Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction: Launching the International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•03•15    09:30 - 12:00

    On 15 March 2015, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UNCECAR) are co-organizing a public forum on Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction, an official side event at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.

    The highly complex problems of today spawned by rapid global change evolve too fast for us to adapt to such changes effectively. Their inter-connectedness require a holistic transdisciplinary approach that brings all stakeholders together, including academia, local government units, business, nongovernmental organizations and communities, to foster rapid feedback and effective exchange of knowledge and experiences that will enable rapid formulation of sustainable solutions.

    This public forum will illustrate experience in transdisciplinary disaster risk reduction programmes of respective universities. It will explore the role of partnership with universities in the region in developing and delivering effective transdisciplinary educational and capacity development programs. The session will highlight the launch of the International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) coordinated by UNCECAR, with network partners sealing their commitment to the development and implementation of locally-based, multi-stakeholder projects in disaster risk reduction. The event will also feature a panel discussion that will explore the different perspectives in clarifying issues that relate to transdisciplinarity.


    9:30–9:35  Opening remarks

    • Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)

    9:35–10:05  Session 1: Transdisciplinary Education Related Activities on Disaster Risk Reduction

    • Sustainability Science Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction

      Prof. Masaru Yarime  (The University of Tokyo/University College London)

    • Lessons from University-Community Collaboration through University Network in Asia

      Prof. Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University)

    • Case Studies on Co-designing Projects with Stakeholders

      Prof. Toshio Koike (The University of Tokyo)

    10:05–10:55  Session 2: Stakeholder Support and Commitment

    • APN and its Transdiscplinary Approaches towards Disaster Risk Reduction

      Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson (Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research)

    • Nippon Koei’s Activities and Commitment to Transdisciplinary Research and Development

      Mr. Shigeru Nakamura (R&D Center Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.)

    • Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre’s (ADPC) Transdisciplinary Approaches towards Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Risk Management in Asia

      Dr. Senaka Basyanake (ADPC)

    • Effective Project Planning and Implementation through Transdisciplinary Approaches

      Prof. SB Weerakoon (University of Peradeniya)

    • Summary and Overview

      Prof. Monte Cassim (Asia Pacific Univeristy)

    10:55–11:25  Session 3: Interdisciplinary Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE)

    • Proactive Response to Climate Extremes and Disasters through Transdisciplinary Approaches

      Prof. Dr. Mai Trong Nhuan (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)

    • Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction in Malaysia with Reference to Flood and Drought and the Role of Research and Innovation

      Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar (University Kebangsaan Malaysia)

    • Introducing INATE – International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education

      Prof. Srikantha Herath (UNU-IAS)

    11:25–11:50  Panel Discussion: Advancing Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction

    • Moderator: Dr. Srikantha Herath
    • Commentator: Prof. Mohd Raihan Taha (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
    • Panelists: All speakers of the previous sessions

    11:50–12:00  Endorsement: International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) affiliation document