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Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR), School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle

Callaghan, NSW
Australia

Outline
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems.

The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) comprises the following areas of international research strength:

  • Modelling of deterioration of steel, reinforced concrete structures,
  • Performance, durability and reliability of structural masonry,
  • Probabilistic terrorism risk assessment,
  • Structural response to explosive blast loading,
  • Security risk assessment and infrastructure protection,
  • Corrosion of cast iron bridge piers in marine environments,
  • Long-term corrosion of steel reinforcement in marine concrete structures
  • Energy performance of buildings and building materials,
  • Risk-based assessment of climate change adaptation strategies,
  • Influence of natural and man-made hazards on infrastructure risk and safety,
  • Risk-based decision-making,
  • Structural reliability and risk assessment of complex systems, and
  • Life-cycle and sustainability issues for new materials, buildings and infrastructure.
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability comprises twelve academic and research staff. In the past five years CIPAR staff have published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and obtained over $8 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council and industry. This places CIPAR at the forefront of international research in structural and reliability engineering.

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Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

Queensland
Australia

Outline
While USC was initially established as primarily a regional teaching university for undergraduates, it is now evolving into a targeted research university.
The recent appointment of Professor Roland De Marco as USC's first Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, underlined the university's commitment to supporting excellence in research. Three Research Centres now exist as focal points at USC: GeneCology Research Centre; Forest Industries Research Centre; and Sustainability Research Centre. Additionally, several other research clusters or themes have developed and new ones are emerging. Through these focal points, USC maintains research collaborations worldwide with a strong emphasis in the Asian-Pacific region. USC has recently enhanced its research profile through the recruitment of outstanding researchers and up-to-date infrastructure. The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was formalised as one of the University of the Sunshine Coast's flagship research concentrations in September 2007. In 2012 the SRC was also designated as a Tier 1 Research Centre, one of only three in the university. Within the past year, the SRC has made two critical research-based hires in geosciences (Professors Patrick Nunn and Roy C. Sidle) to increase its visibility and profile in biophysical sciences to complement the strong faculty counterpart in social sciences. The SRC has the capacity to attract top-level Honours students from various faculties and support post graduate students as well as Research Fellows. The SRC offer both undergraduate majors and minors in Sustainability and a Ph.D. by research in Sustainability. The core focus of the sustainability educational programs aligns with the social, behavioural, biophysical, and economic sciences. In addressing concerns of society and the environment, this important transdisciplinary research area offers a broad spectrum of opportunity.

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Queensland University of Technology

Brisbane
Australia

Outline

We are a team of academics who are actively engaged in research, teaching, and professional service across sub-disciplines of civil engineering.

We have strong connections to the community of practising civil engineers, as well as leadership roles within the international academic community.

Our researchers are involved in cutting-edge research programs, topics and projects across all of our sub-disciplines.


Our research has made significant contributions to QUT's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.

We received a 4 (above world standard) in environmental engineering, and a 3 (at world standard) for civil engineering.


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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, (IIASA)

Laxenburg
Austria

Outline
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria.

Founded in 1972, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizationsin Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.



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Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Dhaka
Bangladesh

Outline
Bangladesh is predominantly a floodplain country where water is key to socio-economic development and sustainability of the eco-system.
Flood, drought, cyclone, river erosion, siltation, and water scarcity in dry season have made water management a challenging task. The gradual degradation of the environment due to human interventions is adding further complexities to water management. To address these issues, the Institute of Flood Control and Drainage Research was established in 1974 and later renamed as the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) in 2002. The Institute pursues research and capacity development in the field of water and flood. management that is vital for economic development and social prosperity of the country. The Institute also provides advisory and consultancy services to government and non-government organizations. Please see here for more about the institute.

