The biennial Global Summit Series was initiated by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto Japan with the first Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction session held in November 2011 during the same year a triple disaster – Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated Japan in March 2011. The First Global Summit which brought together 52 research institutes involved in disaster risk reduction and management from around the world, proposed the establishment of an international network of disaster research fostered by DPRI, Kyoto University. This proposal was further endorsed by the Second Global Summit that took place at DPRI, Kyoto University soon after the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, participated by 83 institutes, and established the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) to support the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 agenda. The Third Global Summit in March 2017 was successfully organized by GADRI with 102 institutes and 251 participants from around the world.

A few outcomes of the 3rd Global Summit included the launch of the World Status of Disaster Research: GADRI Book Series, proposal for publication of GADRI Prospectus, and GADRI’s active participation and contributions to the UNISDR and other major conferences.

The 4th Global Summit of GADRI under the theme of Increasing the Effectiveness and Relevance of our Institutes was organised in March 2019 at DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan. It was attended by 107 institutes and 246 participants. The conference particularly contributed to the contextualization of the Science and Technology Roadmap for the implementation of the Sendai Framework Agenda. The conference recommendations were submitted to the UNDRR Global Platform 2019.

The 6th Global Summit of GADRI will be organised at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan from 15th t 17 March 2023.

Structure of the Summit:

The 6th Global Summit of GADRI will consist of plenary sessions, panel group discussions, poster presentation with GADRI Scholarships awarded to 15 young professionals up to the age 35, networking with institute session to share seeds and needs of institutions, presentation sessions of outcomes of the panel group discussion sessions, and a wrap-up session to develop the final outcomes of the conference.

There will be two field excursions to the DPRI, Kyoto University Ujigawa Laboratory, and the Amagase Dam. Registration is required for participation.

Target Audience:

We encourage our member institutes to take this opportunity participate and share their progress and achievements in DRR. We all those who are actively engaged in DRR activities and other integrated and interdisciplinary research, young scientists, science-policy brokers, and policy makers to make use of this opportunity to engage in discussion and share their experiences and contributions to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters.


Plenary; Group Discussion; COVID-19 recovery; Committees of GADRI; Sustainable DRR; DR Governance; Gender equality; SFDRR; SDGs and Climate Change; Stocktaking


6th Global Summit of GADRI:

Towards GADRI Objectives of Achieving a Sustainable Disaster-Resilient World

The prolonged worldwide pandemic and cascading risks have taught us that the conventional approach to disaster risk planning and management is ineffective for the development of sustainable and resilient communities. A worldwide pandemic underscores the importance of integrating the following key areas: -

  1. Disaster risk should not be treated in isolation but should be integrated with health risks, climate change, and environmental risks;
  2. DRR objectives and vision should be integrated with sustainable development goals to foster a resilient world;
  3. Short-term DRR objectives need to be integrated with a long-term vision and plans for a resilient society.

Towards a sustainable and resilient society, the GADRI's five-fold objectives, which include establishing global research networks, developing research roadmaps and plans, building the capacities of research institutes, sharing information and engaging in collaborative research, and advocating for organizations, need to be directed toward the above-mentioned three key areas for integration in research and development.

The 6th GADRI Global Summit aims to systematically identify the processes, techniques, evidence, challenges and opportunities for achieving the GADRI objectives for a sustainable and resilient society against hazards and working to keep them from becoming disasters. Program participants will communicate academic science across scientific disciplines to policymakers and practitioners.


Panel Group Discussion Session I:

  1. GADRI Objective - I (global research network) for Sustainable and Resilient Society Against Disasters (SRSAD)
  2. GADRI Objective - II (developing research roadmaps and plans) for SRSAD
  3. GADRI Objective - III (building the capacities of research institutes) for SRSAD
  4. GADRI Objective - IV (mutual sharing information and engaging in collaborative research) for SRSAD
  5. GADRI Objective - V (serve as an advocacy organization ) for SRSAD

(Note: Panel Group Discussion Session I will identify the gaps, discuss what we can do/what should be done and suggest recommendations towards realizing GADRI objectives)

Panel Group Discussion Session II:

  1. Big Science for DRR: Large-scale Experiment
  2. Sustainable DRR: Integrating climate action, SDGs and DRR: Field DRR & Data (experience) Sharing
    New Challenges for Actions by GADRI
  3. Gender and Inclusivity in DRR Policy and Practice
  4. Putting Health into Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery
  5. Young Scientists Session on Youth and DRR



20 January 2023 - Poster Session

20 January 2023 - GADRI Scholarships

20 January 2023 - Seeds and Needs - Networking with Institutes Session

20 January 2023 - GADRI Survey

15-17 March 2023 -
6th Global Summit of GADRI at DPRI, Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan