A unique event fostering the exchange of ideas, practices and state of the art among academics, industry experts and professionals active in infrastructure design against earthquake, landslides, floods and tsunamis.


We are delighted to invite you to Chania, Greece for the “1st International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure: Protection, Design, Rehabilitation”.

With this new Conference we aim to bring under one roof specialists from the academia and industry on earthquake engineering, landslides, floods, tsunamis and hurricanes As we have witnessed several times in recent years, our civil infrastructure is exposed to one or several of these threats and it is us, engineers, who mainly undertake the task of designing against them to minimize the risk and reduce fatalities.

This conference gives us all the opportunity to not only state our case in our own specialty but also to watch and listen how our “scientific neighbors” are coping with in their fields of expertise; this is the essence of cross-fertilization of knowledge. To achieve this goal, our conference will include excellent keynote lectures, special and theme sessions as well as 5-in-5 presentations in what we hope to be a most lively event encouraging discussion on challenging topics.

Looking forward to meeting you in Greece on 28-30 June 2016 !


Professor George Gazetas, Conference Chairman



Conference Highlights

  • Bringing to light a very hot topic: Recent natural disasters, such as the 2008 Midwest floods and Katrina and Sandy Hurricanes in the United States, the earthquakes in Sichuan, China, the Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand, and a host of other modern natural disasters have all highlighted the vulnerability of even modern infrastructure to natural hazards.

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

  • In a world of increasingly interdisciplinary research this conference aims to bring together specialists from different scientific fields in order to promote “out of the box” thinking and cross-fertilization.

  • Abstract submission is optional at any time before paper submission deadline; abstracts will be reviewed within 3 days from submission.

  • Stimulating Special Sessions

  • A Special Issue in a highly reputable Journal: the top quality papers submitted to the conference will be forwarded for journal publication.

  • Student Paper Award: the winner(s) will present the paper on the last day of the conference and will receive a €500 / $550 prize.

Steering Committee

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

Conference Co-Chair
Costas Synolakis, University of Southern California, USA
Paul Marinos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Steering Committee

Abdoun, T. , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , USA
Alonso, E., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Anastasopoulos, I., ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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

Ansal, A., Ozyegin University, Turkey
Asimaki, D., California Institute of Technology, USA
Askan, A., Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Athanasopoulou, A., University of Michigan, USA
Bal, I.E., Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Bouckovalas, G., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Boulanger, R. W., University of California, Davis, USA
Bousias, S., University of Patras, Greece
Castellanza, R., Univ. Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Chatzigogos, Ch., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Constantinou, M., University at Buffalo, USA
Dakoulas, P., University of Thessaly, Greece
Dermatas, D., National Technical University, Athens
Di Prisco, Cl., Politecnico  di Milano, Italy
Dobry, R., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , USA
Gaudin, C., University of Western Australia, Australia
Gerolymos, N., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Karamanos, S., University of Thessaly, Greece
Kaynia, A., Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway
Knappet, J. , University of Dundee, UK
Kontoe, S., Imperial College, UK
Koumoussis, V., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Koutsogiannis, D., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Langousis, A., University of Patras, Greece
Makris, N., University of Central Florida, USA
Mimikou, M., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Montanari, A., University of Bologna, Italy
Papadimitriou, A., National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Pecker, A, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France
Pinyol, N., Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Pitilakis, D., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Rathje, E., University of Texas at Austin, USA
Saidi, M ., University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Sextos, A., Univ. of Bristol, UK & Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
Smyrou, E., Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Sommerville, P., URS Corporatiaon, USA
Spanos, P. Rice University, USA
Stavridis, A., University at Buffalo, USA
Travasarou, Th., Fugro, USA
Tsatsanifos, Ch, Pangaea Consulting Engineers, Greece
Tsopelas, T., University of Thessaly, Greece
Vettas, P., OTM, Greece
Vrettos, Ch., Technical University Kaiserslautern, Germany
Yegian, M., Northeastern University, USA
Ziotopoulou, K., Virginia Tech, USA

Supporting Organizations