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
Tarek Abdoun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Eduardo Alonso, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, SPAIN
Günter Blöschl, TU Wien, AUSTRIA
Guillermo Franco, Marsh and McLennan, IRELAND
Roger Frank, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, FRANCE
Sissy Nikolaou, WSP,USA
Alexander Puzrin, ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Mark Randolph, University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
Tizianna Rosetto, University College London, UK
David Wald, USGS, USA

Scientific Committee


Supporting Organizations