Program

Distinguished keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions, theme sessions and a digital exhibition, in a 3-day event that aims to facilitate stakeholders communication and highlight scientific & technical innovations targeted at extreme natural events.

Conference Themes

EARTHQUAKES & LANDSLIDES

Engineering Seismology & Ground Motion Simulation Assessment, Analysis and Retrofitting of Structures
Aging Infrastructure and Future Earthquakes: Concrete, Steel and Masonry Structures
Isolation and Energy Dissipation Devices
Instrumentation & Structural Health Monitoring
High-risk Facilities exposed to Induced Seismicity
Seismic Design of Foundations and Underground Structures
Soil-Structure Interaction
Ground Failure & Liquefaction: Analysis and Effects on Structures and Lifelines
Protection of Historical Structures against Seismic Hazards
Landslides Prevention and Mitigation: Design Practice and New Concepts
Offshore Landslides and Effects on Submarine Structures and Pipelines
Earthquake/ Rainfall-induced Landslides: Analysis and Modelling

FLOODS, WINDSTORMS & WILDFIRES

Flood Risk Management and Risk Reduction Strategies
Flood Forecasting, Modelling and Flood Control
Natural & Engineered Defences & Vulnerabilities
Urban Drainage Infrastructure and Performance
Dikes, Levees and Dams: studying Failures and proposing Strategic Solutions
Storm Surges, Tsunamis and Sea Level Rise
Strong Winds, Hurricanes, Cyclones, Tropical Storms
Drought impacts on Infrastructure Service Delivery
Wildfire Modelling & Risk Analysis
Seasonal Hazards: Extreme Cold and Heatwaves

USING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO MITIGATE NATURAL DISASTERS

Assessment of Natural Hazards from Satellite Imagery, Drones, and Wireless Sensing Networks
Robotics and Automation in Natural Disasters Management: Challenges and Opportunities
Big Data Frameworks for Monitoring and Modelling Infrastructure Performance
Convergence of AI-based tools in the Response of Complex Systems
Multi-Risk Decision Support Methodologies
Integrating Disaster Risk into Life-Cycle Management of Infrastructure Systems
Multi-scale Modelling of Natural Hazards

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Blue-Green Solutions for Sustainable Urban Development
Bio-inspired Construction Materials
Air Pollution & Noise Mitigation Strategies
Innovative Materials for Infrastructure Protection against Natural Hazards
Climate Change-induced Swift in Global Risk Landscape
Modelling, Regulations and Initiatives on Climate Change
Exposure of Renewable Energy Infrastructure to Natural Hazards
Social Science and Extreme Events: building Connections among Communities affected by Disaster

TECHNICAL SESSIONS

Panel Discussions (PS)

They will comprise short introductory talks by leaders in different fields (e.g. engineering, financing, insurance) followed by discussion featuring questions from the audience. Their scope is to accelerate the gap-bridging between academia, practice and application.

Keynote Lectures & Invited Lectures (KS)

They will be delivered to all participants together by  internationally renowned experts, moderated by a panel consisting of Steering Committee members.

General Sessions (GS)

These sessions will focus on specific research fields. They will be organized and moderated by two chairpersons and will be running in parallel sessions. Each GS will include oral presentations of papers submitted to the conference.

Special Sessions (SS)

Special Sessions will include a panel of invited speakers on cross-cutting topics and will be even organized by companies. SS could incorporate presentation of compatible papers submitted to the conference.

Breakout Sessions (BS)

30-Minute Interactive Roundtable Sessions on a specific topic, perfect for exchanging ideas, discussing challenges & sharing experiences within an informal peer-to-peer environment. Each Session will be moderated by an international expert on the subject.

E-Presentation Sessions (ES)

E-Presentations will be projected on screens at a designated space within the exhibition area, while each presenter will have the chance to give a brief 3-min talk, to highlight important figures and charts of his/her presentation at the beginning of the Session. ES will include presentations of papers submitted to the conference. To allow the opportunity for discussion, the screens will be available to the audience for browsing freely at all times during the conference.

SPECIAL SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

Confirmed until now

Special Session: Low cost seismic isolation for the developing world

Seismic isolation is considered an expensive method and has been mainly applied in high-income countries. However, there have been numerous research attempts to drastically reduce its cost and make it affordable and widely applicable to low-income countries. Learn more

Organizers

Prof. M. Blondet
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Asst. Prof. D. Konstantinidis
UC Berkeley

Asst. Prof. M. Vassiliou
ETH Zurich