In October 2019, we signed an international collaboration agreement between Japanese and U.S. research institutions (PEER) that conduct disaster prevention and mitigation research. Based on this agreement, the MIRAI Alliance of Kobe University will host the "Kobe PEER Workshop" an international series of workshops on disaster prevention and mitigation under the theme of "Disaster Prevention in the Future," to disseminate the latest research results from Japan and abroad to society and connect them to new projects.
This will be the first PEER event to be held in Japan. In parallel with the PEER workshop in the U.S., we plan to hold the event in Japan once a year for five consecutive years until 2025. The purpose of the workshop is to strengthen the collaboration between the private companies and research institutes to link the latest research on disaster prevention and mitigation to new projects for the realization of a safe and sustainable society in the next generation and to disseminate the future vision of disaster prevention and mitigation and the new vision of life that will emerge as a result. The event targets researchers at research institutes, people in charge of disaster prevention and ESG investment at companies and local governments, and other citizens interested in these issues. The Kobe PEER Workshop will be organized and run by Kobe University's MIRAI Alliance, which conducts interdisciplinary research on responses to risks such as earthquakes, weather-related disasters, infectious diseases, and economic crises.
Create a place where you can work with scientists and engineers from a wide range of research fields to start new business planning.
And, by moving the economy forward, we will achieve a safe and sustainable community.
As we enter the 21st century, the collapse of global environmental sustainability has come to threaten our daily lives in the form of natural disasters, and we wonder what the image of disaster prevention will look like in 10 or 30 years later, or even more distantly in the 22nd century.
In the 22nd century, we hope that we will not only be able to respond to these problems as symptomatic treatments, but we will also be able to solve them from their original causes. When invisible risks become visible, people's behavior changes and they begin to avoid risks and become safer, and when hidden costs become visible, governments and companies begin to take safety and environmental measures as soon as possible. We want to envision a future in which society will be transformed.
In order to tackle these problems, businesses will increasingly have to go beyond the expertise of each business to grasp the big picture and make optimal management decisions with the help of scientists and engineers from a wide range of fields. We believe that if there was a place where people could easily receive consultancy from specialists in a wide range of fields, without having to go to a national conference of experts, it would help to power the economy and lead to the realization of a safe and sustainable community. First of all, we hope that we will work together with like-minded companies and organizations to build a foundation for the 22nd century in workshops. We appreciate your understanding of our objectives and ask for your support and assistance.
From all members of the Kobe University MIRAI Alliance
WHAT is PEER ?
The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research and education center that develops and disseminate technologies to realize a resilient economy and community against disasters.
In October 2019, a collaboration between PEER and Japanese research institutions was established with Kobe University as the hub.Further collaboration with research institutes and various companies is expected in Japan as well. It has been confirmed that this agreement is not limited to earthquake disasters.
On the U.S. side,
with the University of California, Berkeley as its hub, the University of California, Stanford University, University of Washington, University of Southern California, and other universities, as well as major infrastructure companies such as the California Department of Transportation, IHI Corporation, BECHTEL, and SOM.
On the Japanese side,
with Kobe University as a hub, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Resilience, RIKEN Center for computational Science: a National Research and Development Institute duly organized and existing under the laws of Japan, Center for Mathematical Sciences and Advanced Technology: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Faculty and Graduate School of Engineering: Kobe University, Research Center for Urban Safety and Security and Security: Kobe University.
Other international collaborations:
International Joint Research Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering:
Shanghai, Global Alliance of Disaster Research institutes: Kyoto University, Global Earthquake Model Foundation: Italy, Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering: Tokyo Institute of Technology, E-Defense: Hyogo Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Tongji University: Shanghai, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience : Ibaraki Prefecture.
What is the MIRAI Alliance of Kobe University?
The MIRAI Alliance is a research group at Kobe University where 67 experts in various fields carry out disaster prevention and mitigation research from an integrated approach. MIRAI stands for Multidisciplinary Integration for Resilience And Innovation. And ”Mirai” is the future in Japanese. Every month, researchers from geology, chemistry, meteorology, medicine, economics, history, law, disaster prevention, and architecture gather together. And recently, we have been helping companies solve their problems with a multifaceted approach.