IFRC-APRU Celebrating Disaster ‘Non-Event’ Case Studies
June 11, 2019

The APRU Multi-Hazards Program in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for research papers and case studies of “Non-Events” to share global success and investment in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Based on the Sendai Framework for DRR, invest in DRR for resilience is one of the four urgent concerns needs to be addressed. Funding agencies in both philanthropy and government need comprehensive success measures to make informed and trusted funding decisions. By sharing evidence-based “non-event” case successes, decision-makers have the basis in which to invest in disaster prevention policy.

[Timeline & Requirements]

Deadline for submission: August 31, 2019
Abstracts must be 2 pages maximum and include following information:

  1. Background
  2. Type of event (e.g. flooding, heatwave, landslide, drought, earthquake, etc.) and what risks had been foreseen and acted upon?
  3. What steps were taken to prevent the event from escalating into a disaster?
  4. What are the consequences if one of the critical steps were missed?
  5. What were the key lessons learned?

Find the full list of requirements here

Abstracts must be submitted in English to Dr Takako Izumi (Associate Professor, Tohoku University and APRU Multi-Hazards Program Director) at [email protected].

The authors of the shortlisted papers will be notified in 3 weeks after the deadline of the abstract. The authors will be asked to submit a full paper by January 10, 2020.


The top two papers will be recognized by APRU and IFRC and announced at the 2020 Asia Pacific Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 16-17, 2020.

The two papers will be considered for publishing in an international journal “Progress in Disaster Science” and will be promoted widely to highlight the research findings at regional and international levels.