The 7th AUN/SEED-NET Regional Conference on Natural Disaster 2019 under “Disaster Management for Resilience and Sustainability” hosted by Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur was successfully held at Zenith Hotel, Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 25-26, 2019.

This year, the RCND2019, attracted more than 80 participants from across ASEAN countries and Japan, including scientists, researchers, professors, students and practitioners on disaster related studies and researches to participate in this conference.

The conference was commenced by welcoming address from three distinguished delegates; Associate Professor Dr. Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, RCND2019 Program Chair & Deputy Director, Disaster Preparedness & Prevention Centre (DPPC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Professor Dr. Ali Selamat, Dean, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), and Professor Emeritus Dr. Ueda Tamon, Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director, AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat.

The conference started with the presentation of Mr. Shinichi Fukasawa, Manager of Urban Development Dept, Nippon Koei Co., Ltd, on “Outcomes and Challenges of Building Disaster and Climate Resilient Cities in ASEAN through JICA Project.”

Two Keynote Speakers; Prof. Dr. TAKARA Kaoru, Dean of Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies (GSAIS) in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan), Kyoto University and Prof. Dr. KIYONO Junji, Professor of Earthquake/Lifeline Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, Japan, delivered their presentation prior to paper presentation session during the two-day event.

Prof. Dr. Radianta Triatmadja, the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of AEJ’s natural disaster field, gave an interesting and informative presentation on  ASEAN Engineering Journal (AEJ), an official publication of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net recently indexed by SCOPUS, during AUN/SEED-Net Promotional Session.

For the technical visit, RCND2019 took all participants to the Malaysian Meteorological Department or MetMalaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC). The participants were taught and informed about the objective, tasks and goals of the agency. MetMalaysia is responsible for monitoring the onshore, sea and air weather conditions throughout the country, including weather forecasts, weather and ocean alerts, and climate surveys to reduce disaster risks. Moreover, MetMalaysia also provides aviation meteorological services to launch aircraft operations and geophysical services to detect earthquakes and tsunami warnings for Malaysia.

RCND2019 would not have been a success without the hard work and devotion of the organizing committee from UTM/MJIIT. AUN/SEED-Net would like to express our warmest gratitude to the organizer who worked round the clock and all those who implicitly or explicitly contributed for this event to deliver remarkable outcomes for RCND2019.

Last but not least, if any Member Institution (MI) is seeking an opportunity to organize and host the Regional Conference, now AUN/SEED-Net is calling for application. The deadline is January 15, 2020. For more information please visit http://seed-net.org/ for AUN/SEED-Net guidelines and requirements. Looking forward to receiving your application soon!