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4th Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction

03/13/2019 - 03/15/2019


The Fourth Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction (4GSRIDRR2019), sponsored by the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) and DPRI, Kyoto University, is the fourth session of the Global Summit Series. It provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders in both government and non-governmental institutes involved in disaster risk reduction and resilience to come together to discuss, share and exchange ideas to contribute and be relevant to the priority areas of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The program will include keynote speeches, discussion sessions, oral/poster presentations, and panel sessions. In addition, research institutions are encouraged to hold side events and academic booths.

The Sendai Framework Agenda for 2030 calls to increase awareness on disaster risk reduction and resilience and implement policies to prevent new risks. What could GADRI do to further promote the 2030 agenda of the Sendai Framework? GADRI are committed to take a coherent and a global approach to disaster risk reduction and resilience through its network of disaster research institutes.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline Paper title and abstract submission extended to: 30 November 2018
  • Deadline full paper submission: 31 December 2018
  • Deadline – early bird registration: 31 January 2019
  • Deadline – online registration: 28 February 2019

The Fourth Global Summit under the theme of “Increasing the effectiveness and relevance of our institutes” will explore:

  • GADRI Contributions to the 2016 Science & Technology Roadmap; and how best could GADRI promote SFDRR 2030 agenda?
  • SDGs and Climate change and adaptation – what engagement mechanisms and research linkages are needed to influence research directions among policy makers, governments, localities, media, etc.?
  • The Tokyo Statement 2017 and the SFDRR Agenda 2030.
  • Research Funding – Where are the funding for disaster risk reduction activities coming from and are they invested to right causes and areas that are most needed?

Group Discussion Sessions:

Disasters continue to increase in numbers and affect nations and communities by impact and intensity. Most research institutions conduct research for publication purposes or for fulfilling a requirement for grants and/or a specific targeted purpose. Such research is most often duplicated and at times though valuable, goes unnoticed and archived.

Focusing on the purpose and objectives, the Fourth Global Summit will explore the governing nature of empirical research on disaster risk reduction conducted by various research institutions nationally and globally, especially how evidence-based research results are utilized or implemented in mitigating disasters. Emphasize will be on integrated disaster research with a wider focus on collaborative research activities.

Parallel group discussion sessions will be held on Day 1 and Day 2. Participants will be able to join the group/s they prefer. 

The discussion sessions will focus on purpose and objectives of the 4th Global Summit. Based on purpose and objectives, the participants will:

  • learn from accumulated research knowledge of each research institute
  • share information on ongoing project activities and achievements
  • explore opportunities for collaborative and empirical research activities
  • develop a statement of actions for various stakeholders in DRR which could be presented at the Global Platform 2019.



Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)
Kyoto University


Kyoto University
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