The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) will hold its 67th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA on March 31-April 3, 2015. The theme for the meeting is "Old Cities, New Earthquakes," and the program will highlight the particular seismic hazards and vulnerability of older structures common to so much of central and eastern North America.
Robert Olshansky, Head at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the EERI Distinguished Lecture on improving earthquake mitigation and recovery efforts over time. Paul Somerville will give the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture, Geoscientists’ Capacity to Supply Engineers’ Demands for Seismic Hazard Inputs.
Program sessions will include Inventorying and Prioritizing Actions to Reduce Risk of Older Structures, and Seismic Response and Vulnerability—New Design. There will be unique sessions providing updates on EERI special projects, such as Learning From Earthquakes and the School Earthquake Safety Initiative.
Pre- and post-conference continuing education and training opportunities are available. On March 31, participants will learn from the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) on how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur (FEMA P-154), and how to utilize open-source software ROVER (Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk). Training on FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risk of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, will be conducted in the afternoon. On Friday, April 3, EERI will offer workshops on earthquake reconnaissance for students and professionals, with presentations and a field exercise in the use of data collection tools.
Program details and registration instructions are available on the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting website. Registration rates will increase on March 2, 2015.
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About EERI The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. EERI’s objective is to reduce earthquake risk by
- advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering
- improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment
- advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.