A unique event fostering the exchange of ideas, practices and state of the art among academics, industry experts and professionals


We are delighted to invite you to Chania, Greece for the “2nd  International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure”.

This second conference will build upon the encouragement received during  ICONHIC2016 aiming to make the extra mile towards Infrastructure Resilience. It is currently well understood that protection against extreme events is not served by the “stronger is better” principle. Apart from several scientific evidence disproving the adequacy of such a concept, building stronger structures has no impact in protecting existing infrastructure. On the contrary, the latter is asked to serve more needs stemming from the expansion of populations in urbanized reasons, at a time when ageing reduces its capacity. Further to that, both the frequency and intensity of extreme natural events are augmenting. 

Although it is essential to act now, tt is obvious that no single discipline can undertake the action. That is why ICONHIC2019 aims to bring all stakeholders on the same floor. We need to work together and understand each other. Engineers, financers, insurers, and policy makers must come together and exchange experience in order to set a robust and viable trace towards our future actions.

To achieve this goal, our conference will include panel discussions among different stakeholders, excellent keynote lectures, special and theme sessions  in what we hope to be a most lively event encouraging discussion on challenging topics.

Looking forward to meeting you in Greece on 23-26 June 2019 !


Prof. George Gazetas, Conference Chairman
Prof. Ioannis Anastasopoulos, Conference Co-Chairman

Conference Highlights

  • Infrastructure Protection is an international headline and every developed economy acknowledges the issue – but the bigger question is, are there practical solutions?

  • Promoting a Game shift: Protecting infrastructure from extreme events calls for an integrated approach considering the correlated nature of hazards and cascading effects.

  • In a time of augmented need for interdisciplinary effort this conference aims to bring together actors from different fields in order to promote “out of the box” thinking and cross-fertilization.

  • Disruptive Panel Discussions, Stimulating Sessions, and a plethora of bilateral meetings are expected to create a unique environment to promote pioneering ideas

Steering Committee

Conference Chair
George Gazetas, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE

Conference Co-Chair
Ioannis Anastasopoulos, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Steering Committee

Abdoun, T. , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , USA
Alonso, E., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Bard, P.Y., University Joseph Fourier – Grenoble, France
Briaud, J.L., Texas A&M University, USA
Chau, K. T., Hong Kong Polyt. Univ, Hong Kong
Crosta, G.B., University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Fardis, M., University of Patras, Greece
Feng, M., Columbia University, USA
Frank, R., École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France
Hashash, Y., University of Ilinois, USA
Kareem, A., University of Notre Dame, USA
Kutter, B., University of California, Davis, USA
Liu, Ph., National University of Singapore, Singapore
Modaressi, H., KCIF , France
Nikolaou, S., WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, USA
Pastor, M., Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Pitilakis, K., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Puzrin, A., ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Randolph, M., University of Western Australia, Australia
Rossetto, T., University College London, UK
Sapountzakis, E., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Sharp, M.K, US Army Corps of Engineers, USA
Soga, K., Cambridge University,  UK
Towhata, I. University of Tokyo, Japan
Vintzilaiou, E., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Xie, L., Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Zekkos, D., University of Michigan, USA

Scientific Committee

The conference Scientific Committee is still growing. Its members will be announced soon

Supporting Organizations