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Department of Disaster Science and Management (DSM), Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Dhaka

Dhaka
Bangladesh

Outline
According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 336 natural disasters and 234 technological disasters were reported worldwide in 2011 only. One trillion dollars have been lost in the last decade due to disasters and one million people killed. Disasters directly affect business performance and undermine longer-term competitiveness and sustainability........
The geographical location, land characteristics, multiplicity of rivers and the monsoon climate render Bangladesh highly vulnerable to natural hazards. The coastal morphology of Bangladesh influences the impact of natural hazards on the area. Particularly in the southwestern area, natural hazards increase the vulnerability of the coastal dwellers and slow down the social and economic development. Moreover, climate change and human induced hazards add a new dimension to community risk and vulnerability. Humanitarian implementation plan (2012) shows that Bangladesh loss about 6188 lives and have to suffer 550 $ million economic loss due to only natural disasters. Global Assessment Report (2011) published by UNISDR reveals that Bangladesh is in 1st and 6th position in terms of vulnerability of flood and cyclone respectively. Recently GERMANWATCH shows that Bangladesh is in 2nd position in Climate Change Vulnerability Index. So it has no denying that our motherland is in a great risk of disasters. As of late, the world is giving more emphasize on disaster risk reduction through strengthening preparedness and mitigation measures over response and recovery activities. This is known as paradigm shift. There exists a saying if we spend 1$ for disaster risk reduction we can save 10 $ equivalent cost in during and post disaster situation. So Bangladesh is also giving more concentration to make the nation resilient through disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
Bangladesh is world renowned for disaster management. Its main reason is the development of capacities among people through living with disasters over years and already developed indigenous knowledge. But if we can integrate science based knowledge with existing endowed knowledge the comprehensive disaster management system will be more effective and fruitful. To fulfill this goal, Dhaka University, the highest echelon of academic excellence in Bangladesh, established a new department named Disaster Science and Management (DSM) under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2012. The main objective of this department is to represent it worldwide as a research hub in the field of both hazard science and disaster management.

Newly established DSM maintains a vibrant academic environment encompassing a rich library with good collections and two laboratories. All the computers are installed by licensed ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine software in Geo-Information Lab. This lab has the facilities of interpretation of aerial photos and some multihazard risk assessment software as well. The Geophysical and Geo-technical Hazard Risk Assessment Labs are equipped with most efficient equipment like PS logging, 48-channel Seismometer, Microtremor Instruments, Consolidation (Oedometer), Direct Shear Test instrument, Total Station etc. While all teachers and students can use the broadband and Wi Fi Internet facilities, the department uses Multimedia Projector in the classrooms and in laboratorie



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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Western University

Ontario
Canada

Outline
While USC was initially established as primarily a regional teaching university for undergraduates, it is now evolving into a targeted research university.
The recent appointment of Professor Roland De Marco as USC's first Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, underlined the university's commitment to supporting excellence in research. Three Research Centres now exist as focal points at USC: GeneCology Research Centre; Forest Industries Research Centre; and Sustainability Research Centre. Additionally, several other research clusters or themes have developed and new ones are emerging. Through these focal points, USC maintains research collaborations worldwide with a strong emphasis in the Asian-Pacific region. USC has recently enhanced its research profile through the recruitment of outstanding researchers and up-to-date infrastructure. The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was formalised as one of the University of the Sunshine Coast's flagship research concentrations in September 2007. In 2012 the SRC was also designated as a Tier 1 Research Centre, one of only three in the university. Within the past year, the SRC has made two critical research-based hires in geosciences (Professors Patrick Nunn and Roy C. Sidle) to increase its visibility and profile in biophysical sciences to complement the strong faculty counterpart in social sciences. The SRC has the capacity to attract top-level Honours students from various faculties and support post graduate students as well as Research Fellows. The SRC offer both undergraduate majors and minors in Sustainability and a Ph.D. by research in Sustainability. The core focus of the sustainability educational programs aligns with the social, behavioural, biophysical, and economic sciences. In addressing concerns of society and the environment, this important transdisciplinary research area offers a broad spectrum of opportunity.

