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
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
George Gazetas, National Technical University of Athens, GREECE
Ioannis Anastasopoulos, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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, University of Central Florida, USA
Sissy Nikolaou, WSP, USA
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
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