Thursday 23. January 2014

Lunch Lecture: Children and natural hazards

In this weeks Lunch Lecture Herdís Sigurjónsdóttir PhD student in Public Administration and natural hazards will give a lecture called Children and natural hazards – what can we learn from Japan.

On March 11 2011 Japan was hit by a severe natural disaster which did cost 20,000 lives and caused considerable damage in the country. It struck Herdís that only 36 school children were killed and she was curious to know the reason why.

In her research Herdís is co-operating with Iwate University in Japan and she has visited it twice after the disaster to study its consequences. Here in Iceland, she is employed by an engineering company, VSO Consulting. Currently Herdís is working on evacuation plans for the capital region and Suðurnes, usingthe experience from Japan.

The Lunch Lecture starts at 12:10 in the University Centre cafeteria. The talk will be in Icelandic.