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

P. R. China


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

P. R. China

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)

P.R. China

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

P. R. China


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 (CCEM), Wuhan University of Technology

Hubei Province
P. R. China

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


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)


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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Pacific International Center for Disaster Risk Reduction (PIC-DRR)



The center is located in Guayaquil, Ecuador at ESPOL (Polytechnic University). It was created on February 2017.

The PIC-DRR main objective is to improve the understanding and governance of risk in order to prevent the development of new risk, to reduce the current ones, by means of the use and dissemination of new knowledge, academic preparation, and technical cooperation.

The PIC-DRR works with two of Sendai Framework of Action priorities:

Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk.

Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk.

PIC-DRR first focus is on supporting research for Resilience Cities in Ecuador. Currently, it has one proposal submitted for working with a small size municipality in Ecuador and is working on proposal development for other municipalities and also for doing the Country Risk Study for the Ecuadorian government Insurance Company

The challenges facing are mainly to turn scientific results into policy making and policy implementation. The PIC-DRR gathers researchers from many disciplines: earth sciences, social sciences and policy-making

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Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University


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 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

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


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

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

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

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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Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)


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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Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Department of Social and Political Sciences
Freie University Berlin


The Disaster Research Unit (DRU) of the Freie Universität Berlin is a sociological and ethnological research institution specialising in interdisciplinary research into disasters. The DRU's body of work encompasses the entire "disaster cycle": from its inception, its progression, into its after-math and the associated reconstruction and coping. This research topically breaks down into risk perception, risk reduction, disaster prevention, preparation, warning and disaster behaviour, all the way to

disaster coping and sustainable reconstruction for industrialised nations as well as the so-called "Global South". In addition to this, the DRU engages in social scientific and humanities basic research alongside other applied research and consulting.

In all of this, the cultural and social aspects form the core pillar of the DRUs work. As the DRU maintains, disasters must be considered and understood within their cultural and societal contexts. For example, extreme weather situations only become risks when they collide with societal and cultural understandings, behaviours, and institutions.

These aforementioned institutions and modes of behaviour not only differ across the globe, as they can even occasionally vary from region to region to the point where a storm in one region may be catastrophic, while in another it would scarcely encroach on the happenings of everyday life.

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Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)


The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) conducts research with the goal of identifying, advancing, and guiding transformation processes towards sustainable societies. Its research practice is transdisciplinary, transformative, and co-creative. The institute cooperates with partners in academia, political institutions, administrations, civil society, and the business community to understand sustainability challenges and generate potential solutions.

We live in an age of constant, rapid change. A person born in the early twentieth century would be overwhelmed by the complexities of modern-day life. Electric motors, the Internet, computers, jet aircraft, and robots are among the many side effects that have accompanied this evolution. While we experience many of these developments as passive observers, others are planned and promoted purposefully by individuals and societies. These developments are referred to as 'transformations'.

The alignment of our various ways of life with the principles of sustainable development will play a vital role in shaping the future of humanity. This transformation encompasses the development of ethically responsible economic and societal systems that are sustainable in their economic and environmental dimensions and will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The protection of the environment and the climate, the preservation of the natural and material resources that ensure an efficient supply of goods and services to all, and a peaceful society with an equitable social system informed by the principle of the public good are important objectives within this vision of sustainable development.

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


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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University for Development Studies (UDS)



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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