By Sophie Vinter, on 14 November 2017
Fukushima Prefecture, with whom UCL has a longstanding collaboration, is inviting two students from any discipline to join a ten-strong delegation to visit from 15-21 January. Delegates will include staff from UCL’s Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, EPICentre and UCL Academy.
Students can find out more about the opportunity at a Q&A session with Professor Shin-ichi Ohnuma, UCL’s Japan Ambassador, on 24 November 2017 at 12.00-13.00 at UCL’s Confucius Institute (15 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0NS).
The prefecture will fully support the UCL team visit, including the cost of air fare, accommodation, meals and in-country travel.
The successful students will be asked to contribute social media and blog posts about their experiences while they are in Japan, as well as taking part in a group presentation about the visit.
In 2011, East Japan suffered from a huge earthquake and tsumani, which killed many people along the coastline. The tsumani affected the Fukushima Nuclear power plant, which resulted in wide-level contamination by radiation. Many people in Fukushima are still suffering from this damage.
UCL decided to contribute to the recovery of Fukushima and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fukushima Prefecture in 2014.
How to apply
Students can attend the Q&A session on 24 November for further information about the visit.
To apply please email the below details by 2 December 2017 to Sofia Shamim in UCL’s Global Engagement Office with the subject title “Fukushima Fieldwork and Visit – YOUR NAME”.
- Your full name
- Status (staff/Phd student /MSc student) and stage
- A one-paragraph biography
- A one-paragraph research or study proposal
- A one-paragraph impact statement.
Please also indicate:
- Whether your passport has a visa requirement for entry to Japan
- If the visit will contribute to your PHD/MSc research or your undergraduate study
- Your level of Japanese language (although this is not a pre-requisite).
Please note students need to obtain permission from their course organisers.