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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

Outline
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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Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University


Alexandria
Egypt

Outline
Faculty of Engineering was established at the University of King Fuad I (Cairo) in the beginning of the academic year 1942-1941.

Its branch in Alexandria for the preparatory class was in Arts and Crafts school at ElShatbi. A year later, a decree of establishing the University of King Farouk I was issued and this section became the starting point of Faculty of Engineering.

Studying began in the Faculty in the academic year 1942-1943 AD for preparatory and freshman of 169 students, with no female students included. Then, establishing the department began by departments of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The first class graduated at the end of the academic year 1945-1946 of 50-Bachelor students and only one post graduate student.

The number of staff members, assistant lecturers and demonstrators was about 1279 with 13895 registered students in the academic year 2012-2013. The number of alumni in the academic year 2012-2013 is 2316 alumni of all specializations who will be added to more than 60,000 graduated alumni since 1946.


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Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University

Assiut
Egypt

Outline
Assiut University was founded and established in October 1957 as the first university in Upper Egypt. In Upper Egypt, Assiut University has pioneered in preparing highly qualified graduates with the basic specialized academic knowledge and training expertise on the various necessary skills.

Besides, the university offers an abundance of programs complying with the contemporary world changes. The university structure involves 16 faculties and 3 institutes. Geology Department is one of the oldest Departments in the University. It comprises 58 Staff members, 35 administrative and assistant capacity, 229 undergraduate students and over 30 graduate students. The Department has main missions that focus on education and research. Because Protection of the environment is needed due to various human activities and Environmental protection is influenced by three factors: environmental legislation, ethics and education. Each of these factors plays its part in influencing national-level environmental decisions and personal-level environmental values and behaviors. The Geology Department now offers courses, such as environmental studies, environmental management, environmental engineering, hazards prevention and/or mitigation that teach the history and methods of environment protection.


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German University in Cairo (GUC)

New Cairo City
Egypt

Outline
Building a leading centre of excellence in teaching and research that will effectively contribute to the general welfare nationally and internationally and endeavour the scientific, technical, economic and cultural cooperation between Egypt and Germany.

The German University in Cairo, GUC, is an Egyptian Private University founded by the presidential decree 27/2002, according to the law number 101/1992 and its executive regulations number 355/1996.

German university in Cairo/Deutsche Universität in Kairo is established in cooperation with the State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, State of Baden- Württemberg, Germany, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Embassy in Cairo, the Arab/German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, The State University of Tübingen and The State University of Mannheim.


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Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), National Water Research Center(NWRC), Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation

El-Khairiya
Egypt

Outline
The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) is one of twelve research institutes comprising the National Water Research Center (NWRC) of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI). It is located on the campus of the NWRC in El Qanater El khairiya, 25 km North of Cairo a short distance downstream the Delta Barrage overlooking Damietta Branch of the Nile.

WRRI is pioneer in the fields of, Wadi hydrology studies, flash floods risks, the Nile River basin studies, groundwater development, and integrated water resources management. In addition, to plan and design appropriate projects for flood protection works, taking into account economic, environmental and social dimensions. WRRI is keen to engage innovative researches that enhance understanding of integrated Water Resources Management, and to implement effective strategies to address the barriers that have prevented full participation of women and stakeholders in projects. WRRI strives to maintain high standards of competence in its work.

Vision: Making the WRRI a leader organization conducting cutting-edge research in water resources.

Mission: To conduct, coordinate and integrate multi-disciplinary research to address critical national and regional priorities (Arab and Nile Basin Countries) in water resources.


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European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Ispra VA
Italy

Outline
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.

As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety.

The JRC draws on over 50 years of scientific work experience and continually builds its expertise based on its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist laboratories and unique research facilities. They are located in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

While most of our scientific work serves the policy Directorates-General of the European Commission, we address key societal challenges while stimulating innovation and developing new methods, tools and standards. We share know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. The JRC collaborates with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements.

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Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres (BRGM)

Orléans Cedex
France

Outline
BRGM is France's reference public institution for Earth Science applications in the management of surface and subsurface resources and risks. BRGM ("Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières") is the French Geological Survey.

