Program / Speakers

  • Greet the Masters
  • Keynote Lecture
  • Invited Lectures
  • Social Program
  • Social Program
Greet the Masters

Greet the Masters

*Application to "Greet the Masters" Now Open!!*
IAEE, in coordination with 17WCEE, will initiate a new program titled the Masters' Series. Masters, legendary figures in the world of earthquake engineering, will be invited to contribute to three events, Read the Masters, Meet the Masters, and Greet the Masters (

Greet the Masters is a series of invitation-based, small-group receptions targeting young researchers to greet a Master in person.
A luncheon or tea-time reception will be held to hear from the Master about his/her visions and tips in research and professional career development through frank and friendly exchange. The lunch and tea-time receptions are free of charge.

Please download and see the detail of The Masters.

Invitation to awardees of the Grant-in-Aid program to Attend Greet the Masters
To encourage young researchers/practitioners and students particularly from developing countries and regions to participate to 17WCEE and the Masters series, IAEE contributes to the Grant-in-Aid program organized by 17WCEE.
All awardees of the Grant-in-Aid program are automatically invited to participate in "Greet the Masters".

Keynote Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

  • Dr. Amod Mani Dixit
  • General Secretary
    National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), Nepal
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Opportunities and Challenges for Making Asia Disaster Resilient: an Outlook from a Developing Country"
Amod Mani Dixit
  • Professor George Gazetas
  • Professor
    National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Towards a New Paradigm in Seismic Soil-Foundation–Structure Interaction"
George Gazetas
  • Ms. Julie Dana
  • Practice Manager
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "The Need to Act Now - Investments and Actions to Enhance Resilience Globally (TBC)"
Julie Dana
  • Professor Kojiro Irikura
  • Professor
    Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Progress of Strong Motion Prediction"
Kojiro Irikura
  • Professor Lori Peek
  • Director of the Natural Hazards Center
    Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Just Reconnaissance: A New Approach to Disaster Research in an Age of Extremes."
Lori Peek
  • Dr. Robert J. Budnitz
  • Guest Scientist
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, USA
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Methodology for Seismic PSA for Nuclear Facilities: Current Status and Future Developments."
Robert J. Budnitz
  • Professor Satoshi Fujita
  • Professor
    Tokyo Denki University, Japan
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Research and Development of Systems for Seismic Damage Mitigation for Life Environment and Industrial Facilities in Japan"
Satoshi Fujita
Invited Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

  • Professor Fabrizio Paolacci
  • Professor of Structural Engineering,
    Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Problems and Perspectives in Seismic Risk Analysis of Major-Hazard Industrial Facilities"
Greg G. Deierlein
  • Professor Greg G. Deierlein
  • John A Blume Professor of Engineering,
    Stanford University, USA
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Earthquake Resilience Through High-Resolution Performance-Based Simulations"
Greg G. Deierlein
  • Dr. Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Center for Advanced Engineering Structural Assessment and Research, Public Works Research Institute, Japan
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Seismic Design, Retrofit and Repair of Road Bridges in Japan"
Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Professor Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Identification and Mitigation of Seismic Hazards from Inherited Vulnerabilities"
Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor Muneo Hori
  • Director General
    Center for Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology, JAMSTEC, Japan
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Challenges of Computational Earthquake Engineering - from Fault Failure to Social Responses for Earthquake Disasters"
Muneo Hori
  • Professor Mustafa Erdic
  • Professor
    Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "From Earthquake Risk to Earthquake Insurance"
Mustafa Erdic
  • Professor Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Evaluation of Earthquake Resistance of Steel Moment Resisting Frame Based on the Realistic Behavior of Steel Members"
Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor Xilin LU
  • Professor
    Research Institute of Structural Engineering and Disaster Reduction, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China
  • Presentation time (TBC)
  • "Seismic Design and Response Control of Tall Buildings"
Xilin LU
Publication of 17 WCEE Proceedings in 2020

As the spread of the COVID-19 has become a problem around the world, many countries are facing health and economic issues. In addition, many of you are also being subjected to various restrictions in your daily life, as movements inside and outside of the country, and visits and meetings with other people are restricted. First of all, I would like to sincerely wish for the health of you, your family and colleagues, and for an early resolution of the COVID-19 problem.
As mentioned in previous communications, the 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (17WCEE) was originally planned to be held from September 13 to 18, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 problem, we, the 17WCEE Organizing Committee, decided to postpone the 17WCEE by one year, to be held from September 27 to October 2, 2021, the 10th anniversary year of the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in the same venue, in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. At the same time, we promised that the full papers submitted by the end of March 2020 will be published as 2020 17WCEE Proceedings in September 2020.
I am very happy to inform you that delivering on this promise, the Proceedings has been successfully published this month with the support of all 17WCEE related people. The 17WCEE Organizing Committee would like to express sincere appreciation to those involved. The Proceedings contains over 2,500 full papers submitted by the end of March 2020 after completing all registration procedures by the deadline. Although the 17WCEE will be held in 2021, the papers published in the Proceedings become the author's research achievements in 2020 and can be widely referred to and utilized in the world.
Also, based on the one-year postponement of the conference, we will accept additional papers and combine them with the 2020 17WCEE Proceedings, and publish them in September 2021 as 2021 17WCEE Proceedings.
The 17WCEE Organizing Committee will do its best to successfully hold the 17WCEE in 2021. We hope your continued understanding and cooperation and look forward to seeing you in Sendai City or online, in September 2021
Best regards,

Chair, 17WCEE Organizing Committee
Professor, The University of Tokyo

Official Announce Letter is here.

Social Program

Gala Dinner

Enjoy wonderful Gala Party with Sendai cuisine and cultural events on September 17!!