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Center of Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEP), Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
The Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology, was founded in 2009. The current director of CEEP-BIT, Prof. Yi-Ming Wei, established a CAS-CNPC Joint Center for Energy and Environmental Policy in 2006, and held the founding director..

The core research team then joined BIT and kept on contributing to research, education and international communication in the fields of energy and environmental policy.According to the statistical analysis from RePEc in June,2015,CEEP-BIT ranks 45, top 10% institutions in the field of Environmental Economics at IDEAS(http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.env.html), and ranks 52,top 10% institutions in the field of Energy Economics at IDEAS (http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.ene.html).

CEEP-BIT conducts researches on energy economics, climate policy and environmental management armed with qualitative and quantitative tools, aiming to provide scientific basis for public and private decisions in strategy planning and management that needed to cope with China's increasing demand for energy as well as the challenges of adapting to and mitigating climate change. CEEP also serves as a professional education center and a platform for international exchange in the area of energy and environmental policy research.

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Integrated Risk Governance Project (IRG-Project), State Key Lab of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology (ESPRE), Beijing Normal University

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
The State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology (Beijing Normal University) is an applied geology and ecology research laboratory.

The State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology of BNU focuses on studying the semi-arid grassland and the transitional zone between the pastoral and agricultural areas in northern China and the coastal areas. It deems sustainable ecosystem management and restoration of degraded ecosystems as the overall target while it strives to advance resource ecology research and dynamic modeling of ecosystems at multiple scales. The Laboratory conducts experiments and studies by integrating multiple disciplines to explore the geographical processes and the rational use of renewable natural resources. To date, it has established four major research themes including earth surface processes, resource ecology, earth surface system modeling and simulation, and sustainable regional development modeling. The goal is to provide technical support for the prevention and control of land degradation and restoration of degraded ecosystems in ecologically fragile regions. The objective also is to build the Laboratory into a research center and education base that specializes in earth surface processes and resource ecology, with important international influence and status. The Laboratory is headed by Professor Peijun Shi. The Director of the Academic Committee is Academician Zhisheng An.


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Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Beijing
P.R. China

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The Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) was founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2003.

ITP aims to better understand the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and its climate and environmental changes, as well as enhance sustainable development in the region.


ITP has three campuses in Lhasa, Beijing and Kunming, respectively. It also operates the Tibetan Observation and Research Platform (TORP), which comprises five field stations on the Tibetan Plateau. They are: the Namco Monitoring and Research Station for Multispheric Interactions; the Southeast Tibet Observation and Research Station for the Alpine Environment; the Qomolangma Atmospheric and Environmental Observation and Research Station; the Muztagh Ata Westerly Observation and Research Station; and the Ngari Desert Observation and Research Station. These facilities make long-term, continuous observations of geophysical, atmospheric and tectonic phenomena to understand land surface processes and environmental changes on the Tibetan Plateau. In addition, ITP has a field network to monitor persistent organic pollutants, one to study stable isotopes in precipitation, and a seismic network to study the deep structure of the Earth and seismicity across the Tibetan Plateau.



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Beijing National Earth Observatory, Institute of Geophysics
China Earthquake Administration (CEA)

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
Beijing National Earth Observatory (NEOBJI) is managed by the Institute of Geophysics (IGP), China Earthquake Administration (CEA), which is an important field arm of IGP and having held a leading role in earthquake and multi-disciplinary geophysical observation in China for many years.

NEOBJI has a long glorious history.

YEAR_1930. The first seismic station in mainland China, which was installed by Chinese seismologists in 1930. After the Wiechert seismograph and Galitzin-Willip seismograph were deployed, the first seismograph was recorded on Sept.30, 1930.

YEAR_1930 to YEAR_1937. 2427 earthquakes were recorded. Bulletins and observation reports were published monthly and the data were exchanged with seismological agencies all over the world, which makes NEOBJT as a landmark of the modern seismological observation in China.