The key objectives for BRGM are: i) Understanding geological processes and associated risks; ii) Developing new methodologies and techniques helpful in geosciences; iii) Producing and disseminating data to support the management of soils, subsoils and resources; iv) Delivering the necessary tools for the management of soils, subsoils and their resources, for risk prevention and for policy responses to climate change.

BRGM's activities are organized around its 5 key roles: scientific research; support to public policy development; international cooperation; mine Safety and training through "ENAG" school. Scientific research at the BRGM is focused on furthering geological knowledge and understanding surface and subsurface phenomena. The key issue at stake is to meet the challenges of global change. Over 700 BRGM engineers and researchers - two thirds of its staff - are involved in scientific research. Support to public policy development covers all expert appraisals, monitoring and studies such as: surface/subsurface monitoring and disseminating knowledge; methodological studies and synopses to transfer research results to "civil society"; independent expert appraisals; and training or knowledge transfer. International cooperation is also one of the major roles: with over 200 projects each year in more than 40 countries, BRGM works across the globe towards enduring protection for people and resources. BRGM provides know-how and expertise in two main areas: i) protecting people and their environment against natural risks; ii) ensuring the permanence and quality of natural water, mineral and (geothermal) energy resources. Mine Safety, since 2006, has been entrusted to BRGM by the French State. Monitoring and action to prevent risks and pollution arising from mine closures are part of BRGM's missions. BRGM has state delegated responsibility for all mine safety engineering work. Through ENAG, the BRGM disseminates its scientific competences and techniques through a range of courses: higher education diploma courses in the geosciences, through training support and partnerships with higher education establishments; continuing professional training, through some sixty introductory and advanced courses in all geosciences fields.

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European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement
Council of Europe

Strasbourg Cedex
France

Outline
An international organisation in Strasbourg which comprises 47 countries of Europe. It was set up to promote democracy and protect human rights and the rule of law in Europe.

The EU currently has 28 members that have delegated some of their sovereignty so that decisions on specific matters of joint interest can be made democratically at European level. No country has ever joined the EU without first belonging to the Council of Europe.
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is a platform for co-operation in the field of major natural and technological disasters. Its field of competence covers the major natural and technological disasters - knowledge, prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation.

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United Nations University
Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Bonn
Germany

Outline
The world is in the midst of a global water crisis - where lack of adequate freshwater supplies and poor management threaten the health of both humans and ecosystems.

Each year, two million people are killed due to diseases caused by poor water quality and inadequate sanitation, and the health of millions more is harmed. Coastal oceans provide some 20% of the animal protein in the human diet, but are in a perilous state due to climate change and local degradation. These water problems will continue growing as world population climbs and climate change alters global water distribution patterns.

A critical factor contributing to the water crisis is the lack of indigenous capacity - educational, managerial, technological and institutional - for effective water management in many developing countries. UNU-INWEH acts as the "UN Think Tank on Water" and contributes to the resolution of the global water challenge through a unique programme of applied research and education. It conceives, develops, and manages water initiatives that help developing countries build their capacity for lasting improvements in human and ecosystem health, and overall reduction in poverty.

The United Nations University is not a traditional university in the sense of having a faculty, campus, or students. We respond directly to the regional and global water crisis and facilitate efforts to meet UN Development goals by providing a scientific evidence base. UNU-INWEH carries out its work in cooperation with other research institutions, international organizations, individual scholars, and scientists throughout the world.

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Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Germany

Outline
The Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) is an interdisciplinary research center of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). CEDIM operates under the leadership and direction of the directorate, coordinator and deputy coordinator. The coordinating committee meets regularly to oversee CEDIM's conceptual and personal planning. The advisory board is a group of external advisers in the field of disaster management.

In late 2011, CEDIM embarked on a new style of disaster research known as Forensic Disaster Analysis. In the new research program CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (CEDIM FDA) CEDIM researchers will analyse disasters and their impact in near real-time. The core of CEDIM's new style of analysis is to examine disasters in an interdisciplinary manner with a focus on the complex interactions between (1) the natural hazard, (2) the technical installations, facilities, and infrastructures, and (3) the societal structures, institutions and capacities.

