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International Conference Attracts over 200 Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Professionals to China


Participants at the Harbin conference gather for a group photograph.

The International Conference on Advances and New Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research was held August 15-20, 2002 in Harbin and Hong Kong, China. The focus of the conference was on research in the development and application of advanced technologies in earthquake engineering. Participants included many leaders in the earthquake hazard mitigation and response field, primarily from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S. Professors X-Z Qi, Harbin, and J-M Ko, Hong Kong, chaired the International Advisory Committee. Other members of the committee included S-P Chang, Korea; and G.C. Lee, S.C. Liu and B.F. Spencer, Jr., all of the United States.

Over 200 people attended the Harbin component of the conference, hosted by the Institute of Engineering Mechanics (IEM), China Seismological Bureau (CSB). The conference was held August 15-17, 2002, and focused on new challenges and innovative solutions in earthquake engineering. It featured a special session dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late Professor Liu Huixian, who is considered to be the founder of earthquake engineering in China, and was the first director of IEM. At the end of the technical sessions, IEM hosted the first annual meeting of ANCER, the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research. Participants were also given a complimentary copy of the new Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration and encouraged to submit future articles for publication.

The Hong Kong conference component, hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK Poly U), was held August 19-20, 2002, and emphasized problems that concern areas of moderate seismicity and intelligent infrastructure engineering. This segment of the conference was also well-attended, and was sponsored by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, and the Government of the HKSAR.

Proceedings are currently being compiled from both the Harbin and Hong Kong events, and will be available in the near future.

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