5th Global Summit : https://gadri.net/summit5/
The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) - https://gadri.net/ organised the 5th Global Summit of GADRI under the theme of Engaging Sciences with Action virtually and regionally from 31st August to 1st September 2021.
The 5th Global Summit of GADRI aimed at stock taking of progress and achievements in DRR research from its members toward the targets of the Science and Technology Roadmap to implement the goals and priorities of the Sendai Framework. The programme communicated academic science across scientific disciplines to policy makers and practitioners. It is an important aspect for academics to be aware how science can directly contribute to national and local disasters, for example, the current global pandemic COVID-19, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. Such situations prompt scientists' interventions, expertise, experience and the opportunity to share them with emergency managers in crisis situations. The 2021 Global Summit of GADRI was organised with cooperation with its regional alliances and planned to share the outcomes and recommendations of the summit with the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in the UK in November 2021; and the UNDRR Global Platform for DRR in Bali, Indonesia in May 2022. The submission of the recommendation from the summit to the COP26 was facilitated through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The first Plenary Session on the topic of Systemic Risk and Current Action was covered by Ms. Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief, Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity-Development Branch, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR); COVID-19 and other hazards - Science into Action was delivered by Prof. Virginia Murray, Head, Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England (PHE), UK; and the Lessons of COVID-19 for Systemic Risk Governance: Recycling Sustainability and Resilience was delivered by Prof. Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany. The session was chaired by Prof. Kaoru Takara, Professor and Dean, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS) in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan), Kyoto University. The Opening Ceremony and the Plenary Session I was logged in by about 334 people from around the world.
The regional sessions took place soon after the opening plenary.
• Americas covering North and South America was on Current Situation of Science Collaborations in Hazards DRR.
• The second Plenary Session on How to Engage Science in the Decision-Making Process within National Governance and Relate Science into Action?
• Asia and Oceania regional session covered the topic on Engaging Sciences with Action: Voices from Asia and Oceania
• Europe with Africa and the Middle-East was on Exploring solutions to Bridge the Gaps for Implementation of Science in Action.
• There was parallel sessions on Networking with Institutes and an e-poster session. The summit closed with a final wrap-up session for the regional session the closing ceremony. An amazing number of 640 participants from 77 economies registered for the conference; and nearly 568 members from 73 economies logged in via zoom meeting to attend the 28+-hour long conference.