In the years before, CEDIM's research activities were devoted to several projects and research groups. Between 2003 and 2008 the focus of CEDIM research was on three pojects: Riskmap Germany, Megacity Instanbul, and Modelling of extreme flooding events. The main goal in the first CEDIM project, the Riskmap Germany, was to conduct an area-wide quantification of natural hazards and man-made hazards in Germany risks. For each community, the natural hazard that is likely to cause the highest damage was identified. The Megacity Istanbul project was an interdisciplinary project to analyze the consequences of earthquakes in rapidly growing metropolitan areas. The aim of the research project modeling extreme floodevents was the development of a modeling system to quantify risks of extreme flooding in large river basins. In the system, computer models and modules are coupled together to simulate the functional chain: hydrology - hydraulics - polder diversion - dyke failure - flooding - damage estimate - risk assessment.


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University for Development Studies (UDS)

Tamale
Ghana

Outline


UDS was established in May 1992 by PNDC Law 279, with the mandate to work towards the total development of the northern regions in particular and Ghana as a whole. The University's philosophy is Pro-poor and geared towards Self development and Sustainability. UDS currently has four main campuses in Northern Ghana.


UDS is promoting equitable socio-economic transformation of communities through

  • practically-oriented,
  • community-based,
  • problem-solving,
  • gender-sensitive and interactive research,
  • teaching, learning and outreach programmes.

Students in local communities, do Needs Assessments and write an Intervention Proposal intended to solve problems identified in their selected communities. This orientation is important for research oriented towards education and assistance to the rural communities in need of disaster education.

UDS has taken part in CECAR Africa project dealing in disaster management and resilience building as pilot for the entire Africa and made major impact in communities where project was implemented. We are yet to expand activities of the project to other parts of Ghana and Africa. We also need to link with relevant organizations both in Ghana as well as outside country. In this respect, GADRI Membership will be of immense help and support to UDS and its activities in collection disaster information, education and mitigation.


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Department of Geography and Resource Development
University of Ghana

Legon
Ghana

Outline

The Disaster Risk Reduction Programme started as part of the Periperi U which is a partnership of African universities that spans across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include eleven universities from Algiers to Antanarivo, with institutions in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.


The goal of Periperi U is to reduce disaster risks in among African countries through improved national and local disaster risk management, due to enhanced strategic human capacity to integrate risk reduction into critical developmental sectors and programmes. The partners of Periperi U believe this can accomplished through building and embedding sustainable 'multi-tasking' capabilities in disaster risk and vulnerability reduction capacity building in ten selected institutions of higher learning in Africa consistent with global disaster reduction priorities reflected in the Hyogo Framework of Action.

Since 2006 to 2015, an average of three MPhil students are produced by the programme. Like most newly established programmes/centres, the major challenge has been finance needed to procure the necessary logistics and facilitate research in general.

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Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

Gujarat
India

Outline
The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar strives to offer the best undergraduate and graduate education in India with unmatched innovations in curriculum. The institute promotes critical thinking and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary character of knowledge, with an emphasis on the liberal arts, project oriented learning, compulsory courses in design and the life sciences, diversity and globalization.

The five-week immersion Foundation Programme for all new undergraduate students was recognized with the World Education Award 2013 by the World Education Summit for innovations in engineering education. Nearly a quarter of its undergraduate students receive study abroad experience during their academic career. IIT Gandhinagar is committed to promoting excellence in science, technology, as well as the humanities and social sciences and to the development of rounded and nuanced minds.

IIT Gandhinagar was founded in 2008 and is located in Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the banks of river Sabarmati. Gandhinagar is in proximity to Ahmedabad which is one of the oldest living cities in India, known both for a rich cultural past as well as state-of-the-art infrastructure, thriving industries, and many modern amenities. The city is also the hub of prestigious academic and research institutes, such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the National Institute of Design. Gujarat's long standing mercantile and business tradition encourages excellence and entrepreneurship.

