DPRI in Brief
Since its inception in 1951, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University has been pursuing principles of natural disaster reduction, establishing integrated methodologies for disaster prevention on the basis of natural and social sciences, and educating students in related fields.
The research staff members of the Institute are also affiliated with the Graduate Schools of Science and Engineering of Kyoto University. Many graduate students come to the Institute to carry out their studies under supervision of its staff members.
DPRI is located in a tranquil suburban setting within the Uji Campus of Kyoto University. There are five research divisions, and six research centers with 15 state-of-the-art laboratories in Japan engaged in the development of cutting-edge science and technology. To facilitate integrated research, each division and center is nestled among one of the following four research groups:
In March 2015, leaders from scientific research institutes around the world gathered at the "2nd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Development of a Research Road Map for the Next Decade," and discussed how the disaster research institutes could contribute to disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years, in accordance with the goals set out by the Sendai Framework which explicitly called for coordinated efforts by the scientific community to deepen the understanding of disaster risks, promote evidenced-based implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, and transfer and disseminate scientific knowledge and technologies in support of decision making processes.
Accordingly, with the support from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) was established at DPRI, as a collaborative platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to risk reduction and resilience to disasters.
DPRI adheres to enhance its research efforts and play a hierarchical role by sharing its advanced knowledge and technology in natural hazards and disasters; helps society understand and take measures for disaster prevention; and advises governments on disaster prevention strategies; and continue to excel as a Global Center of Excellence.
Updated in August 2015
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