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International Science Council appoints new members to IRDR Scientific Committee

New members of the Scientific Committee for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme have been appointed by the International Science Council (ISC).

The Committee provides scientific guidance for IRDR to deliver on its mission to mobilize science for the reduction of all types of disaster risk, building resilience and reducing vulnerability by integrating risk science with climate change adaptation and mitigation and sustainable development. 

To achieve this mission, the IRDR will bring together expertise from sciences, technologies, engineering and more to improve knowledge and understanding of risk and uncertainty that hamper progress toward inclusive, safe and sustainable development; to promote innovation in research and action and effective solutions in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); and to build institutional capacity required under various socio-economic and cultural settings and development contexts for risk-informed sustainable development.  

The 15 members of the new Scientific Committee represent different regions of the world and scientific domains, providing a broad range of expertise to support the IRDR objectives. The members are: 

  • Dr. Alik Ismail-Zadeh (Germany – Natural Sciences), nominated by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
  • Prof. Christopher Garimoi Orach (Uganda – Medical Sciences) 
  • Prof. Fang Chen (China – Engineering & Technology), nominated by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)
  • Prof. Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi (Mexico – Natural Sciences), nominated by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
  • Prof. Josephine Ngaira (Kenya – Natural Sciences), nominated by the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS)
  • Dr. Kaoru Takara (Japan – Natural Sciences), nominated by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ)
  • Dr. Katayoon Bahramian (Australia – Engineering & Technology), nominated by the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) 
  • Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak (Malaysia – Engineering & Technology), nominated by the Global Young Academy (GYA)
  • Prof. Maria Soledad Garcia Ferrari (UK – Social Sciences), nominated by the The British Academy (BA) 
  • Dr. Naxhelli Ruiz-Rivera (Mexico – Social Sciences), nominated by the Mexican Council of Social Sciences (COMECSO)
  • Dr. Nuraini Rahma Hanifa (Indonesia – Natural Sciences), nominated by the Indonesian Young Academy of Science (ALMI)
  • Dr. Ronald Roopnarine (Trinidad & Tobago – Natural Sciences), nominated by the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Dr. Saja Al Zoubi (Canada – Economics), nominated by the Global Young Academy (GYA)
  • Prof. Timothy Melbourne (USA – Natural Sciences), nominated by the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
  • Dr.  Yu Lei (China – Natural Sciences), nominated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is an international scientific programme cosponsored by the International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The International Programme Office (IPO) of IRDR is supported by the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) of CAS.

For more information on IRDR, please visit its website.


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