Call for papers / organized sessions

Thanks for your cooperation, we have received over 4000 abstracts by September 15th, 2019 (JST/GMT+9:00).
We would like to thank all the authors who contributed.
About the speaker's abstract for COS (Concurrent Organized Session) as it can be submitted until September 30th, 2019 (JST/GMT+9:00), if you haven't sent it yet, please do it by the deadline.

Because the abstract submission deadline had been extended by two weeks, notification on acceptance of abstract will be informed to the first author by November 15th, 2019, two weeks after the original schedule.

The deadline for submission of full paper (Publication Ready Final Papers) is January 31st, 2020 (JST/GMT+9:00), please carefully prepare and send it by the deadline.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Sendai.

Thank you.

  • Presentation Category
  • Call for session
  • Call for papers
Presentation Category

All presentations during 17 WCEE are listed up on the table.

  1. Keynote lectures
  2. Invited Lectures
  3. Next-generation Young Sessions
  4. Organized Sessions
    a. Special Organized Sessions (SOS), Mini-Symposia (MS), Invited Talk Sessions (ITS),
    Special Sessions (SS)
    b. Concurrent Organized Sessions (COS)
  5. General Presentations
    Oral, Short Oral Presentation (SOP), Poster Presentation (PP)
  6. Blind Test Session
  7. Sponsored Sessions

All requirements such as session proposal, abstract submission and full paper submission are provided in the table.
For further detail, download and see the instruction "Call for Sessions".

SOS: Special Organized Session / COS: Concurrent Organized Session / SOP: Short Oral Presentation
MS: Mini-Symposia / ITS: Invited Talk Sessions / SS: Special Sessions
*1): Each speaker is encouraged to submit an abstract and a full paper, separately from the organized session.
Keynote Lectures - yes yes - - Some lectures are linked with IAEE Masters' Program
Invited Lectures - yes yes - -  
Young Session
session abstract - - - -  
session abstract *1) *1) yes - All session proposals are submitted via e-mail
COS session abstract yes yes - yes
Oral - yes yes - yes  
SOP - yes yes - yes
Poster - yes yes - yes
Blind Test Session session abstract yes yes - yes One full paper will be submitted
Sponsored Sessions session abstract - - - - Linked with sponsor exhibition
Call for organized sessions

Conference Program and SessionsConference Program and Sessions

To appeal to the broad and diverse groups within the earthquake engineering community, the Conference program will be comprised of a well-rounded mix of sessions from the ten main topics. Authors may submit a full or partial session idea and the Scientific Program subcommittee will work with the submitting author(s) to merge similar ideas within a category to create a session.

Submitting a proposal to the Conference constitutes an agreement that, if the proposal is accepted, the author(s) of the session will register for the Conference (either at full or daily), attend the Conference, and present their work in person. Technical sessions will include various presentation styles. The Scientific Program Subcommittee will work with session organizers to ensure the presentation components for a particular session which involve a suitable mix of topics, and the proposed presentation style is the most appropriate format for the subject matter.

Types of SessionTypes of Session

The type of session should be selected when the authors submit the session idea from the following of session fitting to the objective and contents. As for the detail of below types, please kindly download and read the detail "Call for Sessions" at the end of this page.

  1. Mini-symposia (60 or 120 minutes)
  2. Invited Talk Sessions (60 or 120 minutes)
  3. Special Sessions (60 or 120 minutes)
  4. Concurrent Sessions (60 or 120 minute)

Schedule of Program SessionSchedule of Program Session

Program sessions are scheduled throughout the Conference from Monday 14 to Friday 18, September 2020, between 9:00am and 6:30pm. Program sessions will only be held during the official dates of the 17WCEE. The Scientific Program Subcommittee reserves the right to allocate the proposed sessions into the conference program.

Session Proposal SubmissionSession Proposal Submission

Authors submitting a proposal of a full or a partial session to the Scientific Program subcommittee need to follow the guidelines in the "Call for Sessions".

Proposal Submission ProcessProposal Submission Process

Session proposals must be sent via email.
Session proposals allow the Scientific Program Subcommittee to develop a comprehensive Conference program that will be both valuable and interesting for all attendees. Submissions without the completed information in full and containing a comprehensive session topic description will not be considered. The Scientific Program Subcommittee reserves the right to combine abstracts/topics to create a session.

●Session Abstract (200-250 words): The Scientific Program Subcommittee is seeking abstracts that align with the Conference topics. Describe the session topic and its relevance to the Conference and participants, what the attendees will take away from the session and how the presentation will be made within the 200 to 250 words abstract. Submitting authors must provide enough detail to convey all of the aspects of the topic which the speakers intend to discuss in a session. The proposal must be a minimum of 200 words.

●Session Types: Please choose from the types of session MS, ITS, SS, or CS, length of session (60 or 120 minutes) and describe how the session will be conducted-including the number of speakers, length of presentations, anticipated manner of audience participation, and other similarly related information. Please identify a convener, all speakers, panel members, moderators or facilitators by name, affiliation, and include their phone numbers and email addresses.

●Checklist: Please fill out the checklist below and send the proposal and the checklist to the 17WCEE Session Proposal Desk. (

For inquiries about proposing a session:

17WCEE Session Proposal Desk
c/o KNT-CT Global Travel Co., Ltd.

Proposal Submission ProcessProposal Submission Process

Session Proposal Due August 31st, 2019 (JST)
September 15th, 2019 (JST).
Notification of acceptance of the session to authors October 31st, 2019 (JST)
Publication Ready Final Papers due: Jan 31st, 2020 (JST)
1-page papers due from session conveners to
17WCEE Session Proposal Desk
June 30th, 2020 (JST)
Download Call fpr SessionsDownload Check List
Call for papers

Abstract SubmissionAbstract Submission

Please submit your Abstract from the button below.

Abstract Submission

All presenters are asked to submit the abstract. The deadline for the Submission will be August 30 (Fri.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00) September 15 (Sun.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00).

Please download the abstract template (MS-Word) from the submission page when writing the abstract.

  • Abstract should not be longer than one page.
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: not exceed 5.0MB
  • Figures and tables: embed in text
  • References: should be indicated by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text.
  • List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the order in which they appear in the text.


  • Presenting Author must be the first author of the paper.
  • The maximum number of abstract that a presenting author can submit is two.

Abstract Submission ProcedureAbstract Submission Procedure

Please click the "Abstract Submission" at the top of this page.

  1. Click the "Create an Account" button at the end of Login page.
  2. Follow the pages' instruction and fill-in your information.
  3. Upload your abstract PDF at "File upload" page.
  4. If all information you have entered is correct, complete your submission by pressing the 'Save' button.
  • If you have several abstracts to submit, please return to the top page and repeat the whole procedure by clicking "New Submission".
For inquiries about abstract submission:

17WCEE Abstract Desk
c/o KNT-CT Global Travel Co., Ltd.

Please note that only full papers are published in the conference proceedings, and abstracts are used for reviewing whether they are suitable for the conference.

Paper DeadlinesPaper Deadlines

Abstract Submission Deadline August 30 (Fri.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00)
September 15 (Sun.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00).
Abstract Acceptance Notification October 30 (Wed.), 2019
Nobember 15 (Fri.), 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline January 31 (Fri.), 2020

Presentation StylePresentation Style

17WCEE offers three styles of presentation: Oral, Poster and Short Oral Presentation (SOP).

Oral Presentation (OP)

Oral presentations will be given in rooms of conference building and exhibition hall.
Each presenter will be given 12 minutes for presentation including discussion with audiences.

Poster Presentation (PP)

All posters will be presented in the Exhibition Hall during Poster core time in each day. Detailed instructions for preparation of poster will be given beforehand.

Short Oral Presentation (SOP)

Short Oral Presentation (SOP) is a new style of presentation designed for Poster presenter to introduce his/her poster to the audience effectively.
Each SOP presenter will have 2 minutes introductory oral presentation as well as Poster presentation.
SOP sessions will be held at the beginning of the each Poster core time as parallel sessions, and around 10 presentations will be included in each SOP session.

Though the SOP sessions are composed of short presentations, session program and schedule will be given in the same manner as those of regular oral sessions.

