Over the last decade, we have experienced the destructive power of nature through a number of catastrophes that affected communities scattered across the globe. Following such events, we rebuild our lives and infrastructure, and pose questions as to how we could have been better prepared and how we might have better responded as they unfolded. Disaster influence can be reduced but, they cannot be prevented. World must yield precautions to every stone which lay on this path. The concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improved preparedness for adverse events.

China is facing to a number of disasters such as water issues including water scarcity and flooding. With suffering from water issues, a “Sponge City” program was officially launched at the end of 2014 by Chinese government even though China started to undertake relevant projects over one decade ago. This program is to build resilient municipal infrastructure, specific to stormwater management. This announced that the stormwater management approach in China is comprehensively moving to primarily focus on “utilisation” rather than “disposal. It focuses on both the stormwater quantity and quality and hence is to mitigate urban flooding and water scarcity through reusing stormwater resources.  So far, more than 130 Chinese cities have made relevant frameworks to build their cities as the “Sponge City”. This have significantly contributed to building resilient cities all over the country.

The main theme of this year conference is “Building a disaster-resilient city". Papers related to mitigation of disasters, prevention methods of disasters, resilience enhancement, reduced exposure to hazards and attentiveness to adverse occasions are especially encouraged for submission. The conference offers special sessions on these key focus areas in addition to regular sessions. We earnestly hope that the 13th conference of IIIRR will provide attendees a significant opportunity to think about how each of us can contribute through engineering technology to overcome hardships and prepare for the future after natural disasters.

Major Topics

  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Hazard mitigation, emergency response and recovery planning
  • Sponge city construction
  • Stormwater management and urban drainage
  • Disaster preparedness and Remote Sensing applications
  • Emergency management
  • Environmental Risk management
  • Resilience in Infrastructure
  • Sustainable development
  • Water Resource management in Emergencies
  • Water Safety Plan Implementation

International Cooperation

An important activity planned for the Conference is to establish a collaborative agreement between professionals from China and other parts of the world, which will lead to further discussions of subjects of mutual interests and to potential international cooperation through various arrangements.

Organized By

Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, China


Sponsored jointly by:


Co-organized by:


Dalian University of Technology

Peking University


University of Exeter

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