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Summary of the 1st International Training Workshop on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation
Posted by SDIM / Feb   21, 2014 / News

From November 11 to 22, the first international training workshop on space technology for disaster mitigation was held at RADI Sanya Campus. The event was hosted by the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), with the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO and RADI as co-hosts. By providing systematic training in the theory, technology and application of space technology for disaster mitigation, the workshop is intended to cultivate practical talents in this field so as to promote the application of such technology in developing countries, satisfy their needs for disaster reduction, and enhance their capability of dealing with disasters by adopting advanced space technology. The workshop not only enhanced the participants’ research and operational capabilities in the field of space technology for disaster mitigation, but also deepened their understanding of CAS and TWAS, thereby laying a solid foundation for further deepening scientific cooperation among developing nations.

23 participants from 15 developing countries, including Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nigeria and South Africa, took part in this workshop. Meanwhile, the training workshop invite 21 lecturers, including 7 internationally renowned experts from Massey University of New Zealand, University of South Carolina, the University of Twente, etc. and 14 famous Chinese experts, from RADI, China Agricultural University, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Peking University, etc. The lecturers deliver a series of lectures to the participants of the training workshop, covering the scientific foundation of space technology for disaster mitigation, key technologies and the latest research progress in this respect at home and abroad, the lectures are well received by the participants.

The success of the training workshop built a bridge for cooperation with developing countries in the future. The success of this training workshop may be reflected from the following 4 aspects: 1) The participants mastered the knowledge about space technology and enhanced their capability of applying space technology to disaster management and disaster reduction; 2) Although it was the first time to hold such a training workshop on space technology for disaster mitigation for participants from developing countries, it was highly recognized in terms of teaching arrangement, lecturers and organizational work; 3) The workshop enhanced the international influence of CAS and exhibited its strength in the field of space technology for disaster mitigation; and 4) An international cooperation network has been preliminarily created in Asia and Africa, laying a solid foundation for substantial cooperation among developing countries in the future.