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Pakistan - University of Management and Technology (UMT), Center for Disaster Management


University of Management and Technology (UMT), Center for Disaster Management



The University of Management and Technology (UMT) was established in 1990 and has evolved into a premier institution of higher education in the country. Recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan as a "W4" category (highest rank) university, UMT distinguishes itself with 400+ full-time faculty members including more than 200+ PhDs, 26,000+ alumni and 25,000+ students from Pakistan and various countries around the globe. The Center for Disaster Management established under the ambit of University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan has been mandated to lead research and education in the field of Disaster Management in Pakistan.

The scope of the Center for Disaster Management at UMT is to support the public sector, emergency services, industry and communities by providing capacity building, specialized knowledge, skill development and conducting collaborative research in disaster management in order to meet the targets under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNSDGs in order to build a more resilient society.

Center for Disaster Management at UMT is the flagship Center in knowledge and skill development in disaster preparedness, mitigation, and risk management. The Center builds upon the synergy of existing faculties within UMT for research in cross-cutting themes in disaster management, and includes experts in various aspects of disaster policy, management, risk reduction and sustainable development.

The Center is also linked with the School of Governance and Society at UMT and is offering undergraduate program "BS in Disaster Management"; related graduate-level programs in DRR and DRM are also in the planning phase.

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Pakistan-University of Peshawar


University of Peshawar



The University of Peshawar, as a mother educational institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is an outcome of the dream of the father of the nation and was created as the first ever University after independence. It is vigorously working with its full zeal and spirit, truly serving and sacred cause of education altogether. The University of Peshawar founded in 1950, is the fulfillment of a dream, which had long remained unrealized.

The first seeds of the University may be said to have been sown by Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Khan, who boldly conceived the idea and founded Islamia College - (The Dar-ul-ulum Islamia) in 1913 at the first out-post of civilization, almost at the mouth of the historic Khyber Pass. The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who perhaps saw the strategic role of Peshawar in his mind, on April the 12th, 1948, while addressing the students and teachers of the Islamia Collage Peshawar

The University of Peshawar, being a mother Institution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not only catering for the academic needs of Peshawar but also of the whole province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The highly qualified and trained faculty, student friendly and supportive administration, modern curricula, conductive academic environment and excellent infrastructure are the hallmarks of the University. Its role in political, industrial and government leadership is recognized. The University has an over whelming contribution in bringing positive changes in the society.

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Partnerships in Environmental Management for Seas of East Asia

Quezon City

Recognizing the importance and urgency in addressing the environmental challenges and in moving toward sustainable development of the Seas of East Asia, the 2006 Haikou Partnership Agreement established PEMSEA as the region's coordinating mechanism for the implementation the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA).

PEMSEA carries out this mandate through these operating mechanisms:

East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress

Held every three years, the Congress serves as an intellectual melting pot of the various stakeholders, partners and collaborators, and is an opportunity to share knowledge and monitor the progress of the SDS-SEA programmes and projects.

Among the various events of the Congress are a Ministerial Forum and an International Conference. The Ministerial Forum is a venue for providing policy directions and commitments related to SDS-SEA implementation, while the International Conference conducts knowledge exchange activities and discussions targeted at specific sectors' issues, while promoting priority programmes and various mechanisms and encouraging corporateresponsibility the business community.

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Disaster Risk Management Unit, Graduate School of Business
Philippines School of Business Administration



Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) was incorporated as a full-fledged school in 1966. It is duly recognized by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and included in World Higher Education Database (WHED). It is also part of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) so called IAU/UNESCO List.

The main rationale of the School is to help meet the country's management requirements for more advanced and sophisticated industrial and commercial life and government responsibilities as well. PSBA started its Research Arm for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) researches and projects in 2001.

Currently, to fulfill the country's demand for DRM formal education, PSBA-Manila has launched the Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialization in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program in first semester of Academic Year 2017-2018 being the first Higher Education Institution (HEI) to offer a formal DRM education in the Philippines.

Researches on Disaster Risk in The Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) started in 2001, when Dr. Teodoro Santos and Prof. Harry Lorenzo along with Dr. Teodorico Molina approved the proposal of Dr. Tabassam Raza, while taking up his Doctorate in Business Administration, for his dissertation that was focused towards Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The pilot research entitled "Strategic Model: Conceptualization and Implementation of a Total Disaster Risk Management: Cherry Hills Tragedy, Antipolo City", was published on 2002 as a first of its kind of researches on disasters in the Philippines. In 2003, the DRM Unit was founded under the Graduate School Research Center of PSBA where Dr. Raza was appointed Special Associate for the DRM and Information Technology (IT) Researches and Projects for PSBA. From here on, researches on DRM with focus on Business Continuity were done under the name of the School.

