The 3rd International Conference on Disaster Response and Management

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
August 29-31, 2017

Hiroshima, Japan

DREAM 2017 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 29-31, 2017

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The 3rd International Conference on Disaster Response and Management (DREAM 2017)»

Welcome to The 3rd International Conference on Disaster Response and Management held from August 29-31, 2017 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This conference will be jointly held alongside The International Conference on Sustainable Business and Development in Asia. Presenters of these international, peer-reviewed conferences will receive certificates of presentation and inclusion in the proceedings.

In addition, all registered participants will be provided with a free, guided tour in English of Hiroshima Peace Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the tour, there will be a welcome reception with an all you-can-eat-and-drink-menu.

About DREAM 2017

While natural disasters may seem to be increasing in frequency, devastation and loss of life, the simple truth is that earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, mudslides, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires and other natural phenomena, occur as frequently today as they did 100 years ago. The difference today, however, is that the rise in the global population and urbanization of areas and regions simply means that more people will be affected when a natural disaster occurs. In addition, advances in media technology and information sharing have made it possible for both natural disasters to be watched in real time, such as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

Not only has media and technology improved  warning systems and emergency services, but also data collection and research has improved the tracking of disasters. Despite advancements in technology, building construction, equipment and training and preparedness, there is still difficulty in implementing and integrating disaster response and management resources effectively.

How can technology be applied more effectively to predict, prevent and prepare for natural and man-made disasters? What changes in infrastructure, building codes and civil engineering could help avert disasters or reduce the loss of lives? What role, if any, does climate change play in disasters? What advancements in public health could augment the role of emergency services? How can advanced countries train developing countries to respond to disasters?

DREAM 2017 welcomes academics, practitioners, healthcare and emergency service professionals, nurses, humanitarian aid specialists, rescue workers, and first-responders from police and fire departments as well as the military to explore these questions and share knowledge regarding the latest developments in the fields of disaster response and management.

With the theme of Get Prepared, Stay Prepared, we welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, June 30, 2017 on the following streams:

  • Built Environment
  • Civil Engineering & Building Construction
  • Climate Change & Disasters
  • Disaster Funding, Laws and Policies
  • Disaster ICT and Emergency Communications
  • Disaster Management
  • Disaster Phases and Preparedness
  • Disaster Relief, Resilience and Research
  • Disaster Response and Management
  • GIS for Disaster Management
  • Police, Fire, Military Personnel in Disasters
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Sociology of Disasters
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning & Urban Renewal
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Review Committee

NK RC Natthawut Kaewpitoon Ph.D.
Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University of Technology Hospital, Thailand
Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Thailand

Dr. Kaewpitoon serves dual roles on the Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and also serves at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetic, Gastroenterology.  He earned his PhD in BioMedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health all at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

eiko-kawagoe-130x150 Eiko Kawagoe
Professor, School of Nursing
Kobe City College of Nursing, Japan
Former Vice President, Japan Association for Medical English Studies
Councilor, The Japan Society for Medical English Education

Eiko Kawagoe is a noted author and academic on medical English education and healthcare communication. She is a professor in the School of Nursing at Kobe City College of Nursing. Professor Kawagoe is also the former Vice President of the Japan Association for Media English Studies and a Councilor of the Japan Society for Medical English Education.

Her research interests include medical English education, ESP, and current English studies. She has published numerous books, such as “Current English (Medical Version) – The Daily Yomiuri” (Daigaku Kyoiku Pub., 2011), “Travelers’ First Aid Kit” (Cengage Learning, 2008), “Mimikara Manabu Tanoshii Nurse Eigo” (Kodansha, 2002), “Nursing Terms and Expressions Everybody Uses” (Medical View, 2007) and “15 Points in Reading English for Nursing Purposes” (Medical View, 2005).

Program Committee

DREAM 2017 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings (ISSN 2189-2237), which is published in electronic format shortly after the conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

Review Committee

Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D. Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
Soraya Kaewpitoon, Ph.D. Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Sumattana Glangkarn, Ph.D. Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
Noorsuzana Mohd Shariff, Ph.D. Healthy Lifestyle Cluster, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia
M.Syed Ali, Ph.D. PG and Research Department of Biotechnology, Mohamed Sathak College of Arts and Science, India
Ikuko Sobue, Ph.D. Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Integrated Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan


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