Message from Organiser



It is our great honor and pleasure to invite you to participate in the Annual Conference on Disaster Preparedness and Response 2019: “Reduce Risks ● Build Resilience”, organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI), to be held in Hong Kong on 29 June 2019.

The 2019 Annual Conference is the fourth in this series of conferences, following previous successful events in with the themes of From Community to Emergency Room in 2015; Building a Resilient Health System in 2016; and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities Ahead in 2018.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) definition on resilience is: “The ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions through risk management.” Resilience has to be built at various levels, from individual level to household, community, country or a region. Therefore, all sectors in the society are welcome to join the event and help us build a safer Hong Kong!

We are proud to have invited distinguished international and local speakers to cover a wide range of topics. The conference will bring together experts and practitioners, government officials, social services, businesses and researchers to share experience and ideas on reducing risks and building resilience!

To put together a conference of this diversity of participants and topics is not a small task. To that end, we wish to thank the Scientific Committee for providing their wisdom and guidance to the design of the programme. We would like to offer a special thanks to the Hong Kong Observatory for offering a guided tour as our post-conference event. Also, we would like to express our deep gratitude to our Supporting Organisations for promulgating our messages to their members. The conference will not materialise without the support of Supporting Organisations, listed as follows:
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  • Ambulance Service Institute (Hong Kong Branch)
  • Auxiliary Medical Service
  • Civil Aid Service
  • Civil Engineering and Development Department
  • Department of Health
  • Drainage Services Department
  • Hong Kong College of Community Medicine
  • Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine
  • Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • Hong Kong Fire Services Department
  • Hong Kong Institute of Security Professionals
  • Hong Kong Observatory
  • Hong Kong Police College
  • Hong Kong Police Force
  • Hong Kong Red Cross
  • Hong Kong St. John Ambulance

Eva Lam



About Us


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) was officially launched in 2014 with the generous donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Trust). Housed in and led by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, the HKJCDPRI aims to build a prepared community in Hong Kong to respond to disasters.

With our academic and community partners, we provide a platform for comprehensive training, research, policy discussion and knowledge exchange to enhance our knowledge in building resilience in the community. We believe in the blended learning approach in using mixed modalities including a-learning, face-to-face teaching, simulation-based experiential learning and field-based exercises to drive learning impact and transfer knowledge into practice.

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