5 December 2011 (Singapore)
The 18th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18), under the main theme entitled "A regional collaboration for tomorrow's environment" was organized by Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore (CRISP), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from 5 to 9 December 2011 in Singapore. More than 200 people participated in the forum from space agencies in the Asia-Pacific region as well as relevant agencies, business and academic institutions.
For the first three days, four working groups, "Earth Observation", "Communication Satellite Applications," "Space Education and Awareness" and "Space Environment Utilization" were held followed by plenary session for the remaining two days. In the special session, Japanese astronaut, Mr. Soichi Noguchi made a presentation "the Earth View from Space by Astronauts".
At the plenary session, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) presented on "Activities of ADRC in the Sentinel Asia" and "The Damages by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Contribution by Space Technology", outlining its efforts in Sentinel Asia, and lessons learned from the preparedness and response to the Great East Earthquake and utilization of satellite and communications satellites.