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International Conference on Earthquake Engineering Research Challenges in the 21st Century

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 in Japan earthquake, have wreaked havoc on the lives of millions of people. 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, founder of earthquake engineering in China, and to develop a forum to address these challenges, 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 the conference is to summarize the impact and lessons learned from the recent earthquakes, and to discuss how to address the new challenges facing earthquake engineer researchers.

For more information, view the PDF, or contact Ms. Bai Bing.

Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER)


Members of ANCER are committed to enhancing research, education and technology transfer to reduce seismic hazards

MCEER is part of a unique, professional consortium called the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER). ANCER was established in October 2001 to enhance research, education and technology transfer activities. Its vision is to broaden research and development impacts and mitigation practices through cooperative activities that can best be advanced on a center-to-center basis over a large geographical area.

ANCER's objectives are to coordinate limited resources in the respective countries to develop and implement, on a cooperative, center-to-center basis, innovative engineering methods and new enabling technologies. These methods and technologies will focused on efforts to design, construct, maintain, manage and renew the built environment to reduce seismic hazards.

To achieve these objectives, ANCER will pursue activities as follows:

The concept of a centers network was introduced during an international workshop organized by the Korea Earthquake Engineering Research Center (KEERC) in Seoul in 2000. Professor Sung-Pil Chang, director of KEERC, suggested developing a formal working relationship among the centers, and the concept evolved into the formation of ANCER.


2009 Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER) Workshop
August 13-14, 2009, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States

2007 ANCER Meeting
May 29-30, 2007, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

PRC-US Earthquake Engineering Forum for Young Researchers
May 27-June 7, 2006, Harbin, China

2005 Annual Meeting: "Earthquake Hazard Reduction through Networked Information and Sensor Technology: Global Human Links for Next Generation Earthquake Engineering"
November 10-13, 2005, Jeju, Korea

2004 Annual Meeting: Networking of Young Earthquake Engineering Researchers and Professionals
July 29-30, 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii

2002 International Conference on Advances and New Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research
August 15-20, 2002, Harbin and Hong Kong, China

2001 Inauguration Meeting
February 5-7, Seoul, South Korea