond.
In this pre-event, a draft statement was released (click to download STAC statement). If you have any comments and suggestion, please kindly send to email@example.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Minutes of the event:
Event: Strengthening Science, Technology and Academic Engagement in Implementing the Yaoundé Framework in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities
Venue: InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, Mauritius, Frangipani Room 16h30–17h30, 22 November, 2016
Why this Session?
This session seeks to reflect on the role of science, technology and academic engagement in advancing DRR in Africa, underlining the need for a closer partnership between the science, technology, the academic community and civil society, as well as governmental actors. It particularly aims to foster a dialogue between these constituencies to strengthen government capacities to use science and technology in disaster risk reduction, as well as inform/sharpen the disaster risk focus of the science and technology community. It will review the challenges and potentials in the region in this respect, and aims to stimulate dialogue on making science useful to disaster risk reduction and risk management decision-making.
What will it Achieve?
The session aims to identify:
- Critical gaps and strategic opportunities for strengthened disaster risk engagement by the science, technology and academic community in Africa.
- Strategic mechanisms and vehicles for nurturing disaster risk-related science and research in Africa.
- Opportunities to strengthen partnerships between the STAC communities, civil society and governmental stake-holders at all scales.
What are the Topics?
- Physical vulnerability to geo-physical hazards in Africa’s urban areas
Professor Djillali Benouar, University of Sciences and Technologies Houari
Boumediene (USTHB), Algeria
- Applied integrated disaster risk science for managing drought in dryland areas of Uganda
Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda
- Raising risk awareness – Extreme event attribution to climate change
Dr Pete Walton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- Insights on strengthening integrated disaster risk research, science and technology from Asia and beyond
Professor Rajib Shaw, Executive Director, IRDR
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AMCDRR Thematic Session: Application of Science and Technology for DRR, which is titled as “Strengthening the contribution of Science and Technology for disaster risk reduction: Emphasizing the role of climate science, earth observation and information technologies for building resilience”, was successfully held in the afternoon of November 4, 2016, New Delhi, India.
This session aims to share the current initiatives/good practices of the involvement and contribution of science, technology and academia in DRR in the region; highlight the importance of communicating science information and the attribution of climate change to the occurrence of extreme weather events and its impacts; and so on.
The Chair of this session is Shirish Ravan (UNOOSA). Rajib Shaw (IRDR) presented “Current practices and challenges in innovation, partnership, capacity development/higher education”, with Joy Pereira (University Kebangssaan Malaysia) and Takako Izumi (Tohoku University) as contributors. Roop Kamal Singh (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre) presented “Importance of communicating science information, and the attribution of climate change to the occurrence of extreme weather events and its impacts”, with Emma Lovell (Overseas Development Institute) as contributors. Shirish Ravan(UNOOSA) presented “Role of earth observation in supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework”, with Giriraj Amarnath (IWMI), Deo Raj (ICIMOD), G S Rao (ISRO), Suhas Diwase (Disaster Management, Maharashtra State, India) and Wu Wei (NDRCC, China) as contributors. Young-Jai Lee (Dongguk University) presented “Online DRR platform for the global community of practice on resilience”, with Byung-Su Baek (Ministry of Public Safety and Security, Korea) as contributors.
There are over 60 participants. The discussion and comments are meaningful. This session would publish an outcome document very soon. Please follow IRDR website for further information.
AMCDRR Featured Event 2: Application of science and technology for prevention of new risks, was successfully held in the morning of November 4, 2016, New Delhi, India.
This event was led by Government of India and the collaborators are UNISDR Asian Science, Technology and Academia Advisory Group(ASTAAG) and Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). The Chair of this event is Dr. Arvind Panagariya (Vice Chairman of NITI Ayog).
In this event, Mr. A S Kiran Kumar introduced how science and technology applied in India. Dr. Royol Chitradon (Director of Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute Ministery of Science and Technology, Thailand) introduced the Hydroinformation Adoption in Thailand; Dr. Yang Siquan (Deputy Director General, Office of the China National Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction) introduced the early warning system, disaster response system and assessment and recovery system adopted in China; Joy Jacqueline Pereira represented Mr Zakri Abdul Hamid (Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia) introduced how science and technology applied in Malaysia. IRDR Executive Director, Prof. Rajib Shaw gave a brief introduction about IRDR and ASTAAG, presented what is need for application of science and technology, and stressed the importance of science communication and collaboration between different stakeholders and to improve the application of science and technology for prevention of new risks.
There were over 300 participants and the discussion and comments from audience are meaningful. The outcome documents of this event would be published very soon. Please follow IRDR website for further information.
Minutes of FE 2:
Call for Submission of Case Studies and Good Practices
Co-Designing Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions:
Toward Participatory Action and Communication in Science, Technology and Academia
Following the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) adopted by UN Member states on March 2015, it is essential to consider how the Science, Technology and Academic communities may adopt participatory approaches to include communities and civil society stakeholders in the co-production and realization of their DRR solutions. This work has already begun to be promoted by certain groups such as the UNISDR Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG, May 2015) during forums such as the Asia Science Technology Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (ASTCDRR, Aug 2016).
A publication, entitled “Co-designing Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions” will be prepared by ASTAAG, in collaboration with Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and other partners. This publication will:
• Consist of a range of policy briefs and think pieces
• Describe case studies and good practice about multi-stakeholder and participatory approaches to DRR
• Focus on the contributions of science, technology and academia
This publication will be launched at a conference in Hong Kong in April 2017, and disseminated at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico in May 2017.
Submissions should relate to one of two categories, which could address any of the sub-topics identified:
- DRR Action :
– Understanding disaster risk from a community perspective
– Transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approaches to understand disaster risk
– Disaster preparedness training: equipping communities to use early warning and risk mapping technologies
– Supporting disaster risk governance: stakeholder partnerships at local and sub-national levels
– Generating science-based DRR solutions in partnership with communities
– Building community-based resilience: DRR capacity building at a grassroots level
– Stakeholder roles in the review and monitoring of the Sendai Framework
- Risk Communications :
– Translating information: from evidence to policy, and policy to practice
– Communicating scientific jargon in layman language
– The role of media and technology in disseminating DRR messages
– Effective DRR: communicating messages for the community by the community
– Empowering marginalised groups to interpret and act on their risk
1. Format and Content: Submissions should be no longer than 1000 words (2 sides of A4) and should include the following information:
– Topic of submission
– Details about the initiative and key issues addressed
– Description regarding the participatory co-design process
– Details about the contribution of the science, technology or academic community
– Proposed methods to disseminate results
– Title, affiliation and contact details of the submitting individual or organisation
a. Submission Deadline 31 December 2016
b. Review Process 31 January 2017
c. Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2017
Please send your submission in MS WORD file to:firstname.lastname@example.org
IRDR organized a pre-conference event of AMCDRR–“Asia Science Technology Academia Stakeholder Group Dialogue” while mainly presenting as Science, Technology and Academic sector, on Nov 2,2016, New Delhi.
