Summer School 2017

2017 APRU-IRIDeS Summer School

“Effective investment in disaster risk reduction for resilient society”

The 5th APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School was held on 18-21 July at Tohoku University. Nearly 40 participants from 9 countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, UK, USA) participated in the even to learn the lessons-learnt and experience from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the recovery efforts in the affected areas and discuss the contribution of academia in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).

At the opening ceremony, Prof. Susumu Satomi (President of Tohoku University), Ms. Christina Schönleber (Director for Policy and Programs, 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, National Taiwan University) and the local government officials of Sendai City and Tagajo City. Moreover, the speakers were invited from NGO (Church World Service (CWS) Japan) and an elementary school in Watari town affected by the 2011 disaster. At the first Group Work, the participants shared their research findings using their posters. Furthermore, at the second Group Work, each group developed a project proposal to reduce the tsunami and flood risks.

On the Day 3, the participants visited the affected areas such as the old Nobiru station in Higashi Matsushima, the Onagawa town hospital, the Onagawa station and the Tohoku University Onagawa Field Center.

The 2017 Multi-Hazards Summer School objectives

  • To understand the international approach to Disaster Risk Reduction strategies
  • To learn from the experience and recovery process following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
  • To learn from the various DRR projects that have been implemented in the Tohoku region and overseas
  • To discuss the role of science and technology as well as universities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction


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APRU-IRIDeS 2017 Summer School Program

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18-19 and 21 July: Seminar at the IRIDeS building on the Aobayama New Campus, Tohoku University
20 July: Field trip to Higashi-matsushima city and Onagawa town

18 July (Tuesday) 2017

Lessons learnt from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
9:00-9:20 Opening
  • Opening remarks by President Susumu Satomi (Tohoku University)
  • Opening remarks by Ms. Christina Schönleber (APRU Secretariat)
  • Welcoming address by Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (IRIDeS)
9:20-9:30 Group photo
9:30-10:10 Movie [Great Tsunami]
10:10-10:25 Coffee break / moving to the Seminar room
10:25-10:35 Introduction of the summer school
10:35-10:45 Introduction of APRU
10:45-11:45 “International DRR Policy Making at the United Nations” by Prof. Yuichi Ono (IRIDeS)
11:45-13:00 Lunch / self-introduction
13:00-14:00 “Social and media interests on basic properties of tsunami and remaining issues on tsunami warning and evacuation” by Dr. Anawat Suppasuri (IRIDeS)
14:00-15:00 “Housing Recovery Six Years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake“ by Dr. Elizabeth Maly (IRIDeS)
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 “Eight Personal Characteristics Associated with the Power to Live with Disasters as Indicated by Survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster” by Prof. Motoaki Sugiura (IRIDeS)
16:15-17:15 “Building Resilience and Social Capital in Disaster-affected Communities” by Dr. Daisuke Sato (IRIDeS)
18:30- Reception

19 July (Wednesday) 2017

Role of different stakeholders: Local governments, Academia, and NGO
9:00-10:00 “Role of various stakeholders in disaster risk reduction” by Dr. Takako Izumi (IRIDeS)
10:00-11:10 “Disaster Prevention Learning in Elementary School after the Great East Japan Earthquake” by Mr. Kiyoshi Araake (Takaya Elementary School, Watari town)
11:10-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 “Towards disaster risk reduction city – Tagajo ~Disaster-resilient city~” by Mr. Takumi Fujimura (Tagajo City)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 “The Power of Localization” by Mr. Takeshi Komino (Church World Service)
14:30-15:30 “The TEAMS Project (Tohoku Ecosystem-Associated Marine Science) For Reconstruction from GEJE and For Restoring a Rich Ocean Through Science” by Prof. Akihiro Kijima (Tohoku University)
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:45 Group work 1: Poster presentation
16:45-17:15 Group presentation

20 July (Thursday) 2017

Field Trip
Higashi-Matsushima city and Onagawa town

21 July (Friday) 2017

9:00-10:00 “Forecasting and Nowcasting Major Earthquakes – An Automated Cloud-Based Approach” by Prof. John Rundle (University of California Davis)
10:00-11:00 “University Capacity Building to help local government setup Resilience Community” by Prof. Yi Chi Tan (National Taiwan University)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 “Transdisciplinary approach for building societal resilience to disasters” by Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 Group work 2: Development of a project proposal
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 Group presentation
16:30-16:45 Closing