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 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

[Save the Date] 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 is focusing 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, USC
Professor Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University
(More speakers to be confirmed soon)

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.

Workshop on Building Disaster Resistant Universities: Are you ready?

By: Tohoku University, 27 April 2018

The 2nd Workshop on Building Disaster Resistant Universities was held at Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) from April 3-5.

The biennial event, which is part of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Multi-Hazard Program, looks to help campuses develop strong leadership in disaster preparedness and formulate a sound disaster management plan through a series of lectures and discussions.

A Global Outlook on Disaster Science

On November 20, Elsevier has launched an important new report, A Global Outlook on Disaster Science, in partnership with global experts and leading international institutions, including APRU.

The report displays an analysis of global disaster science scholarly output and specific topics being studied within research on different types of disasters. One of the most novel analyses presented in the report is the examination of disaster science in the context of the human toll and economic burden of natural disasters. The study also provides more insights on disaster science research conducted in 10 individual countries, in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, revealing which disaster types are researched and where.

To view some key findings of the report, please see the relevant Infographic and white paper.
Click here to download the full report.

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