In the conference, Rajib Shaw (executive director of IRDR and co-chair of ASTAAG) gave the opening speech and reviewed the stakeholder group activities. Takako Izumi and Yuichi Ono (Tohoku University) introduced APRU activities. Joy Jacqueline Pereira (University Kebangsaan Malaysia) introduced ANCST activities. Saini Yang (Beijing Normal University) introduced IRG Programme updates. Fang Lian (communications officer of IRDR) presented the results of the survey of “Identifying priority actions for implementing SFDRR”.
After all the presentations, Prof. Vinod Sharma and Rajib Shaw host a discussion to identify short, medium and long-term actions as stakeholder commitments. Then Saini Yang gave a closing speech on behalf of Peijun Shi (Chair of ASTAAG).
There are over 50 participants for this conference. The discussion is effective and meaningful. IRDR will summary an outcome document “Statement of Actions of Science, Technology and Academia Stakeholder Group for Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016
New Delhi, India”of this conference very soon. Please follow IRDR website for further information.
The survey is still open, we welcome more responses. Please click for questionnaire.
Young Scientists Programme is opening now. Please click to join IRDR family!
Minutes of this conference:
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) calls for enhanced role of science and technology for evidence based decision-making. It also urges the need for innovation and partnership, which is linked to practise and diverse stakeholders. IRDR, with its mandate for integrated and trans-disciplinary research, would like to promote capacity building of young professionals, and encourage them to undertake innovative and needs based research which makes science-policy and science-practice linkages stronger.
- Increase awareness among young scientists about Sendai Framework implementation and provide opportunities for further engagement through the Young Scientists Program on DRR.
- Collate existing research knowledge on DRR and identify research gaps and priorities in relation to the Sendai Framework Priorities for Action
- Identify opportunities to fund continued multi-disciplinary research by young scientists and early career researchers
- Provide technical support to promising young researchers in DRR fields
- Build and foster strong and dynamic networks among worldwide experts and institutions in DRR fields
- Develop, over time, a community of high-quality young professionals that can provide support for policy making decisions related to DRR
To be an IRDR Young Scientist, following are the necessary criteria:
- Age: Less than 40 years on the date of application
- Nationality: There is no bar on nationality
- Affiliation: The candidate needs to be affiliated with an academic program (either master or doctorate) either as a student or as a young faculty.
- Research subject: The subject of research needs to be related to disaster risk reduction and its link to broader environment and development issues.
- Endorsement: must be endorsed by academic supervisor (for student) or head of the department /graduate school (for the young faculties).
- Duration: Minimum 1 year, and maximum 3 years. The applicant can make their choice, and the final decision will be made by IRDR.
Once selected, as fellow can be an “IRDR Young Scientist” for a period of maximum three years. The fellow will receive the following benefits:
- Link to IRDR network of professionals and practitioners
- Access to IRDR Scientific Committee (SC) for academic support / advice
- Participation in IRDR related training programs (there would be a different selection process for each of the training program)
- A certificate for IRDR Young Scientist upon successful completion
Responsibility of IRDR Young Scientists
- Contribute to innovative research in the field of disaster risk reduction
- Be the ambassador of IRDR in different conferences and/or social media
- Develop and contribute to networking of young professionals
- Submit a 6-month report of activities in the prescribed format of IRDR
- Acknowledge the contribution of IRDR in the academic paper, thesis etc.
There will be a selection process based on the eligibility criteria, and once finally selected by IRDR, the applicant would get a notification. The call for application is twice per year.
The applicants should submit the following materials:
- Application Form( Young Scientists Programme Application Form)
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae
- Detailed Research Plan (10 pages Maximum)
- Recommendation/Endorsement Letter from the Supervisor
- Copy of Student/Faculty ID Card
The applicants should submit the materials to email@example.com before December 31st, 2016.
As part of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU), EUROGEO has today announced two new competitions to be held in conjunction with Esri and the International Geographic Union Commission for Geographic Education. Entrants can win up to 1500 euros.
- Competition for high schools
We invite high school students (ages 15-19) with a story to tell to submit their Story Map for the competition. The story should examine how the local relates to the global. Stories can include video, photography, text, data and sounds. Find out more
- Competition for university students
University students (of all ages) are invited to share the results of research they have undertaken as part of their studies. Data should be presented in ways to help others understand the purpose of the research and its findings. Find out more
High school and college age students are invited to share their perspectives and research on topics associated with global understanding by creating story maps that examine and address the ways in which we inhabit our increasingly globalized world. The story maps you create should relate to the Key Messages of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) and be developed under one (or more) of their six themes for the year.
If you are high school student (age 15-19) with a story to tell, or a higher education student doing research in one of these areas and are interested in participating, please visit the official competition website to receive an email with instructions on how to submit your story map. The story map can be submitted in any language. However, a summary in English would be very helpful.
Official competition website
EUROGEO press release
* IYGU is IRDR’s new collaborator.
What are the impacts of warming at 1.5°C? What would 1.5°C warming mean for responding to climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty? And what kind of social science research is needed to help answer these questions?
Webinar: Mon, Oct 31, 2016 16:00 – 17:00 CET/15:00 – 16:00 UTC
Join Ioan Fazey, Bronwyn Hayward, Susi Moser, Petra Tschakert, Frank Geels and other experts from the Transformations to Sustainability community for a webinar discussion on opportunities for social science in the forthcoming Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming 1.5°C.
This webinar is hosted by the International Social Science Council’s Transformations to Sustainability programme.
It will include an overview of the latest thinking on the plans for the special report, including briefings on the key chapters with relevance for social sciences, and critical opportunities for social scientists to contribute to the report’s development. Topics to be covered include the impacts of 1.5 °C, emissions pathways consistent with 1.5 °C warming, the potential for response options (mitigation and adaptation), approaches to implementing these response options, and meeting the 1.5 °C challenge in the context of Sustainable Development Goals.
