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


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


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


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


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


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.

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.


Confirmed until today

Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic


Jean-Louis Briaud

ASCE 2021 President

Prof. Ioannis Brilakis

University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Nicos Makris

Southern Methodist University, USA

Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic

Imperial College London, UK

Prof. Dan M. Frangopol

Lehigh University, USA

Ass. Prof. D. Zekkos

UC Berkeley, USA

Prof. Kim Cobb

Georgia Tech, USA

Prof. Jamie E. Padgett

Rice University, USA

Prof. Alexander M. Puzrin


Dr D. Green

Program Manager
NASA, Applied Sciences Program, USA

Theme Lectures

Confirmed until today

Ass. Prof. George Kouretzis

University of Newcastle, Australia

Ass. Prof. Katrin Beyer

EPFL, Switzerland

Prof. Samer Madanat

NYU, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK

Dr. Stavroula Kontoe

Imperial College London, UK

Ass. Prof. Sabatino Cuomo

University of Salerno, Italy

Dr. Eric Gaume


Prof. George D. Bouckovalas

National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Special Session: Computer Vision and Cognitive Decision-Making for Infrastructure Resilience

The session aims to connect experts in engineering domains to those in Computer Vision and Machine Learning for a common goal: mitigation of the impact of extreme natural events (natural disasters, climate change) on infrastructure. Learn more


Asst. Prof. Eva Agapaki
University of Florida, USA

Special Session: Forensics of liquefaction: Revisiting and learning from past events

In this session, iconic case histories from past liquefaction events will be revisited, in an effort to uncover the intricacies related to the phenomenon, while simultaneously putting the state-of-the-art in physical and numerical modelling to the test.  Learn more


Assoc. Prof. Orestis Adamidis
University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Eva Korre
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Special Session: The role of information in infrastructure resilience: Methods and tools

The session focuses on the role of data and evidence obtained through emerging digital technologies in building resilience for critical infrastructure systems. Learn more


Dr. Nisrine Makhoul
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Dr. Sotiris Argyroudis
Brunel University, UK

Prof. John van de Lindt
Colorado State University, USA

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


Prof. M. Blondet
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Ass. Prof. D. Konstantinidis
UC Berkeley

Asst. Prof. M. Vassiliou
ETH Zurich

Special Session: Innovative Ground Interventions & Metamaterial Concepts for Structure Protection

Scientific and technological advances towards the implementation of metastructures for isolation against seismic, machinery and traffic induced ground borne vibrations and noise. Learn more


Prof. Ioannis Antoniadis
National Technical University of Athens

Prof. Eleni Chatzi
ETH Zürich

Prof. Alessandro Marzani
University of Bologna

Special Session: Numerical simulations of resilient systems subjected to natural hazards

The recent advances in numerical simulation methods allow assessing the effects of natural hazards on multidimensional systems. This session aims at bringing together stakeholders from multiple disciplines to discuss the state of the art on numerical applications to resilience sciences, sharing present and future perspectives. Learn more

Dr. Davide Forcellini, University of Auckland, NZ
Dr. Kostas Kalfas, Southern Methodist University, USA

Special Session: Flood risk for bridges and transport networks: monitoring, modelling, and assessment

This session will present novel approaches in hazard mapping, monitoring, risk analysis, experimental modelling and numerical simulation, and assessment of cascading effects in view of network functionality, as well as societal and economic impacts. Learn more


Dr. M. Loli, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. F. Schmidt, Université Gustave Eiffel, France

Dr. S. Ientile, Université Gustave Eiffel, France

Ass. Prof. S. A. Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. S. Argyroudis, Brunel University, UK

Special Session: Restoration of transport infrastructure after natural hazards

This special session aims at providing a platform for discussion and springboarding the development of practical, efficient and sufficient restoration models, in an effort to build resilience into our critical infrastructure. Learn more


Ass. Prof. S. A. Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. S. Argyroudis, Brunel University, UK

Dr. M. Pregnolato, University of Bristol, UK

O. Keou, The World Bank, USA

Special Session: Insurance & engineering towards a more effective risk management

Risk assessment and development of risk management strategy are core tasks in the (re)insurance world and at the same time a well-developed field in engineering. We strongly believe that the successful collaboration of both worlds can be beneficial for all stake-holders involved in disaster risk management. Learn more


Dr. Amaryllis Mouyiannou, Swiss Re

Dr. Manya Deyanova, Mott MacDonald

Special Session: Improving Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructures

To prepare modern societies for major breakdowns of Critical Energy Infrastructures in Europe, resilience concepts need to be developed, tested and validated to make sure proper planning, preparation, response and recovery is made and achieved in the event critical situations occur. Learn more


Dr. Clemente Fuggini, RINA S.p.A, Italy

Dr. Giuseppe Giunta, Eni S.p.A, Italy

Prof. Spyros Karamanos, University of Thessaly, Greece

Special Session: Physical and Numerical Modelling of Landslide-Structure-Interaction (LSI)

Many geo-disasters in the world are related to landslides. They endanger the resident populations, and cause severe economic and functional losses, especially in urbanized areas, due to direct damage to the existing structures and indirect costs related to the disruption of strategic corridors. Learn more


Prof. S. Cuomo, University of Salerno, Italy
Dr. M. Martinelli, Deltares, Netherlands
Prof. V. Thakur, NTNU, Norway
Prof. C. Choi, UST Hong Kong, China

Special Session: Structural Design for Extra-Terrestrial Natural Hazards

Over recent decades, there has been significant investment -in the order of USD billions- by both governmental and private agencies, for pursuing space exploration and developing the first space hubs and habitats in extra-terrestrial environments. Learn more


Dr. Georgios Kampas, University of Greenwich
Dr. Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype, Imperial College London
Dr. Olga-Joan Ktenidou, National Observatory of Athens
Dr. Milad Memarzadeh, NASA Ames Research Center

Special Session: Multi-hazard risk & resilience assessment: Novel applications to networks and systems of assets

Natural disasters are major events triggered by natural processes of the earth that may cause major loss of life as well as significant direct or indirect socioeconomic consequences to cultural heritage, buildings, or infrastructure assets and networks (transportation, power, sewage, telecommunication etc.). Learn more


Assoc. Prof. D. Vamvatsikos, National Technical University of Athens
Dr. A. Kazantzi, Resilience Guard GmbH
Dr. K. Bakalis, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dr. V. Melissianos, National Technical University of Athens