YEAR_1957. Renamed as Beijing Observatory, and obtained earthquake waveform data since June.1, 1957, with the installed 513-type mid-strong seismometer. The geomagnetism records was first obtained in 1957.

YEAR_1982. A 202m-depth cave for geophysical observation was completed with total inner length of 317.5m.

Year_1982 to Year_2010. Seismometers, a gravimeter, and tilt-meters were installed in the cave, while geo-magnetometers and instruments for water level were installed in the yard and down in boreholes.

YEAR_1984. Be awarded the "International Earth Observation Centenary" Silver Medal by IAGA in recognition of the outstanding contribution in Geomagnetic Observation.

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State Key Laboratory of Geo-hazards Prevention and Geo-environment Protection(SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology

Cheng Du of SiChuan Province
P. R. China

Outline
The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Southwest China. With dozens of years of history, in 1989 it was approved as a state professional laboratory by the State Development Planning Commission and the State Education Commission, established for the state key discipline "Geological Engineering" in Chengdu University of Technology (originally Chengdu College of Geology).

It was recognized as the Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province by the local government in 2001. And one year later, it was developed as the State Key Laboratory Base, which was under the joint construction of Ministry of Science and Technology and Sichuan Province. In 2003, it became Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Land and Resources. Upgraded to a State Key Laboratory by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2007, SKLGP now is an exclusive laboratory in the field of geohazard prevention in China. The present director of SKLGP academic committee is Academician Wang Sijing from Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Professor Huang Runqiu is in charge of the laboratory.

Targeted at the applied basic research of geohazard prevention and geoenvironment protection, SKLGP provides theories and technologies for natural disaster prevention and the state major projects. With its orientation, SKLGP integrates the generation background, forming mechanism, early identification, monitoring and early warning of serious geological disasters, which are either induced by nature or human activities, as well as the theories and methods of project management, forming a first-tier research centre, which combines applied basic research, the development and promotion of advanced technologies, the education of talents with international communication and cooperation, in a comprehensive way to support the national objective of geohazard prevention and geoenvironment protection theoretically and technologically.

With 60 years of state key discipline "geological engineering" development in Chengdu University of Technology, four research directions have been established in SKLGP under the combination of discipline frontier and key problems. They are: 1) serious geohazard assessment and prevention, 2) crossfeed action between human activities and geoenvironment and disaster control, 3) regional geoenvironment evaluation and protection, 4) geohazard monitoring and early warning and geoinformation systems.

In recent ten years, SKLGP has conducted nearly 1200 national and provincial research projects, solving series of theoretical and technological obstacles in geohazard prevention and major state projects. The research subjects involves geoenvironment protection and geohazard prevention, water resources and hydropower development, highway, railway, civil aviation airport construction, urban subway and development of high-rise building, etc. Through the implementation of the research projects, excellent results have been achieved: 3 first prizes and 2 second prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award, 1 prize of China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, 1 prize of Gold Medal of National Patent Achievement. And over 60 projects were awarded at ministerial or provincial level. More than 50 monographs and text books and over 3000 papers have been published in home and abroad. The total economic benefits of the projects have reached billions of yuan.


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Key Laboratory of Coastal Disaster and Defence (KLCDD), Hohai University

Nanjing
P. R.China

Outline
The Key Laboratory of Coastal Disaster and Defence (KLCDD) at Hohai University was founded by Ministry of Education, China in 2005, and consequently passed the government assessment in 2008.

The laboratory operates on the policy that the director takes the full responsibility of administration under the supervision of academic committee, and it heavily relies on broader national and international collaborations for cross-disciplinary integrations. The main objective of the KLCDD is to explore and develop new ideas, new approaches and new technologies for making the coastal environments more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards and human induced threats.