Further detailed information: ISSC webinar on IPCC 1.5C report
The Asia-Pacific region is home to 40 per cent of all natural disasters and 84 per cent of people affected by natural disasters worldwide. With the region facing such a magnitude of humanitarian and development challenges, there is need for innovation and collaboration to ‘solve the unsolved’.
RIF-Asia is a creative forum for fostering multi-sectoral partnerships to “solve the unsolved” problems that are hindering disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian efforts in the Asia region. RIF will bring together local practitioners and thought leaders from countries across the region to identify and develop solutions to challenges from the field and show-case some of the region’s key innovation practices.
RIF-Asia will provide a facilitated space to develop innovative solutions to regional challenges through collaboration between partners from civil society, the private sector, government and academia. The goal is to generate specific innovation projects – and the partnerships that will bring them to reality.
RIF-Asia is now calling for partners for the 2016 event. If your business or organization would be interested in partnering to support the Regional Innovation Forum-Asia please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Register your interest to attend RIF-Asia here:
Download the poster: RIF_Asia Call for Partners
Experts of IRDR – Prof. Joern Birkmann (University of Stuttgart, Member of the Science Committee of IRDR) and Ass. Prof. Shuaib Lwasa (Makerere University, Member and Head of the Science Committee of IRDR) – published together with colleagues from the USA and Europe a new piece in NATURE on “Boost the resilience of small- and mid-sized cities” (see Birkmann et al. 2016 in Nature vol. 537: 605-608).
For the past decades, most discussions about urban resilience have focused on large and megacities — earthquake threats to Tehran and Tokyo, and sea-level rise and flood risk to New York, Jakarta and London, for instance. However, Birkmann and co-authors’ analysis of 140 countries shows that small and medium-sized cities are highly susceptible to extreme events, especially in Africa and South Asia, where mid-sized cities are swelling faster than megacities.
Small cities lack the budgets and planning capabilities of larger ones, making their populations more vulnerable to the impacts of floods, storms and droughts. “Poor governance, uneven public investments, lack of basic social and environmental data, and corruption hamper cities’ abilities to function,” the authors write. They call on the UN to recognize this issue in its processes and for funding and goals to build the resilience of small and medium cities in the most susceptible areas.
Prof. Birkmann says: “In order to minimize human suffering, cities need to be able to anticipate, absorb, recover and learn quickly from adverse events. This requires clear priorities towards the most vulnerable and rapidly growing small- and medium-sized growing cities. “
The fastest growing cities are small and medium-sized, and there are many of them. The populations of medium and small cities around the world will rise by more than 32% (469 million people) between 2015 and 2030, compared with about 26% (203 million people) in large (big) and megacities or in other words more than two-thirds of urban population growth between 2015 and 2030 will occur in small and medium sized cities. For example, just under half (49%) of India’s 100 million new urban residents expected by 2030 will be in mid-sized cities like Agartala and Tirupati. A quarter (26%) will add to the nation’s four megacities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. The new study and comment in NATURE highlights the 15 countries where the most vulnerable urban population lives are: Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Central African Republic, Niger, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Liberia, Pakistan, Mali, Iraq, Benin, Togo and Gambia.
On the other hand, strengthening the resilience of small and mid-sized cities offers opportunities. Smaller cities are easier to manage than megacities. Risk reduction and climate change strategies embedded now can expand as cities grow. Adverse impacts of extreme events, such as impeded traffic flow and closed businesses, and the benefit of reducing those risks, through improved drainage or flood management, are felt more directly. And the coordination of and dialogues between different groups are more feasible in small cities, says the study.
Congratulations from IRDR!
IRDR adopted new Brochure since September, 2016.
The new version contains brief introduction of IRDR and IRDR network.
Any advice, please contact with email@example.com. We welcome all comments and suggestion.
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Prof. Ian Burton, former Scientific Committee member of IRDR, was awarded the Laureat d’Honneur 2016 from the International Geographical Union for his pioneering work on the understanding of disasters.
This prestigious award was established to recognize individuals who have achieved particular distinction or who have rendered outstanding service in the work of the IGU or in international geography and environmental research.
Professor Burton’s contributions to disaster risk and climate change research from a geographical perspective have made an indelible mark on several generations devoted to their study, in both the developing and developed worlds. He has been a leader in establishing theoretical frameworks and methodologies within the international area of environmental risk assessment climate, resilience adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development. His innovative contributions in disaster risk reduction and management across scales have provided clear paths for the transition from theory to practice.
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7th International Conference on Building Resilience
Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and management
Date: 27-29 November 2017
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Venue: Swissotel Nai Lert Park, Bangkok
The 7th International Conference on Building Resilience, with the theme ‘Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction and management’, is jointly organised by the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, and Chiang Mai University, University of Naresuan and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Thailand.
This conference will bring together the full diversity of the science community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the science community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
The conference will also consider ways to support integration of Sendai with the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).
Contributions are encouraged, but not limited to, the following conference themes that are based on the priorities of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030
- Understanding disaster risk
- Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
- Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
- Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction
- Inter-disciplinary themes; papers subject to double blind peer review by international scientific committee
- Accepted scientific papers will be published in Engineering Procedia Journal published by Elsevier and will be indexed in SCOPUS
- Awards for best papers and special issue linked to the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
- ANDROID Doctoral school
- Panel discussions on the ‘Words Into Action’ Implementation guides for the Sendai Framework
- Workshops on identified themes
- Keynote addresses and a Technical site visit
We welcome contributions from a wide range of scientific disciplines, and perspectives from policy and practice. In order to accommodate this wide range of expertise, and promote the development of practical, evidence based guidance, submissions are welcome in the following forms:
- Academic Presentation – Abstract and full paper submission required, subject to double blind peer review
- Policy and Practice Presentation – Abstract submission only, non-peer review
- ANDROID Doctoral School – Abstract and full paper submission required, subject to double blind peer review. For students registered at recognised Higher Education Institutes
- Poster Presentation – Abstract and poster submission only, non-peer review
You can submit an abstract at : http://www.buildresilience.org/2017/index.php/submit-an-abstract
- 12 September 2016: Abstract submission open
- 10 January 2017: Abstract submission close
- 15 February 2017: Abstracts notification
- 31 May 2017: Final paper submissions close
- June 2017: Final paper notifications sent
- July 2017: Registration opens
- 27 – 29 November 2017: Conference
Further details of the conference is available at: http://www.buildresilience.org/2017/
We look forward to receiving your submission.
