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 !
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, 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
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.
Research laboratories, academic groups, innovation centers or non-profit organizations that want to stand out and share their achievements.
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.
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.
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:
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.
If you are interested in participating to ICONHIC2019 Co-Lab please fill the online form below.
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