DPMM Activities Summary 2014 to 2016


- DPMM will be starting Joint Master Degree Program with Public Health Institute, Sudan starting from January 2017.
- Dr. Indrajit Pal chaired a session on “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk” in “12th APRU Multi Hazards Research Symposium, The Role of Science and Technology in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”, March 7–8, 2016, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
- Dr. Indrajit Pal presented a paper on “Disaster Risk Governance and City Resilience in Asia-Pacific region” in 12th APRU Symposium.
Dr. Indrajit Pal delivered a lecture on “Interrelated Systems and City Resilience in Asia-Pacific” in “USAID Adapt ASIA-PACIFIC Training of Trainers Program”, March 7-11, 2016, Asian Institute of Technology.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal attended the project launch meeting at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia along with University of Newcastle, Australia (Project Lead) the University of the Philippines (UP) and the National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE, Vietnam) for the project ‘Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia’ under Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) Grant.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal delivered a lecture on “HAZARD RISKS” on 13 February 2016 as a part of Emergency Team Training organized by “SU Campus and Environment”.

- DPMM Partner Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) conducted training for its roster volunteers during 22-24 January 2016.



- Dr. Indrajit Pal, Assistant Professor, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) program at AIT visited Kyoto University, Japan from 8-20 December 2015 for 13th Collaborative Lecture for the course title “Risk Management Theory” and delivered lectures on “Disaster Risk Governance-Policy and Institutional Framework” and “Risk Reduction, Development and City Resilience in Asia-Pacific”.

- DPMM conducted Staff Training of two employees from Public Health Institute (PHI), Sudan from 21 November to 9 December 2015.

- DPMM Organized Seminar Series in August 2015 Semester. Eleven seminars were organized from where AIT Experts and guest speakers were invited from various international organizations as here-under.


11 Aug.  Disaster Recovery Mapping Project at Elementary and Junior High Schools Dr. Aiko Sakurai, Associate Professor, Tohoku University
25 Aug. School and Disaster Risk Reduction Dr. Takashi Oda, (Visiting Associate Professor at AIT), Center for Disaster Education & Recovery Assistance, Miyagi University of Education, Sendai, Japan
1 Sept. Earthquake Disasters Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, AIT
15 Sept. Landslides Dr. Noppadol Phien-wej, AIT
22 Sept. Regional and Global Perspectives on Disaster Risk Management Dr. Puji Pujiono, Chief, Disaster Risk Reduction, IDD-UNESCAP
13 Oct. Evidence-Based Decision-Making and Bounded Rationality Dr. Graham Brewer, University of New Castle, Australia
20 Oct. RS/GIS for Disaster Mitigation Dr. Masahiko Nagai, AIT
27 Oct. Disaster Governance Dr. Indrajit Pal, AIT
10 Nov. Disaster and Media Mr. Bajinder Singh, Senior Media Specialist, AIT
17 Nov. Human Conflict in Emergencies Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad, AIT
24 Nov. Disaster Humanitarian Response Mr. Sanjeeb K Shakya, Save the Children Nepal


- Prof. Jayant K Routray, DPMM Coordinator for SERD and Dr. Indrajit Pal, DPMM Faculty will be participating in the 8th Practitioners Workshop on Risk Reduction and Resilience, 23-25 November 2015, Bangkok, Thailand organized by UNDP, ADPC, IFRC, EC and FAO.

- Phnom Penh, Cambodia for my paper presentation on “Risk Management to Critical Infrastructures for Extreme Events: Integrated Approach for Urban Water Security in Asia”. It is an International Expert Workshop on “Towards Urban Water Security in Southeast Asia: Managing the Risk of Extreme Events” held from 19- 20 November 2015.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal participated as one of the panel members and delivered a lecture on the topic “Capacity Development Challenges in Nepal” during the Regional Earthquake Recovery Dialogue for Building Back Better in Kathmandu, Nepal from 1 – 2 October 2015.  He used this platform to promote DPMM.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal, DPMM participated as UNISDR-ONEA-GETI Resource Person for the workshop “Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia-Pacific” under Making City Resilient Global Campaign in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 14-17 Sept 2015.


- Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, DPMM Coordinator for SET led a team of researchers from Thailand to Nepal from 13 – 17 July 2015 for Nepal Earthquake Assessment. The visit was funded by The Thailand Research Fund, and the findings have been reported in the news item of Manager dated 5 August 2015….

- DPMM under the leadership of Prof. Jayant K Routray facilitated a Regional Consultation on “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security of the Urban People through Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Asia” jointly organized by AIT and FAO-RAP from 14 – 15 July 2015.

- Prof. Jayant K Routray, DPMM Coordinator for SERD participated in the INATE Strategic Planning Meeting on 11 – 12 July 2015. The first INATE conference was held on 13 July in Australian National University.

- DPMM Organized a Seminar on “Application of satellite technology and the current status on monitoring of Geological Disasters in Asia” on 6 July 2015. The topics and presenters were:

1. Development of 3D building model from UAV video after the Nepal earthquake – Dr. Fumio Yamazaki, Professor, Chiba University
2. Preliminary Damage Assessment Using PALSAR-­‐2 Images Observing the 2015 Nepal Earthquake – Dr. Masashi Matsuoka, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
3. Disaster response of Sentinel Asia for the Nepal earthquake – Dr. Masahiko Honzawa, Senior Research Scientist, Representative of RESTEC Thailand
4. Disaster response in AIT with Emergency Satellite Observation for the Nepal earthquake – Dr. Masahiko Nagai
- Statement of Cooperation has been signed between AIT and The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and training Institute (UNISDR ONEA-GETI) on 1 July 2015 in line with the objectives of supporting implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for 2015-2030.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal, DPMM Faculty participated in the training workshop on “Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region” from 18 – 22 May 2015 in Jeju, Republic of South Korea.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal, DPMM Faculty and Prof. Jayant K Routray, DPMM Coordinator for SERD participated in “Regional Forum on Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Asia” 26 – 27 February, 2015, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Bangkok.


- Dr. Indrajit Pal, DPMM Faculty and Prof. Jayant K Routray, DPMM Coordinator for SERD participated in “START Network, Transforming Surge Capacity Project – Inception Workshop”, 23 – 26 February 2015, Bangkok, Plan International. They also made a presentation on 25 February 2015.

- DPMM contributed in International Network for Advocating Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) concept note prepared by UNU-IAS for the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) from 13 – 18 March 2015.

- Dr. Indrajit Pal wrote an article on ‘Education for Disaster Risk Reduction at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)’ which has been published in the recent issue of on ‘Building Resilience for All’



DPMM participated in 6th AMCDRR: June 2014

DPMM participated in the Asia Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), a biennial conference in the Asia region to ensure political and stakeholder’s commitment towards Disaster Risk Reduction implementation. DPMM had a booth for its promotion and marketing activities which was free of cost.

Students participated in the video competition: the video “Life in the Floodplains of Thailand”

At the sixth Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), DPMM students created and presented a video titled “Life in the floodplains of Thailand.” The video depicted life and flood resilience of people in Ban Pho district in Central Thailand. Interviews of Dr. Sutat Weesakul, Prof. Jayant Kumar Routray, and Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad of AIT were supplemented by field interviews of Suchat Kanluksom, Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO) Chief; Natthawut Phanthongkum, Early Warning Official; Somjit Premprungwit, Headman; Provost Watcharasuwannakorn, Abbot, Kradongthong Temple; Kanittha Leelachaicharenpun, Teacher; Seree Dechredee, Farmer; Vichain Valadee, Principal, Wat Pho School; and Veerapol Srinanuwat, District Governor. The video can be viewed at this link (


DPMM Organized Seminar Series: March 2014

Six seminars were organized from 13-28 March 2014 by DPMM. The guest speakers were invited from various international organizations as hereunder.


 Date  Delivered by
 13 March 2014  UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific  (UNESCAP)
 14 March 2014  Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Thailand
 14 March 2014  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  (IFRC)
 20 March 2014  World Food Programme (WFP)
 21 March 2014  World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
 27 March 2014  Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
 28 March 2014  HelpAge


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