Download here: FORIN Report 2016
Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) has an important new publication: Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN): a conceptual framework and guide to research. It both articulates a conceptual framework for understanding disaster risk, and codifies and presents a set of methodological principles to identify and analyse processes of risk construction.
Cite: A. Oliver-Smith, I. Alcántara-Ayala, I. Burton y A. M. Lavell (2016). Investigación Forense de Desastres (forin): un marco conceptual y guía para la investigación, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk/Instituto de Geografía, unam, pp. 104.
We are pleased share the conference outcome document of the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference on DRR held on 23-24 august 2016 in Bangkok.
The Conference brought together more than 300 senior policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and academics, civil society and the private sector in the realm of disaster risk reduction from across Asia, and more widely, to discuss how to strengthen science based DRR policy development in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia. The conference came up with recommended Actions for Science and Technology-based DRR in Asia.
This conference outcome intends to feed in to the deliberations in the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) to be held on 02-05 November 2016 in New Delhi. A high-level featured event on 04 November 2016 will be dedicated to the issues of ‘Application of Science and Technology in DRR’. Ministers and senior science policy makers from Asia are likely to deliberate on the way forward for application of science and technology-based DRR towards implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia.
We are also excited to inform you that the Science and Technology stakeholder group and the UNISDR Asian Science, Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) will continue its journey in Asia through the biennial Asian Science and Technology Conference on DRR.
The 2nd Asian Science and Technology Conference on DRR will be held in Bejing, China. We will keep you posted on all future events on this topic.
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The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction on 23-24 of August 2016 was organised by UNISDR with support from IRDR and other partners, which aims to discuss the key issues, challenges, needs and opportunities in the application of science in policy-making. The conference generated an outcome document, which consists of twelve recommended actions aligning with and contributing to the Science and Technology Roadmap.
The purpose of this survey is to collect feedback about the twelve actions from a wide range of stakeholders. The analyses of the survey will be presented at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 02-05 November 2016 in New Delhi, India. Additionally, we will make the results available through the IRDR website.
The below survey consists of 2 sections: (I) General Information (II) The twelve actions based on the 4 priority areas of the Sendai Framework.
The estimated time for completing the survey is approximately 10-15 minutes.
If you have any difficulties in interpretation of terminologies, please refer to the definitions of UNISDR on disaster risk reduction via the link: https://www.unisdr.org/partners
Thank you for your input!
Please contact Fang LIAN (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions about this survey.
1st Workshop to Strengthen Scientific Advisory Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction was successfully held at National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Bangkok, Thailand, on 25th and 26th August 2016, co-organized by ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), IRDR International Programme Office (IRDR IPO), The Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, IRDR ICoE-Taipei, and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT). (View the notification before)
Here are the agenda with all the presentation files.
- Agenda of the Workshop
- Opening session
- Session 1: Experiences from National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taipei
- Session 1: Experiences from IRDR Japan National Committee
- Session 1:Experiences from IRDR China National Committee
- Session 1: Experiences from Thailand
- Session 1: Experiences from UN-SPIDER (UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response)
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making:Bangladesh
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Fiji
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: India
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Indonesia
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Iran
- Session 2: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Malaysia
- Session 3: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Myanmar
- Session 3: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Nepal
- Session 3: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Parkistan
- Session 3: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Philippines
- Session 3: Gaps and challenges of science based decision making: Sri Lanka
- Session 5: National Science Plan: contents, development and implementation strategy
The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, Science-Policy Dialogue for Implementation of the Sendai Framework was successfully held at Bangkok, 23-24 August 2016. (View the earlier conference notification)
The Conference brought together more than 300 senior policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, academics, civil society and the private sector in the realm of disaster risk reduction from across Asia, and more widely, to discuss how to strengthen science based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy development in support of the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia.
The Conference reached an Outcome Document draft for consultation including twelve recommended actions aligning with and contributing to the global “Science and Technology Roadmap”. Please follow up our IRDR website, we will post the actions very soon and welcome your comments.
2. Mr Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), UNISDR
3. Rajib Shaw, IRDR Executive Director
4.The participants sponsored by IRDR
This publication is developed by a group of individuals from the Asia Science Technology AcademiaAdvisory Group (ASTAAG) with support from researchers, scientists from different countries. A call for submission was made for case studies on application of science and technology for disaster risk reduction.
A total of 28 case studies on 13 countries and 4 cross cutting cases were submitted. The publication is supported by Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Programme Office (IPO) and Future Earth Research project on Integrated Risk Governance. This publication is not the official voice of
any country or any United Nations organization. The analysis presented in this publication is of the author (s) mentioned for each country.
International Training Workshop on “Strengthening Science Capacities for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction”will be held at Sanya, Hainan, China, on 27th November – 3rd December, 2016.
In response to the needs of developing countries along Belt and Road in disaster risk reduction to tackle the natural and human-induced environmental disaster, “Digital Belt and Road” Initiative (DBAR), jointly with Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Programme Office (IPO), IRDR China National Committee (IRDR CHINA), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) and CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM) will conduct international research program (DBAR-Disaster) to strengthen science capacities for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction under the Digital Belt and Road Initiative. Consequently, the International Training Workshop on Strengthening Science Capacities for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction is organized. With the objective of strengthening national research capacities to enable informed decision-making in different aspects of disaster risk reduction, the workshop will provide a scientific and practical guide on DRR to the participants from developing countries along Belt and Road.
This workshop is also supported by: International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO, ICSU World Data System (WDS), and Hainan Key Laboratory of Earth Observation.
The 1st Workshop to Strengthen Scientific Advisory Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction will be held at National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Bangkok, Thailand, on 25th and 26th August 2016. The co-organizers of the workshop are International Council of Science (ICSU), ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP), IRDR International Programme Office (IRDR IPO), The Academy of Science located in Taipei and IRDR ICoE-Taipei and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT).
The workshop aims at strengthening scientific advisory capacities on disaster risk management in countries, and supporting the interface between IRDR and policy platforms in charge of disaster risk reduction. There would be a series of two workshops at the initial part of the collaboration among the co-organizers mentioned above. While the first workshop will be a reconnaissance workshop to understand science policy gaps in some selected countries in Asia-Pacific region, the second workshop would aim to develop the Science Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction in the respective country, with specific target to implement Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
The first workshop would discuss the essentials of science plan for disaster risk reduction, and encourage the participants to focus on the development of a framework for their respective science plan, to be presented for finalization in the second workshop in Taipei.