IIT Gandhinagar offers BTech and MTech programmes in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering and also offers MSc programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Cognitive Science. It also offers MA programme in Society and Culture. Ph.D. programmes are offered in all the engineering and science disciplines such as Chemical, Biomedical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science and Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Science, and Cognitive Sciences. Apart from the graduate programmes in engineering and science, institute also offers PhD in Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, political sciences and Social Epidemiology.

Safety Centre is one of the prominent centres at IIT Gandhinagar. The objective of the IIT Gandhinagar Safety Centre is to promote safety in public and private spheres, industry and the informal sector. The Safety Centre advances these objectives with activities to Discover (Research and Development), Teach (Offering safety courses in UG and graduate curriculum), Outreach (through Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Symposia and training Professionals from Academia and Industry) and Practice.


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Faculty of Engineering Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta
Indonesia

Outline
Gadjah Mada University (UGM) is an Indonesian public research university located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, founded on December 19, 1949. UGM is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia.

Gadjah Mada has been considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia, comprises of 18 faculties, 68 undergraduate study programs, 23 diploma study programs, 104 master and specialist study program, and 43 Doctorate study programs. It has approximately 55,000 students, 1,187 foreign students and 2,500 faculty members currently.

The vision of UGM is to be an excellent and innovative world Class Research University, imbued with nation's cultural values based on Pancasila as the state ideology and dedicated to the nation's interest and humanity. The Mission is to carry out education, research and community service as well as preservation and development of knowledge that is excellent and useful for society. UGM is creating conducive environment for the continuity of the learning process. These efforts are pursued in the context of developing multidisciplinary collaborations and responding to ecological and environmental issues in order to achieve the vision of the university. Some of the steps are promoting action research in disaster mitigation and implementing socio-preneurial and technical approach for disaster risk reduction. Our wide range of collaboration experiences with similar education institutions, research institutes, government agencies, NGOs and industry has enabled UGM to facilitate intensive collaborations in promoting the disaster risk reduction effort in Indonesia.


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Geological Agency (GA), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia

Bandung
Indonesia

Outline
The Geological Agency (GA) was initially formed during the Dutch colonialism era in the 18th century and was called as Kantoor van het Mijnwezen. In 1850, the name was transformed into Dienst van het Mijnwezen.

In 2005, it was finally called as the Geological Agency under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of the Republic of Indonesia. Based on the decree of MEMR dated 18 November 2010, the Geological Agency (Echelon-I) consists of five Centers (Echelon-II), namely the Secretariat of Geological Agency (SGA), the Center for Geological Resources (CGR), the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM), the Center for Groundwater Resource and Environmental Geology (CGREG), and the Center for Geological Survey (CGS). The CVGHM was established to conduct research, investigation, engineering recommendations, and services in the field of volcanology and geological hazard mitigation. In performing its duties, the CVGHM performs several functions including (a) the preparation of technical policy development, norms, standards, procedures, and criteria, as well as plans and programs in the field of volcanology and geological disaster mitigation; (b) the implementation of research, investigation, engineering, thematic mapping and analysis of geological disaster risk, as well as early warning of volcanic activity and potential of ground movement and the provision of technical recommendations on geological disaster mitigation; (c) coaching functional of volcano watchers or observers; (d) monitoring, evaluating and reporting the implementation of research, investigation, engineering, thematic mapping and geological disaster risk analysis, as well as early warning of the volcanic activity and the potential ground movement and the provision of technical recommendations geological disaster mitigation; and (e) the administration. The organization structure of the CVGHM consists of four sections, which are: (a) Section of Volcano Monitoring and Investigations (observing 67 active volcanoes by 70 volcano observatories, estimate and publish the states or level of volcanic activity, providing technical recommendations within each states of volcanic activity, publishing disaster-prone area maps, topographic maps , geological map, and providing counseling.


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JASA TIRTA I Public Corporation

Malang
Indonesia

Outline
Jasa Tirta Public Corporation was established as a state-owned company with a specified concensus in rendering water services and performing O&M activities based on water service fee abstracted from the users. The corporation was established under the Government Regulation No. 5 of 1990.

