An international conference on Disaster Risk Mitigation (ICDRM) 2017 was held on 23, 24 September at BUET. BUET-JIDPUS- one of the institutes of BUET- in association with the Civil Engineering Department, BUET organized the 1st conference of this institute titled “International Conference on Disaster Risk Mitigation 2017 (ICDRM 2017)”. In the inaugural ceremony Prof. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Honorable Adviser to the Prime Minister, International Affairs and Chief of Government Innovation Unit (GIU) as a chief guest; Prof. Dr. Saiful Islam, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, BUET as a inaugural chair; Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific as a keynote speaker; Hitoshi Ara, Senior representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a special guest; Dr. AhsanulKabir, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, BUET as a conference chair; Dr. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, BUET as a conference co-chair were present. Addressing the horrible side of different disaster Prof. Dr. Gowher Rizvi appreciated the conference. Prof. Dr. Saiful Islam, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, BUET addressed the importance of this kind of conference. Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific presented the lecture addressing different kinds of disaster. On 24 September, in concluding ceremonyProf. A.M.M.Safiullah, Honorable Vice-Chancellor of Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology was present as a chief guest.
This conference was organized as a component of the ( Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project) HEQEP Sub-Project CP-3140 of BUET-JIDPUS. It had addressed various topics related to natural disasters and techniques or methodology to mitigate the impact of such disasters. There were more than 80 papers have been accepted for the conference.