Summer School 2016

2016 APRU-IRIDeS Summer School

“Handing down disaster experiences and lessons-learnt to the next generation”

The APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School was conducted on 19-22 July 2016 at Tohoku University. Total nearly 50 participants including students and faculty members from 18 universities in 11 countries (Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, USA and Hong Kong) attended this event.

At the opening ceremony, Prof. Susumu Satomi (President of Tohoku University), Mr. Keith Chi-ho Wong (Director, APRU Secretariat), and Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (Director of IRIDeS) gave the opening remarks. The speakers included the faculty members of IRIDeS, University of California, Davis, University of Philippines, University of Hawaii Manoa and the local government officials of Sendai City and Tagajo City. Moreover, the speakers were invited from NGO(Church World Service (CWS) Japan) and the private sector(Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.). At the Group work, the participants discussed the role of various stakeholders in disaster management and how we can pass on lessons learned to the next generation.

On the Day 3, the participants visited the affected areas such as Natori City and Tagajo City to understand the reconstruction processes and the local government initiatives such as seawalls and disaster public houses. Furthermore, it gave an opportunity to learn from the experiences of the affected people who are living in a disaster public house in Tagajo City and of the high school students at the Tagajo High School.

The 2016 Multi-Hazards Summer School objectives

  • Understand the mechanism of the international DRR strategy
  • Learn from the experience and recovery process from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
  • Learn from various DRR projects that have been implemented in the Tohoku region and overseas
  • Discuss the role of science and technology as well as universities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction


Report Summer School 2016
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APRU-IRIDeS 2016 Summer School Program

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19-20 and 22 July: Seminar at the IRIDeS building on the Aobayama New Campus, Tohoku University
21 July: Field trip to Natori City and Tagajo City

19 July (Tuesday) 2016

9:00-9:20 Opening
  • Opening remarks by President Susumu Satomi (Tohoku University)
  • Welcoming address by Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (Director, IRIDeS)
  • Opening remarks by Mr. Keith Wong (Director, APRU Secretariat)
9:20-9:30 Group photo
9:30-10:00 Why does IRIDeS take a multidisciplinary approach to large scale disasters?” Prof. Makoto Okumura (Deputy Director, IRIDeS)
10:00-10:40 Movie [Great Tsunami]
11:00-12:00 Enhancing community-based DRR and role of schools based on lessons learnt from the 3.11 disaster” Assoc. Prof. Aiko Sakurai (IRIDeS)
12:00-13:00 Lunch / self-introduction
13:00-14:00 Geological and historical evidence of paleotsunami” Assoc. Prof. Kazuhisa Goto (IRIDeS)
14:00-15:00 Follow up work on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” Prof. Yuichi Ono (IRIDeS)
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 How to make a healthy resilient community” Prof. Shinichi Egawa (IRIDeS)
16:15-17:15 Repeated failure of humanitarian logistics for recent disasters in Japan” Prof. Makoto Okumura (Deputy Director, IRIDeS)

20 July (Wednesday) 2016

Experience sharing by different stakeholders: towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
9:00-10:00 Restoration and Challenge of Sendai – Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City” Mr. Akira Takahashi (Sendai City)
10:00-11:00 Towards disaster risk reduction city: A disaster-resilient Tagajo City” Mr. Takumi Fujimura (Tagajo City)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Roles of different stakeholders in Disaster Risk Reduction” Assoc. Prof. Takako Izumi (IRIDeS)
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 The Power of Partnership” Mr. Takeshi Komino (Church World Service)
14:15-15:15 Private sector engagement towards disaster resilient societies” Dr. Yoshiko Abe (Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.)
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 Group work: Roles of various stakeholders in disaster management
16:30-17:15 Group presentation/discussion

21 July (Thursday) 2016

Natori City and Tagajo City

22 July (Friday) 2016

9:00-10:00 Natural Disasters: Forecasting and Nowcasting” Prof. John Rundle (University of California Davis)
10:00-11:00 A textual analysis of the SFDRR 2015-2030 in terms of disaster risk factor management” Prof. Benito M. Pacheco (University of Philippines)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 Disaster Resilience:  From Science to Action” Prof. Denise Konan (University of Hawaii Manoa)
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:45 Group work: How we can pass on lessons learned to the next generation
14:45-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:00 Group presentation/discussion
16:00-16:15 Closing