To adapt further to the responsibilites and assignments, the regulating basis of Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation (PJT I) was twice ammended. Firstly, in 1999, by the Government Regulation No. 93 of 1999, in order to strengthen the organization and permit its jurisdiction to extend to other basins; and recently by the Government Regulation No. 46 of 2010.

The objective and goal of PJT I is take part and support the Government policy and program on economic sector and national development in general, and particularly on business of water resources and its management, as well as optimization of PJT I's resources to produce goods and services based on healthy corporation management principles. In order to achieve the objective and goal, PJT I conducts main business activities: (1) services to provide bulk water for drinking water, industry, agriculture, flushing, port, electric power generation and others; (2) provide water power to generate electricity for the State Electricity Company; (3) generate and distribute electric power and drinking water, perform consulting in water resources fields, heavy equipment rental and water quality laboratory services, and (4) develop other water-related services including piped domestic supply at specified scales. PJT I in-charged in managing the water resources in 40 rivers (including the Brantas River) of the Brantas River Basin and to operate, maintaining, and managing the major infrastructure in these rivers. In 2000, the corporation was authorized to undertake water resources management activities within 25 rivers of the Bengawan Solo River Basin (an inter-provincial river basin lying in Central and East Java Provinces). In 2014 the corporation was authorized to undertake water resources management activities including controlling of water destructive forces, in Serayu Bogowonto and Jratunseluna River Basins in Central Java and Toba Asahan River Basin in North Sumatera.


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Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

Bandung
Indonesia

Outline
Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, under the coordination of Institute for Research and Community Service - Institute of Technology Bandung, was established since 2003 with the name of Research Group on Disaster Mitigation and then changed into Center for Disaster Mitigation (in 2005) before its current name. The change of name in 2011 brought wider authority and responsibility.

The missions of RCDM ITB now are to enhance fundamental and applied research activities, which are able to anticipate, respond to and mitigate the disaster risk; to promote fundamental and applied research results that can strengthen the policy development in disaster management in order to achieve sustainable development; and to support the formation of disaster mitigation expert-communities in Indonesia through education. Research Area: RCDM ITB is a multidiscipline area. Many experts from many expertise, such as seismology, active tectonic, tsunami, infrastructure, geodesy, geology, volcanology, disaster management, regional policy, technology failures, and disaster instrument, which is represented by board of researcher. Besides, the center is also supported by Advisory Board, which consisting of respected head of several institutions related with disaster mitigation. As part of university, the research implemented by RCDMP ITB are focused in three main tasks, i.e. education, research and community services through community-based disaster mitigation activities to increase the awareness of community.


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International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES)

Tehran
Iran

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Iran, being located between two Arabian and Euro-Asian tectonic plates, has experienced several destructive earthquakes, leaving heavy causalities and serious deterioration in different periods of its history. Over 130 severe earthquakes happened in the 20th century in this country, leaving socio-economic losses and long-lasting effects, indicate the seismicity and vulnerability of this country.

Unfortunately, during some of these disastrous natural events even the invaluable evidences of ancient Persian culture have been flattened to the ground. All the aforementioned facts confirm the crucial necessity of being concerned about seeking a remedy in order to prevent and diminish these effects. Regarding high seismicity, vulnerability and high seismic risk of this region, International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IIEES) was established in November 1989 following the suggestion of 24th UNESCO General Conference and approval of Iranian government "Council of Higher Education Development" based on the investment of Iranian experts in the earthquake engineering.
In order to realize the goals of institute and develop the knowledge in this arena, training the intelligent students could be of great help. In this regard, IIEES was approved as a "Research Center" at the 408th meeting of "Council of Higher Education Development" in 1999 and then its new doctrine was affirmed in August 2001.
Today IIEES is engaged in implementation of national and international projects and will take effective steps in protecting the lives and properties of human being against the activities of nature thanks to all its responsible and qualified researchers.
The main goals of IIEES are investigation, technology and education in all aspects pertinent to seismology, earthquake engineering, earthquake hazard, and suggesting practical approaches and supporting their implementation to reduce the risks of earthquakes, and develop the security culture against earthquakes in this country and in the region.

IIEES is composed of different research departments, including Seismology, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Risk Management, Graduate Studies, Information Technology, and International Relations.


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