Translating Science to Public: Lessons from social and natural sciences interactions in Tsunami Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia.

Date & time

1.30–2.30pm 13 August 2012


Jaeger 1 Seminar Room


Irina Rafliana

There are different approaches which scientists and practitioners chose to adapt when looking at disasters. The classic approach tends to look at disasters from the hazard perspectives and it aims at getting a community back to normal conditions. The natural science approach has a similar perspective and focuses more on controlling natural hazards by mitigation and warning systems. Interestingly, social sciences look at disasters as a social phenomenon, where risks were taken as an opportunity in creating social change.

The talk will take into account these three points of views and deals with translating science into practice for the public in disaster risk reduction efforts in Indonesia. An emphasis will put on tsunami hazard as an entry point in looking at different strategies of inter-disciplinary, science-based preparedness through public communication and education as conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and other related agencies in Indonesia during the past 7 years post the Indian Ocean tsunami 20004. Lessons learnt focus on formal, non-formal and informal education approaches which exposed over than 100,000 school children, village communities, media, local authorities and general public which still face future tsunami threats in Indonesia. The presentation addresses questions such as what had worked and what did not in the area of tsunami disaster risk reduction, and how science helped or failed in doing so.

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