Special Topic Group on Young Professionals in DRR and Climate Change


The Special Topic Group (STG) on Young Professionals in DRR and Climate Change is coordinated by Dr. Nurfashareena Muhamad of the International Centre of Excellence Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (ICoE-SEADPRI-UKM). The STG encompasses existing networks and regional initiatives devoted to disseminating knowledge and building capacity through research and education on DRR and climate change. Activities implemented by STG include workshops and training, joint research, exchange of research findings, among others. The STG incubated and  launched U-INSPIRE Malaysia @ UKM, the platform that aims to mobilise youth and young professionals in the country on disaster risk reduction and climate change, which now links to a significant network of active youth groups in the region. With mutual aims to advance science and technology, the STG and U-INSPIRE Malaysia @ UKM will move together to support local level implementation of the Sendai Framework on DRR.


Lead Coordinator: Dr. Nurfashareena Muhamad, ICoE-SEADPRI-UKM

Members include:



Upcoming Events:

  • U-INSPIRE Youth Stage, Asia Pacific Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (APSTCDRR), 16-17 March 2020, Kuala Lumpur
    • The ANCST STG will lead the youth stage with support from SEADPRI-UKM, ISC-ROAP and U-INSPIRE Alliance at the Conference convened by NADMA Malaysia, ASM, SEADPRI-UKM and UNDRR. The session will bring together motivated, ambitious, and committed youth and young professionals in DRR and climate change, to facilitate access for young scientists, together with the wider youth and young professionals community, and tracking of their contributions and inputs feeding into the existing regional and global youth and young professionals platform, especially in empowering the science-policy interface.
  • Launch of National Youth Survey on Environmental changes, Disasters and Climate Change, Kuala Lumpur
    • The ANCST STG with support from U-INSPIRE Malaysia @ UKM, Malaysian Youth Delegation and the Institute for Environment and Development, UKM will be involved in deploying the National Youth Survey to targeted youth respondents in Kuala Selangor, Malaysia. The survey aims to assess the level of youth awareness on environmental changes, disasters and climate change to promote social entrepreneurship in disaster risk reduction.

Events in 2019:

  • Workshop on IPCC Role, Activities and Findings, 26 October 2019, Academy of Sciences, Kuala Lumpur
    • The ANCST STG Leader Dr. Nurfashareena Muhamad, led the session for youths and young professionals in the Workshop on IPCC Role, Activities and Findings. The session involved speakers from the IPCC and was supported by U-INSPIRE [email protected] and the Malaysian Youth Delegation. The Workshop was convened by Prof. Joy Jacqueline Pereira, WGII Vice-Chair and hosted by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, ANCST and partners. The IPCC delegation was led by the Chair, Professor Hoesung, who was accompanied by the WGI Co-Chair, Professor Valerie Masson-Delmotte (France) and WGIII Co-Chair, Professor Jim Skea (UK) as well as WGIII Vice-Chair, Mr Amjad Abdulla (Maldives). The focus was to encourage the contribution of youth and young professionals towards the IPCC reporting processes in the region, especially in reviewing the IPCC reports.
  • Workshop and Dialogue: Key Findings of the IPCC & Bridging the Science & Technology Divide in the Pacific Islands, 14-15 Nov 2019, Suva, Fiji
    • The ANCST STG Leader Dr. Nurfashareena Muhamad was invited as a speaker in a session on Bridging the S&T Divide in the Workshop led by Prof. Pereira and ANCST STG Leader on Disaster Prevention and Climate Resilience, Prof. Rajib Shaw in conjunction with APN, ISC-ROAP, University of the South Pacific (USP), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and other partners. During the session, STG Leader shared the effort of empowering youth and young professionals in disaster risk reduction and climate change in Asia. The intent was to inspire the Pacific youth and young professionals to establish their own platform and be empowered, to bridge the silos and work in cohesion to build disaster and climate resilience.