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.

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.

Jean-Louis Briaud

ASCE 2021 President

Plenary Lecture

Jean-Louis Briaud

Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE
ASCE 2021 President



Confirmed until today

Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic

Imperial College London, UK

Dr D. Green

Program Manager
NASA, Applied Sciences Program, USA

Prof. Jamie E. Padgett

Rice University, USA

Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic


Prof. Alexander M. Puzrin


Prof. Dan M. Frangopol

Lehigh University, USA

Prof. Nicos Makris

Southern Methodist University, USA

Prof. Kim Cobb

Georgia Tech, USA

Ass. Prof. D. Zekkos

UC Berkeley, USA

Theme Lectures

Confirmed until today

Ass. Prof. Katrin Beyer

EPFL, Switzerland

Ass. Prof. George Kouretzis

University of Newcastle, Australia

Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, Univ. of Huddersfield, UK

Prof. Samer Madanat

NYU, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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


Confirmed until now

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

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


Nisrine Makhoul
Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Sotiris Argyroudis
Brunel University, UK

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

Asst. 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 to assess 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

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


Marianna Loli, University of Surrey, UK

Franziska Schmidt, Université Gustave Eiffel, France

Silvia Ientile, Université Gustave Eiffel, France

Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK

Sotirios 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


Stergios Aristoteles Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK

Sotirios Argyroudis, Brunel University, UK

Maria Pregnolato, University of Bristol, UK

Oceane 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: Early Warning Systems for Rainfall Induced Landslides

Shallow and rapid landslides triggered by rainfall cause significant damage to infrastructure annually and affect tens of thousands of lives in many parts of the world, particularly in mountainous and developing regions. In this special session, the most important technical components of the early warning systems for these natural hazards are discussed. Learn more


Amin Askarinejad, TU Delft, Netherlands
Faraz Tehrani, Deltares, Netherlands
Michele Calvello, University of Salerno, Italy

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
Angeliki Kapoglou, UCL Institute of Public Purpose and Innovation
Dr. Milad Memarzadeh, NASA Ames Research Center

Special Session: UAVS Application for Inspection of Bridges and Power Grids: Lesson Learned

This special session is aiming at sharing lessons learned from adapting a UAV-based inspection to reduce time and costs of bridge and power grid inspection and establish the research needs associated with the processing of the (big) and complex data produced by such autonomous technologies. Learn more


Ass. Prof. Y. Z. Ayele, Østfold University College, Norway
Ass. Prof. A. Barabadi, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
K. Achuthan, Lecturer, University College London, UK
Dr. D. Roverso, eSmart Systems AS, Norway

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, National Technical University of Athens
Dr. K. Bakalis, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dr. V. Melissianos, National Technical University of Athens

Special Session: Risks in Tomorrow’s Cities: the interplay of risks and rapid urban development

This special session looks to explore the interplay between the dynamics of urban development of cities and natural hazard risks to buildings, infrastructure and communities. Learn more


Prof. Tiziana Rossetto, University College London
Prof. Eser Cakti, Boğaziçi University
Prof. Sangeeta Singh, Tribhuvan University
Daniel Andrade, IG-EPN
Juan Gabriel Barros López, IG-EPN
Anup Shrestha, Tribhuvan University