Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes/typhoons/cyclones and floods are common threats for many societies on the Pacific Rim’s ‘Ring of Fire’.  To address these shared threats, the APRU Multi-Hazards Program aims to build safer and more disaster resilient societies through education, research and partnerships. To do this, the Program is working to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction and recovery, the sharing of strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and to contribute to international policy making processes on disaster risk reduction. In particular, the Program focuses on better strategies to deal with low-frequency high impact disasters. The APRU Multi-Hazards Program builds upon the strengths APRU Multi-hazards symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. An APRU program hub has been established at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) with an International Core Group chaired by Professor Yuichi Ono and coordinated by Associate Professor Takako Izumi of Tohoku University leading the program. A key milestone for the Program is to develop a strong presence and contribution to the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in March 2015 to be hosted in Sendai, Japan. To facilitate this, Tohoku University is hosting an annual summer school for disaster risk reduction for APRU university faculty, staff and students to complement the annual Multi-Hazards Symposium to be hosted by University of the Philippines in 2015.

2017 World BOSAI Forum

The 2017 World BOSAI Forum will be held on November 25-28 in Sendai, Japan

The forum will focus on solution-oriented discussions on disaster risk reduction with concrete examples provided by multi-stakeholders. It will provide a platform to explore the opportunities for business development in disaster risk reduction.

Moreover, the forum is going to display the outcome of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and illuminate Japanese experiences on recovery process of the Tohoku Region to the worldwide experts.

ARPU is pleased to host an expert session on Monday afternoon (Nov. 27th) sharing the experiences of” strengthening the investment in interdisciplinary researches.”

APRU Multi-Hazards Summer School 2017

The 5th APRU MH Summer School will be held on 18-21 July at Tohoku University. This year’s focus is “Effective investment in disaster risk reduction for resilient society”. Students and faculty interested in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management are welcome to join this event.  

Major objectives: 
- Understand the mechanism of the international DRR strategy 
- Learn from the experience and recovery process from the 2011 Great East japan Earthquake and Tsunami 
- Learn from various DRR projects that have been implemented in the Tohoku region and overseas 
- Discuss the role of science and technology as well as universities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 

2017 GNSS Tsunami Early Warning System Workshop

Call for Participation

2017 GNSS Tsunami Early Warning System Workshop

NASA and Tohoku University, 25 – 27 July 2017, Sendai, Japan

Workshop Purpose

The past decade has witnessed a terrible loss of life related to large earthquakes and resultant tsunamis in the Indo-Pacific region.

New and experimental algorithms based on GNSS data and science now exist to rapidly determine the likelihood that a tsunami will be generated from a large earthquake, to predict their extent, inundation, and run-up, and to track the tsunami as it propagates through the ocean basins.

To determine the usefulness of this technology, it will be necessary to first focus on the question of what resources will be necessary to develop real-time GNSS throughout the Pacific Rim region.

To this end, the Organizing Committee encourages participation in a Global Navigation Satellite System Tsunami Early Warning System (GNSS-TEWS) workshop.

The primary product of the workshop will be a report to identify strategies needed to understand the data needs for a Pacific-wide activity involving the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies as well as other non-APEC economies. Find more details about workshop goals here.

We encourage interested parties to register via the official workshop web site. Attendance is limited to 50 delegates.

Please note registration does not guarantee attendance. Some limited travel support is available to invited US-based speakers.

Registration closes April 30 2017. Participants will be notified beginning of May 2017.

13th APRU Multi-hazards Symposium 2017


Abstract submission deadline extended to June 30, 2017!

The 13th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium 2017, held at Peking University (Beijing, China) on August 28-29, 2017, will concentrate on how to combine governance and state-of-the-art science and technology for more efficient disaster risk reduction. The Pacific Rim is never short of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions and bush fires, and the historic disaster events indicated that government could and should play a more important role in coping with these natural hazards. Association of academia with governance on public education, infrastructure construction, disaster management, emergency rescue and hazard recovery will be the next “hot” point in the field of disaster risk reduction. 

 More collision of thinking, more sparks of wisdom. We cordially encourage the experts, researchers, engineers and governors to submit papers on a range of topics consistent with the thematic pillars of the symposium. 

2016 APRU – IRIDeS Summer School Report

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This year’s summer school was titled: Handing down disaster experience and lessons-learnt to the next generation”.

Please download the report to find out how the 2016 summer school met its core objective for participating students to:

  1. Understand the mechanism of the international DRR strategy
  2. Learn from the experience and recovery process from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
  3. Learn from various DRR projects that have been implemented in the Tohoku region and overseas
  4. Discuss the role of science and technology as well as universities in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

Click here to read about the news article.

Regional Innovation Forum-Asia (RIF-Asia)

APRU is partnering with the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) and other like-minded organisations, institutions and networks to hold the first Regional Innovation Forum (RIF) this December in Bangkok, Thailand.

RFI – Asia is a creative forum to foster multi-sectoral partnerships to ‘solve the unsolved’ problems that are hindering disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian efforts in the Asia Region.

Dr Takako Izumi, Coordinator of the APRU Multi-Hazards Program, will be representing the association at the RIF-Asia taking place from December 6 - 7 in Bangkok.

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