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National Hydraulic Research Center, National Engineering Center, University of the Philippines at Diliman

Diliman, Quezon City

The National Hydraulic Research Center (NHRC) was established in 1973 as a unit of the University of the Philippines with the aim of creating a R & D center within an academic environment to conduct research and provide technical advice on various problems of water resources development and management, hydrology, hydraulic and coastal engineering, fluid mechanics, and other related fields. Its creation in the 1970's was very timely since the national government then started undertaking several water resources projects which required the technical inputs provided by both local and international experts in the field of water resources.

Research Achievements and Challenges: In almost 40 years of its existence as a unit under the umbrella of the U.P. College of Engineering and the National Engineering Center, NHRC has developed and served as the national center of water-resources expertise, and provided the support organization and physical facilities for conducting the necessary physical and mathematical modeling research and producing technical output and advice in water resources engineering and management needed by government and the private sector. The outputs and activities of NHRC are in the forms of improved designs and plans of hydraulic structures (developed either by physical or mathematical modeling), engineering application software, technical training and transfer of technology to clients' personnel, technical analysis and advice on particular problems, publications, lectures/seminars/conferences, and consultations and meetings with various concerned sectors in the water resources field.

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Philippines - University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI)


University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UPRI)

Diliman, Quezon City

The UP Resilience Institute was established as a proactive hub of benchmark innovative information vital to the nation's efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its mission is to empower local communities through multidisciplinary actions toward resilience. As a response through its Memorandum No. PAEP-16-67, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) approved on 28 July 2016 the establishment of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute (UP RI) to have the following functions and programs concerning multi-hazard, multidisciplinary, multisectoral, comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM):

Research and Creative Work: undertake policy research, action research and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research or creative work
Knowledge Sharing: disseminate research findings, creative works and innovations
Education: establish non-degree educational programs and support degree programs within the UP System
Institute Building: improve the capability of the UP System as an agent of change for disaster resilience in the Philippines and the Pacific Rim region.

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Poland - The Main School of Fire Service (SGSP)


The Main School of Fire Service (SGSP)



SGSP in Warsaw (Poland) is the only one in Poland and one of the few state interdisciplinary universities in the world, which trains fire officers and educates specialists in safety engineering and internal security. SGSP is scientifically and educationally supervised by Ministry of Interior and Administration. It has full academic rights and constitutes an organizational unit of the State Fire Service (PSP). Nowadays, SGSP, as a technical-social university, provides studies on the Faculty of Safety Engineering and Civil Protection, as well as carries out research on the Institute of Safety Engineering and the Institute of Internal Security.

SGSP carries out research in disaster risk reduction, CBRN, rescue, fire protection, civil protection, critical infrastructure protection, internal security, occupational safety and health, crisis management and crisis communication. SGSP representatives serve as experts in NATO, EU as well as national scientific and rescue institutions.

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Singapore - Nanyang Technical University


Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Avenue


The Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management (ICRM) was officially launched on 21 January 2010 and aims to be the first multi-disciplinary and leading catastrophe risk management research institute of its kind in Asia. ICRM has its focus on Asia because Asia has traditionally suffered the most in terms of human fatalities and economic loss from natural catastrophes, while being the least prepared region of the world to mitigate such risks.

The Institute aims to help the regional and international communities to better understand the characteristics of risks related to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, droughts, as well as non-traditional risks which may include infectious diseases and terrorism.

Through ICRM, NTU faculty and researchers will work on integrated risk assessment and management of natural hazards as well as man-made threats. Such work will be conducted in collaboration with research organisations worldwide in the risk management domain as well as insurers, reinsurers and risk modellers from the finance and (re)insurance industries and associations. ICRM aims to develop Asian catastrophe risk models and to build up industry benchmarks and indices which reflect the uniqueness of Asian catastrophe risks.

ICRM is envisioned to be a key player in Singapore's effort to further strengthen its position as a major international finance hub, especially in the (re)insurance areas. The models and tools developed by ICRM will allow governments, public organisations and the industry to analyse potential losses, and so develop risk-management strategies.

