Summer School 2018

2018 APRU-IRIDeS Summer School

“Applying science, technology and innovation in disaster risk reduction”

The 6th APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School was held on 24-27 July at Tohoku University. The summer school was attended by more than 30 students and faculty members from 18 universities and organizations mainly in the Asia Pacific Rim (China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Turkey and U.S.A ). It also welcomed nearly 40 participants from the Northeast Asia Economic Forum’s Young Leaders Program. In total more than 70 people participated in this event to learn the lesson-learnt and experience from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the recovery effort in the affected area and discuss the contribution of academia in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).

At the opening ceremony, Prof. Hideo Ohno (President of Tohoku University), Ms. Christina Schönleber (Director for Policy and Program, APRU Secretariat), and Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (Director of IRIDeS) gave the opening remarks. The speakers included the faculty members of IRIDeS, Univerisity of California, Davis, University of Hawaii, Manoa, the local government officials of 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 DRR project proposal that applied and used their research results/findings. During the field trip on the Day 2, the participants visited the affected areas such as Arahama Elementary School in Sendai, Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki and Onagawa town.

The 2018 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 2018
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APRU-IRIDeS 2018 Summer School Program

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24, 26 and 27 July: Seminar at the IRIDeS building on the Aobayama New Campus, Tohoku University
25 July: Field trip to the affected sites in Sendai city, Ishinomaki city and Onagawa town

24 July (Tuesday) 2018

Day 1: Seminar 1. Lessons learnt from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
8:20-8:45 Registration (please be seated by 8:45am)
8:50-9:05 Opening
Opening remarks by Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (IRIDeS) Welcome address by Ms. Christina Schönleber (APRU Secretariat)
9:05-9:50 Movie [Great Tsunami]
9:50-10:20 “Overview of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University” by Prof. Kiyoshi Itoh (IRIDeS)
10:20-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-11:35 “International strategy for disaster risk reduction:implementation of the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction (SFDRR)” by Prof. Takako Izumi (IRIDeS)
11:35-12:35 “The problem of embankment” by Prof. Katsuya Hirano (IRIDeS)
12:35-13:50 Lunch
14:00-14:10 Welcome address by President Hideo Ohno, Tohoku University
14:10-14:20 Group photo
14:20-15:20 “Urban Disaster Reduction : Japan as a disaster-prone country and learning from past disasters” by Prof. Osamu Murao (IRIDeS)
15:20-16:20 “Approaches of social sciences to disaster mitigation” by Prof. Sebastien Boret (IRIDeS)
16:20-16:35 Coffee break
16:35-17:35 “Medical and public health needs in disaster” by Prof. Shinichi Egawa (IRIDeS)
18:30- Reception at Hotel Metropolitan Sendai

25 July (Wednesday) 2018

Day 2: Field trip: (8:40-17:30)

[Course A (APRU team)]
Sendai Station → Okawa Elementally School (Ishinomaki City) → Onagawa town → Arahama Elementally School(Sendai City) → Sendai Station

[Course B (YLP team)]
Sendai Station → Arahama Elementary School (Sendai City) → KIRIN Beer Port Sendai (Sendai) → Ishinomaki Community & Info Center → Sendai Station

26 July (Tuesday) 2018

Day 3: Seminar 2. Role of different stakeholders: Academia, Local government and NGO
9:30-10:15 “APRU Introduction” by Ms. Christina Schönleber (APRU Secretariat)
10:15-11:30 “Towards disaster risk reduction city -Tagajo :disaster resilient city” by Mr. Takumi Fujimura (Tagajo City)
11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-13:00 “Disaster Prevention Learning in elementary school after the Great East Japan Earthquake” by Mr. Kiyoshi Araake (Kouya Elementary School)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 “Innovation and Leadership; A Luxury to Necessity” by Mr. Takeshi Komino (Church World Service)
15:00-16:30 Group work 1: Learning from each other: Poster presentation (including coffee break)
16:30-17:00 Group presentation

27 July (Friday) 2018

Day 4: Seminar and Group work
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 “Instructive Warning by Media and Transdisciplinary Approach” by Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi (University of Yamanashi)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:15 “APRU Multi-Hazard Summer Seminar Climate Change and Disaster” by Dr Riyanti Djalante (UNU)
12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 “Economic impacts of natural disasters : a survey” by Prof. Nori Tarui (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
14:15-15:30 Group work 2:
  1. Please develop a DRR project proposal that applies and uses your research results/findings. It has to include both natural and social science perspective.
  2. Who needs to get involved in the project implementation? What are their roles in the project?
15:30-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 Group presentation
16:30-16:45 Closing