Guest Speakers

Dr. Klaus Vietze
Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, German Embassy Tokyo

Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Imamura
Tohoku University
Director, International Research Institute of Disaster Science
  • 1989 Tohoku University, Dr.Eng. in Coastal Engineering
  • 1986 Tohoku University, M.S.Eng. in Coastal Engineering
  • 1984 Tohoku University, B.S. in Civil Engineering
Academic Career
  • 2014-present Director of International research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University
  • 2012-2013 Deputy director of IRIDeS, Tohoku University
  • 2000-2012 Prof.,Disaster Control Research Center, Tohoku Univ
  • 1998-2000 Affiliated Faculty, DPRI, Kyoto Univ.
  • 1995-2000 Assoc. Prof, Disaster Control Research Center, Tohoku Univ.
  • 1993-1995 Assoc. Prof., SCE, Asian Institute of Technology
  • 1989-1990 Research Associate, Tohoku University
Position Held
2020- present Assistant to the President
Awards, Decorations, and Memberships
  • 2003, Descartes Prize Awards Final Nomination, European Commission for Research
  • 2007, The 2007 Continuing International Contribution Award in Japan Society of Civil Engineering
  • 2014, 65th NHK Broadcast Culture Award
  • 2015, MEXT Minister's Commendation Science and Technology Award (Science and Technology Promotion Division),
  • 2016, Prime Minister's Commendation for Disaster Prevention Distinguished Persons
  • 2020, Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering (Paper Award)
  • 2020, Hamaguchi International Award (Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award),
  • 2021, MEXT Minister's Commendation for Science and Technology Award (Science and Technology Promotion Division)
  • 2021, 47th Broadcast Culture Fund Award
  • Secretary, TIME-project (Tsunami Inundation Modeling Exchange) supported by IOC and IUGG Tsunami commission, 1993-presen
  • President of Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science, 2008-2011
  • Member of study group of the reconstruction design council in response to the great east Japan earthquake, Cabinet office, 2011-2012
Selected Publications
  1. Fumiyasu Makinoshima, Yusuke Oishi, Takashi Yamazaki, Takashi Furumura & Fumihiko Imamura, Early Forecasting of Tsunami Inundation from Tsunami and Geodetic Observation Data with Convolutional Neural Networks, Nature Communications, volume 12, Article number: 2253,2021.
  2. Kazuhisa Goto, Takashi Ishizawa, Yuichi Ebina,Fumihiko Imamura, ShosukeSato, Keiko Udo,Ten years after the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami :Geological and environmental effects and implications for disaster policy changes, Earth-Science Reviews. 212, 103417.2020.
  3. Shuji Seto,Fumihiko Imamura, Classification of tsunami deaths by modifying ICD-10 categories in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami - A case study in Miyagi prefecture, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 50, November 2020
  4. Sugiura, M., Nouchi, R., Honda, A., Sato, S., Abe, T. & Imamura, F.,Survival-oriented personality factors are associated with various types of social support in an emergency disaster situation, In : PloS one. 15, 2, p. e0228875, 2020
  5. Tang, J., Leelawat, N., Suppasri, A. & Imamura, F.,An effect of tsunami to hotel occupancy: A case of Phuket, Thailand, In : IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science. 273, 1, 012033. 2019
  6. Imamura, F., Takakura, H., Matsuzawa, T. & Ito, K., A platform for multidisciplinary research in disaster science through experiences from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami, In : Journal of Disaster Research. 14, 9, p. 1318-1322 5 p. ,2019
  7. ABDUL MUHARI,MOHAMMAD HEIDARZADEH, HARJO SUSMORO, HARIS D. NUGROHO, ESTU KRISWATI,SUPARTOYO, ANTONIUS B. WIJANARTO, FUMIHIKO IMAMURA, and TARO ARIKAWA, The December 2018 Anak Krakatau Volcano Tsunami as Inferred from Post-Tsunami Field Surveys and Spectral Analysis, Pure Appl. Geophys,2019
  8. Masashi Watanabe; Kazuhisa Goto; Jeremy D Bricker; Fumihiko Imamura, Are inundation limit and maximum extent of sand useful for differentiating tsunamis and storms? An example from sediment transport simulations on the Sendai Plain, Japan, Sedimentary Geology,,2018

