Deadline for abstract submission – June 27th, 2011
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Deadline for abstract submission – June 27th, 2011
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It is the IRDR IPO’s great pleasure to congratulate Prof. Guo and CEODE on this most special occasion. When International Council for Science, the International Social Science Council and the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction created IRDR they chose CEODE through international selection to host the IPO. CEODE’s role in the Wenchuan Earthquake and other disasters since are further examples of excellence in research, leadership, and integration. Being hosted at CEODE allows IRDR to be on the cutting edge of disaster research in China. Through partnership and collaboration with CEODE, IRDR is undertaking scientific analysis to put in place long-term projects in support of the IRDR research objectives and overall vision, while contributing to the fundamental explanations for the current rise in disaster losses. This collaboration has allowed for the formation of IRDR China that will assist in IRDR implementation. This partnership will provide methods and means to coordinate various ministries and research institutes regarding the research resources, scientific forces, major national disaster mitigation projects around China for the benefit of all Chinese people. This ambitious undertaking would not have been possible without the hard work and assistance of Prof. Guo and all of CEODE.
BEIJING—The inauguration ceremony for the IRDR International Programme Office (IRDR IPO) was held in Beijing on November 18, 2010. IRDR-IPO will be a platform for disaster risk researchers to participate in international programs and function as an impetus for closer integration and communication between research institutions and governments, according to Deliang Chen, Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
Approved in the 29th ICSU General Assembly, IRDR is a new 10-year international research programme aiming to serve the growing global needs in addressing disasters and reducing disaster risk. ICSU announced on November 13, 2009 that the IRDR IPO would be established in China, located at the Headquarters of CEODE, making it the first international office of a major science programme ever established in Asia. It will focus on scientific characterization of the hazards and risks, the understanding of decision-making in complex and changing risk contexts, and the reduction of risks and losses through knowledge-based actions. Chunli Bai, Executive Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, expressed that CAS would take up the mission to improve China’s level in major disaster monitoring, warning, prevention, and mitigation via technological innovation.
BEIJING—The Fourth Meeting of the Scientific Committee for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme took place November 15-17 in Beijing. The meeting was held to discuss the progress of the programme and lay out future plans.
The Scientific Committee is comprised of globally-distinguished researchers and scientists who provide guidance to the IRDR Programme, an international organization aimed at promoting science-based solutions to the challenges posed by natural and human-induced hazards.
The meeting included discussions on building linkages between science and the policy-making process, as well as within the scientific community itself (across disciplines). There were updates on the IRDR National Committees in Canada, China, France, Japan, and two new National Committees in the works in Germany and New Zealand. The Committee also discussed current and future partnerships. Additionally, a number of conferences and forums were planned, including the IRDR Conference in October 2011.
The fifth meeting of the Scientific Committee will be help in April 2011 in Paris.
BEIJING—A Letter of Cooperation to establish the International Programme Office of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Programme has been signed by the programme’s sponsors and Chinese counterparts. The IRDR co-sponsors—the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)—signed the agreement in Beijing in February. The China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) will provide annual financial support to the office for 10 years. The office will be located in the new headquarters of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), situated on the edge of Beijing.
BEIJING—The inaugural meeting of the Chinese National Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR-China) was held in Beijing on October 8, 2010. IRDR-China is committed to promoting a high level of international exchange and cooperation, making full use of international scientific and technological resources, and enhancing the level of disaster prevention and mitigation. The convention brought together over 40 leaders and researchers involved in this international research programme, including Prof. Congbin Fu, Vice Chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and Executive Board member of the International Council for Science—ICSU), and Donghong Cheng, Executive Secretary of CAST.
The session began with an introduction to the overall progress of the IRDR Programme by Dr. Jane E. Rovins, Executive Director of the IRDR International Programme Office. There was discussion among the participating experts over the mechanisms of the Commission’s work, a comprehensive initiative to assist IRDR implementation, methods and means to coordinate the various ministries and research institutes regarding the research resources, scientific forces, major national disaster mitigation projects, and the combination of the IRDR Programme within and outside China.
According to remarks made by Fu and Cheng, IRDR-China will make dedicated efforts to smoothly implement the programme through its cutting-edge resources in science and technology. It also would like to work with the institutes involved to strengthen exchanges and enhance coordination for further science and technology development. They added that, based upon the propositions given by the participating specialists, and the vigorous support from CAS, CAST, and other prestigious institutes in the related fields, IRDR-China will endeavor to build up a platform for international cooperation programs.