Tohoku Forum For Creativity
In 2013, Tohoku University established the Tohoku Forum for Creativity (TFC), the first international visitor research institute in Japan. TFC will hold several three-month scientific programs, called Thematic Programs, to bring together junior and senior scholars from various scientific disciplines related to the program themes. The aim of these programs is to identify important issues across all of the sciences and humanities, and to develop innovative ideas and deeper theoretical foundations through intensive, focused discussions. Junior researchers such as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to participate in these programs.
“Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Future Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction” is one of the thematic programs for this year at TFC. This program was organized by IRIDeS, on account of the fact that disasters caused by natural hazards in our societies are now a global issue. To address the need for an international disaster risk reduction strategy, the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in March 2015 in Sendai. In this program, we will organize: a “Multi-hazard Natural Disaster” summer school, study group discussions, and an international symposium. The aim of the program is to summarize the opinion of experts in order to develop strategies in various fields of disaster-related research prior to the UN World Conference in 2015.