International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with NASAC and the ISSC, will support 10 research projects across Africa to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge that will help develop new urban paradigms in Africa and make African cities more resilient, adaptable and healthier. With the impending adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, later this year, it is imperative to ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of this Agenda. This is the first call of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
The goal of the call is to better understand inter-relationships between energy systems, air pollution, health impacts and provision of health services, climate adaptation opportunities, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment in Africa. The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus and that clearly indicate the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of the research project.
Applicants should have no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.
The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET).
Submission of pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online form available. Please carefully read the call for pre-proposals with key requirements before submitting your pre-proposal. For more information on how to apply, please see this page.
IRDR Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA) has created one online survey to help identify coverage (and gaps) in high priority RIA elements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, enabling better co-ordination of our communities to address these priorities. Please check this survey online http://bit.ly/24URgiC and provide your response! The deadline is July 30th 2016.
The 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand 7-9th of September, 2016. The vibrant annual international Building Resilience Conference series brings together researchers, educators and industry practitioners involved in natural hazards and disaster resilience across the globe, providing participants with a strong platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, disciplinary reflections, institutional exchange and collective growth.
The 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016, with the theme “Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected” is proudly organized jointly by the University of Auckland’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction, and the Construction Management Groups at Massey University and the University of Auckland. The Building Resilience Conference is an annual international conference exploring resilience as a useful framework of analysis for how society can cope with the threat of natural and human induced hazards. This is the sixth event in the Building Resilience Conference series and follows on from previous successful events.
IRDR Scientific Committee members S.H.M. Fakhruddin and Virginia Murray will present papers. If you are interested in this conference, please check the website http://buildresilience2016.nz/
In the past 17 months, the IRDR network was well represented in the preparatory work and actual proceedings in Sendai. IRDR scientists provided a good deal of information about the role of science and technology in general, as well as IRDR’s own specific role in the implementation of the framework that was to be agreed upon. This took place as part of the ICSU Scientific community moblization at the ICSU booth in Sendai.
IRDR representatives were also panelists at side events such as the one organized by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. The present Chair of the IRDR Scientific Committe gave a talk on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disaster Risk Management; Linking Science to Policy and Practice; IRDR’s role. IRDR’s Centre of Excellence in Africa, IcoE-REAL or ’PeriPeri U.’, also organized a capacity building event during the Conference.
Two leaders of IRDR’s FORIN project made a presentation of the forthcoming second version of FORIN within the IRDR session at Sendai. One then also participated in a presentation on the Role of Higher-Education Institutions in Latin America.
The Sendai Framework that resulted is a landmark international framework calling for a shift from managing disasters to managing risks. This requires a more holistic approach to risks and a stronger focus on risk-creation processes, and presents opportunities to approach disaster risk reduction (DRR) as an integral part of sustainable development with more of the results of scientific research and technology brought to bear.
For further information, please download IRDR Annual Report 2015.
ICSU is hiring a Science Officer!
Vacancy: Science Officer (ICSU Latin America/Caribbean)
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador.
Closing date: July 29th, 2016.
Interviews will be held the first two weeks of August. Depending on the candidates’ country of residence, interviews could be held at ICSU ROLAC offices in El Salvador or via Skype.
Position begins: Mid-August, 2016.
Salary: Around $4,500 USD net per month (before income tax , dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate).
Reporting to the Regional Director, the Science Officer assists with the scoping, planning and implementing of ICSU’s initiatives. He or she liaises with the ICSU family and regional scientific organizations with the aim of establishing short-term and long-term collaborations. She or he presents activities proposals for receiving funding and reports the activities of the Office.
- Produces reports, reviews and plans for on-going initiatives. Coordinates and/or gives scientific orientation on the work in ICSU ROLAC’s priority areas Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Energy, Biodiversity and Mathematics Education and supports their Steering Committees. Prepares the Annual Business Plan of ICSU ROLAC according with ICSU Strategic Plan and the directives of the ICSU ROLAC Director. Prepares documents and meeting materials.
- Prepares proposals for funding agencies to obtain grants for ICSU ROLAC activities, and elaborates the corresponding intermediate and final reports. Performs, as necessary, other duties (including simple daily tasks) required by the Director of ICSU ROLAC.
- Liaise with ICSU Headquarters, ICSU Regional Offices, ICSU Interdisciplinary Bodies and ICSU Members. Identifies and liaise with relevant scientific organizations in the region. Helps create scientific networks in the areas of DRR and SE in the LAC region, intended to provide expert opinion on current crucial issues for policy-makers. Builds relationships with scientists and other stakeholders, both formally and informally, at an international level. Facilitates people working together, provides encouragement and gets meetings to work. Solves diplomatic issues. Comes up with solutions to challenges. Edits the Annual Report of ICSU ROLAC and assists developing outreach and PR materials, such as research reports and articles.
- Represents ICSU ROLAC at local and international events and promotes its activities.
Education: PhD in Science
Expertise: Natural or social science discipline, management
Skills: Required: MS Office. Google Apps for Business. Electronic databases and websites. Presentation skills. A+: Project Management Experience.
Experience: 5-10 years international science management environment.
Languages: English: Educated native proficiency. Spanish: Educated native proficiency. An additional language would be a plus.
Applicants are requested to address the above description and qualifications in a cover letter and attach their curriculum vitae with the name, contact details and recommendation letter of three referees from the work field of the solicitant. Applications (preferably in one combined PDF file), should be sent via email with ‘Science Officer’ in the subject line to email@example.com. This should be addressed to Prof. Manuel Limonta, Director ICSU ROLAC.
Only selected candidates will be contacted. Candidates called in for an interview are encouraged to thoroughly review ICSU´s website, particularly the section corresponding to the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, Science-Policy Dialogue for Implementation of the Sendai Framework will be held at Bangkok, 23-24 August 2016. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 heralds a shift from managing disasters to managing risks. The Sendai Framework calls for “Academia, scientific and research entities and networks to: focus on the disaster risk factors and scenarios, and support the interface between policy and science for decision-making.” The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction provides an opportunity to generate a more dynamic and enduring interchange between science and policy. IRDR is one of co-sponsors of this meaningful conference. For the agenda of the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, please click 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction. For registration information, please download the form Registration Form-2016. Questions regarding this conference or registration should be directed to Mr. Surachai Srisa-ard (Nong), UNISDR-Asia and Pacific, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel office: +66-2-288-1779
As part of its mission to support integrated, solutions-oriented science globally, the International Council for Science (ICSU) has signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for a 5 million euro programme to strengthen research capacity for sustainability in Africa.
