Tackling disaster risk and recovery in the Asia Pacific

Experts from around the world will meet at The Australian National University (ANU) from 21–24 October to discuss the response to natural disasters in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Around 150 delegates will take part in the joint ANU/Association of Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) 14th Multi-Hazards Symposium.

The agenda will cover topics like improving community resilience and disaster policy, as well as how to minimise losses after a natural disaster.

These issues are particularly relevant in the wake of the deadly tsunami, earthquakes and volcanic eruption in Indonesia.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC will officially open the conference on 22 October.

Speakers at the symposium include:

  • Professor Kyle Powys Whyte: Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Michigan State University
  • Professor Stephen Roberts: ANU
  • Dr Christine Kenney: Massey University, NZ
  • Professor Rajib Shaw: Keio University, Japan
  • Professor Osamu Murao: IRIDes, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Associate Professor Geoff Cary: ANU

The forum is hosted by the Research School of Earth Sciences, in collaboration with other ANU schools and colleges.

Media are invited to attend the event, which runs until 24 October.

A full program is available online.


WHO: Professor Helen James and Professor Phil Cummins (convenors), local and international experts.

WHAT: ANU/APRU 14th Multi-Hazards Symposium on Risk, Resilience and Reconstruction - Science and Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

WHERE: Great Hall, University House, ANU

WHEN: 21-24 October 2018

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or at <media@anu.edu.au>.

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