Student Activities (2014-2016)

Trainings / Workshops / Conferences / Symposiums

- DPMM Doctoral Candidate Mr. Arnob Bormudoi will be exhibiting his research project titled “Climate Change and Flash Floods, Highlighting the Need for a Holistic Approach of the Implementation of Existing Policies in Jiadhal River, North East India” inChulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA in its “Academic Exhibition Day 2015” on 16 and 17 November 2015. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be presiding over the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition on 16 November.

- DPMM students participated in Regional Consultation on Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security of the Urban People through Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture organized by FAO and AIT from 14 – 15 July 2015 at AIT

- DPMM Doctoral Students Ms. Aditi Madan and Mr. Arnob Bormudoi participated in Poster Presentation in Regional Forum on Climate Change: Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies organized by AIT, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ASEAN, European Union from 1 – 3 July 2015 at AIT

- DPMM Doctoral Student Mr. Saswata Sanyal participated in the Asia-Pacific Regional Training of Instructors on Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation organized by UNEP and IUCN from 19 – 22 May 2015 in Bangkok

- DPMM Doctoral Student Mr. Saswata Sanyal delivered a lecture on ‘Disaster Resilient Livelihoods’ to the third year students (184 students) of Thai Red Cross College of Nursing, Bangkok on 21 April 2015

- DPMM Doctoral Student Ms. Aditi Madan participated in 2014 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School from 15 – 26 September 2014 organized by UNU-IAS, ProSPER.Net and Tongji University, China

- DPMM Doctoral Student Mr. Saswata Sanyal participated in 2014 Summer Program in English ‘Cross Border Issues in Japan and World’ in Ochanomizu University, Tokyo Japan from 2 – 9 August 2014

- DPMM Students Mr. Karn Paneetsin (Masters), Mr. Saswata Sanyal (Doctoral) and Ms. Aditi Madan (Doctoral) participated as Observers in International Expert Dialogue on “Applying Resilience Concept for Climate Change Study and Disaster Management in Thailand Context” on 17 June 2014 organized by Environmental Research Institute Chulalongkorn University (ERIC), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

- DPMM Doctoral Student Ms. Aditi Madan participated in Regional Conference of City Authorities on Home Based Workers at Pattaya in May 2014

- DPMM Masters Students Ms. Thanapa Pornprakit and Ms. Jidapa Khoonsinsub participated in an International Student Conference on Global Citizenship about “Moving Towards Zero Catastrophe” in Bandung, Indonesia from 17 – 23 January 2014

- DPMM Doctoral Student Mr. Saswata Sanyal participated in 2nd GPSS-GLI International Symposium “Sharing and Creation of Knowledge, Wisdom and Values for Sustainable and Resilient Society” from 20 – 21 January 2014 at Future Center in Kashiwa, Japan

- DPMM Doctoral Student Mr. Saswata Sanyal and Master Student Mr. Shah Jawad Shamir joined the symposium on Intensive Program on Sustainability 2014 in Japan from 18 – 22 January 2014

- DPMM Doctoral Student from Sudan, Mr. Haitham Bashier Abbas was involved in “Consultation on developing a curriculum framework for public health risk management” from 25 – 26 November 2013 in Amman, Jordan followed by “Consultation to develop a protocol for health emergency risk assessment” from 27 – 28 November 2013 in Amman, Jordan

- DPMM Students participated in the Training-Workshop on “Iterative Risk Management for Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Practice” conducted by RIMES, 19 – 23 August 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand

- DPMM Doctoral Student Ms. Veronique Morin attended Lead Author meetings of IPCC in Bled, Slovenia in July 2013 and Cambridge, UK in September 2013

- DPMM Students Ms. Aditi Madan and Mr. Md. Faruk Hossain joined the training program on “Improving Humanitarian Response to Urban Disasters”, conducted by Save the Children, Bangkok from 23 – 26 July 2013. This training focused on lessons learned from recent urban disasters with a special focus on improving rapid needs assessments and making timely decisions about use of cash transfer programming in urban disasters.

- DPMM Doctoral Student Ms. Aditi Madan participated in South Asia Regional Conference on Climate Change Adaptation by UNDMT from 24 – 26 June 2013 in Delhi, India

- DPMM Students attended the Regional Launch of the Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013 in Bangkok on 3 June 2013

- DPMM Doctoral Student Ms. Veronique Morin participated in IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) meeting held from 23 – 26 October 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

- Ms. Morin made a presentation in the GREENHOUSE 2011 conference which was held from 4 – 8 April 2011 in Cairns, Australia. She made a presentation on the topic “Vulnerability and Adaptation to Extreme Events: A Case Study in Portland Cottage, Jamaica”.

