IDRiM 2020 celebrates 11 years since the official establishment of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) in 2009, and 20 years since our founding members first discussed integrated disaster risk management at the first IIASA-DPRI Annual Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management in 2001. IDRiM was established in Kyoto, after almost one decade of efforts to bring together researchers from engineering, natural sciences, economics, mathematics, sociology, psychology, education, among many others, to tackle pressing problems regarding disaster risks around the world. One of IDRiM’s key focus areas has been Implementation Science which was pioneered by DPRI, and a central goal of IIASA, both founders of the IDRiM dream.

While it is true that the number of people killed by disasters has dramatically declined in the past century, the number of disasters around the globe continues to increase, as well as the number of victims and the economic losses from disasters. We need to understand the mechanism for the effective social implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies. Several studies have estimated the benefits of disaster risk reduction outweigh the costs. While it is difficult to measure the benefits of DRR because we cannot know what disasters were avoided, we do know that a well-prepared area will fare better than one that is unprepared when hit with similar hazardous events. Nonetheless, recent disasters have also shown that disaster impacts can cross boarders producing ripple effects that can be felt around the globe. Furthermore, some hazards, particularly those related to climate change need to be addressed at the local, country, region and global levels. In these cases, we cannot talk about disaster risk reduction without addressing our planet’s own survival ability. This means that it is becoming more and more urgent to tackle DRR in an integrated, comprehensive way, and from many different perspectives, and at all levels from the local to the global. In this light, IDRiM2020 takes on a special meaning as we look back at two decades of applied and theoretical research on IDRiM.

The key questions that IDRiM 2020 would like to address are:

▢ How has IDRiM contributed to disaster risk reduction (DRR)?
▢ Should IDRiM play a more prominent role in global platforms on DRR, development and climate change adaptation?
▢ Can IDRiM promote implementation science through ideas such as the case-station field campuses (CASiFiCA) and other initiatives?
▢ Can IDRiM play a stronger role in bridging the gap between local, national and international multi-stakeholder discussions on disaster risk reduction?
▢ How “integrated” have our efforts been?
▢ Do we need to expand our views?
▢ How can advances from other disciplinary fields and initiatives that have not been traditionally included in the DRR discourse (e.g., conscious businesses and new economics paradigms, green construction, life cycle assessment and planning, environmental protection including reducing consumption and waste, simple living, green cities, disaster history, anthropology and cultural studies, and many more) contribute to DRR and vice versa?