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For those participants who accepted Grant- in- aid application. Although we announced the Grant will be awarded on site, considering the COVID-19 situation, the Organizing Secretariat will offer both in-person and on-line participants.
If you have paid your registration fee, we will refund the registration fee. If you have not paid register fee yet, we will allocate the award to registration fee.

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 papers

Abstract SubmissionAbstract Submission

Please submit your Abstract from the button below.

Abstract Topic Categories

  1. Engineering Seismology
  2. Seismic Performance of Structures
  3. Assessment and retrofitting of structures
  4. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  5. Tsunami Disaster
  6. Preparedness and Emergency Management
  7. Social and Economic Aspects
  8. Seismic Loss and Risk Management
  9. Innovative Technology
  10. Lessons Learnt from Earthquakes
  11. Others

For the information including sub-categories, click here.

Abstract Template

Note that the abstract template for 2021 is NOT the same as before.
If you are submitting new abstract for 2021, please be sure to download the new abstract template for 2021.
Download Template for abstract here
※Word file template only

<Rule for 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 abstracts that a presenting author can submit is three including the abstracts already submitted in 2019.
  • The papers already submitted is unable to be updated or modified so, if you need to update or modify your paper, please resubmit as a new abstract. In that case the additional paper fee (30,000JPY) is required.
1. Who already have an account on Confit

Those who already have an account, if you are the same first author, please log in and click "New Submission", and submit your new abstract.
If you are not the same first author, please follow the procedure of "2. New submitter"

Log in

Those who already have an accepted abstract but have not submitted a full paper yet, if the title and authors' information are the same, please send the accepted abstract number, the first author and the paper title to 17WCEE Full Paper Desk ( by November 6, 2020 and submit the full paper when the Full Paper submission opened.

2. Who do not have an account on Confit
Create an Account
  1. Click the "Create an Account" button.
    Create an Account
  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".

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 January 15, 2021.
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.

Papers Deadline

Abstract Submission Deadline Nov 6 (Fri.), 2020 (JST / GMT+9:00)
Nov 20 (Fri.), 2020 (JST / GMT+9:00)
Abstract Acceptance Notification Jan 15 (Fri.), 2021 (JST / GMT+9:00)
Full Paper Submission Deadline Mar 15 (Mon.), 2021 (JST / GMT+9:00)
Mar 31 (Wed), 2021 (JST/ GMT+9:00)

※The review will be only for abstract not for full paper, so please submit publish ready full paper by the Full Paper Submission Deadline.

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.


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

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)

Organized Session ListOrganized Session List

For inquiries about proposing a session:

17WCEE Session Proposal Desk

Blind Prediction Contest

17WCEE Tsunami Blind Prediction Contest Awards – Winners Announced (12/18/2020)
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Tsunami Blind Prediction Contest, where 14 individuals and teams applied. The winners are as follows and you can find the detailed information at URL:
- Best Performance Award: Takayuki Hashimoto, Maki Chiwata, and Yukinobu Oda, Team Taisei Corporation, Taisei Corporation, Japan
- Outstanding Technical Achievement Award: Tatsuto Kimura, individual participant, Tokyo Electric Power Services Co., Ltd., Japan
- Excellent Young Challenger Award:Benedetto Di Paolo*, Javier L. Lara, Gabriel Barajas, María Maza, Alessandro Romano, and Iñigo Aniel Quiroga, Team IHCantabria, Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de la Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
* We gave the Excellent Young Challenger Award to the team whose representative is eligible to the Young Challenging category.
Congratulations to all the winners!

It is our pleasure to announce the blind prediction contest on tsunami inundation and impact, as a special event of 17WCEE.
This is the first blind prediction contest that have been held in WCEE.
The contest is open to both individuals and teams from the practicing engineering community and the academic and research community (including students).

The hydraulic experiment was conducted by Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI, Japan) with supports of Chuo University, and the data will not have been published until 17WCEE.
In the experiment, a tsunami wave passes a seaside area on which several buildings and tanks are installed, and tsunami wave pressures acting on buildings and tanks, water depths, and velocities are measured.
Contestants are requested to predict tsunami inundations and pressures.
The organizer will quantify accuracies of submittal predictions, and determine a winner.

We hope that scientific or engineering teams or individuals who are eager to develop their experiences and skills on evaluations of tsunami impacts, attend the blind prediction contest and this opportunity will contribute to their future technology developments.

This is the challenge to the humankind of all over the world!!

For more details, please visit official website.

Future Direction

Paper DeadlinesPaper Deadlines

  • This special session aims to trigger a community-wide debate about our future:
    • What is new in Earthquake Engineering?
    • In what interest should we invest our international effort?
    • What are the challenges for the next generation?
  • Speakers consisting of young researchers, senior keynote speakers, and distinguished coordinators will facilitate constructive discussions to derive resolutions.
  • The 100-minute sessions will take place during the four days of the 17WCEE period and each session will deal with a different theme.
  • The coordinators will report the resolutions at the closing ceremony of 17WCEE.
  • In coordination with the Masters’ Series, four legendary figures will be invited to mentor the sessions.
  • The WCEE organizing committee and IAEE are joining forces to prepare and manage this memorable event.

Special Discussion Sessions in 17WCEE programSpecial Discussion Sessions in 17WCEE program

  • One session (approx. 100 minutes) per day for a total of 4 sessions each with a different theme
    • 17WCEE steering committee (hereafter, WCEE) will host 2 sessions (2 themes) and IAEE will host 2 sessions (2 themes).
  • All participants of 17WCEE will be welcomed to attend the sessions.

Four ThemesFour Themes

Sessions hosted by WCEE steering committee

  • Emerging Vulnerability
  • Super Advanced Exploration, Simulation, and Monitoring

Sessions hosted by IAEE

  • Towards "Earthquake-Proof" Structures
  • Societal Resilience to Earthquakes and Tsunamis

For more detail please click here.