USC: Disaster Experts Convene on Issues of Natural Hazards, Terrorism

July 11, 2011

Event to Feature Keynote by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Official and Panels on Implications of Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

WHAT: The University of Southern California will host a conference featuring internationally known experts who will provide analysis of the recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and Japan, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant in Japan, among other recent disasters. The event also will include panels on terrorism risk, climate change and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.

WHEN: Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2011

WHO: Speakers and panels at the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management conference will include:

July 15:
George Apostolakis, Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)
Implications of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.)
Terrorism Risk (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) with panelists including USC Professor Adam Rose
Post Disaster Recovery (2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

July 16:
Detlof von Winterfeldt, director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.)
Kathleen Tierney, director of the Natural Hazards Center (12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
The Tohoku Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Response and Recovery Issues for Japan and the International Community (2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

For a complete schedule of keynote speakers and sessions, go to and click on the “Program” link.

WHERE: USC Davidson Conference Center, 3415 S. Figueroa St. (corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Figueroa Street)

RSVP: Members of the media interested in attending the sessions are asked to RSVP to Thomas Szelazek at (917) 881-2584 or

Contact: Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or
RSVP: Thomas Szelazek at (917) 881-2584 or