The 4th Asian Conference on Disaster Response and Management – Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan»

Welcome to DREAM 2018

Welcome to The 4th Asian Conference on Disaster Response and Management held on Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. DREAM 2018 will be held in partnership with the 5th Conference on Human Development in Asia, the 3rd Asian Conference on Education and the 2nd Asian Symposium on Tourism for Development. Presenters of these international, peer-reviewed conferences will receive certificates of presentation and inclusion in the proceedings.

DREAM 2018 is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit abstracts as early as possible. In addition to this conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About DREAM 2018

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 such calamities happened one hundred 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?

With the theme of Get Prepared, Stay Prepared, we welcome proposals of 250 words in English. The Final Deadline for Submissions has been Extended to Friday, April 13, 2018. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

DREAM 2018 Submission Application

Disaster Management Streams

  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Response and Management
  • Disaster Relief, Resilience and Research
  • Disaster Tourism
  • Mitigation and Risk Reduction
  • Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Role of Military, Police and Fire Departments
  • Urban Planning & Development
  • Other Areas (please specify)

DREAM 2018 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

DREAM 2018 welcomes academics researchers, engineers, emergency managers and planners; public safety personnel from fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical; environmental, emergency and safety staff from government and non-profit agencies; hazmat response teams; power and utility engineers and staff; medical, safety and environmental personnel from hospitals/healthcare; humanitarian workers, volunteers, students and other concerned citizens.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, 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.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,

    Michael 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.  His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is actively involved with flood-fighting and disaster response and management in Japan.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.

    Program Committee Co-Chair
    Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

    Dr. Santiago’s research has been guided by a vision of more equitable access to natural resources in urban settings, a broader participation in urban green area planning and decision-making, and an identification of paths to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations. His work has researched patterns of uneven access to common green areas among city residents and visitors, and has also elicited beach and river recreationists’ participation in selecting and valuing environmental attributes they consider fundamental in their recreation experience.

    Planning has always been a field of study that values integration of knowledge. Dr. Santiago’s research agenda has been one based on strengthening inter-disciplinary links to advance planning theory and methods by examining them from a broader social-ecological context. From a planning knowledge perspective, his efforts have included exploring ecosystem services as an alternative planning and management analytical framework, and examining the institutional context in which such a framework can facilitate resource management and broader stakeholder participation.

    Natthawut KaewpitoonProgram Committee Co-Chair
    Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Institute of Medicine,
    Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

    Dr. Kaewpitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine 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.


  • Luis Santiago, Ph.D. Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
    Thirayu Meererksom, Ph.D. Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
    Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D. Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
    Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. (Health System Development), Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
    Hossein Esmaeili, Ph.D. Flinders Law School, Flinders University, Australia
    Dag Petersson, Ph.D. School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
    Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D. School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain