The Fifth International Workshop for Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service
Open Science and Disaster Risk Reduction
Time：December 14, 2021
Beijing . China
Motivation to raise this workshop
• UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was adopted by member states in November 2021.
• IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service (IKCEST-DRR) sub-platform team hosted workshop
annually, and the 5th workshop was scheduled in December as usual.
• This event may well link Open Science and DRR together.
• This is a golden chance to push forward open data for DRR related research and action.
Understanding to the situation
• On June 2, 2014, the Chinese government and UNESCO signed an agreement to establish the
International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST), a category II
centre under the auspices of UNESCO in Beijing. Thus, an open knowledge platform for global
engineering initiatives came into being. Currently, IKCEST has built a “1+N” integrated
operation system with a general platform and several sub-platforms, with a total of 230 million
pieces of data (as of end of 2021). Its users come from 220 countries and regions.
• IKCEST-DRR is committed to formulating global metadata standards and establishing a global
meta-database for disasters by consolidating the data from different kinds of disasters;
integrating cross-disciplinary, cross-field, and cross-region disaster data resources and
providing knowledge service applications on line; and carrying out education, training, and
technology exchange on disaster risk reduction. Up to now, IKCEST-DRR has completed more than
1.51 million pieces of data. The number of visits has reached an average of 27,000 per month,
and the most users from abroad.
• UNESCO has been a catalyst for international, inter-disciplinary cooperation in many aspects of
DRR, particularly on 1) early warning systems; 2) safe critical infrastructures; 3) designated
sites risk prevention; 4) science, technology, and innovation; 5) building safe environment; 6)
risk governance; 7) nature-based solutions, and 8) post-disaster response. Across its 8 main
actions on DRR, UNESCO recognizes the importance of data availability for disaster risk
assessments and the development of technical solutions for better prevention, recovery and/or
adaptation to disruptive events. In addition to the collaboration with IKCEST, UNESCO regional
offices are developing DRR-related data platforms to promote knowledge sharing and to strengthen
freely accessible information. Beyond disaster risk reduction, 2017 Water Information Network
System (WINS), an open access and free participatory platform for sharing, accessing and
visualizing water-related information and hazards, as well as for connecting water
• Support Open Science actions in IKCEST.
• Increase the global influence of UNESCO DRR.
• Improve the application effect of IKCEST-DRR.
• Promote the understanding and application of open data in the DRR field.
• Provide feedback and suggestions in the field for UNESCO Open Science.
Expected outcomes of the workshop
• Experts’ presentations will be broadcast live worldwide.
• Panel discussions will be broadcast live worldwide.
• Experts’ viewpoints and consensus reached will be published on IKCEST general platform and
• Expand the expert network of IKCEST and carry out more activities in the future about Open
Science and DRR.
• Seek and break through the key scientific difficulties in DRR open data.
• Find and track regional cases for open data in DRR.
• Support some action plans of UNESCO Beijing Office for open data in DRR.
International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the Auspices of
Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction, Division of Ecological and Earth
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service of IKCEST (IKCEST-DRR)
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Programme Office (IRDR IPO)
Alliance of International Science Organizations on Disaster Risk Reduction (ANSO-DRR)
Deep-time Digital Earth Big Science Programme (DDE)
National Earth System Science Data Center
Zoom ID: 955 7447 2685
Meeting code: 683114
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95574472685
Test Time: Dec.13, 3:00-5:00 pm (Beijing Time, GMT+8)
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Responsible Persons of the Workshop
Prof. Wang Juanle，Vice Director of Department for Geo-data Science and Sharing, Institute of
Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +86-10-64888016.
Dr. Liu Chang (Cathy)，Director of General Affairs Office, Department of International Cooperation, CAE; Secretary General of IKCEST, E-mail: email@example.com, Tel: +86-10-59300230.
Yuelei YUAN E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +86 13693170987
December 14, 2021 (Beijing time GMT+8)
Moderator: Prof. Juanle WANG, Executive Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service (DRRKS) of IKCEST
Mr. Shahbaz KHAN (夏泽翰), Director of UNESCO Beijing Office
Mr. Qi TIAN, Executive Deputy Director of IKCEST, Deputy Director General (Acting in charge), Department of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
Mr Zhijun YI, Bureau of International Cooperation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Xing GAO, Deputy Director of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Moderator: Ms. Chang LIU, Director of General Affairs Office, Department of International Cooperation, CAE; Secretary General of IKCEST under the Auspices of UNESCO
|UNESCO Open Science Recommendation: International Policy Framework for Open Science
Dr. Ana PERSIC
Programme Specialist for Science Policy and Partnerships at the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building at the UNESCO
|International Cooperation on Space-based Earth Observation Services for Disaster Risk Reduction
Prof. Suju LI
Director of Satellite Application Department of National Disaster Reduction Center of China of Ministry of Emergency Management of P.R.C.
|Challenges and Role Players in Transitioning Open Science in Support of Public Good
Dr. Daisy SELEMATSELA
Chair of South African National Committee for CODATA; International Science Council CODATA as Executive board Member and Board of Directors for ORCID and Reseach4Life; Executive Director at the University of South Africa: Library and Information Services
|Global Disaster Database Review
Prof. Juanle WANG
Vice Director of Department for Geo-Data Science and Sharing, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Moderator: Prof. Qunli HAN, Executive Director of the International Project Office of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
(3 mins for each)
Mr. Soichiro YASUKAWA, Programme Specialist, Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-hazards Risk Reduction, Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO
Prof. Gretchen KALONJI, Dean of the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR), Sichuan University-Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Saini YANG, School of National Safety and Emergency Management, Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Beijing Normal University; Director, International Cooperative Research Center for Disaster Risk Reduction, Beijing Normal University
Prof. Guoqing LI, Director of National Earth Observation Data Center of China (NODA) , Director of ChinaGEOSS Data Sharing Network, Aerospace Information Research Institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Open discussion for 30 mins
Mr. Shahbaz KHAN