During the second half of the 2Ost century earthquake engineering has advanced rapidly throughout the world, resulting in significant reductions of societal losses due to seismic events. however, since the turn of the century, catastrophic earthquakes such as the 2008 M8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake in China and the more recent 2011 M9.0 Japan earthquake have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people. The Japan earthquake not only produced strong ground motions, but also included a huge tsunami and a subsequent nuclear disaster that affected global economies. These events bring numerous new earthquake engineering challenges to the sustainable development of our societies.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor LIU Huixian, the founder of Earthquake Engineering in China, the Institute of Engineering Mechanics (IEM) of the China Earthquake Administration will host an International Conference in Harbin, China on May 18-21, 2012.
The goal of this conference is to summarize the impact and lessons learned from the recent earthquakes, and discuss how to address the new challenges facing earthquake engineering researchers.
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