Decision-makers in Asia in particular will be able to utilise such tools to identify vulnerabilities, prepare for a range of possibilities and allocate resources. ICRM will undertake the state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary research work which leads to better understanding, communicating and managing of major disasters, both natural and non-traditional, and thereby provides major positive impacts on the society.

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Faculty of Security Engineering, University of Zilina



The history of the Faculty of Security Engineering began in 1952 when the Faculty of Railways at the Military Technical Academy (VTA) in Brno was founded. Due to the reorganisation of the university system in the year 1953, the VTA was incorporated into the Technical College of Railways in Prague and named the Military Faculty.

The University moved to Žilina in 1961 and it was renamed the University of Transport, later on the University of Transport and Communications. In 1998, the Military Faculty was renamed the Faculty of Special Engineering of the University of Žilina and the military studies were ended towards the year 2004. All these changes influenced the structure of educational programmes offered by the Faculty. The courses aim mainly at solving natural, ecological, economic, social and other crisis situations, civil security and rescue services.

The Faculty of Security Engineering is oriented towards the managerial and technological studies. The Faculty offers university education in accredited fields of study at all levels, i.e. in Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees as well as in lifelong education.

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Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa
University of Free State

South Africa


University of the Free State is one of the oldest and top universities in South Africa with a total of approximately 35 000 students. Its Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (UFS-DiMTEC) based in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is the largest post graduate program in disaster management in Africa with more that 60 post graduate diploma students, 50 Master students and 20 PhD candidates.

When disaster strikes, all living creatures naturally react with a fight-or-flight response. But what if you're not strong enough, or have nowhere to run? This is when suffering sets in. Hunger, death, degradation, loss, damage, destruction, desperation. Since 2001, we have the vision to reduce disaster risk - because we can!

At the University of the Free State (UFS) Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC), we strive towards informing the public about disaster risk reduction through education. Our master's, postgraduate degrees in disaster management, short courses, and research are of the highest quality. The recent addition of a PhD ensures that research towards making a difference continue in various fields.

DiMTEC's first course was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority in 2001, after which we joined the Department of Agricultural Economics in the vision of becoming an independent centre, which came about in 2005.

The education and research at DiMTEC is multi disciplinary with a focus on disaster risk reduction in Africa. We have a footprint in more than 17 African Countries.

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Center for Transdisciplinary Reseasrch (CTR)

Sri Lanka


The Center forTransdisciplinary Research is being set up for flood control and water management in Metro Colombo to become operational in 2018. Its primary function is the control of pumps and gates that are being installed under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project.

Develop an integrated flood control and water management information system for flood risk reduction through optimal operational use of flood control facilities such as pumps, storages facilities, surface storages and flood early warning system for Metro Colombo. Center will also assess current and evolving future water related risks to Megapolis from urban development as well as climate change.

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Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB)

Sri Lanka


The Natural Resources Management and Laboratory Services (NRM&LS), is an AGM unit of the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) functioned under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka. Finding the utmost importance of preserving the environment while catering the construction sector, CECB has taken the initiative of establishing the NRM&LS, to fulfill the construction and industry related environmental issues in accordance to the government regulations.

Stating with the Moragahakanda Hydro Power Project in year 2000, today NRM&LS is engaged with a wide variety of Environmental Impact Assessments, Disaster Risk Assessments, Environmental Management Plan and Social Safeguard Studies both locally and internationally. Some of the major projects include Conflict Affected Region Emergency (CARE) Project conducted in Nothern Province in Sri Lanka, range of Irrigation Projects, Water Supply Projects, Mini Hydro power projects, Port City Development Project, Waste to energy development project which has a national significance and internationally for many Hydro Power projects and Social and Environmental Assessment such as the Nyamwamba Small Hydro Power Project ,Uganda which our commitment and dedication is highly involved.

The CECB laboratory services of NRM&LS comprises an advanced laboratory spectrum providing a range of sample testing including the Chemical and Environmental Laboratory, Advanced Concrete Testing Laboratory, Advanced Soil Testing Laboratory, Geotechnical Investigations and foundation excavation. Theses laboratories are well-equipped with the advanced instruments and latest technology network in which highly trained professionals involved in carrying out diversified testing methods and research projects to furnish the best solutions for around 2000 clientele.

