Associate Prof. Masahiro Kurata was appointed as the associate editor of the top journal in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, as of July 2019. EESD Editorial Board: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10969845/homepage/editorialboard.html
The new research section named “Health Emergency and Regional Disaster Risk Management” was founded (http://www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/organization_en/iasdrrg_en/rddms/herdrm/) and the kickoff symposium was held at Kyoto University (http://www.dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/news_en/12506/) on June 29, 2019 . Prof. Kurata join the new section with double appointment. Prof. Kurata served for the symposium as a coordinator of the panel discussion. The keynote speech was held by Dr. Ryuma Kayano of WHO (World Health Organization) Kobe Center and the WHO KC website reported the activities of the symposium (https://extranet.who.int/kobe_centre/en/news/KyotoUniv_Symposium_2019).