UNU-IAS and the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR) are co-organizing an official side event at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan on 15 March 2015.
Today’s highly complex problems spawned by rapid global change evolve too fast for us to adapt effectively. Their inter-connectedness requires a holistic transdisciplinary approach that brings all stakeholders together, including the academe, local government units, businesses, NGOs and communities, to foster rapid feedback and effective exchange of knowledge and experiences that will enable rapid formulation of sustainable solutions.
This public forum will illustrate experiences in transdisciplinary disaster risk reduction (DRR) programmes at respective universities. It will explore the role of partnership with universities in the region, in developing and delivering effective transdisciplinary educational and capacity development programmes. The session will highlight the launching of the International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) coordinated by the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), with network partners sealing their commitment to the development and implementation of locally-based, multi-stakeholder projects in DRR. It will also feature a panel discussion that will explore the different perspectives in clarifying issues that relate to transdisciplinarity.
9:30–9:35 Opening remarks
9:35–10:05 SESSION 1: Transdisciplinary Education Related Activities on Disaster Risk Reduction
10:05–10:55 SESSION 2: Stakeholder Support and Commitment
10:55–11:25 SESSION 3: Interdisciplinary Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE)
11:25–11:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: Advancing Transdisciplinary Education for Disaster Risk Reduction
11:50–12:00 ENDORSEMENT: International Network for Advancing Transdisciplinary Education (INATE) affiliation document
TKP Garden City Sendai Kotodai, Hall 2
(Sendai Park Bldg.)
3-6-1 Kokubun-cho, Aoba-ku, Sendai