The programme will provide two-year collaborative research grants with a thematic focus on global environmental change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable energy, human health and well-being in urban environments and related nexus issues. The programme will also promote the integration of gender and poverty reduction concerns. Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, as one of ICSU’s co-sponsored international research programmes, will work with Future Earth, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment to provide an overall thematic framing for the programme’s activities.
The programme, which ends in December 2020, will be delivered by ICSU in conjunction with its Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA)based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) based in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) based in Paris, France.
By providing support for integrated research projects on global sustainability across Africa, the programme seeks to develop the potential of next-generation scientists in Africa in production and communication of policy-relevant knowledge.
The grants are intended to support integrated and solutions-oriented research by reaching across disciplines, and engaging with other knowledge partners (e.g. civil society, policy makers, and private sector). The grants are expected to foster research collaboration among early-career scientists in Africa, with an emphasis on researchers based in low income countries. Two Africa-based institutions, NASAC and ICSU-ROA, will manage the research funding scheme.
Activities will also include training for early career scientists on co-design and co-production, science communication and science advice to governments. The training will be delivered by ISSC.
It is an important priority for the programme to reach a broad range of audiences, ranging from the scientific community to policymakers and the public at large. The knowledge generated by the programme will also inform policy processes such as the Agenda 2063 of the African Union, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Annual events will be organized to promote scientific exchange and provide opportunities for South-South and North-South research collaboration. Outstanding early career scientists will also have opportunities for career development through participation in international scientific committees and conferences, working groups, and inter-governmental policy processes.
An advisory committee will be appointed in June 2016. This committee will include natural and social scientists from Africa, stakeholder representatives and leadership representatives of all partners involved. The committee will meet every year to define the programme’s scientific strategy, make research funding decisions based on review of research proposals and agree on the development of the programme.
The first call for pre-proposals will be launched in the second half of 2016 through partners’ websites. Representatives of successful pre-proposals will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research to be held during fall of 2016. Following the training, participants will be given two months to develop full proposals, which will be peer-reviewed. Based on the review, the programme advisory committee will make research funding decisions to be announced in the beginning of 2017.
- Prof. Mostapha Bousmina, President of NASAC:
This programme will provide science academies in Africa an opportunity to engage more closely with young scientists, who have a direct impact on the research landscape of the continent. It will also support contextually relevant research with a global view for the benefit of future generations
- Cheryl de la Rey, member of ICSU Executive Board, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa:
The success of Agenda 2063 – Africa’s long-term development strategy is reliant on a step change in our approaches to development. Truly integrated, transdisciplinary research that bridges social and natural sciences offers enormous potential for African development, particularly, when we recognise that such research must take seriously the need for engagement between the scientific community and stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors to encourage scientific innovation and address policy needs.
- Prof Samuel Babatunde-Agbola, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Chair of the ICSU Regional Committee for Africa
This new initiative is important because it will promote integrated, collaborative and solutions-oriented research involving African natural and social scientists, with a view to supporting and tapping into regional coalitions of academic/research institutions, policy makers and other stakeholders as well as support structures. This will help to generate contextually appropriate and relevant knowledge required to achieve the African sustainable development agenda.
- Alberto Martinelli, President of the ISSC:
“The LIRA 2030 programme is a welcome addition to promote and strengthen inter- and transdisciplinary science in Africa. There is a great demand on all sciences, natural and social, to address the complex , integrative problems facing society and an urgency to do so in partnership with other societal partners. This research programme will provide early career African scientists with excellent opportunities for building collaborative research networks working on solutions-oriented science”.
Resource from ICSU http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/top-news/icsu-signs-a-five-year-agreement-with-sida-to-support-integrated-science-in-africa, slightly edited.
The 7th Annual Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2016), entitled “Disasters and Development: Towards a Risk Aware Society” with focus on “Natural Hazards and Disasters, Water and Climate Change” will be held in the historical city of Isfahan, Iran from October 1- 4, 2016. In collaboration with IDRiM, the 2016 conference is organized and hosted by IRDR Iran National Committee (the Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association) in collaboration with multiple national and international organizations.
IDRiM 2016 builds on the strength of its predecessor conferences, and features a broad scope of topics and partners. The conference also aims to bring the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action forward followed by the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the next few years. Earthquakes, Floods, Water,Climate change, and their multi-fold linkages with natural hazards, risk and disasters will be discussed in this conference. The conference therefore, intends to reflect how theory and implementation can make a difference to the future of dealing with disasters worldwide.
IDRiM 2016 conference focuses on papers and sessions under the main themes including: Resilient Societies, Cities and Infrastructures, Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development,Climate Change and Environment, Risk Governance Frameworks for Disaster Risk Management, Integrated Disaster Risk Management,Economic Loss Estimation,Disaster Insurance, and Disaster Response.Also sub-themes have been selected and will be presented under the main theme headings as follows below. The event has special emphasis on implementation oriented panel discussions, parallel sessions, and oral/ poster presentations as well as the Young Scientists Session (YSS).
— Resource from http://www.idrim2016.com/Congress/UIPanel/Index, slightly edited.
Note: Iran National Committee Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Established May 19, 2015, Approved June 1, 2015 by IRDR Science Committee. More information about IRDR National Committees, please click here: http://www.irdrinternational.org/about/structure/ncs-and-rcs/
Rajib Shaw, Executive Director of IRDR.
Previously, Shaw was a Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan. He has extensive experience in disaster risk reduction (DRR) research and has worked closely with local communities, NGOs, governments and international organizations in Asia. His research expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He is the editor of a book series on disaster risk reduction, published by Springer, and is Co-chair of UN ISDR’s Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). Shaw has published extensively in scientific journals and books.
“We are delighted to welcome Rajib Shaw to lead the programme office of IRDR. Under his leadership, the programme will move to a new phase fostering an integrated approach to disaster science and strengthen its impacts on policy and practice. His appointment is especially timely as it coincides with a thorough review of the programme,” said Heide Hackmann, Executive Director of the International Council for Science, co-sponsor of the programme.
