UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction


UK Japan Symposium on Disasters

Start: Nov 21, 2013 09:00 AM
End: Nov 21, 2013 05:00 PM

Location: Chancellors Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This symposium is one of the events marking the 150th anniversary year of the arrival at University College London of the “Choshu 5”, the first citizens of Japan to travel abroad for a university education. It occurs on the same day as the signing of the formal Memorandum of Understanding between UCL and Tohoku University, regarding research collaboration in a number of areas including that of Disaster Science for which the lead institutes in the two universities are, respectively, the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) of UCL. The IRIDeS was established in the aftermath of the March 11th, 2011 giant earthquake and tsunami that impacted the coasts of NE Japan. Like IRDR, IRIDeS is a multi-disciplinary centre dealing with all aspects of natural hazards, disasters and disaster mitigation. This symposium and related activities on the following two days will therefore cover all aspects of disaster science, but with an emphasis upon earthquake and tsunami hazards and the implications for disaster mitigation science, engineering and management disciplines of the major tsunami disasters of recent years.

Organising Committee:

Dr Rosanna Smith, convener

Dr Simon Day, scientific convener

Amy Chadderton

Programme of events

Directions for Venue

Address: Chancellors Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

For information on getting there:

Walking Directions (PDF) 

Senate House 1st Floor Layout 





Registration and coffee

Welcome and Introduction

Professor Peter Sammonds

Plenary lectures on building structures resistant to earthquakes and tsunamis

Chair: Professor David Alexander, UCL IRDR
Professor Fumihiko Imamura: 

Hazard of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami and its induced multiple disasters

Professor Tiziana Rossetto:

Fragility of Buildings to Tsunami: Experimental, Empirical and Analytical Approaches

Professor Fumihiko Imamura
Professor Tiziana Rossetto

Plenary lectures on International Collaboration in Disaster Risk Reduction

Chair: Professor Akira Mano (Tohoku IRIDeS)
Professor David Alexander:

The Cultural Imprint on Reconstruction after Disaster 

Professor Yuichi Ono:

Expectations for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan, 14-18 March 2015

Professor David Alexander
Professor Yuichi Ono
12:00-13:00 Lunch

Special Session to Celebrate UCL-Tohoku Collaboration

This Special Session to announce the UCL-Tohoku Memorandum of Understanding and celebrate collaboration between these two universities will be chaired by Richard Catlow, Dean of the MAPS faculty.

Speech 1: 

Professor Susumi Satomi, President of Tohoku University - Announcement of the MoU and prospects for Tohoku-UCL collaboration.

Speech 2:

Professor Iijima, Tohoku University Life Sciences - The development of UCL-Tohoku collaboration in Life Sciences.

Speech 3:

Professor Shin-Ichi Ohnuma, UCL Life Sciences - Future Prospects for UCL-Tohoku collaboration in Life Sciences.

Speech 4:

Professor Motoko Kotani, Tohoku Materials Sciences - Future Prospects and Opportunities for UCL-Tohoku collaboration in Materials Sciences.

Speech 5:

Professor Alexander Shluger, UCL CMMP - The development and achievements of UCL-Tohoku collaboration in Materials Sciences.

Speech 6:

Professor Fumihiko Imamura, Tohoku IRIDeS - Introducing the new International Research Institute for Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University and emerging collaborations with UCL IRDR.

Speech 7:

Professor Peter Sammonds, UCL IRDR - Future prospects for UCL-Tohoku collaboration in Risk and Disaster Reduction and our contribution to international society.

14:00-14:15 Break

Plenary lectures on the science of Giant Earthquakes

Chair: Professor Masato Motosaka (Tohoku, IRIDeS)
Professor Shinji Toda:

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake: what we learned from the gigantic earthquake

Professor James Jackson (University of Cambridge):

New insights on the generation of some tsunami earthquakes

Professor Shinji Toda
Professor James Jackson
15:45-16:00 Break

Panel Discussion: How can we best ensure a fair distribution of risk from local to international levels in disaster risk reduction?

Chair: Professor Peter Sammonds (UCL)


Professor Yuichi Ono (IRIDeS, Tohoku),

Professor Makoto Okumura (IRIDeS, Tohoku),

Dr Cassidy Johnson (UCL).

Dr Cassidy Johnson
Professor Makoto Okumura

This event is free, but you need to register beforehand:

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