Abstract Topic CategoriesAbstract Topic Categories

Please select one of the following topic category:

1. Engineering Seismology
  • Active fault and paleoseismology
  • Source characterization
  • Hazard assessment
  • Ground motion studies
  • Seismic network and monitoring
  • Path and site effect
  • Site and damage investigation
  • General seismology and geology
  • Others
2. Seismic Performance of Structures
  • Design ground motion
  • Sesimic design and design code
  • Buildings
  • Bridges and infrastructures
  • Lifeline systems
  • Energy facilities/Nuclear Power Plant
  • Seismic isolation and vibration control
  • Equipment and piping system
  • Experimental works and physical modeling
  • Case study of performance based seismic design
  • Others
3. Assessment and retrofitting of structures
  • Seismic design and design code
  • Buildings
  • Bridges and special structures
  • Heritage structures
  • Non-structural components
  • Experimental works and physical modeling
  • Case study of seismic retrofit
  • Others
4. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Slope failure
  • Ground failure, liquefaction and soil improvement
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Shallow and deep foundation
  • Experimental works and physical modeling
  • Others
5. Tsunami Disaster
  • Source characterization
  • Hazard assessment
  • Wave propagation
  • Tsunami-induced damage
  • Early warning
  • Evacuation issues
  • Others
6. Preparedness and Emergency Management
  • Damage estimation
  • Rapid structural assessment
  • Immediate response
  • Short-term logistics
  • Human behavior
  • Management policy
  • Early warning
  • Others
7. Social and Economic Aspects
  • Impact and indirect consequences
  • Awareness and preparedness
  • Public policy
  • Recovery and resilience
  • Financial and insurance policies
  • Risk communication
  • Education and outreach
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Case study of seismic performance assessment
  • Others
8. Seismic Loss and Risk Management
  • Exposure and vulnerability
  • Loss estimation
  • Risk assessment
  • Numerical modelingand application
  • Earthquake insurance
  • Fire following earthquake
  • Others
9. Innovative Technology
  • ICT and IoT
  • Remote sensing and UAV
  • AI and big data analytics
  • New computational science
  • Others
10. Lessons Learnt from Earthquakes
  • Recent earthquakes and Tsunami
  • History of earthquake engineering
  • Others
11. Others

Notification of Abstract ReceiptNotification of Abstract Receipt

Once the abstract is submitted, notification of abstract receipt will automatically be sent to submitter's registered e-mail address.
If you do not receive the above, please contact to 17WCEE Abstract Desk (

Notification of AcceptanceNotification of Acceptance

All abstracts submitted will be reviewed, and then the first author will be notified of the paper's acceptance or rejection by the end of October the middle of November.
The notification of acceptance will be sent to your registered e-mail.
The final decision of the acceptance is left to the Program Committee.

Conference RegistrationConference Registration

If the abstract is accepted, the author expected to make the presentation at the conference should register as soon as possible after receiving the notification of acceptance to secure the presentation on the final conference program.
We also ask all the account holders to register as participants in order to secure the presentation.

Early Career And Student AwardEarly Career And Student Award

EARLY CAREER AND STUDENT AWARD will be given to students, or early career academics or professionals who submit high-quality conference papers and apply to this award, to acknowledge their academic and professional contribution to the field of Earthquake Engineering. The applicants have to fulfill both of the below mentioned qualifications.


  1. Students or Post Docs within 5 years after obtaining Ph.D.
  2. Participants who submit their abstract and the full paper to an oral, poster session or short oral presentation of 17WCEE.

How to Apply:

Please download the "Letter to certify the Career of Applicant" and upload the pdf file of the letter to certify the career of applicants signed by their supervisors by the deadline of Abstract submission through the abstract submission page.

Selection Policy:

Submitted abstracts and full papers of applicants will be reviewed beforehand, and their presentations will be examined for confirming the quality of their research results. Awards will be given at the closing ceremony of the conference.


August 30 (Fri.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00) September 15 (Sun.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00).


Local Organization Committee will generously award GRANT-IN-AID to students, or early career academics or professionals who fulfill all qualifications.


  1. Those who applied from the countries classified in the Low-Income Economies or Lower-Middle-Income Economies by the World Bank in the following
  2. Participants who will have an oral, poster session or short oral presentation in the conference.
  3. Students or Post Docs within 5 years after obtaining Ph.D.
    Grant Contents: 100,000 JPY will be awarded on site to each applicant selected by the local organizing committee. Please note that for granted applicants it is necessary to temporarily bear travel expenses and accommodation fee.

How to apply:

Please download the following two files and upload the pdf files of them through the abstract submission page.

  1. Application form filled and signed by applicants
  2. Letter of Recommendation signed by the supervisor of applicants:


Grants will be provided not to all applicants but selected ones due to the limitation of the budget. Selection will be conducted by referring to the submitted Recommendation Letters.


August 30 (Fri.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00) September 15 (Sun.), 2019 (JST / GMT+9:00).