A large delegation of the GEM Foundation travelled to Thessaloniki, Greece, from June 18th to 21st, in occasion of the 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering. “The purpose of the Conference is to provide the perfect platform to present and discuss the recent progress in Earthquake Engineering, along with priority issues of global importance in seismic risk reduction, preparedness and management.”
Vitor Silva, Luis Martins, Robin Gee, Venetia Despotaki, Alejandro Calderón, Mabé Villar Vega, Cigdem Yilmaz, together with Tamara Cabrera and Changlong Li – two students coming respectively from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and China Earthquake Administration – attended the conference on behalf of the GEM Foundation. The GEM attendees gave 10 presentations in 6 different sessions focusing on seismic hazard, geotechnical earthquake engineering, risk assessment of critical facilities, risk mitigation policies and methodologies, models for earthquake loss assessment and mitigation, and EU - China cooperation in earthquake engineering and risk.
Furthermore, GEM had been mentioned by 40 papers presented during the conference. GEM was also responsible for organizing a special session on ‘Assessment of earthquake vulnerability and risk at national, regional and global scale’ with presentations from several institutions worldwide currently using different GEM models and toolkits in seismic risk assessment studies.
The next European Conference will take place in 2022. In September, the organizers will announce whether the venue will be in Porto, Portugal or Bucharest, Romania.