On 28 September, NIED hosted a special session entitled "Catastrophic Disaster Preparedness and Response" and highlighted how science and technology can contribute to preparedness and response to catastrophic disasters.
The session was organized as a hybrid session, at the Tsukuba International Congress Center and via online. It was a part of the program of the Tsukuba Conference 2023, which was held from 26 to 28 September under the theme of Design the Future Curiosity-driven Quests for Global Solutions.
In this session, seven young researchers from Japan and abroad took the stage to present their research activities and outputs that may contribute to strengthening preparedness and response to catastrophic disasters that are expected to occur in the near future. Dr. Yi-Chung LIU from the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Taiwan gave a presentation on challenges in community-based disaster preparedness and response, particular to Taiwan. In the panel discussion, the presenters discussed on specific efforts in each of their research field, collaboration with domestic and international organizations, and future prospects for resilience building. Nearly 100 people attended in person and online.
For the closing ceremony/farewell reception held on the final day of the Tsukuba Conference 2023, Mr. Yusa of the Disaster Information Research Division, NIED served as the moderator.