Thai Professional Conference 2012
Disaster Risk Management: Lessons Learned from USA, Japan, and Europe
By Anne Kochaon and Chuleeporn Changchit
The annual Thai Professional Conference 2012 (TPC 2012) was held July 3-6 at the Miracle Grand Hotel in Bangkok. The conference theme was “Disaster Risk Management: Lessons Learned from USA, Japan, and Europe”co-organized by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the Minister of Science and Technology (MOST), the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC), the Office of Science and Technology in Washington D.C., and the Associations of Thai Professionals in North America and Canada, Japan, and Europe (ATPAC, ATPIJ, and ATPER). A total of 27 Thai professionals from ATPAC joined the conference.
As part of the conference, ATPAC professionals organized the pre-conference seminar on July 3, facilitated the conference sessions throughout the 3-day conference period, and participated in a brainstorming session to identify topics for future collaboration with Thai professional partners. On the morning of July 4, Dr. Plodprasop Suraswadi, Minister of Science and Technology opened and delivered a special lecture related to the Great Flood in Thailand that occurred last year.
As part of the organizing committee, ATPAC invited Karen Durham-Aguilera, Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security, Headquarters, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, USA to give a talk on “Katrina and Missouri River Flooding Experiences.”Prof. Narita Yoshihiro, Hokkaido University, Japan gave a lecture on “Natural Disasters in Japan and How We Face Them: The Past, Present and Future.”
The first two days of the TPC 2012 conference yielded a comprehensive list of topics of concern regarding disaster risk reduction management as follows:
Please see the attached file for more information.