14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium

14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium
Risk, Resilience and Reconstruction: Science and Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
21-24 October 2018 | ANU, Canberra, Australia


Announcement: Abstract submission is now closed

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) has partnered with the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) to establish the APRU Multihazards  Program, to address the need for research to contribute to disaster risk reduction in disaster-prone countries of the Pacific Rim. As part of the APRU Multihazards  Program, the 14th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, on 21-24 October 2018.

The 2018 symposium is focusing on how close association and collaboration between academia and governance on a local, national and regional level can address education, public outreach, infrastructure construction, disaster management, emergency rescue and hazard recovery in the field of disaster risk reduction.

Keynote speakers

Distinguished Professor Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina, USA

Session: Vulnerability and Resilience Science: Concepts, Tools, and Practices

Professor Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University, USA

Session: On Indigenous Resilience: Histories, Theories and Practices

Important dates

Symposium: 22-23 October

Reception: 21 October

Cultural Tour: 24 October

Abstract Deadline: 15 May


  • Professor  Phil Cummins, PhD (Geophysics, U. California, Berkeley), Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU
  • Professor (Hon) Helen James, PhD (University of Pittsburgh), MA (University of Pittsburgh), BA (ANU,Oriental Studies), Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia Pacific, ANU
  • Associate Professor Jamie Pittock, BSc, PhD, FHEA, GAICD, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
  • Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkhoff, BEc BSc (Hons) PhD SFHEA, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
  • Associate Professor Michael Eburn, BCom LLB (NSW); BA(Hons) (NE); LLM (Newcastle; NSW); MPET (Deakin); PhD (Monash), ANU College of Law
  • Research Fellow Aparna Lal, BSc (Honours) Zoology, MSc (Wildlife Science), PhD (Public Health), Climate Change Institute, ANU
  • Research Fellow Marta Yebra, PhD, ANU College of Science
  • Visiting Fellow Anna Lukasiewicz, PhD (Charles Sturt University),  Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU


Canberra, Australia

Canberra parliamentary axis

Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, on the ancient lands of the Ngunnawal people, who have lived here for over 20,000 years.

Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. European settlers arrived in the 1830s, and the area won selection by ballot for the federal capital in 1908. Since then the ‘Bush Capital’ has grown to become the proud home of the Australian story, with a growing population of around 390,000.

Canberra hosts a wide range of tourist attractions, including various national museums, galleries and Parliament House, as well as beautiful parks and walking trails. Several attractions are within walking distance of the ANU campus, including the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra is also a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region, including historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Learn more about what to do and see during your stay in Canberra here.

Canberra is the capital city of Australia, often referred to as Australia's "bush capital". With a population of just over 400,000, Further info on Canberra can be found at VisitCanberraLonely Planet, and TripAdvisor.

The Australian National University

ANU campus, science precinct

The Australian National University (ANU) is located in Canberra, with its main campus in Acton home to seven teaching and research colleges, as well as several national academies and institutes. The ANU was founded in 1946, and is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. ANU enrolls 10,052 undergraduate and 10,840 postgraduate students and employs 3,753 staff.

ANU is ranked 1st in Australia and among the top 20 universities in the world. The latest QS World University Rankings for 2018 rated ANU at 20 in the world, up two places on last year and among the great research and educational institutions of the world. ANU counts six Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars among its faculty and alumni.

For further information please see ANU's website.

University House

University House

The Symposium venue will be University House, located on the ANU Campus at Balmain Cres (University House is Building #1 on campus maps).

University House offers accommodation, catering and conference facilities. See University House on the ANU online map.


This Multi-Hazards APRU Symposium aims to open new horizons in disaster risk science which can contribute to better societal outcomes and better understanding of the intersecting dynamics of risk, resilience and reconstruction.

Full Symposium program 

Download the final Symposium program (pdf, 2.8MB).

Key dates

15th May Abstracts close

21st October Symposium reception

22nd October Symposium day 1

22nd October Symposium dinner

23rd October Symposium day 2

24th October Post Symposium cultural tour

Keynote speakers

Other confirmed speakers



Register your attendance online.

Special requirements

Please let us know about any special requirements you may need while attending the symposium, such as Halal or Vegetarian food, wheelchair access, etc.

Call for abstracts

Authors willing to participate are encouraged to upload one or more abstracts for an oral presentation or poster before the 15 June 2018. The Multi-Hazards APRU Conference Committee will select abstracts for presentation or poster based on the relevance to the aims of the conference.

Authors guideline

All submissions for Multi-Hazards APRU must include a brief abstract (250 words) and a biography (250 words). Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your abstract and biography. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.

Abstract closed

General information


Canberra is serviced by both international (Sinapore Airlines and Qatar Airlines) and domestic (Qantas, Virgin Australia) airlines. As a general guide, a taxi from the airport to Canberra city centre takes around 20 minutes and will cost approximately $40 to $50, depending on traffic conditions.

A very economical and convenient connect to and from Sydney is via Bus (Murrays and Greyhound), which takes about 3 hours.

Canberra’s public bus service, ACTION Buses, covers Canberra’s major tourist sites and the suburbs. The number 3 bus stops directly at University House; you can access the timetable and route map here. ACTION offers the choice of the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system or cash fares. Scan a prepaid MyWay card or purchase a single or daily cash ticket on board the bus from the driver. Single fares are valid for 90 minutes. Daily tickets are ideal for sightseeing and are valid until midnight on the day of purchase. Call 02 6207 7611 for more information or view ACTION’s printable routes and timetables. ACTION’s fleet includes easy access buses for people with reduced mobility.

Do I need a visa?

International visitors to Australia require a visa or an electronic travel authority (ETA) prior to arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and complete before you commence your journey. Information on obtaining visas and ETAs can be found on the Home Affairs Department website.

Do I need Insurance?

It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the Symposium. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Symposium, or through cancellation of the Symposium itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the Symposium organisers nor the organising committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.


Hotels in Canberra can be expensive, so we encourage you to book early. A variety of accommodation in Canberra can be accessed from the ANU website

In addtion, the following alternative hotels are located on or near to the ANU campus:

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