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Planning Workshop on Safer School Research Project held in Lalitpur

Planning Workshop of the Seismic Safety and Resilience of Educational Communities in Nepal (SAFER) on ‘Safer School Research Project’ has been held in Lalitpur on April 26, 2018. The workshop was jointly organized by Department of Education (DoE), Bristol University and NSET together with consortium partners.

SAFER is a holistic and multi-disciplinary program for improving the earthquake-related safety of school buildings and the resilience of educational communities in Nepal. The Safer School Research Project has been divided into five work packages and various tasks which are scheduled to be accomplished in three years.

The main objective of SAFER is to take global development challenges in Nepal through engineering research for sustainable infrastructure and Disaster Resilience through a multi-disciplinary consortium of geographical and structural engineers, engineering seismologists, ICT experts, earth scientists from academia, social scientists, policy makers, financial experts, and humanitarian and stakeholders.

Altogether six presentations were made during the one-day workshop. Prof. A. Sextos from Bristol University presented Overview of the SAFER project including the experimental campaign in Bristol and Southampton. NSET Director Ms. Hima Shrestha presented on experiences of NSET in School Infrastructure Strengthening and Research on Nepali Building typologies. On the occasion, representatives from Bristol University, University of Buffalo and Arup ID also did the presentations on different theme of the Safer School Research Projects.

After the presentations, the participants had engaged in intense discussion to formulate a joint action for the way ahead. 

The program was concluded with the remarks of NSET Executive Director Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha.

SAFER is the consortium program of various partners; Bristol University, University of Southampton, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), University at Buffalo, University of Roma Tre, NSET, Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu University (KU), Arup International Development (ARUP-ID) and Save the Children.

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