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2nd-Announcement of International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development

2023-03-16  |   Editor : bukun  
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May 11-12, 2019, Beijing, CHINA

1. Background

The Silk Road, beginning in the Han Dynasty (207 BC-220 BC), crosses more than 70 countries and affects some 4.4 billion people (63% of the world). For centuries, the Silk Road has played an essential role in connecting the East and the West, through the exchange of trade, science technology and civilization. However, due to active underlying geological structures, including rapid tectonic uplift, climate change, and natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, landslides, floods, typhoons, tsunamis, etc.) that occur frequently, these conditions place threats on both social development and livelihoods along the Silk Road. Furthermore, numerous challenges related to disaster risk reduction exist in this area, including a lack of background information and data sharing mechanism, as well as an absence of a scientific risk assessment method, and mitigation countermeasures, etc.

As a result of this serious situation, and integrated with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, there is an urgent need to promote international cooperation in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development along the Silk Road. Resilience against natural hazards must be improved and an international platform for joint research and information sharing relevant to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development is needed. Therefore, an international research program for the disaster risk reduction along the Silk Roads is being implemented under the umbrella of SiDRR (Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction) by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The implementation of this program will enhance disaster prevention and will contribute to our ability to guarantee the security of livelihood of the affected countries. Based on this understanding, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Association for Science and Technology, and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Scientific Partners will jointly host the International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Beijing, on May 11-12, 2019.

2. Conference Theme

Theme: Towards Safe, Green, and Resilient Silk Roads


  • Hazard information detection and data sharing
  • Mechanisms and physical process
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Monitoring and early warning
  • Hazard prevention and mitigation
  • Emergency management and post-disaster reconstruction
  • Cross-border disasters
  • Sustainable development

3. Milestone

  • July 30, 2018 First announcement
  • August 10, 2018 Abstract submission
  • October 10, 2018 Second announcement
  • October 20, 2018 On-line registration start
  • December 20, 2018 Deadline for extended abstract submission
  • April 20, 2019 Deadline for early bird registration
  • May 10-12, 2019 seminars Conference and academic communication

4. Venue

Beijing International Convention Center

Address: No.8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing P. R. China 10010

5. Conference Form

The secretariat of the International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development invites representatives from all the hosts, organizers and co-organizers, as well as renowned experts and researchers from all continents to participate in this Conference. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and symposiums. We anticipate some 500 participants.

6. Call for Extended Abstracts

We are pleased to invite you to be part of the International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development (SiDRR conference) 2019 by presenting your relevant work related to all disciplines relevant to disasters, by submitting a two-page extended abstract of the respective presentation (Times New Roman 12 point font only). All submissions (extended abstract and the respective presentation) will be compiled and made available to attending participants.

Extended abstracts should be submitted through the conference website or via conference email (sidrr@imde.ac.cn), before December 20, 2018. Authors will be notified of all abstract/paper acceptances no later than January 30, 2019. Note that the extended abstract submitted to SiDRR conference 2019 will only be accepted after a rigorous peer-review process. Some of the selected extended abstracts will be encouraged to expand their contribution into a journal paper and with a recommendation for submission to international refereed journals.

7. Hosts, Sponsors and Organizers


  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • China Association for Science and Technology
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


  • International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
  • International Geographical Union (IGU)
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)
  • International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
  • International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)
  • International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG)
  • World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research (WASER)
  • Youth Innovation Promotion Association, CAS
  • The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
  • Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, CAS
  • Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC)
  • World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC)


  • Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS
  • Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
  • Chinese Society of Soil and Water Conservation
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Beijing Normal University
  • Sichuan University
  • South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS
  • Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS
  • Institute of Earth Environment, CAS
  • Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration

8. Secretariats and Contacts

  • Secretary General: Professor Xiaoqing Chen
  • Conference mailbox: sidrr@imde.ac.cn
  • Contact persons:
  • Dr. Xiaoqing Chen, Email:xqchen@imde.ac.cn, Tel:13008104468
  • Dr. Gordon G. D. Zhou, Email:gordon@imde.ac.cn, Tel:13980660182
  • Dr. Chaojun Ouyang, Email:cjouyang@imde.ac.cn, Tel:15928089209
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