Report on the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction | Tohoku University DRR Actions


ID:186 Science and Practical Disaster Risk Reduction - Role of Universities in DRR

13:15-19:00(Door Open 13:00)
Tohoku University Kawauchi-kita Campus B200

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International Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University


Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)


The Association of Pacific Rim Universities(APRU)




Number of participants 100

21 disaster related experts and scholars were invited to this session as speakers from government, academia, NGO, the private sector, and research institute such as NASA. This Forum consisted of 3 sessions. The first session “Bridging the gap between science and practice” emphasized the importance of and need for the collaboration with the private sector in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Many case studies of the collaboration among the private sector, governments and academia exist for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) at international level. It was agreed that such collaboration needs to be continued and further strengthened. In the second session How can science and technology contribute to practical DRR?”, it was discussed that how the data possessed by various research institutes can be shared and used for DRR implementation effectively. In the US, the research results have been often reflected in risk assessment and such outcomes have been utilized in collaboration with the private sector as a part of DRR initiatives. It was underlined that it was critical to collect such case studies and shared among stakeholders. In the last session “Role of social science in DRR”, it was agreed that DRR efforts such as education, community DRR and collaboration with local governments and NGOs are crucial in addition to strengthening infrastructure.  Furthermore, it was highlighted that University itself needed to prepare for disasters to protect students, faculty and employees. Through all the sessions, the importance of and need for partnership was discussed. The participants in this session were willing to initiate collaborative projects among them towards DRR implementation on the ground.



This forum comprises 3 sessions: 1. Bridging the gap between science and practice,
2. How can science and technology contribute to practical disaster risk reduction (DRR)?, 3. Role of social science in DRR. It will invite speakers from academia, the private sector, NGO, government agencies as well as international organizations such as UN agencies. It aims to discuss the effective partnership among various stakeholders and the role of academia in strengthening practical DRR and the preparedness capacity and resilience to natural disasters.


Dr. Christopher Tremewan (Secretary General of Association of Pacific Rim Universities), Prof. Fumihiko Imamura (Director of International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University)

Keynote Speeches
Dr. Gordon McBean (International Council for Science-ICSU),
Dr. Rudiger Klien (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk)

Session 1: Bridging the gap between science and practice
Dr. Manu Gupta (ADRRN)
Prof. Supot Teachavorasinskun (Chulalonkorn University)
Mr. Masaaki Miyamoto (Pacific Consaultants)
Mr. Rowan Douglas (Willis Research Network)
Dr. Yoshiko Abe (Kokusai Kogyo)

Session 2: How can science contribute to practical disaster risk reduction?
Prof. John Rundle (University of California, Davis)
Dr. David Green (NASA)
Dr. Gerald Bowden (NASA)
Dr Margaret Glasscoe (California Institute of Technology)
Prof. Shinji Toda (IRIDeS, Tohoku University)
Prof. Yih-ChiTan (National Taiwan University)
Prof. Hui Zhang (Tsinghua University)

Session 3: Role of social science
Prof. Hugo Romero (University of Chile)
Prof. Reid Basher (Victoria University of Wellington)
Prof. Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University)
Prof. Karl Kim (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
Prof. Takako Izumi (IRIDeS, Tohoku University)
Mr. Badaoui Rouhban (Former Director for Section for Disaster Reduction, UNESCO)

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