UK - Japan Symposium and Workshop on Disasters
8 January 2014
21-23 November 2013
Hosted by the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR)
With Tohoku University International Research Institute for Disaster Research (IRIDeS)
Supported by the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom and the UCL International Office
Session 1: Keynote addresses on building structures resistant to tsunamis and international collaboration in disaster risk reduction
After a Welcome Address from Peter Sammonds, Director of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, the Symposium began with Keynote addresses from Prof Fumihiko Imamura (Tohoku IRIDeS) and Prof Tiziana Rossetto (UCL EPICentre). Professor Imamura showed how the mega tsunami induced multiple layers of different disasters over a huge region. Professor Rossetto then showed innovative experimental, empirical and analytical approaches to assessing the fragility of buildings to tsunami. Both talks showed the results of collaborative research between UCL and Tohoku Universities, and plans for continuing and strengthening that collaboration. Prof David Alexander (UCL IRDR) spoke about cultural aspects of reconstruction after disasters, with interesting insights on previous decisions and outcomes affect future perceptions and decisions. To conclude this session, Prof Yuichi Ono (Tohoku, IRIDeS) presented his expectations for the next UN World Congress on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will take place in Sendai, the home of Tohoku University, in March 2015.
Session 2: Special session to celebrate UCL-Tohoku collaboration.
Concurrent with session 1 of this Symposium, a Memorandum of Understanding between UCL and Tohoku Universities was signed by Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost, and Professor Satomi Susumu, President of Tohoku University. In this special session, Professor Susumu spoke of the shared vision of UCL and Tohoku Universities. This was followed by pairs of speeches by leading academics from UCL and Tohoku in Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Disasters Research. Each pair of speeches spoke of existing collaboration achievements in that field and the future vision for that collaboration.
Session 3: Keynote addresses on the Science of Great Earthquakes
Keynote addresses on this theme by Prof Shinji Toda of Tohoku University and Prof James Jackson of Cambridge University demonstrated the significant advances in understanding of these great earthquakes arising from UK and Japanese research since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Session 4: Panel Discussion on fair distribution of risk in disaster reduction.
This panel discussion was chaired by Prof Peter Sammonds of UCL IRDR, with Prof Yuichi Ono and Prof Makoto Okumura of Tohoku IRIDeS and Dr Cassidy Johnson of UCL DPU on the panel. A key theme to arise from this panel discussion was the role of insurance and microinsurance in the distribution of risk.
The full Symposium Programme can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/events-news-publication/uk-japan-symposium-disasters
The workshop took place on 22nd and 23rd November. On 22nd November, there were a series of talks, followed by a panel discussion and a poster presentation session with a reception. On 23rd November, there was a smaller discussion workshop, where a smaller number of delegates from UCL and Tohoku Universities worked together towards the specific outcomes of the event, listed below in the “event outcomes” section.
The full Workshop Programme can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/rdr/events-news-publication/uk-japan-disaster-risk-reduction-workshop
1. Prof Shinji Toda (Tohoku IRIDeS, Japan) and Dr Gordon Ross (UCL IRDR, UK) have set up a joint PhD project on earthquake statistics
2. Prof Tiziana Rossetto and Dr Serge Guillas (UCL, UK) are setting up a European network with Prof Imamura (Tohoku IRIDeS)
3. UCL researchers to join Tohoku IRIDeS field mission to the Philippines, following the recent cyclone.
4. Tohoku University to host UCL researchers in November 2014 to prepare for the UN Hyogo Framework for Action meeting in Sendai in 2015 and to further their research collaboration.
5. Dr Ilan Kelman (UCL IRDR), Prof Hiroaki and Dr Rui Nouchi (Tohoku IRIDeS) are developing a new agenda setting framework and specific projects for linking health science research and disaster risk reduction research.
6. Prof Yuichi Ono (Tohoku IRIDeS), Dr Ilan Kelman and Dr Simon Day (UCL IRDR) are working together on grant applications for warning system research.
Prof Peter Sammonds, UCL IRDR
Prof Fumihiko Imamura, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Prof Tiziana Rossetto, UCL EPICentre
Prof David Alexander, UCL IRDR
Prof Yuichi Ono, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Prof Susumi Satomi, Tohoku University
Prof Toshio Iijima, Tohoku University Neuroscience
Prof Shin-Ichi Ohnuma, UCL Neuroscience
Prof Motoko Kotani, Tohoku University Materials Science
Prof Alexander Shluger, UCL CMMP
Prof Shinji Toda, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Prof James Jackson, University of Cambridge Earth Sciences
Prof Makoto Okumura, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Cassidy Johnson, UCL DPU
Prof Masato Motosaka, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Robert Muir Wood, RMS
Dr Katsu Goda, Bristol University Cabot Institute
Dr Tom Mitchell, UCL Earth Sciences
Prof Akiro Mano, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Anawat Suppasri, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Serge Guillas, UCL Statistical Sciences
Prof Dave Tappin, BGS and UCL
Prof Hiroaki Tomita, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Rui Nouchi, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Prof Masahito Takahashi, Yamaguchi University
Dr Simon Day, UCL IRDR
Dr Kanako Iuchi, Tohoku University IRIDeS
Dr Carina Fearnley, Aberystwyth University DGES