• Parallel Session D-1
  • Sustainability
  • Panel

Communicating Natural Disasters, Man-made Hazards and Risks

Thursday 16 Nov 2017
7F Venus

Session Concept:
In modern society, there are various risks most of which are invisible, hidden behind phenomena. In order to avoid or reduce any damage from the various hazards, individuals need to have enough knowledge on those risks, prepare for them and react properly when we meet them. To promote the proper scientific understanding and encourage people for preparation, science centres must play an important role in their communities. In this session, we will have presentations from several science centres on their activities on hazards and risks. Hazards can be categorised into three groups: natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, droughts, typhoons, and other violent climate); hazards created from interaction between natural disasters and human society (epidemics); hazards created by technologies (industry, transportation and conflagrations).Clues to understanding characteristics of these hazards and to preparing for possible future disasters will be discussed among panel members and the audience.


Yasushi Ikebe
Principal Investigator of Science Communication, Miraikan


Yasushi Ikebe
Principal Investigator of Science Communication, Miraikan
People frequently spoke about the 2011 earthquake in Japan, and the nuclear power plants accidents, as “unexpected.” One of the lessons learned should be “imagine hidden risks and prepare”. This talk will present Miraikan’s activities on risk communication.
Daegil Hong
Director, Exhibition Research Division, Daegu National Science Museum
Important knowledge about globally important topics such as earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, typhoons, yellow dust, drought, epidemics and geomagnetic storms can be distributed by science museums.
Norio Ohmagari
Deputy Director General and Director, Department of Infectious Diseases, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital
Infection is a natural hazard and has potential to threaten human society. This lecture states the evolution of infectious diseases due to the change in the environment and the society.
Szu-yi Lo
Project Manager, Visitors Services Division, National Science and Technology Museum
This lecture will explore how science museum apply knowledge to virtual experiences via diversified exhibition approaches in typhoon, earthquake and infectious diseases exhibition to increase visitors’ awareness.