SASDiR Conference 2024


21-23 August 2024

The Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Mauritius.

About SASDiR2024

Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Africa: Transdisciplinary Approaches and Sustainable Solutions (DR-AFRICA)

Welcome to the official website of the 6th Biennial SASDiR Conference, a pivotal event co-hosted by the University of Mauritius and the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction. This conference aims to bring together leading academics, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to engage in meaningful discussions and share the latest insights on disaster risk management strategies, innovations, and challenges.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mauritius, our conference offers a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of traditional knowledge and cutting-edge research in mitigating and adapting to disasters in the Southern African region and beyond. With a focus on fostering collaboration, enhancing resilience, and promoting sustainable development, the conference is dedicated to creating actionable solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing communities today.

Join us for an enriching experience of learning, networking, and collaboration as we work together towards a safer, more resilient future.

Featured Talks & Speakers

Keynote speaker:

Professor Shibamaya Tomoya


Institute Professor, Research and Development Institute, Chuo University, Japan.

Professor Emeritus at Waseda University and Yokohama National University, Japan.

"Recent Studies on Coastal Disaster Mitigation"

Coastal disasters such as tsunamis, storm surges, and high wind waves are natural disasters that can occur in any coastal area worldwide.  They happen when several natural conditions, such as earthquakes, typhoons, local topography, and social conditions, such as prior disaster experiences and preparedness, are combined as unfavorable circumstances for the coastal residents.  They can occur at various time intervals, from tsunamis, which occur once every hundred or thousand years, to storm surges and high wind waves, which occur somewhere in the world every year due to typhoon strikes.  They can be as extensive as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake tsunami or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which extended hundreds of kilometres along the coast, or as small-scale as the 2024 Noto Peninsula tsunami in the central part of Japan, where the tsunami inundated land in a narrow area of tens of kilometres.  The purpose of surveying coastal disasters worldwide is to analyse them and then recommend strategies for disaster mitigation from a local perspective, adapted to the actual conditions in each region.  As Japan has historically experienced many coastal disasters over the years since the beginning of history, it is also essential to organise this experience and contribute to disaster reduction worldwide.  In practice, the first step is to conduct post-disaster field surveys and collect the data numerically and descriptively.  In order to incorporate new findings into disaster mitigation methods, hydraulic model experiments are used to observe phenomena in more detail and to understand the physical processes.  The results are then incorporated into a numerical prediction model to reconstruct a more concrete image of the disaster.  By sharing these results with the local residents, it will finally be possible to construct rational disaster prevention structures and create evacuation plans tailored to the actual conditions of the region.

Prof. Xiaojing Lv

Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Director of Shanghai Urban Energy Society

Deputy Secretary General of China Marine Engineering Committee


Prof. Xiaojing Lv is from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is deputy Director of Shanghai Urban Energy Society and deputy Secretary General of China Marine Engineering Committee. She engaged in hybrid intelligent systems of fuel cell/gas turbine, zero carbon Marine power systems, hydrogen energy production and utilization from the theoretical and experimental points. In past studies, She has developed a large number of high-precision mathematical models and software libraries (SOFC.MCFC, gas turbine, smart energy system, zero-emission ship power system, all-eclectic ship micro grid, intelligence controller based on NN, Fuzzy and combined Machine Learning, multiple fuel to H2, such as biomass, LNG, sea water, and NH3,), and the relative experimental platforms. As an independent PI, she has presided over 15 national and Shanghai municipal government projects,including the international co-projects, published more than 80 papers and 15 patents,co-edited 4 books. Also as an 20 members team leader in low-carbon smart energy system in the Smart Energy and Big Data Research Center in SJTU.

High efficient and net-zero emission marine power system based on SOFC/GT for shipping decarbonization and disaster reduction

To combat global climate change and reduce natural disasters, the development of efficient and secure marine equipment power generation systems and post-disaster island energy system fast recovery technologies has become a focal point for maritime powers worldwide. The Ship Solid Oxide Fuel Cell/Gas Turbine (SOFC/GT) power system, with an efficiency of over 70%, fuel flexibility, and near-zero emissions, is considered one of the most promising solutions for shipping decarbonization, increasing the resilience of the island’s energy system, and moving towards carbon neutrality. This report elaborates on three key aspects. Firstly, starting from the characteristics of Marine green shipping for the future, how to carry out appropriate and scientific optimization design for the topological structure, component selection, parameter matching, and other aspects of the SOFC/GT power system of all-electric ships, to meet the load requirements of the target ship type. Secondly, how to decarbonize and efficiently convert hydrogen control technology for ship SOFC/GT using hydrocarbon fuel (Marine diesel, LNG, BIO-syngas, etc.) and non-carbonized fuel (NH3). In the last part, it is about how to realize safe and efficient intelligent control strategy of SOFC/GT all-electric in different ocean conditions and different channel environments, and how to realize long endurance and renewable power supply as a rapid recovery technology of island energy system after disaster.

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