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.

KEYNOTE LECTURES

Confirmed until today

Prof. Alexander M. Puzrin

ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND

Prof. Nicos Makris

Southern Methodist University, USA

Prof. Lidija Zdravkovic

Imperial College London, UK

Prof. Kim Cobb

Georgia Tech, USA

Prof. Jamie E. Padgett

Rice University, USA

Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic

ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND

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

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

Prof. George D. Bouckovalas

National Technical University of Athens, GREECE

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

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

Dr. Amaryllis Mouyiannou, Partner 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. These include, but not limited to, monitoring techniques, data transmission methods, novel data analysis approaches, and definition of warning levels. A special attention will be paid to the systems suitable for regions with low economic capabilities. Learn more

Organizers

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

Dr Georgios Kampas, University of Greenwich

Dr Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype, Imperial College London

Dr Samuel Wilkinson, Foster + Partners

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

Organizers

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

Organizers

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