The United Nations International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction –“Building Resilience through Integrated Applications” was held by Ministry of Civil Affairs and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, at Jianguo Hotel Beijing of Beijing Institute of Technology, during October 23rd to 25th, 2017. More than one hundred (100) international scholars, educators and researchers on Space Technology and Disaster Reduction were in attendance. Professor Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of RCSSTEAP, Dean of International School, Beihang University, Professor Tan Yumin from School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Beihang University and five (5) participants of the Centre were invited to attend it.
The Conference consists of five (5) main sessions, including policy and institutional arrangements for integrating “space” in DRR decision making, integration of space and in-situ data for disaster risk reduction, technology integration for disaster risk assessment and emergency response, integrated applications of Earth observation, global navigation satellite system and telecommunication constellations for disaster risk reduction and climate change related extreme hazards, and networking and engagement with the UN-SPIDER network.
Professor Weng Jingnong, Executive Director of RCSSTEAP, Dean of International School, Beihang University, gave a report on UN Affiliated Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education: China at the Conference, which received warm response.
The conference was indeed a great platform for Space Technology and Disaster Reduction experts, researchers, educators and students to learn and exchange ideas. Participants of the Centre in attendance were grateful for this massive opportunity to learn and interact with colleagues from other Institutes, and this conference also enlightened them to relate their professional knowledge to other fields to help solve practical issues.