The research activities in the KLCDD are mainly related to coastal disaster and defence, including the mechanisms of generation and development, prediction methods and warning systems, reduction and protection technologies, and evaluation and management of coastal disaster. The laboratory has particular interests in the areas of sea level rise and its impact, formation and propagation of storm surge and tsunami, saltwater intrusion in estuary, warning technology of storm surge, coastal dynamics of disaster process and its induced sediment transport, prediction of change of environmental factors in coast and estuary, design criteria of protection engineering, innovative technologies for protection engineering, damage assessment and recovery measures of protection engineering, the impact evaluation of coastal disaster on ecological environment and social economy and countermeasures


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Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (DMR)
Sichuan University - The Hong Kong Politechnic University


P. R. China

Outline

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Sichuan University jointly set up China's first "Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction" (IDMR) after two deadly earthquakes struck the province in five years.

The Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction was jointly established this month by Polytechnic University and Sichuan University to support the province's reconstruction and development.

The Institute is first of its kind on " disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and disaster reconstruction" on Chinese Mainland..

The IDMR is situated at SCU Jiang An Campus. It covers an area of 20,000 square meters and encompasses six laboratories and one disaster data base and resource center.

  1. Disaster Nursing Laboratory
  2. Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory
  3. Physiotherapy Laboratory
  4. Occupational Therapy Laboratory
  5. Disaster Psychological Recovery Laboratory
  6. Disaster Social Work Laboratory
  7. Disaster Data base and Resource Center
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College of Engineering, Ocean University of China

Qingdao
P. R. China

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College of Engineering was founded in 1993, whose predecessor is Department of Ocean Engineering established in1983. It is a domestic well-known engineering faculty with distinctive feature of Ocean Engineering.
In recent years, aiming at academic excellence and benefiting society, our college has made remarkable achievements in disciplinary development, education, research and social service. As one of the most dynamic colleges, we are striving for prosperous future in conformity with national mid-long development planning.

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College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University (SCU)

Chengdu
P.R. China

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The predecessor of College of Architecture and Environment is referred to as School of Urban Construction and Environmental Protection, which was approved by the Ministry of Education in 1988.

The college now consists of four departments: Department of Mechanics& Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Science& Engineering and Department of Architecture.

Up to now, the college has integrated various disciplines including engineering mechanics, civil engineering, environmental science, architecture, planning and garden engineering. It's characterized by its strong strength of technology& engineering combined with humanity, science with art, research with practice and teaching with innovation. It serves as an international frontrunner in scientific research, and also endeavours to boost local economic development in social services. With 4 Doctor's degree authorization centres of first-level discipline, 7 Master's degree authorization centres of first-level discipline, 3 Professional Master's degree authorization centres and 10 Undergraduate degree programmes, the college has become a well-known fostering base for highly specialized talents in engineering mechanics, civil engineering, architecture, environmental protection, etc. In more than 20 years, the college has delivered more than 1550 graduates of PhD and master degree and over 6000 undergraduates. A number of the graduates have developed into leaders of their fields and backbones of enterprises and public institutions.

The running principle of the college is "scholarship-based, teaching-led self-discipline and social commitment for bigger accomplishment with serenity of mind". The aim of the college is to cultivate a pool of talents with independent thinking and innovative spirits; teaching staff with academic enthusiasm, enriched mind and exemplary behaviour; a scholar group with distinctive characteristics, close synergy and significant influence. It will grasp every opportunity to accelerate the healthy, harmonious and sustainable development of the college. We sincerely invite students and outstanding scholars from all over the world to study or teach here. The members of the college are striving to construct a world-class academic institution, together with friends from all sectors of the society.

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State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering (SKLH), Sichuan University

Chengdu
P. R. China

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Authorized by National Planning Board (NPB) in May 1988, the State Key Laboratory of Hydraulics and Mountain River Engineering became the first approved State Key Laboratory in hydraulic engineering field.

