On July 5-6, a delegation of 5 from the CDMPS will attend the China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium in Nanjing, China. The Symposium in China is just one of the many positive outcomes accomplished from the relationship that has been established between the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) of the University of Melbourne and Hohai University, and will be the first of many collaborative activities to come in the future.
The symposium follows the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management that was held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2015 which was hosted by the University of Melbourne and which many international researchers and practitioners comprising researchers from China including from Hohai University as well as other organizations participated in.
The symposium aims to firstly, present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to disaster management within the context of a global disaster management platform. Secondly, to establish and extend partnerships between China and Australia. Thirdly, to develop a future research agenda to tackle identified disaster management issues identified for China and Australia. And finally, to exchange ideas and to contribute to knowledge in the disaster management field.
A key topic at the symposium will be the Global Disaster Management Platform (GDMP). The GDMP is a collaborative international research project funded by the University of Melbourne – under the International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) that is led by the CDMPS at the University of Melbourne that aims to develop a platform that can bring together and connect communities dedicated to the disaster field to enable them to share and collaborate. Partner countries in this project include China, India, Chile and Brazil.
Through this China-Australia international research symposium, achieving the GDMP vision of an interactive, coordinated and smart disaster management community that delivers positive outcomes for wider society will be closer to being realized.