Dr. Masahiko Hayashi
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Director, JSPS Bonn Office
  • March 1986:
      Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • April 1981 - March 1986:
      Graduate School, Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • April 1977 - March 1981:
      Undergraduate, Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
Professional Career
  • October 2018 - Present:
      Director, JSPS Bonn Office
  • April 2018 - September 2018:
      Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
  • April 2015 - March 2018:
      Executive Director, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)
  • April 2012 - March 2018:
      Director General, NAOJ
  • June 2010 - March 2012:
      Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • April 2006 - May 2010:
      Director, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
  • April 1998 - May 2010:
      Professor, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
  • April 1994 - March 1998:
      Associate Professor, Subaru Telescope, NAOJ
  • February 1987 - March 1994:
      Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • April 1986 - January 1987:
      Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Dorothea Mahnke
Director, DAAD Office Tokyo
Director, German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo
Dorothea Mahnke is the director of the Tokyo office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo. She has worked as a Coordinator of International Relations in Kumamoto and Ishikawa and in the field of development cooperation in Ghana. In 2005 she changed to a start-up company in Germany before she began as a program manager for alumni programs at the DAAD in 2008. From 2010 to 2017 she continued as the head of the unit "GATE-Germany Office and Marketing Expertise" (GATE-Germany: Consortium for International Higher Education Marketing). She holds a master degree in Japanese studies as well as a master of public administration in Higher Education Management.

Since 3/2017 Director of the DAAD Office Tokyo and Director of the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo
2010-2017 Head of Unit GATE-Germany Office and Marketing Expertise, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2014 Master of Public Administration "Higher Education Management", University of Speyer
2008-2010 Project Manager, Alumni Programmes, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2005-2010 Marketing and Public Relations-Manager in a start-up internet company
2005 Diploma in Economic Principles, University of London
2003-2005 Development Assistant of the German Development Service in Accra, Ghana
1999-2002 Coordinator for International Relations, JET-Programme in Kumamoto and Unoke
1999 Master in Japanese Studies, University of Bochum

Dr. Ingrid Kruessmann
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Deputy Head, Division for International Affairs
Division Director for Cooperation with Asia/ Pacific
Director of the DFG Tokyo Office
German Director of the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing
  • PhD in Chinese Studies, German and Comparative Literature, Bonn Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, 1989-1995
  • Intensive course of Japanese language, Japonicum, Bochum, 1990
  • Magister Artium (MA) in Chinese Studies, German and Comparative Literature, Bonn Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, 1981-1989
  • Chinese Studies at Nanjing University in the People's Republic of China, funded by a fellowship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1984-1986
Professional Career
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn
  • German Director of the Sino-German Center for Research Promotion in Beijing, 2014-2018 and since 2021
  • Director of the DFG Tokyo Office, since 2019
  • Deputy Head of the Division for International Affairs, since 2014
  • Division Director for Cooperation with Asia, since 2014
  • Director in the Division International Affairs, responsible for Scientific Cooperation with Asia, 2000-2013
  • Head of the DFG-Coordination-Office for the Sino-German Center for Science Promotion, 1998-2000
  • Head of the Bonn Coordination-Office for the building of the Sino-German Center for Science Promotion, 1996-1998
  • Personal Assistant to the President and Secretary General, 1995-1996
Assistant Professor at the Department for Chinese Studies, Bonn Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, 1989-1995

Visiting Scholar at Harvard-University, Cambridge, USA, funded by a fellowship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 1991

Raoul Wagner
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
International Affairs Unit, Asia/Pacific Team
Project Officer
  • Master of Arts, Politics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, 2009-2011
  • Advanced Level Chinese Language Program, National Taiwan University, 2010-2011
  • Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Economics of East Asia, Ruhr University Bochum, 2004-2009
  • Japanese Language and Area Studies Program, Nanzan University, 2006-2007
Professional Career
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn, Germany
  • Program Officer, International Affairs Unit, Asia/Pacific Team, since 2019
  • Assistant Director, Sino-German Center for Research Promotion, Beijing, 2016-2019
  • Academic Project Officer, International Affairs Unit/ Physics, Mathematic, Geosciences Unit, 2014-2016

Globeone Beijing Office
  • Business Analyst responsible for marketing strategies and research related to automotive companies active in China, 2012-2013

Further professional experience in assisting with academic research, student counselling, parliamentary work and marketing