The 18th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium 2023
About the Symposium & Registration
Call for Abstracts (Closed)
Support Fund (Closed)

The 18th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium 2023 will be held in November in Singapore, with the theme “Advancing Frontiers in Disaster Risk Science, Technology and Policy”.

The symposium is organized and hosted by the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) of Nanyang Technological University in collaboration with the APRU Multi-Hazards Program. 

Date & Time: November 29-30, 2023
: NTU@one-north, Singapore

Topics to discussed during the symposium include:

  1. Climate Hazards
  2. Tectonic Hazards
  3. Public Health & Environmental Hazards
  4. Economic Resilience: Finance & Risk
  5. Strategies for Socioecological Resilience
  6. Managing Risk


The symposium format bridges the traditional conference style with activities that allow for more interactive dialogue. The overall program includes plenary keynote talks, networking sessions around posters, and breakout sessions.

You are invited to join the network of the APRU community and beyond. Whether you are a researcher, educator, practitioner, student or more, we welcome you to this platform for facilitating idea exchange, dynamic collaboration and potential opportunities for projects.

For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

Registration has been closed (final deadline: November 15, 2023). Please note that the amounts are to be paid in $SGD and are non-refundable.



Reduced Fees  

Early Career Researcher Waiver 
($SGD) * 

Early Bird Registration
Sept 15 – Oct 15 




Regular Registration 
Oct 15 – Nov 16




* Reduced Fees and Early Career Researcher (ECR) Waivers are only applicable to participants from institutions located in low to middle income nations.  

** Please note that to qualify for Reduced Fees/ECR waivers, participants will be required to submit proof of current residence/institutional affiliation. 

Definition of Early Career Researchers (ECR):  
Early career researchers ECRs – students, and scientists who are <10 years from receiving their PhD. A photo of your staff/student card or other proof of employment will be necessary to provide during registration as justification.  

Definition of participants from low to middle income nations: 
Participants attending or affiliated to an institution located in a nation listed in the World Bank database list of low-middle income countries here

We are looking for abstracts (200-250 words) to address the above six umbrella topics. Please submit your abstracts by September 12, 2023 .

The abstract submission is free of charge. The call for abstracts has been closed. 

In addition to fee waivers, we are pleased to announce the Early Career Research Travel Grant. The grant aims to support a number of eligible ECRs from lower to middle income countries. Successful and selected applicants will be able to claim grants of up to SGD$1000 per participant to support their travel costs.


  • Must be an Early-Career Researcher (students, and scientists who are less than 10 years from receiving their PhD);
  • Priority will be given to applicants affiliated with, or attending, an institution located in a low-middle income nation;
  • A short write up (300 words maximum, explaining how the applicant’s career would benefit from coming to the symposium)

Applicants will be required to submit proof of current institutional affiliation, as well as a photo of their staff/student card or other proof of employment to determine eligibility.

The Support Fund is open for application till October 6, 2023

Olivia Jensen (Keynote)
National University of Singapore

Olivia Jensen is the Deputy Director and Lead Scientist for Environment and Climate of the LRF Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk (IPUR) at the National University of Singapore. She is a social scientist with a background in public policy and economics. Her research is concerned with the perception and communication of risks and the design and evaluation of policy interventions to manage risk and strengthen community resilience, with applications to environmental risks in urban Asia. At IPUR, she partners with government agencies and international organizations to develop and deliver risk communication strategies; she is also the lead instructor on the EdX online course “Understanding and Communicating Risk.” Olivia holds a PhD and MSc in Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has lived and worked throughout Asia, including in China, Japan and India and has been based in Singapore since 2011. 

Pamela Cajilig (Keynote)
University of the Philippines

Pamela Cajilig is a design anthropologist advocating for community-centered and gender-responsive interventions in disaster management and climate adaptation. She recently joined the University of the Philippines College of Architecture as a Professorial Lecturer and is co-founder of Curiosity, a design research consultancy that has, since its establishment in 2012, completed 300 research, training, workshop projects in human centered design for the civic, public, and public sectors. She is a Global Fellow doing research on NGO decision-making during complex disasters at the Brown University Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies as well as a consultant who facilitates training and multisectoral partnerships for inclusive nature-based flood management for the World Wildlife Fund USA Environment and Disaster Management Program. Pamela finished her PhD in Architecture and Design at RMIT University where her research on disaster recovery in Manila Bay explored fisherfolks’ design and citizenship practices. Her efforts in participatory disaster management were recognised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Asia-Pacific Women’s International Leadership Awards.

Peter Stones (Keynote)

Peter Stones is an Integrated Infrastructure Planner leading complex master planning projects covering a wide range of infrastructure components. Based in Singapore, he has over 10 years’ experience across South East Asia and the UK and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

His projects typically include Site Assessment and Appraisal, City Scale Urban Systems, Integrated Water Management, Coastal Risk and Resilience and Sustainable Urban Drainage in urban settings. He has led the delivery of the infrastructure strategies for the Jurong Lake District Master Plan, the Sentosa Brani Master Plan and most recently the Ibu Kota Negara, Indonesia’s New Capital City. He has also spearheaded coastal resilience studies in Singapore looking to manage climate change related risks including sea level rise, coastal erosion and coastal flooding.

Taking a systems approach to the water sector, Peter delivers holistic integrated solutions greater than the sum of their parts.


Tel: +65 8359 5428

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