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IRC co-hosts the Second International Symposium for Resilient Communities in Koriyama City Japan April 14-15

Andy_symposiumThe Institute for Resilient Communities (IRC) co-hosted the Second International Symposium for Resilient Communities in Koriyama City, Japan with the Koriyama City Hall and Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA).

The Second Symposium builds on the first international symposium, held in Berkeley, CA in April 2015, which celebrated the opening of the IRC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Topics on resilience, including energy, health, seismic, radiological, and health, as well as education, outreach, and community resilience were covered by over 20 speakers.

As part of the the Second Symposium, a group of university students from Japan, the United States, and South Korea were invited to attend the Next Generation Fukushima Workshop to discuss how to resolve challenges for the revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture on April 12-13.

The following IRC Team members presented their research at the symposium:

  • Kai Vetter: “The Institute for Resilient Communities”
  • Jens Birkholzer: “Energy Resilience in the United States – What Can Subsurface Science Contribute?”
  • Erica Woodburn: “Using Environmental Modeling to Evaluate Forest Remediation Strategies”
  • Sylvain Costes: “Interpreting DNA Damage Levels in Exposed Populations”
  • Andrew Haefner: “Gamma-ray Vision: Seeing Radiation in 3D”
  • Erika Suzuki: “Next Generation Fukushima Workshop”

IRC Deputy Director, Rebecca Abergel, moderated the closing panel session “A Path Forward,” which featured Koriyama City Mayor Shinagawa, Timothy Burroughs (Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley), Kamlesh Yagnik (Chief Resilience Officer, City of Surat), and Ryan Pavlovsky (UC Berkeley graduate student) discussing ways in which communities, scientists, and students can better coordinate their efforts to build resilient communities.


Symposium Group Photo

Speakers and students at the Second International Symposium