Unpredictable forces of nature, like the recent earthquake that hit Nepal can have a devastating impact on humans and our environment.
On June 18, Shim Jae Hyun, President of National Disaster Management Institute (NDMI) was invited to deliever a special lecture on applying science and technology for disaster risk reduction, entitled “Science and Technology at the Core of Disaster Risk Reduction” before the eyes of 100 UNIST students and staffs.
The primary purpose of this event was to discuss how science and technology can help in disaster risk reduction, thereby fostering sustainable development.
During the course of the event, President Shim highlighted the critical role of science and technology for disaster risk reduction. He talked about how scientists study natural disasters and the ways that knowledge can help us prepare for Mother Nature’s fury. President Shim notes, “We cannot stop the forces of nature, but measures can be still taken to eliminate or reduce the possibility of trouble.”
After the lecture, President Shim met with Moo Young Jung, Vice President for Research Affairs of UNIST to discuss potential joint research project on disaster preparedness and mitigration. During the meeting, both parties agreed to strengthen research collaboration between UNIST and NDMI in the field of natural disaster prevention and to advance scientific knowledge and technology for resolving natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods.
Founded in 1997, NIDP is a leading institute of disaster management in Korea, focusing on disaster early warning system, implementing scientific disaster management information service, and R&D management. As the core brain of research and development in advancing disaster management policies in Korea, NIDP aims to be the top research institute in disaster management for leading disaster management technologies.