General overview


The details of the conference programme will be added to this page as the planning of the event progresses.

This is an initiative of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE), deployed with the support of Computers & Structures Inc. (CSI), aimed at creating an opportunity for the younger generations of researchers and practitioners to meet in person illustrious representatives of the older generation of scholars in our field. At this link you may find the captivating Masters’ lectures that were delivered at the previous world conference.

In addition to the oral presentations included in the conference programme, it is also foreseen that (hard-copy) monographs prepared by each one of the four IAEE-invited distinguished scholars will be distributed to all participants of the conference. These volumes will feature overviews of the history of developments in a given technical area and/or discussion of significant past applications or milestone scientific advancements and/or an insight on future needs, challenges and opportunities.

The four Masters Lectures defined by IAEE for the WCEE2024 are:

Steve Kramer
University of Washington, USA
Lecture day: Monday July 1st
Lecture title: The evolution of performance-based design in geotechnical earthquake engineering

Jack P. Moehle
University of California at Berkeley, USA
Lecture day: Tuesday July 2nd
Lecture title: Five easy pieces (structural engineering)

Lili Xie
Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration (CEA), China
Lecture day: Wednesday July 3rd
Lecture title: Ranking of strong earthquake ground motion recordings based on degree of damage to structures caused by whole time-history

Michele Calvi
University School for Advanced Studies – IUSS Pavia, Italy
Lecture day: Thursday July 4th
Lecture title: The art of seismic design

Currently in the process of definition.

160 Technical Sessions have been proposed by the scientific community, involving scholars from 68 different countries from around the World; this undoubtedly constitutes a success for which we should all be very proud of – it is unquestionable that a community-based conference programme is being shaped.

It is noted, nonetheless, that the current list of Technical Sessions is to be considered as preliminary, given that, as discussed in the Frequently Asked Questions, the final list/programme of parallel sessions will only be defined once the (pre-)registered contributors to each session will be known.

Poster presentations, an integral part of the parallel technical sessions, are also foreseen in this conference, not only because it is not feasible for all submissions to be presented orally, but also because poster presentation constitutes a preferred presentation modality for many participants.

Posters will have to be prepared in electronic format, so that they may be both shown on multimedia displays, as well as made available for preview on the conference website. We want to render poster sessions as enticing and engaging as possible, and are thus thinking of ways to efficiently blend them with coffee and lunch breaks.

The time and duration of each single poster presentation will be explicitly indicated in the conference programme and conference mobile application, so that participants may plan their schedule accordingly.

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for further details and clarifications.

We are planning to organise technical visits to large-scale structural testing laboratories in the vicinity of the conference venue, such as the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) in Pavia, etc. As soon as further details on these potential activities will be available, we will let you know (through the updating of this webpage and the sending out of an announcement).

Working hard is important, but so too is having moments of relaxation and non-sedentary activity amongst friends and colleagues.

Conference participants will thus be able to make use of the table tennis and table football facilities that we will be rendering available at the venue.

And, because competition always renders physical activities even more fun, we are planning to organise two tournaments that will run in parallel throughout the event, with the top teams being then awarded at the Conference’s closing ceremony.

During the registration phase you will be asked to express your potential interest in taking part in the table tennis and/or table football championship, and then we will get back to you for further details on the tournament organisation.

You might want to start getting some training sessions in!

We are working hard to make sure that the Gala Dinner will not only be truthful to Italy’s gastronomic tradition and reputation, but also that the event will constitute the ideal venue for a relaxed evening amongst friends and colleagues.

As soon as these will become available, we will be updating this page with further details on e.g. location, menu, cost, etc.

Conference participants will be given the opportunity to attend an exceptional evening at the famous “La Scala” theatre, enjoying the unique pleasure of a famous opera show at this world celebrated Opera House.

We will soon render details on the (discounted) ticket cost available here, so that interested participants may enroll in such special event.