“We congratulate Rajib Shaw on his appointment and we look forward to working closely with him to make IRDR a success. As disasters and their impacts continue to increase around the world, we need to bring together scientists across disciplines, policy-makers and practitioners, bring DRR into development planning and shift focus from response to risk management and risk prevention. This is the major focus of IRDR. Shaw’s experience in bridging science to policy, capacity development and implementation will be a major asset.” Shuaib Lwasa, Chair of the Science Committee of IRDR, added.
About Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is a decade-long, interdisciplinary research programme sponsored by ICSU in partnership with the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR). It is a global initiative seeking to address the challenges brought by natural hazard events, mitigate their impacts, and improve related policy-making mechanisms. http://www.irdrinternational.
IRDR ICoE on Vulnerability and Resilience Metricsis is co-organizing a workshop on the dynamics of risk and vulnerability with the University of Salzburg, EURAC Research and UNU-EHS. This workshop will be held at University of Salzburg, from Wednesday, 21. September (late afternoon) to Friday, 23. September 2016 (mid afternoon). The thematic scope of this INQUMUS workshop is on scenarios relevant for assessments of risk and vulnerabilities. Data gaps regarding the environmental and socioeconomic drivers of risk and vulnerability combined with methodological challenges hamper the development of such scenarios.
The workshop currently calls for abstracts. Interested participants should send an abstract (max 400 words). discussing the following issues:
Motivation for application and relevance to guiding questions listed above
Methods applied in scenario development
Achievements and challenges
Scientific merit and insights
Note: IRDR International Centres of Excellence (ICoEs), established through the IRDR Scientific Committee (SC) and the relevant National Committee (NC), will provide regional and research foci for the IRDR programme. ICoE research programmes will embody an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction that directly contributes to the ICSU/IRDR Science Plan for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and its objectives, as well as the IRDR Strategic Plan (2013-2017).
IRDR Science Committee Vice-Chair Irasema Alcántara-Ayala has been awarded the 2016 Sergey Soloviev Medal for her contribution to the basic knowledge of natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of disasters in developing countries.
Dr. Alcántara-Ayala is an outstanding expert in natural hazard and risk assessment, with knowledge spanning from mass movement processes, landslide occurrences and hazards to vulnerability, disaster risks and prevention of disasters. Dr. Alcántara-Ayala’s research has consistently been of very high quality. Her paper ‘Geomorphology, natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of natural disasters in developing countries’ is one of the influential articles in the field, being widely cited and extensively used by the scientific community and decision makers.
Dr. Alcántara-Ayala’s research focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean region that are especially important given the exposure of our vulnerable societies to a series of natural hazards and the yet incipient implementation of strategies of disaster risk reduction and management.
Moreover, Dr. Alcántara-Ayala devotes herself to combine natural science with social science approaches. She utilizes the analysis of social vulnerability and integrated research methods on disaster risk to help in understanding the generic and specific impact of physical hazards on society. Her efforts not only improve our understanding of natural hazards from a natural scientific point of view, but also raise social awareness about the importance and the need for implementing disaster risk reduction strategies based on the understanding of root causes.
“The Soloviev Medal (since 1996) has been established by the Session on Natural Hazards (NH) in recognition of the scientific achievement of Sergey Soloviev. It is reserved for scientists for their exceptional contributions to natural hazards, in particular, for their research aiming at an improvement of our knowledge of basic principles as well as for the assessment and proper mitigation of hazards in view of environmental protection and the integrity of human life and socio-economic systems.” — European Geosciences Union Sergey Soloviev Medal
Resource is from European Geosciences Union, edited as needed.
From 27-29 January 2016, UNISDR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SENDAI FRAMEWORK FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION 2015-2030 was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference successfully launched the Science and Technology Partnership, and crystallized an agenda for the science and policy community to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
Each session from the conference and its related concept papers are reflected in Reflections on a Science and Technology Agenda for 21st Century Disaster Risk Reduction Based on the Scientific Content of the 2016 UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 by Aitsi-Selmi, A., V. Murray, C. Wannous, C. Dickinson, D. Johnston, A. Kawasaki, A.-S. Stevance, T. Yeung.
A shorter Progress Report article of two pages is also enclosed: Global Community of Disaster Risk Reduction Scientists and Decision Makers Endorse a Science and Technology Partnership to Support the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 by C. Dickinson, Aitsi-Selmi, A., P. Basasbe, C. Wannous, V. Murray.
A number of concrete recommendations came out of the conference and include:
1) Need for formal ‘‘national DRR science-policy councils/platforms’’ or a form of national focal points for science to support disaster risk reduction and management plans identified. Focal points could include platforms or chief scientific advisors function.
2) Focusing more attention on understanding the root causes and underlying risk factors of disaster risk including inter-linkages between DRR, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ensuring DRR is mainstreamed into other sectors, policies, and strategies. A call for an evidence-based review of risk assessment and its implementation was made.
3) Conducting a periodic review of knowledge needs, new science (including implementation science), and research gaps. More effort is needed to work out how to achieve this and ensure avoiding duplication of effort.
4) Using the expanding S&T evidence base to support capacity building and ensure that capacity development for disaster risk management is interdisciplinary, shared across international boundaries, and demand-driven.
5) Leveraging science for DRR through innovative schemes that are long-term and provide opportunities to enhance the dialogue between decision makers and researchers through interdisciplinary and participatory networks to ensure integrated disaster risk governance.
6) Supporting integrated and holistic approaches to the use of S&T for DRR that reflect the wide scope of the Sendai Framework, which applies to disasters caused by natural or human-made hazards, as well as environmental, technological, and biological hazards.
7) Enhancing the role of social science in the multidisciplinary effort to understand behavior and decision making in DRR and the role of the wider societal context in disaster risk creation and reduction, and incorporating key markers of socioeconomic vulnerability.
8) Supporting open access, multi-hazard data platforms and standardized approaches and tools to map and use of data and scenarios that make science sensible to decision makers and the general public.
9) Using participatory approaches for communities to work together to co-produce risk knowledge, define options, and support evidence-based decision making. Users must be included in the earliest stages of developing research and technology, including through improved dialogues with citizen groups, involvement of local and national universities and institutions, young scientists, and the use of indigenous knowledge.
10) Documenting and analyzing the effects of disasters and DRR interventions, including ethical implications of scientific research.
11) Strengthening DRR science-policy and cross-sectoral dialogues to facilitate risk assessments, post disaster reviews, data sharing, and decision making.
12) Producing guidelines for evidence-based risk assessments and their implementation to support the practical application of risk assessment.