- TSF conducted 5 days training session on ICT Emergency Response Training to build capacity of emergency responders in Manila, the Philippines. This training, funded by the European Commission, is implemented in the aftermath of Typhoon Megi which hit the archipelago in September 2010. Typhoon Megi highlighted the need for further training and refresher courses after the donation of satellite communications equipment to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (now called NRRMC) in April 2010. TSF sent a team of five trainers which included two DPMM Master’s students Mr. Hung Ling from Myanmar and Mr. Clinton J Smith from South Africa to conduct the training which consisted of 50% theoretical training and 50% hands-on training on the equipment. During this first of 3 training sessions, Mr. Smith and Mr. Ling trained 31 emergency responders from government bodies including: firemen, police, and medical staff on the usage of emergency communications. The aim of the training was to familiarize responders with the use of Emergency Satellite Communications equipment kits supplied to the NDRRMC as part of an earlier project of TSF funded by ECHO.


Emergency Response/Assignment/Trip

- DPMM Doctoral Student from Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Shahab Uddin conducted field work on critical infrastructure from 27 April – 28 May 2015 where he analyzed the critical infrastructure interdependencies and their dynamics. Ten aspects were analyzed including hospitals, schools, fire brigade, police station, local administration, water supply, electricity, telecom, road network, and gas/fuel supplies.

- DPMM Master Student from Nepal, Ms. Serena Amatya joined TSF for Nepal Earthquake Response mission as a volunteer from 27 April – 12 May 2015. She was involved in logistics works and setting up ICT support to UNDAC team in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk districts in Nepal. TSF also provided HCO (Humanitarian Calling Operation) service in Dhading district of Nepal.

- DPMM Doctoral Student from Canada, Ms. Veronique Morin participated in Relief Packing Activities for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines from 9 – 16 November 2013.

- DPMM Master Student from Indonesia, Mr. Wifandy Purba joined TSF for Earthquake Response Missions to Bohol, the Philippines as volunteer 17 – 25 October 2013. He was involved in setting up telecom centres (satellite internet connections) for coordination of local government units and providing free satellite phone services for the community in affected municipalities (Loon and Sagbayan).

- On 11 March 2011, TSF deployed to Tokyo, Japan in response to the M9.0 and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on Friday 11 March 2011 at 14:46 JST. Two persons, Mr. Sebastien Sivadier (Team Leader) and Mr. Clinton Smith departed from Bangkok in the early hours of Saturday 12 March 2011 morning. TSF provided ICT support to the establishment of the UNDAC teams’ operations room. This support took place from 13 – 16 March 2011.

- Mr. Clinton J Smith also spent 10 days as a volunteer in October 2010 Indonesian Tsunami. After a career in the defense forces in South Africa, Mr. Smith spent 11 years in humanitarian work. A specialist in landmine clearance, his work took him to Kosovo, Northern Iraq and Afghanistan. According to him, he has never seen this kind of devastation unlike other conflict situations where he served, the time scale of devastation caused by the tsunami was too short for anyone to be able to react.



- DPMM Students (Mr. Trevor Clifford and Mr. Nattapon Trumikaborworn) are currently doing two months’ internship (June and July 2016) in UNESCAP Disaster Risk Reduction.

- Mr. Saswata Sanyal, Doctoral Student from India was involved with ADPC as a Consultant from 7 January31 March 2015 for organizing an Asian level forum. He was responsible for the overall coordination of the Regional Forum on Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilient Livelihoods in Asia and also developing background documents related to the forum and its different sessions.

- Ms. Elaine Chong, Masters Student from Singapore was involved with ADPC as an Intern / Consultant from 8 July9 August 2013 for developing a new training course on “Managing Risk: A Case for Climate Change Adaptation” together with Centre for Development Initiatives of Wageningen University and ADPC.

- Ms. Aditi Madan, Doctoral Student from India was involved with ADPC as an intern / consultant from 8 July – 9 August 2013 for developing a new training course on “Managing Risk: A Case for Climate Change Adaptation” together with Centre for Development Initiatives of Wageningen University and ADPC.  Ms. Madan also interned with ILO, UNESCAP, Bangkok for a period of four months from February – May 2013 on issues dealing with Private Sector Engagement in Recovery and Rehabilitation and Green Jobs.