Since 1952, the discipline of Hydraulics and River Dynamics has been selected as the key construction disciplines in Sichuan University, and then it was selected for the first batch of doctoral program in China in 1981 before it was approved firstly as the state key disciplines of hydraulics in China in 1988. Furthermore, it is approved as the first batch of Chang Jiang Scholars Program in 1998. Then, in 2000 hydraulic engineering discipline becomes the first-level discipline awarding doctoral degree. Moreover, in 2005, basing on the laboratory, the construction of the 1985 Project" Technology Innovation Class I platform was approved by the Ministry of Education. Up to now, the Laboratory has three state key disciplines (Hydraulics and River Dynamics, Geotechnical Engineering and Solid Mechanics), three first-level disciplines awarding doctoral degree (Hydraulic Engineering, Mechanics, Environmental Science and Engineering) and three doctoral programs (Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Ecology).


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China Research Center for Emergency Management, Wuhan University of Technology

Hubei Province
P. R. China

Outline
China Research Center for Emergency Management of Wuhan University of Technology(hereinafter referred to as The center) was established in December 2005. Its predecessor is Crisis and Disaster Research Center of Wuhan University of Technology. It is the first research institution engaging in public security and emergency management during domestic colleges and Universities. In October 2007, Hubei Provincial Department of Education formally approved The Center to construct and operate as

"The Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences of Universities of Hubei Province"; In 2004, authorized by the People's Government of Hubei Province, " Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Early Warning and Emergency Response Technology " was established by the uinon of 28 government functional departments, cities, universities, research institutes and large enterprises.

The members of scientific research team of The Center come from University of South Australia, City University of Hong Kong, University of Science & Technology of China, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Technology and other well-known colleges and universities. With more than 700 square meters of research site and 2,000 square meters of Visualized Simulation and Analog Laboratory, more than 3,000 copies of professional books, journals and scientific material to meet the needs of scientific research, personnel training and social services, etc., The Center has the abundant power and superior conditions for scientific research.

On the basis of national demand, The Center conducts the identification, description, formation and evolution mechanism, development trend analysis and potential risk degree evaluation, precautionary measures and emergency management, the theory of strategic decision, methods and key supporting technologies research of unconventional and non-traditional security problem, and devote to create an international leading, multi-interdisciplinary and innovative research base of public safety and emergency management. According to the medium and long term development plan (2006-2020) of Wuhan University of Technology, as the key research base of Hubei Province, the "Crisis and Disaster Research Center for Emergency Management of Hubei Province" will be constructed into the National Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Science , by gathering the internal and external dominant resources of university.


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Universidad de los Andes

Bogotá
Colombia

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Universidad de los Andes is an autonomous, independent, and innovative institution that fosters pluralism, tolerance, and respect for ideas. It aims for academic excellence while providing rigorous critical and ethical character development, in order to enhance in all students the awareness of their social and citizenship responsibilities, as well as a firm commitment to the society.

The university's student body, in an environment of interdisciplinary and flexible integral character development, becomes the chief agent of the educational process. A highly skilled, knowledgeable, and prestigious faculty facilitates the development of an outstanding academic and professional life project that supports research, contributes to the development of the country, and transcends its geographical boundaries.


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National Unit for Disaster Risk Management in Colombia (NGRD), (Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres de Colombia-UNGRD)

Bogota
Colombia

Outline
We are the unit that directs, guides and coordinates Risk Management Disaster in Colombia, strengthening the capacities of public, private, community organizations and society in general, with the explicit purpose of contributing to improving the quality of life of people and sustainable development through knowledge risk reduction and management of disasters associated with natural phenomena, socio-natural, technological and human unintentional.

It is expected, by 2017 the Unit will have achieved empower national and international authorities, public or private entities and society in general about their responsibility for managing disaster risk is concerned, promoting social participation in monitoring institutional performance, promoting optimal use of technology in the field and significantly reducing risk conditions, loss of lives and costs associated with disasters.

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