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International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster

Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development

May 11-12, Beijing, CHINA
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Conference Place

Beijing International Convention


Tentative Invited Speakers (Find More Detail in the Invited Speakers Page)


Tentative Journals for Special Issue (Find More Detail in the Tentative Journals Page)



The Silk Road, beginning in the Han Dynasty (207 BC-220 AD), 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. 


Disaster events 1990-2017(Source: NatCatSERVICE of Munich RE)

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.

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.


Towards Safe, Green, and Resilient Silk Roads


l  Hazard information detection and data sharing

l  Mechanisms and physical process

l  Risk analysis and management

l  Monitoring and early warning

l  Hazard prevention and mitigation

l  Emergency management and post-disaster reconstruction

l  Cross-border disasters

l  Sustainable development

Tentative Keynote Speakers

--after Opening Ceremony of May 11 morning:

Dahe Qin, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences


Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Professor Emeritus of University of Yamanashi, Japan; chairperson of Inter-Governmental Council of UNESCO IHP for 1998-2000; President of IAHS for 2001-2005

Tentative Title: Climate Change Adaptation for Flood-related Disaster Management in Japan


Kyoji Sassa, Secretary General of International Consortium on Landslides; Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University; Editor-in-Chief of Landslides: Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides

Tentative Title: Recent Development and Challenging Task in Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction    


Peng Cui, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Science Committee Member of IRDR of ISC/UNISDR & Vice President of IRDR China; Vice President of Chinese Society of Water and Soil Conservation

--Keynote speakers of May 12:


Chack Fan Lee, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Professor and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Hong Kong; Chairman of The Jao Tsung-I Academy

Tentative Title: The Belt and Road - Historic Outlines and Future Prospects


Mohammad Qasim Jan, President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences; Adviser, OIC Standing Committee on Scientific & Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Islamabad; Distinguished National Professor, National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar


Toshio Yamagata, Professor of University of Tokyo, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology


Charles W. W. Ng, President of International Society for Soil Mechanics and GeotechnicalEngineering (ISSMGE), Chair Professorand Associate Vice-President at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tentative Title: Exploring and developing sustainable and ecologically engineered slopes via unsaturated soil mechanics


Rafig Azzam, President of International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG), professor emeritus of RWTH Aachen University, former President of  German National Association of Engineering Geology


Weidong Liu, Professor and Assistant Director of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS

Tentative Session Invited Speakers:

Sessions will be scheduled on May 11 afternoon and/or May 12 morning at the Beijing Conventional Center. The list will be continued to update over the time. If there's any mistakes or omissions, please refer to the information onsite at the Conference.

Session 1: The Formation Process, Mechanism, and Treating Countermeasures of Landslides

Session 3: Health-Emergency Disaster Risk Management

Session 4: Engineering Geology and Geological Engineering

Session 6: Improving Policy and Science &Technology Interface in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 

Session 7: Risk and Management of Water Disaster under Changing Environment

Session 8: Advances in Landslide Risk Reduction

Session 9: Sediment Transportation and Geo-hazard Mitigation

Session 10: Mountain Hazards

Session 12: Models for Higher Education Collaboration on Natural Disaster Risk Reduction, Response, and Reconstruction

Session 13: The Sustainable Development along Silk Roads

Session 14: Marine Observations and Hazards

Session15: Climate Change and Disaster Prevention Technology in Eurasia Arid Zone (DPTUA)

Session 16: Paleoenvironmental Change and Disaster along the Silk Roads

Session 19: Societal Impacts of Geohazards

Session 20: Disaster Monitoring and Risk Assessment

Session 21: Engineering and Environmental Geological Disasters in Permafrost Area

Session 22: Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service

Tentative Journals for Special Issues

Session 4 Engineering Geology and Geological Engineering

ØEngineering Geology

ØBulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment

Session 9 Sediment Transportation and Geo-hazard Mitigation

ØInternational Journal of Sediment Research

Session 10 Mountain Hazards

ØJournal of Mountain Science

Session 11 Integrated Disaster Risk Governance - Assessment and Management

ØInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science

Session 15 Climate Change and Disaster Prevention Technology in Eurasia Arid Zone (DPTUA) 

ØJournal of Arid Land

Session 16 Paleoenvironmental Change and Disaster along the Silk Roads

ØJournal of Earth Environment

Session 20 Disaster monitoring and risk assessment

ØNatural Resource Research

ØComputers & Geosciences

Please note that abstract submission deadline is postponed to April 5th, and deadline for early-bird registration payment is April 20th.

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 International Conference on Silk-roadsDisaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development


May 11-12, 2019

Beijing International Convention Center, CHINA


We have attached the hotels nearby the Beijing International Convention Center below. It is one of the most popular areas for tourists and conferences in Beijing. Right next to Bird Nest, Beijing Olympic Park, and China Science and Technology Museum.

We would advice you to book the hotel at your earliest convenience. 


1. Beijing North Star Continental Grand Hotel (same as the site)


Beijing International Convention Center, No. 8 Beichen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Contact: +86 010-84985588

Conference Site: http://www.bicc.com.cn/    

Link to its hotel: http://www.bcghotel.com/

Reference: Around 650 RMB per night without breakfirst

2. Foreign Experts Building Beijing (about 3.8km away)


Huayan Beili Residential Zone, Middle North 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Contact: +86 010-82858888


Reference: Around 688 RMB per night without breakfirst, Breakfast buffet would be 68 RMB per person

3. Holiday Inn Express (Beijing MinZuYuan) about 3.8km away


Block 3, No.2, Minzuyuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Contact: +86 010-59269190


Reference: About 699 RMB per night with breakfirst

4. Anhui Da Sha (about 1.2km away)

北京 朝阳区 惠新西街1号

No.5 West Huixin Street Chaoyang District,Beijing,China

Contact: +86 010-64965588


Reference: Around 560 RMB per night without breakfirst, Chinese breakfast 30 RMB per person

5. Yayuncun Hotel (about 500m away)


No.8 Beichendong road, Chaoyang district

Contact: +86 010-64991199


Reference: Around 490 RMB per night without breakfirst, Breakfast buffet 38 RMB per person

6. National Jade Hotel (about 689m away)


No. 19 Hui Zhong Li, Asian Games Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Contact: +86 010-64969988


Reference: Single room around 490 RMB per night without breakfirst, standard room around 530 RMB per night without breakfirst, Breakfast buffet 68 RMB per person

7. Grand Skylight Catic Hotel (about 445m away)


No. 18 Beichen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Contact: +86 010-84971188


Reference: Around 990 RMB without breakfast, Breakfast Buffet would be 98 RMB per person