The Japan situation: UCL symposium and fundraiser
18 March 2011
Links: UCL and Japan
UCL is holding a symposium on the current situation in Japan. It will take place on March 22 at 4.20pm in the JZ Young Lecture Theatre.
The symposium is being organised by Professor
Shin-ichi Ohnuma (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), Dr
Yoshiyuki Yamamoto (UCL Cell and Developmental
Biology), and Dr Taku Fujiyama (UCL Civil,
Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering).
There will be a fundraising
element to the event and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross appeal for those
suffering the devastating consequences of the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear
power plant explosions in the Tohoku area of Japan.
Dr Fujiyama explained: "This symposium has been put together as a response to the recent major earthquake in Japan. It will cover the current state of the area and give some lessons from a previous major earthquake, the Hyogo earthquake."
"It will also give attendees a better idea about UCL's historical link with Japan, particularly in the Tohoku region, which has been the worst affected. UCL exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding with the area's key regional university, Tohoku University, only last month. The attendance and support of UCL staff at this symposium will be greatly appreciated."
The programme for the symposium is as follows:
16:20 - Introduction
Professor Derek Tocher (Pro-Provost, UCL, East and South East Asia)
16:30 - UCL's links with Japan
Professor Shin-ichi Ohnuma (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology)
16:45 - The current state of Tohoku University and Sendai
Dr Masanori Takahashi (UCL National Institute for Medical Research)
17:00- The Kobe earthquake
Professor Hiramatsu (Director, JSPS London)
17:20 - The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
Professor Peter Sammonds (UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction)
18:00 - Closing statements
For further information, please contact Professor Ohnuma by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0)207 608 4062
Image: Photo of Japan taken by satellite, May 2010