Tohoku University Global Webinar Series: Key Aspects of Emergency Planning and Management for Pandemics

There have been many signs recently that a second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic could be on the horizon. The science of planning and management is therefore urgently needed to help us build a new society that is capable of living with the virus.

In response to this situation, Tohoku University has organized a special lecture and discussion with Professor David Alexander, the father of modern disaster science. He was an early advocate of integrating the social and natural sciences in disaster response.

The participation of experts, students, and community members in discussions like this one will provide important feedback and clues on how to build a better, more resilient society that can coexist with the virus while still maintaining scientific rationality.

This webinar will be delivered in English and is open to anyone who is interested. Registration is required.


Event: Lecture by Professor David Alexander (UCL /IRDR)
Title: Key Aspects of Emergency Planning and Management for Pandemics
Date and time: July 30, 8pm JST (12 noon BST)
Location: Online from London


- Introductory Remarks by Prof. Toshiya Ueki, EVP Tohoku University
- Lecture by Prof David Alexander
- Q&A led by Miwako Kitamura, Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
- Discussion led by Prof. Shin-ichi Egawa, Asst. Director of IRIDeS
- MC: Prof. Yasuaki Onoda, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

About Prof. David Alexander:

1982-2002: Taught geomorphology, physical geography, natural hazards and disaster
studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2003-2007: Scientific Director of the Advanced School of Civil Protection of the regional
government of Lombardy.
2005-2011: Professor at the University of Florence.
Present: Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL.

Prof. David Alexander is an authority on disaster management who has authored many
important works. He continues to conduct research and studies all over the world.


Global Engagement Division, Tohoku University

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