- Mr. Amin Shamseddini, Doctoral Student from Iran was involved with UN-ISDR, Bangkok Office as an Intern from January – June 2012.  During that period, he was disaster database analyzer and some part of his work was published in Asia-Pacific Disaster Report (APDR-2012).


Awards / Honors / Recognition

- Ms. Veronique Morin, DPMM Doctoral Student from Canada wasrecognized among “Canadian Women of Innovation” on the Women’s Day of 2013 – an initiative of Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC) and Engineers Canada. She is a Volunteer Scientist and Contributing Author to: Chapter 29 – Small Islands in: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Contribution of Working Group II in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She is also a Contributing Author to: Chapter 5: Reducing Risk from Natural Hazard, Pollution and Climate Change in Megacities and Associated Networks in Megacities and the Coast: Risk, Resilience and Transformation (2013).

- In 2011, she won Mary Fran Myers Scholarship from the Natural Hazards Center (part of the University of Colorado at Boulder). This scholarship allowed her to attend the annual Natural Hazard Workshop in Colorado from 9 – 13 July 2011. In addition, Ms. Morin made a presentation on the topic “Vulnerability and Adaptation to Extreme Events: A Case Study in Portland Cottage, Jamaica” in the GREENHOUSE 2011 Conference which was held from 4 – 8 April 2011 in Cairns, Australia.

- Ms. Vipavee Kunavichayanont, DPMM Diploma student from Thailand who is also a lecturer at Thammasat University and the founder of Design for Disaster (D4D) was featured in the Bangkok Post in 2011 for her involvement in the Designing for Disaster project.


Exchange Programs

- DPMM Students have the opportunity in attending a “DRC International Course on Approaches for Disaster Resilience” of the “Consortium for International Human Resource Development for Disaster-Resilient Countries (DRC)”, a distance learning program of Kyoto University’s Re-Inventing Japan University Projectby Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Kyoto University along with ASEAN Alliance Universities (Asian Institute of Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, University of Malaya, Vietnam National University) have made this Certificate Programme forExchange Graduate Studentson Disaster Risk Mitigation/Recovery/Reconstruction (Interdisciplinary Education Programme) for 5 Years:  2012-2017. DPMM has been actively involved in this program. Three students (Ms. Pham Thi Hong, Ms. Atrida Hadianti and Ms. Veronique Morin) from DPMM attended the program in 2012, three (Ms. Pone Nyet Khaing, Mr. Wifandy Raymond T P Sidadolog and Mr. Md. Shahab Uddin) attended in 2013, two (Ms. Elaine Chong and Ms. Thanapa Pornprakit) attended in 2014, and three (Mr. Pongpaiboon Tularug, Mr. Junaid Ahmad and Kullanan Sukwanchai) attended in 2015. In 2016, DPMM will be sending 4 students (Ms. Apinya Khumchart, Ms. Aditi Madan, Mr. Nattapon Trumikaborworn, Mr. Md. Bayezid Islam) along with 3 students from GTE.


- DPMM Students Mr. Saswata Sanyal (2013), Mr. Shah Jawad Shamir (2013), Mr. Tenzin Kunchok (2012) and Mr. Md. Shahab Uddin (2010) joined the “Intensive Program on Sustainability (IPoS)” – a short-term educational course, which provides an opportunity for international students (especially from Asian nations) to obtain a deeper appreciation for global sustainability in the Asian region. IPoS has been conducted since 2004 in Thailand and Japan. Each year, approximately 30 student participants from University of Tokyo (UT), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), AGS partner universities [Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ETH and Chalmers Institute of Technology] and SSC members (Hokkaido University, Ibaraki University, Osaka University and Kyoto University) attend the program. In this program, participants lodge together; study through experience-based learning that includes workshops, field visits, and lectures; and cultivate friendship across different nationalities and academic backgrounds. Mr. Sanyal and Mr. Shamir joined the IPoS 2013, subtitled “Tsunami damage and recovery from its damage”; Mr. Kunchok joined the IPoS 2012, subtitled “Livelihood strategies for adaptation to climate change” while Mr. Uddin joined IPoS 2010 that focused on “Sustainable cities and mobility in 2050.”


Student Seminars

- DPMM Students organized a Seminar on Lessons Learned from Nepal Earthquake on 25 June 2015 to mark two months of the earthquake. Two DPMM students conducted field work and emergency response from 28 April for a month. These two students along with another Masters research student will shared their experience, learnings and research. Prior to the seminar, “Learning by Drawing” event was organized for community awareness about the disaster.

Call for abstract -International Expert Forum on “Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” 1-2 December, 2017- at AIT, Thailand

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