In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which impacted on the economy and massive human loses, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) Kyoto University engaged to organize the First Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in November 2011. The main objective of the summit was to bring together research organizations involved in DRR to reassess and reflect on the challenges posed, and discuss and identify new paradigms based on the lessons learned from recent disasters around the world. At the end of the First Global Summit, a resolution was adopted to establish an international forum on natural disasters research. During the Second Global Summit of Disaster Research Institutes for DRR in March 2015 the resolution was further discussed and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) was formerly established to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) and the work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Today GADRI has over 100 member institutions.


The 3rd Global Summit of Research Institutes for DRR: Expanding the Platform for Bridging Science and Policy Making will be held at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus from 19 to 21 March 2017. The 3rd Global Summit will build on the achievements of the last two Global Summits and GADRI projects.

The 3rdGlobal Summit will bring together representatives from research institutes involved in DRR research with the following objectives:

•To serve as an advocate for key research policy statements that are in line with real, evidenced-based disaster research needs.

•To carry out a more detailed assessment of key research challenges and to identify priority research areas

•To identify pioneering scientific initiatives to effectively reduce the gaps between science and practice in disaster risk reduction activities.

•To share and build on achievements, and outcomes of past and ongoing GADRI Projects addressing research gaps.

•To foster links between local and international organizations and their programs through the GADRI network.

Expected Outcome:

The 3rd Global Summit is an opportunity for various stakeholders in local governments, private sector and others to engage in risk management information, share responsibility and resources, and voice in unification evidence-based statements for implementation. One of the expected outcomes of the 3rd Global Summit will be a comprehensive table of research areas by disaster management phases identifying key and/ or critical research challenges.