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.

APRU Contributed to Disaster Risk Reduction Conferece in Mongolia

Jointly hosted by UNISDR (UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) and the Government of Mongolia, the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was held on July 3-6 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Themed, Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development, APRU Multi-Hazards Program Director, Dr. Takako Izumi, was invited along with Professor Fumihiko Imamura, Director of IRIDeS, and APRU Multi-Hazard Core Group Member to contribute to the conference. 

CARe2018 Climate Adaptation & Resilience Conference

CARe2018 Climate Adaptation & Resilience Conference
October 27-29, 2018 at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Extreme weather events have affected human's life and home affairs. It reflects the urge that we need new multi-discipline policies and public and private investments to defend against this condition.

This October, the CARe2018 Conference brings together a wide range of experts and stakeholders across industry and business sectors, as well as from local and regional authorities to learn and examine what would make cities and region climate resilience.

The conference will showcase policies and practices that promote infrastructure investments which bring resilience to cities and regions; as well as good practices for public sector officers and communities to share and build capacity.

APRU x IRDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School 2018

The 2018 APRU Multi-Hazards Summer School was held at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) from July 24 - 27, attracting some 30 participants from countries across the Pacific Rim.

The annual event draws lessons from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and provides a platform for participants to discuss various disaster risk reduction (DRR) ideas and projects that have since been implemented.

2018 Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Governance Academic Seminar

2018 Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Governance Academic Seminar
September 24-25, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand  


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Thammasat University, in partnership with Chulalongkorn University, will be jointly organizing this event.

Participants from Southeast Asia are cordially invited to submit their abstracts on the themes identified below. 
- Climate and disaster risk-informed policy making
- Gender and diversity mainstreaming in disaster risk management systems
- Institutional structures and mechanisms for inclusive disaster risk governance
- Mechanisms for regional cooperation towards climate-smart disaster risk management systems

Submission deadline:
Please submit your abstracts to,, before July 18, 2018

14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium 2018

14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium
October 21-24 at Australian National University, Australia

Risk, Resilience and Reconstruction: Science and Governance for Effective
Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery in Australia and the Asia-Pacific

The 14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium focused on how close association and collaboration between academia and governance on a local, national and regional level can address education, public outreach, infrastructure construction, disaster management, emergency rescue and hazard recovery in the field of disaster risk reduction.

Keynote speakers:

Distinguished Professor Susan Cutter from University of South Carolina
Vulnerability and Resilience Science: Concepts, Tools, and Practice
Professor Kyle Powys Whyte from Michigan State University
On Indigenous Resilience: Histories, Theories and Practices

DRR Expert Field Trip and Meeting with Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture and Tohoku University

Sendai City and Miyagi Prefecture in collaboration with IRIDeS, Tohoku University and APRU partner to strengthen Global Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Capacity

DRR experts and researchers have been invited to visit sites affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture from February 28 to March 1. This field trip aims to facilitate sharing of lessons-learnt from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and enhance local and national DRR capacity. The aim will be to share insights how the experience gained from the actual event and the immediate and on-going recovery activities can contribute to understanding disaster risks, the importance of DRR education and passing on experiences to the next generation.

Prior to the field trip, on February 27, the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program Hub hosted by Tohoku University will organize a meeting to share best practices to increase DRR capacity and advocacy on regional and international levels building on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Experts will explore how scholars and international organizations can increase advocacy and identify tools and resources needed to strengthen global collaboration and international policy influence.

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