After entering the second decade from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the world has been progressing to focus on sustainable disaster risk reduction.  AIWEST-DR was first launched in 2006 as part of Universitas Syiah Kuala’s contribution to ensure the messages from the 2004 tsunami pass across the regions and become lessons learned for other tsunami prone countries. It was first named as Annual International Workshop and Expo on Sumatra Tsunami Disaster Recovery during the first ninth consecutive events. Since 2016, this event’s name has been refined into a new name with the same abbreviation: Aceh International Workshop and Expo on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster Recovery (AIWEST-DR).

In 2019, TDMRC successfully took the step to globalize AIWEST-DR by offering Tohoku University (IRIDeS– International Research Institute of Disaster Science) organized that event as the long partnership between Tohoku University and Universitas Syiah Kuala.

The 13th AIWEST-DR 2021 conference aims to bring together hundreds of participants globally to connect and discuss possible solutions about issues that matter in sustainable DRR today, including our joint future beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s theme will be “Strengthening Community Resilience from Compound Disaster in Pandemic Situations”. It will be an opportunity to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of disaster risks during a pandemic.

The 13th AIWEST-DR 2021 conference organizing committee remains vigilant in its monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of its attendees. Because of this, the conference will be held in a hybrid format, offering both onsite and virtual versions to accommodate all participants. We believe that our decision will allow many more people to participate in AIWEST-DR 2021.

We want to ensure the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), released in Sendai-Japan in 2005, be resonant in the mind of disaster researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Therefore, we invite researchers, academia, disaster practitioners, and managers to submit their extended abstracts to the 13th AIWEST-DR 2021.

Opening Remarks

Prof. Samsul Rizal

Rector of Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Fumihiko Imamura

Director International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan

Prof. Helene Joffe

Professor of Psychology at University College London

Prof. Rajib Shaw

Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan

AIWEST-DR 2021 Flyer

Important Dates

Deadline of Abstract Submission
22 May 2021 13 June 2021
Announcement of Abstract Acceptance
22 June 2021
Deadline of Full Paper Submission
1 August  2021
Deadline for early-bird registration for presenters
1 September 2021
Announcement of Full Paper Acceptance
14 September 2021
Workshop and Expo Date
26-27 October 2021


The scope of the AIWEST‐DR 2021 are expected to cover the following topics (but are not limited):
1. Geohazards, Technology, and Infrastructure;
2. Coastal City Resilience Towards Natural Hazard;
3. Knowledge management for Disaster Risk Reduction;
4. Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance;
5. Human Security and Disaster Medicine;
6. Policy Making for Sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction;
7. Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Changes;
8. Tsunami Numerical Modeling and Its Applications;
9. Resilient City Planning;
10. Evacuation Planning and Training;
11. Disaster Education;
12. Emergency Handling and Psychological Dimension of Responses;
13. ICT Application in Disaster Management;
14. GIS and Remote Sensing for Disaster Management;
15. Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction;
16. Applied Geosciences for Disaster Risk Reduction;
17. Effective Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction;
18. Paleotsunami and Paleoseismic studies;
19. Disaster Management in Religious Perspective;
20. Progress of SFDRR implementation;
21. Pandemic and Communicable Diseases.