UK – Japan Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction at Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on 23 October 2015

UK – Japan Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction at Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on 23 October 2015

We have the pleasure to announce that the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS),  Tohoku University and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College London will be holding a bilateral symposium on Thursday, 23 October 2015 at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation to reflect and expand UK-Japan collaborative efforts on Disaster Risk Reduction. The participants will include leading researchers of the universities of Cambridge, Bristol and Oxford Brookes, as well as UCL and TohokuTheir interventions will open the floor to further discussions on a broad range of topics related to our societies’ response to disasters: natural hazards, technology, social interventions and policy making. Building on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by the UN Council, we believe that the UK-Japan solidarity and collaboration is an essential asset to reduce the impact of future global hazards, climate change and other man-made disasters.

To register please contact Dr Sebastien Penmellen Boret at or/and Dr Anawat Suppasri at

UK – Japan Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction

23 October 2015

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Opening remarks on UK-Japan collaboration

Hiroshi Matsura, Minister at the Embassy of Japan in the UK

Jason James, Director of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Fumihiko Imamura , Director of IRIDeS, Tohoku University

Peter Sammonds, Director of IRDR, University College London


10:30 – 11:30 Panel 1: Earthquakes Hazard Evaluation

10:30 – 10:45 Earthquake Hazard Evaluation in Japan and Earthquake in Nagano Prefecture in 2014, Prof. Shinji Toda (Tohoku University)

10:45 – 11:00 Active Fault Geometries, Dr. Joanna Faure Walker (UCL)

11:00 – 11:30 Discussion, chair Prof. Shinji Toda

11:30 – 11:45 Break 


11:45 – 12:45 Panel 2: Tsunami: Fragility Functions 

11:45 – 12:00 Global Tsunami Model (GTM) Initiative, Dr. Anawat Suppasri (Tohoku University)

12:00 – 12:15 Recent Works on Tsunami Fragility Functions, Dr. Ingrid Charvet (RMS)

12:15 – 12:45 Discussion, chair Prof. Fumihiko Imamura

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Panel 3: Multi-layered Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction

13:45 – 14:00 Prof. Yuichi Ono (Tohoku University), The Sendai Framework For DRR and the Global Center for Disaster Statistics

14:00 – 14:15 Dr. Stephen Platt (Cambridge Architectural Research Limited), Post-disaster Planning and Relocation Issues

14:15 – 14:30 Dr. Rui Nouchi (Tohoku University) and Ms. Mari Yasuda (Tohoku University), Education for DRR

14:30 – 14:45 Discussion, chair Dr. Ilan Kelman (UCL)

14:45 – 15:00 Break


15:00 – 16:15 Panel 5: Disaster Responses, Causalities and Health

15:00 – 15:20 Dr. Carine Yi (Tohoku University) NGOs’ Response and Activities and DRR

15:20 – 15:40 Dr. Supriya Akerkar (Oxford Brookes), Development and Emergency Responses

15:40 – 16:00 Dr. Ilan Kelman (University College London), Dr. Sébastien Penmellen Boret (Tohoku University), Supporting Mental Health through Managing Bodies and Memorialization in Emergencies

16:00-16:15 Discussion, chair Prof. David Alexander (UCL)

16:15 – 16:30 Closing remarks on future DRR challenges, Dr. R. Smith & Prof. Y. Ono


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