Bapon (shm) Fakhruddin, member of IRDR’s Scientific Committee, gave a public talk to the University of Auckland on “End-to-End-to-End Early Warning System.” For more information, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51WyzzmjDAg
TWAS Affiliated Membership 2016 Nominations/Applications Form
(to be typewritten in English)
Kindly read the information overleaf prior to completing the form.
- A candidate can be proposed by a TWAS Fellow, an Associate Fellow or individual candidates should submit their own application.
- The candidates must be 40 years old or less by January 1sty 2016.
- The attached nomination form is to be completed in all its parts.
- The deadline for receipt of forms is March 15st 2016.
- Complete forms and enquiries should be directed to: email@example.com
- Nominations must be submitted in the following format: aff_SURNAME_initial, eg aff_SILVA_m.doc
- Only those Young Scientists who have attained high international standard and have made significant contributions to the advancement of science will be considered as a candidate for TWAS Affiliated Members.
- The nomination for TWAS Affiliated Membership is a distinction and recognition for Talented Young Scientists who have their origin in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- The TWAS Affiliated Member may participate in TWAS meetings and seminars promoted by TWAS / TWAS ROLAC, we expect that he/she collaborates with scientific information to TWAS ROLAC website, and contribute to the development of the scientific community in the Region.
- The Affiliated membership will be for a period of 5 (five) years non- renewable.
- In In cases of omission, decisions will be made by the designated committee, and will be final.
- To ensure geographical balance, the Committee will avoid nominating more than one candidate from the same country, but respecting the quality of the CVs, independently of the country.
Please download the application form here: twas affiliated member Nom_FORM_2016
Prof. Dr. Jörn Birkmann, director of the Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, University of Stuttgart and member of the IRDR (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk) Science Committee presented together with colleagues from the UN University and the Alliance Development Works the WorldRiskReport and the latest results of the WorldRiskIndex. The high level event that took place at the German House in New York on 26 February 2016 was attended by more than 100 diplomats, UN officials and scientists. It was hosted by H.E. Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany and H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh.
The World Risk Index (see http://www.uni-stuttgart.de/ireus/Internationales/WorldRiskIndex/) developed and calculated by Prof. Birkmann and Dr. Welle from the University of Stuttgart, evaluates the exposure to natural hazards faced by 171 countries and assesses the inherent vulnerability in the countries towards suffering from impacts when facing these hazards
The index shows that Vanuatu is the country with the highest disaster risk (Index value: 36.72) among the 171 countries covered by the World Risk Index 2015. Tonga ranked 2nd (Index value: 28.45) and the Philippines, ranked 3rd (Index value: 27.98). Whereas Tonga shows an increase in the lack of adaptive capacities, the Philippines have managed to slightly reduce their lack of adaptive capacities and susceptibility.
Thus, one can conclude from the results of the WorldRiskIndex that the conventional classification of countries into least developed, middle income and high income countries is not sufficiently applicable anymore for risk reduction and adaptation strategies that have been agreed upon in Sendai (Sendai Framework) and the COP 21 in Paris in 2015. For implementing the Sendai and Paris agreements, we need to better account for similarities of countries in terms of hazard exposure and vulnerability profiles said Prof. Birkmann during the event.
Moreover, Dr. Garschagen from the UN University stressed that the report clearly shows that hunger and food insecurity have negative effects on disaster risks and that disasters might increase food insecurity. Floods or cyclone events, for example, often do not only destroy harvests and granaries; they also destroy transportation infrastructure and lifelines, which hampers the provision of supplies to crisis regions. Not only do disasters often have devastating consequences for a country’s food situation but food insecurity conversely also raises disaster risk.
To read more about the key results of the WorldRiskIndex, visit the following website www.uni-stuttgart.de/ireus/Internationales/WorldRiskIndex/
The full report can be downloaded at World Risk Report 2015.
More information about the science base of the WorldRiskIndex can be found in the following peer-reviewed journal papers:
Welle, T. and Birkmann, J. (2015) The World Risk Index, in: Journal of Extreme Events (JOEE), Vol. 2, No. 1 – see: http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/joee or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joern_Birkmann2/publications
Birkmann, J. and Welle, T. (2015) Assessing the risk of loss and damage: exposure, vulnerability and risk to climate related hazards for different country classifications, in: International Journal of Global Warming, Vol 8, No. 2 /2015(DOI 10.1504/IJGW.2015.071963
– see http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=IJGW or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joern_Birkmann2/publications
Mr. Jo Scheuer, Director / Chief of Profession Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Programme
Professor Jörn Birkmann, Director, Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, University of Stuttgart
H.E. Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh
H.E. Ambassador Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany
Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director, Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Dr. Matthias Garschagen, Head of Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning, United Nations University, UNU-EHS
Mr. Peter Mucke, Director of Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, Germany, and Managing Director of the World Risk Report
The team preparing the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is issuing an open call for science briefs to members of the global sustainable development community. The GSDR is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.
With the establishment of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2012, Governments have created an entry point for scientists across the world to be heard at the highest levels of the United Nations. The call for science briefs – concise, factual, peer reviewed, open access contributions from scientists and researchers that highlight issues, research findings or solutions – is a unique opportunity to bring scientific issues to the attention of policy makers. The briefs will inform the ongoing work on emerging issues in preparation for the Global Sustainable Development Report. All briefs that meet the requirements set out in the call will be made available on the GSDR website.
The deadline for briefs is 18 February, but submissions will also be accepted after that date. The 2016 call in all 6 UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese) is available at the following website: https://
Integrated Science for Sendai Framework Implementation
This Issue Brief was prepared for the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, to be held the 27-29 January 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. It was prepared by Mark Pelling, Amy Donovan and Emma Visman of the IRDR International Centre of Excellence – Risk Information to Action, hosted by King’s College London.
Implementation of the Sendai Framework will benefit from a broad but clear understanding of the range of knowledge services science can provide. The science and technology communities are diverse and dynamic. The need for some knowledge services is well established in policy and practice – for example monitoring and evaluation and technical risk assessments, though gaps in application remain; other services, such as decision analysis or risk root cause analysis are only beginning to be developed and applied. Despite our growing understanding of risk, losses increase. This supports ongoing calls for science to be evaluated, and re-organised to enter a new level of conversation with policy, practice and those at risk. Policy and practice actors also have to reflect on their relationship with science if the breadth of science-action relationships, from service to critical friend and catalyst, are to be valued and fostered. This is Sendai’s call to science and science users. Read the full Issue Brief here.