Int’l workshop for collaborative research to tackle disasters


A three-day long international workshop has strongly advocated for undertaking joint collaborative research on disaster management by the academic institutions of Asian nations to resolve burning problems of natural disasters.

The moot have pleaded for mapping out plans by the political leaders and academicians of Asia to reduce the risks of all natural calamities.

The workshop titled “Towards Disaster Resilience: Deeper Understanding of Natural Hazards (UND)” began yesterday at CARS auditorium of Dhaka University (DU).

Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman as the chief guest inaugurated the programme, organized by the Department of Disaster Science and Management of DU.

In his speech, Prof. Akhtaruzzaman said “Bangladesh is always prone to different types of disasters, including flood, drought, cyclone, river erosion and salinity, and these natural calamities often cause massive damages in our country,” VC Aktaruzzaman said. “Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to natural disasters due to its geographical location. Some other Asian countries also suffer from the same hazards,” he added. 

Academicians and researchers from the eight Asian countries, including host Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Taiwan are participating in the workshop.

Environmental Sciences professor of DU Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal presided over the inaugural function while Prof. Dr. Tso Ren Wu of National Central University, Taiwan and Prof. Dr. Simon C. Lin of Academia Sinica of Taiwan addressed it. 

Assistant Professor of the Department of Disaster Science and Management of Dhaka University Md. Marufur Rahman conducted the inaugural session.