International Workshop on Natural Hazard Uncertainties, Integrated Risks and Sustainable Development

How can we turn the challenge of extreme events into an opportunity for social learning in a sustainability perspective? This is one of the most urgent challenges faced by today’s world society as well as its scientific community. The global financial crisis of 2007 and the climate conference in Paris in 2015 illustrate how important the challenge has become in very different fields. At the same time advances in the understanding of disaster risks in socio-ecological systems enable the scientific community to provide methods and tools to face this challenge.

In this workshop, we specifically addressed the following questions:

  1. How can the insights about how small socio-ecological systems (SES) successfully deal with disaster risks through self-organization be broadened into related insights about large systems up to the global society of the 21st century?
  2. How can the difference between shocks that destabilize an SES without pushing it out of its current basin of attraction and shocks that lead to different possible basins be understood, and how can this understanding be translated into management and governance practice?
  3. How can the answers to questions 1 and 2 help to embed the model of absolute individual rationality that has driven partially successful, but unsustainable scientific, technological and economic developments into more diverse forms of rationality adequate for a global sustainability transition?

Five main themes of the workshop: 1) uncertainties of natural climate systems; 2) integrated risk and green growth, 3) regional and global challenges, like polar area, desertification and one belt one road strategy, 4) urbanization and urban system risks, and 5) sustainability and complex system.



May 8th
  • 08:30 - 09:00
  • 09:00 - 10:15
    Opening ceremony chaired by Prof. SHI PeijunWelcome Remark

    – Prof. SHI Peijun, Executive Vice President, Beijing Normal University Opening Remarks
    – Prof. Qin Dahe, Chairman of Chinese National Committee for Future Earth, member of Future Earth Scientific Committee
    – Prof. Paul Shrivastava, Executive Director, Future Earth
  • 10:15 - 10:45
    Photo session and Coffee/Tea break
  • 10:45 - 12:00
    Plenary session 1 chaired by Prof. SHI Peijun Keynote Speakers:

    – Prof. Carlo Jaeger, co-chair IRG Project Green Development and Risks
    – Prof. Xuemei Bai, member of Future Earth Scientific Committee Future Earth: Research for global sustainability
    – Prof. YE Qian, executive director IRG Project Introduction of IRG Project Implementation Plan
  • 12:00 - 14:00
  • 14:00 - 15:30
    Session 2 chaired by Prof. Carlo Jaeger Presentations (Future Earth Core Project)

    – Prof. CHEN Fang on behalf of Prof. GuoHuadong chair China IRDR committee IRDR and CNC-IRDR
    – Prof. Norio OKADA, IDiARRG
    – Dr. Nurmira ZHAMANGULOVA, iLEAPs
    – Prof. DENG Xiangzheng, UGEC
    – Prof. Ilan Chabay, IASS, Germany
  • 15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee and tea break
  • 16:00 - 17:30
    Session 3 chaired by Prof. Carlo Jaeger Presentations (IRG Project research activities)

    – Dr. Armin Haas, OBOR Risk Assessment, IASS
    – Prof. Michael Glantz, El Nino Ready Nations, University of Colorado, USA
    – Prof. WEN Jiahong, Shanghai Normal University
May 9th
  • 09:00 - 12:00
    Joint meeting IRG Project and CNC-FE DEW chaired by Prof. Armin Haas Review and Discussion Implementation Plan
  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Joint meeting IRG Project and CNC-FE DEW Chaired by Prof. LI Xiubing Discussion on cooperation between IRGP and DEW
  • 14:00 - 17:30
    Joint meeting IRG Project and CNC-FE DEW Chaired by Prof. LI Xiubing Discussion on cooperation between IRGP and DEW
May 10th
  • 09:00 - 10:30
    IRG Project SSC meeting chaired by Prof. YE Qian
  • 10:30 - 10:00
    Closing ceremony chaired by Prof. Carlo Jaeger

Conference Room V, Jing Shi Xue Tang(京师学堂), Beijing Normal University


Prof. Carlo JAEGER

Carlo C. Jaeger is an economist working on global systems, in particular on the role of financial markets in addressing – or exacerbating – the problem of climate change. He is co-founder and chairman of the Global Climate Forum, Professor at Potsdam University, Germany and the Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, where he has been appointed as an outstanding foreign expert to the Chinese government. Jaeger’s current research is focused on problems of global coordination, especially in view of sustainable development.

Prof. Xuemei BAI

Xuemei Bai is a Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.
Her research focuses on urban sustainability sciences, including urbanization and environmental change at local, regional and global scales, urban system spatial and temporal dynamics, cities and climate change, urban policy and governance, the impact of urbanization on agricultural productivity and food security, and environmental policy in China. Her work has a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Prof. YE Qian

Qian Ye is a project scientist with CCB and focuses on issues related to the social and economic impacts of climate and climate change. He has been leading a research team with the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences to develop a research program within the China Meteorological Administration with Mickey. He is also promoting the Climate Affairs program at various universities in China, and he is leading an international research team to conduct as assessment of the WMO Forecasting Demonstration Program for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.