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Understanding Risk Global Forum 2024 (UR24)

June 16-21, 2024

Himeji, Japan


The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation is proud to participate in the Understanding Risk Global Forum 2024 (UR24) in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, from June 16th to 21st, 2024. GEM, in collaboration with the World Community of Geological Surveys WCOGS, will be actively involved on June 18th-20th, leading a technical session titled "Building Geohazards Risk Assessment Capacity at the National Level." GEM will also host a focus event on the same topic for more in-depth discussions, allowing for a more interactive exchange of ideas and promoting collaboration among stakeholders.

GEM invites attendees from national governments, disaster risk reduction agencies, academia, and other stakeholders interested in strengthening earthquake risk assessment capacities to:

  • Participate in our technical session to gain in-depth knowledge of our work.

  • Attend our side event for focused discussions and networking opportunities.

  • Visit our exhibition booth, in the “friends of NASA” space, to explore our open seismic risk assessment resources.


1A - Symphony of Tradition and Innovation
1 B - Seismic Risk
1C - The State of Practice in Risk Assessment

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1A - Convenor

Shubharoop Ghosh

1A - Panelist

Helen Crowley

1B - Speaker

Ron Eguchi

1A - Moderator

Shunichi Koshimura

1A - Panelist

Renato Solidum Jr.

1B - Speaker

Helen Crowley

1A - Panelist

The World Bank

1B - Convenor

Takara Kaoru

1B - Speaker

Laurie Johnson

1A - Panelist

Humberto Lopez

1B - Moderator

Maksud Kamal

1B-Speaker (TBC)


Session Title

The State of Practice in Risk Assessment and Needs for Improvement at National to Sub-National Level

Geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides represent a significant proportion of the global disaster risk. Yet the capabilities for assessing risk at national to sub-national level are often insufficient. This session will discuss the state of practice and identify the needs for improving hazard and risk assessment capabilities. A complimentary Focus Day event will propose the way forward through the development of a global collaboration network.


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WCEE2024 Secretariat Plenary Talks

Helen Crowley, GEM Secretary General, is set to be honoured with the prestigious Joyner Lecture Award for her distinguished contributions to earthquake science and engineering communication. She will deliver her lecture on April 10th, 2024 at 4:00 PM, Wednesday at the EERI Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington; on May 2nd at 6:00 PM, 2024 at the SSA Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska; and on July 4th at the 18th WCEE2024. Lecture day: Thursday July 4th, 17:00 - 18:00 Lecture title: Why seismic hazard modelling has become a risky business


Convenors: F. Jalayer, K. Goda

Strong tsunamis are low-probability and high-consequence events. They are usually triggered by large subduction earthquakes, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean event. They can also be caused by complex cascades, such as flank collapse caused by the 2018 Anak Krakatau volcanic eruption and the 2018 Sulawesi submarine landslides triggered by a large strike-slip earthquake. They cause havoc and destruction along their paths and can have severe impacts and consequences on communities very far from their points of origin. Tsunami research is a perfect example of inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration. There are major research challenges that make it an extremely vibrant and stimulating field: gaps in coverage of historical data and use of paleo-seismic and tsunami data, physics-based modelling of tsunami genesis and propagation, modelling of structural response to tsunami waves, loss and consequence modelling, the need for high-performance computing and simulations, uncertainty treatment in tsunami risk assessments, issuing timely warning, complexities related to modelling of human response to tsunami, and the central role of communication and capacity building. The physical sciences and engineering community can contribute significantly towards addressing these challenges. This technical section will welcome contributions across various aspects of tsunami risk engineering in a broad and inter-disciplinary sense: probabilistic tsunami hazard and risk analysis, modelling physical consequences of tsunami on buildings, infrastructure, and industrial facilities, tsunami resistant design in codes, design of vertical evacuation structures, experimental testing of tsunamis, damage-dependent fragility assessment, tsunami vulnerability and loss assessment, digital twins of tsunami and its consequences, physical countermeasures, tsunami early warning and impact forecasting, tsunami evacuation modelling, financial measures for tsunami preparedness, and tsunami risk communication.


Stay tuned for more details!

We will provide further registration details for GEM's sessions at UR24 in the coming weeks. For inquiries, please contact