International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development

United Nations Environment Programme
China Association for Science and Technology
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Chinese Academy of Sciences
International Association of Engineering Geology
Beijing International Convention Centre

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 the 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 of the field 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, China Association for Science and Technology, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and international scientific partners will jointly host the International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development (SiDRR Conference 2019) in Beijing, on May 11-12, 2019.


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

  • Disaster prevention and mitigation

  • Emergency management and post-disaster reconstruction

  • Cross-border disasters

  • Sustainable development


October 20, 2018 On-line registration start

April 5, 2019 Deadline for abstract submission

April 20, 2019 Deadline for early bird registration

May 11-12, 2019 SiDRR Conference

Call for Extended Abstracts

We are pleased to invite you to be part of the SiDRR Conference 2019 by presenting your 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 abstract should be submitted through the conference website ( before April 5, 2019. 

Authors will be notified of all abstract acceptances no later than April 10, 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 abstract will be encouraged to expand their contribution into a journal paper and with a recommended for submission to international refereed journals.

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