At present, NRM&LS has its major involvements in the Mega City Development Projects conducted under the Government of Sri Lanka which concerns on Disaster Risk Management such as Floods, Droughts and Landslides. Our ultimate goal is to achieve sustainable development of the society through strong commitment in delivering engineering services entangled with public-private partnerships in the global industry.

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National Building Research Organizatio (NBRO)

Sri Lanka

National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) the premier research & development institute established in 1984 has now grown in to a successful technical service provider and research & development institution where experts from multiple disciplines have teamed up and dedicated to create a disaster free built environment for the nation.

With the expansion of housing construction activities, particularly in the rural sector, the need for research and development into materials and technology locally available was felt. In order to provide this service centrally, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) was established under the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Construction in March 1984 by the merger of former Building Research Institute (BRI) of the State Engineering Corporation and the Soil testing Laboratory of the Department of Buildings.

In May 1988, the NBRO was brought under the Urban Development Authority (UDA), by a Cabinet decision. The activities of the NBRO expanded considerably and covered the areas of Human Settlements Development, Environmental Development and Structural Engineering Research and Project Management. Research and Development work on disaster mitigation related to landslides was also planned and carried out from 1988 onwards. Thus research and development activities of the total shelter sector were undertaken by the NBRO.

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Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)

Sri Lanka

SLIIT was established in 1999. We opened our doors to 400 students in Metro Campus in Colombo. Currently, we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and accommodate over 7000 students, including international students from various regions in the world. More than 9000 alumni have graduated from our three faculties: Business, Computer, and Engineering.

We take great pride in producing graduates who make meaningful contributions to their communities and professions. Among our diversely qualified graduates, alumni are software engineers, engineers, business analysts and noted entrepreneurs.

We are a leading non-state degree awarding institute approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the Universities Act. We are members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), as well as the International Association of Universities (IAU). We are also the first Sri Lankan institute to be accredited by the Intuition of Engineering & Technology, UK.

SLIIT attracts the largest share of private higher education students in Sri Lanka and our courses are designed to equip graduates to succeed in contemporary workplaces with their exposure to practical (lab, internship etc) as well as the classroom environment. According to the graduate Tracer Studies of 2016/2017, nearly 90% of our Bachelor degree graduates find full-time employment within six months of course completion. We are one of premier degree awarding institutes with the 25 acres site to provide the university exposure for our students.

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UNESCO Chair in Water Resources


UNESCO Chair in Water Resources (246), established in 1994 at Omdurman Islamic University (Sudan).
  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation services in fields related to water resources.
  • To provide study programmes (master and Ph. D. degrees) in the field of water resources.
  • To establish a network of institutions in the countries sharing the same water resources.

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Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

Davos Platz

After the successful launch of IDRC Davos 2006, the need of a regular international forum to address most pressing issues in risk and disaster management was raised by international risk management professionals and institutions.

As the chairman and the organiser of the first IDRC Davos 2006, Walter J. Ammann implemented this request by founding the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos as the institutional framework. GRF Davos is since 2008 the organiser of the IDRC Davos conferences and promotes the worldwide exchange of know-how and expertise, creates solutions and fosters good practices in integrative risk management and climate change adaptation. GRF Davos aims through research, implementation, advocacy and networking activities at serving as a Centre of Excellence in knowledge and know-how exchange for the application of timely and appropriate risk management strategies, tools and practical solutions. GRF Davos is the publisher of two international electronic journals, namely Planet@Risk and the International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction together with the publisher Elsevier.

Research Achievements and Challenges:

We aim to improve the understanding, assessment and management of risks and disasters affecting human safety, security, health, the environment, critical infrastructures, the economy and society at large. Our inside expertise, coupled with the experience and knowledge of our global network of engineers, consultants, and scientists, enable us to deliver projects in various domains. We provide services and do research in monitoring processes, risk analysis and provide solutions for the implementation of measures. We intervene in each phase of the disaster risk reduction cycle (prevention, intervention, recovery) with local and international projects contributing to lower collateral and human losses and a safer world.

