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 regions, 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, it 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 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
Michalis Fardis, University of Patras, GREECE
Guillermo Franco, Marsh and McLennan, IRELAND
Roger Frank, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, FRANCE
Nicos Makris, Southern Methodist University, USA
Maria Mimikou, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Sissy Nikolaou, WSP, USA
Ton Peters, Deltares, NETHERLANDS
Kyriazis Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
Alexander Puzrin, ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Mark Randolph, University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
Tizianna Rosetto, University College London, UK
David Wald, USGS, USA
Nigel Wright, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Scientific Committee

Dietmar Adam, TU Wien, AUSTRIA
Aysegul Askan, METU, TURKEY
Domniki Assimaki, Caltech, USA
Subhamoy Bhattacharya, University of Surrey, UK
Fraser Bransby, FUGRO, AUSTRALIA
Mike Brown, University of Dundee, UK
Paolo Burlando, ETH, SWITZERLAND
Eun-Chul Shin, Incheon National University, S. KOREA
Panos Dakoulas, University of Thessaly, GREECE
Shideh Dashti, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
David David, David David Ltd, ISRAEL
Dina D’ Ayala, UCL, UK
Carlo De Michele, Politecnico di Milano, ITALY
Sebastiano Foti, Polytechnic University of Turin, ITALY
Hermann Fritz, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Raul Fuentes, University of Leeds, UK
Nikos Gerolymos, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Roberto Gesche, University of Chile, CHILE
Philippe Gueguen, University of Grenoble, FRANCE
Ivo Herle, TU Dresden, GERMANY
Boris Jeremic, University of California, Davis, USA
George Kampas, University of Greenwich, UK
Leon Kapetas, University of Cambridge, UK
Spyros Karamanos, Univ. of Thessaly / Univ. of Edinburgh, GREECE / UK
Amir Kaynia, NGI, NORWAY
Anastasia Kiratzi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
Jonathan Knappet, University of Dundee, UK
Stavroula Kontoe, Imperial College, UK
Panagiotis Kotronis, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, FRANCE
Rocco Lagioia, University of Brescia, ITALY
Sergio Lagomarsino, University of Genova, ITALY
Jan Laue, Lulea Univ. Technology, SWEDEN
Dimitris Lignos, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
Dimitris Loukidis, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS
Tamsin Lyle, Ebbwater Consulting, CANADA
Gopal Madabushi, Cambridge University, UK
Christos Makropoulos, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Stergios Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK
Guido Musso, Polytechnic University of Turin, ITALY
Yaron Offir, Yaron Offir Engineers Ltd, ISRAEL
Roberto Paolucci, Polytechnic University of Milan, ITALY
Panikos Papadopoulos, Frederick University, CYPRUS
Costas Papazachos, University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
Alain Pecker, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, FRANCE
George Penesis, AKRF Inc, USA
Dimitris Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
Francois Plewinski, DAES, SWITZERLAND
Evangellos Sapountzakis, Nat. Techn.Univ. of Athens, GREECE
Anastasios Sextos, University of Bristol, UK
Eleni Smyrou, Hanze UAS, NETHERLANDS
Andreas Stavridis, University at Buffalo, USA
Bozidar Stojadinovic, ETH, SWITZERLAND
Andy Take, Queen’s University, CANADA
Tetsuo Tobita, Kansai University, JAPAN
Thaleia Travasarou, Fugro Consultant, USA
Mark Trigg, University of Leeds, UK
Michalis Vassiliou, ETH, SWITZERLAND
Elissavet Vintzilaiou, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Christos Vrettos, Technical University Kaiserslautern, GERMANY
David White, University of Southampton, UK
Liam Wotherspoon, University of Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Nozomu Yoshida, Kanto Gakuin University, JAPAN
Lidija Zdravkovic, Imperial College
Dimitrios Zekkos, University of Michigan, USA
Antonis Zervos, University of Southampton, UK
Katerina Ziotopoulou,University of California, Davis, USA

Supporting Organizations


In ICONHIC2019 we are launching for the first time the INNOVATION HUB, wishing to promote an ongoing dialogue between innovators and industry representatives. Our vision is to take science outside the Lab to a diverse audience interesting into exploring novel ideas, new trends and fresh technological advances.


Who can  join ?

Research laboratories, academic groups, innovation centers or non-profit organizations that want to stand out and share their achievements.

What to present ?

A new patent, a novel sensing/monitoring device or technology, a small-scale demonstration experiment or a video presentation highlighting the outcomes of a research project.

What to expect ?

The hub will be set amidst the technical exhibition hall. It will comprise a  promotional space that will be offered interchangeably to different research teams. Demonstration slots will be distributed on a first come first served basis. Booking of a slot is free of charge for presenters registered to the Conference.

CoLaB on Ingenuity and Innovation

The Co-Lab is a three day 1.5 hr “hands-on” session, where a group of 24 attendees of multi-disciplinary backgrounds will come together to learn about three topics from subject matter experts that will deliver case-study presentations on different topics. The attendees will be tasked to identify a short project/idea to discuss and develop a framework/solutions for the topics explored.

The three topics to be covered are:

  1. The Role of Diversity & Inclusion in Innovation
  2. Social Aspects of Resilient Communities
  3. Mechanisms to Fund Projects & Insurance for Resilience

The last day, the attendees of the Co-Lab will present their “findings” to the entire conference and to a panel consisting of the subject matter experts, which will be followed by the conference closing, where we would like to hear from you. The final product of the Co-Lab will be a comprehensive report documenting the findings from the attendees and experts presenting.


How to participate ?

If you are interested in participating to ICONHIC2019 Co-Lab please fill the online form below.

Please include what you expect to learn from attending these sessions and how you could contribute to the team that you are assigned to (100 words max).

Be a sponsor

Why should your Company sponsor the Conference or exhibit there ?

  • To target highly influential decision makers and key opinion leaders in the field of constructions and consulting,
    risk assessment, disaster protection and urban resilience
  • To introduce new materials, services or software to the relevant audience
  • To build visibility of your company in a competitive market place
  • To attract potential future associates from a pool of highly promising new researchers/engineers
  • To be a part of a multi-disciplinary society of academics and professionals who are committed to the protection of our valuable infrastructure from natural disasters

You may download the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure here.

To discuss the promotion/sponsorship opportunities of your Company please contact us at secretary@iconhic.com.