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
9:35–10:05 Session 1: Transdisciplinary Education Related Activities on Disaster Risk Reduction
Prof. Masaru Yarime (The University of Tokyo/University College London)
Prof. Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University)
Prof. Toshio Koike (The University of Tokyo)
10:05–10:55 Session 2: Stakeholder Support and Commitment
Dr. Linda Anne Stevenson (Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research)
Mr. Shigeru Nakamura (R&D Center Nippon Koei Co., Ltd.)
Dr. Senaka Basyanake (ADPC)
Prof. SB Weerakoon (University of Peradeniya)
Prof. Monte Cassim (Asia Pacific Univeristy)
10:55–11:25 Session 3: Interdisciplinary Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE)
Prof. Dr. Mai Trong Nhuan (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar (University Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Prof. Srikantha Herath (UNU-IAS)
11:25–11:50 Panel Discussion: Advancing Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction
11:50–12:00 Endorsement: International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) affiliation document