Our research focuses on:

- Integrative Disaster Risk Management processes

- Resilience

- Vulnerability

- Natural Hazards

- Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

- Business Continuity

- Sustainable Development

- Capacity Building, awareness raising

Our main goals are:

  • To bridge the gap between science and practice
  • To promote the worldwide exchange of know-how and experience
  • To target solutions and promote good practice in integral risk management and climate change adaptation for an improved understanding, assessment and management of disasters and risks that affect human safety, security, health, the environment, critical infrastructures, the economy and society at large

To provide and manage a network for decision-makers, practitioners and experts from politics, government, IGOs, business, science, NGOs, media and the public

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Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, University of Lausanne


The environment and its relations with society are at the heart of research and teaching in the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. This broad subject area is examined through a disciplinary approach (geology, geography) and an interdisciplinary approach (environmental sciences) at the interface of natural, human and social sciences.

Teachers-researchers at the Institute of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics analyse and model historic and recent processes testifying to physical, chemical and biological changes on our planet linked to natural and anthropogenic factors. Teachers-researchers at the Institute of Geography and Durability are interested in the organisation of space, ecological thought, relations between society and the environment, and the sustainability of our ways of life.

Taking into account the complexity, plurality and diversity of geo-environmental challenges, educational programmes at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment are based on fundamental sciences (mathematics, natural sciences, and human and social sciences) and their reconfiguration, combination and application in the real world. In addition, they find expression in different terrains, including Alpine and urban environments, not only in Switzerland, but also in Europe and elsewhere. After completing a core programme of multidisciplinary courses, students in geosciences and environment can specialise in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.

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Risk and Crisis Research Centre
Mid Sweden University



Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR) develops and communicates knowledge about risk, crisis and security.

RCR gathers researchers from nine different disciplines. The centre's activities include research, education and collaboration.

Through RCR, you have a unique opportunity to access research results on how risk is perceived and assessed and how crises are managed, all for the benefit of soci

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Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)



The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. We connect science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

Formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government, it has built a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development.

SEI is:

  • International - SEI has offices in five continents around the world, and works locally, regionally and globally.
  • Trusted - decision-makers and the academic community recognize us as an independent and non-partisan institute.
  • Credible - our research is objective, and supported by rigorous peer review.
  • Relevant - only joined-up research can solve joined-up problems: our work makes connections across the natural, physical, and social sciences, allowing us to take new angles on key issues and offer robust, insightful policy advice.

SEI operates through its eight centres around the world in Sweden, the UK, the US, Thailand, Kenya, Estonia and Colombia.

Our work spans from climate, water, air, and land-use issues, and integrates evidence and perspectives on governance, to the economy, gender and human health.

SEI's approach is highly collaborative: stakeholder involvement is at the heart of our efforts to build capacity, strengthen institutions and equip partners for the long term. We make sure our knowledge and findings are clearly communicated and accessible to decision-makers and civil-society. We publish our own open access material in leading academic journals and repackage our research to offer effective decision support.

To promote debate and share knowledge we convene decision-makers, academics and practitioners, and engage with policy processes, development action and business practice throughout the world.

We are committed to transparency and believe that full disclosure of our finances and funding builds trust in our work. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is our largest single donor, but we also receive broad support from other development agencies, governments, NGOs, universities, businesses, and financial institutions.

More specifically concerning disaster risk reduction, our recent work has been focusing on transforming the relationship between development and disaster risks, as well as integrating the global agendas on SDGs, Climate and the SFDRR.

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National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE)
National Applied Research Laboratories (NAR Labs)

Chinese Taipei

The National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) was established in October 1990. Its laboratory, equipped with a tri-axial shaking table, an L-shape reaction wall system, and a large strong floor test bed allows earthquake engineering simulations of structural components or systems in full-scale.


  • To advance experimental and numerical simulation technologies: Construct and maintain the worldclass experimental facilities. Provide hardware, software and technical support to national and international researchers and practitioners on earthquake engineering simulations.
  • To develop and apply earthquake loss estimation technologies: Develop and enhance the Taiwan Earthquake Loss Estimation System (TELES) software for advancement of seismic disaster scenario simulation technologies.
  • To develop seismic design, evaluation and retrofit technologies: Advance seismic design, evaluation and retrofit technologies and code provisions for buildings and bridges to ensure structural resilience, and mitigate life and property losses during earthquakes.
  • To develop state-of-the-art seismic technologies: Conduct researches on innovative, environmentfriendly, and intelligent construction materials, technologies, and systems.
  • To promote educational outreach and consolidation of earthquake knowledge: Consolidate earthquake research findings, disseminate earthquake engineering and hazard mitigation knowledge to enhance earthquake awareness and public capability of emergency responses.

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