A Series of Bilateral Online Workshops and Training on Effective Science Communication Strategies in Disaster Risk Reduction and Selection of Young Scientist Champion in DRR

Background                     

The role of scientific communication in disaster risk reduction should be considered from three critical perspectives, i.e., geography-societal contexts, tools, media-materials, and competencies perspective. The Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Universitas Syiah Kuala, has evolved into a center of excellence in disaster risk reduction in the Southeast Asian Region. Recent development progress has also enabled the center to cater to online regional training and webinars, reaching audiences from various communities. Since 2010, TDMRC has been involved in Disaster-Prepared School Program (SSB) promoted by UNESCO.

Likewise, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), and other recent global commitments fully recognize the importance of SETI (Science Engineering Technology Innovation) to address key sustainable development challenges and elaborate evidence-based policies. SETI provides technical solutions to address the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and natural resource management. Under the project “Fostering and Enhancing Synergies among Science Networks in Asia and the Pacific Region”, supported by Japanese-Fund-in-Trust, the United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to create a model to enhance science communication effectiveness by championing youth and early career researchers, especially women scientists. Simultaneously, appreciation and acknowledgment of impressive young scientists in disaster risk reduction could further promote the inclusion of the younger generation in creating disaster-resilient communities/ countries in this region. The young generation is good messengers to their community and will have a higher rate of acceptability in their communities. 

Therefore, the United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK) Aceh, Indonesia, will select  Young Professional Champions in Science Communication for DRR (YOUNG PRO-DRR) 2022, which is  firmly in line with the science communication strategies. 

Applicant’s Criteria          

• The competition is open to all individuals with age between 20 – 30 years old from Indonesia and Japan, with proof of training certificate in Science Communication Strategies in Disaster Risk Reduction (Tsunami). Women participants are highly encouraged.

• The competition selects the Young Professional Champions by assessing participants’ knowledge, skills, and motivation toward Science Communication and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

• The participants are required to develop a concept note in English on the theme: “The Role of Young Professional in Science Communication on Disaster Risk Reduction Lessons Learned from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (IOT) and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET)”

• The competition is free.

Concept Note Template     

• Must be concise, highlight the significance of the concept note proposed, the feasibility, and the methodology of the concept note; 

• Between 800-1000 words, exclude references, with 1 spacing and A4 size paper;

• You may also include figures and references related to your concept note. 

Concept Note Presentation

• Participants present their concept note in English through online 

• Each presentation, not more than 10 minutes, with PowerPoint slides (maximum 8 slides); 

• Interview (Q&A) after the presentation by the jury; 

• Participants must reassure a good quality internet connection during the presentation and interview.