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, 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

Scientific Committee

Aysegul Askan, METU, TURKEY
Dietmar Adam, TU Wien, AUSTRIA
Domniki Assimaki, Caltech, USA
Ihsan Bal, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Subhamoy Bhattacharya , University of Surrey, UK
Fraser Bransby ,FUGRO, AUSTRALIA
Mike Brown, University of Dundee, UK
Paolo Burlando, ETH, SWITZERLAND
Panos Dakoulas, University of Thessaly, GREECE
Shideh Dashti, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Dina D’ Ayala, UCL, UK
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
Dimitris Lignos, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
Dimitris Loukidis, University of Cyprus, CYPRUS
Gopal Madabushi, Cambridge University, UK
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
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, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Andreas Stavridis, University at Buffalo, USA
Boza 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
Nigel Wright, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Nozomu Yoshida, Kanto Gakuin University, JAPAN
Dimitrios Zekkos, University of Michigan, USA
Antonis Zervos, University of Southampton, UK
Katerina Ziotopoulou,University of California, Davis, USA

Supporting Organizations