Preparatory Virtual Workshop

A small scale online preparatory workshop featuring a series of Special Sessions and Introductory Keynote Talks.

22-23 June 2021

2 full days of state-of-the-art presentations, cross-disciplinary communication & engagement

100% Virtual Event

featuring a limited series of Special Sessions and Keynote Talks

Registration Required

100 € Registration Fee.
Deductible from and included in ICONHIC2022 registration.


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ICONHIC is committed to continuously deliver top-notch content on Natural Disasters and Infrastructure, bringing all contributors of the Natural Hazard Risk Management community under the same roof. Despite the ongoing distress and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the increased frequency and intensity of unceasing natural hazards require vigilance and cooperative action. In view of that, and following the request by several of our participants, the ICONHIC Organizing Committee has decided to host a Small Scale Online Preparatory Event this summer, paving the way for the core ICONHIC2022 event.

The Online Preparatory Workshop is aimed to warm up the conference audience prior to the in-person event in 2022 and connect academics, industry experts, and professionals during turbulent times and traveling uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The preparatory workshop will be delivered in the form of a 100% 2-day virtual event, featuring a limited series of Special Sessions and Introductory Keynote Talks. We believe that a virtual workshop is the right way to kick-start the discussion and help organize a more inclusive and engaging event in 2022.

Useful Downloads

Detailed Schedule

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Workshop Agenda

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Workshop Flyer

A two-page digest of the event's key points.

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Why to Attend

  • Engaging Special Sessions on cross-cutting topics of Natural Hazard Risk Management
  • Keynote Talk by Prof. Jean Luis Briaud, ASCE President
  • Keynote Talk by Dr. David Green, NASA Program Manager for Disasters, Risk Reduction & Resilience
  • Keynote Talk by Prof. Tiziana Rossetto, University College London, UK
  • Registration is deductible from and included in the in-person ICONHIC2022 registration fees
  • Round table discussions on cross-disciplinary topics
  • Certificate of Attendance made available upon attendance

Who Can Attend

  • Everyone with an interest in Natural Hazards and Infrastructure is welcome to register for the ICONHIC2021 Online Preparatory Workshop. For new members, who have not attended any of the previous two ICONHIC events (ICONHIC2016, ICONHIC2019) it is a great opportunity to gain some exposure to the conference content and perspective, and warm-up in anticipation of the in-person ICONHIC2022 event!
  • Attendees who are planning to attend the in-person ICONHIC2022 event are strongly encouraged to register for the ICONHIC2021 Online Preparatory Workshop.

Registration Options

The registration fee for the ICONHIC2021 Online Preparatory Workshop is € 100 / $ 120*. The fee includes access to during the two days of the online workshop, and access to the workshop material (presentations and full manuscripts).

* This fee is deductible from the in-person ICONHIC2022 registration fees. Namely, for participants who wish to opt for both the 2021 online workshop and the 2022 in-person event in Athens, the in-person event registration fees will be reduced by € 100/ $ 120. For registration details click here.

Workshop Sessions & Talks

We have designed the structure and format of the virtual workshop with two key objectives in mind:

  • Engagement: we aim at maximizing the levels of connection, relationship building, ideas sharing, and networking under a virtual roof.
  • Preparation: we see this event as a great opportunity to gather together in 2021, get up to speed with the latest advancements, and pave the way for ICONHIC2022.

The workshop will be hosted in a user-friendly, easy-to-access virtual platform and will be fusing pre-recorded presentations with some limited live presentations, as well as live discussions and Q&A sessions. The Keynote Talks will be streamed live. All Special Sessions will be streamed sequentially (no parallel activity), and will include one or a combination of the following:

  • Pre-recorded presentations
  • Live presentations (opening or theme talks, usually delivered by the session organizers)
  • Round table discussions
  • Q&A chatrooms during the session


The 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers provides a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s 17 major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. Join this plenary session to hear from ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, DIST. M. ASCE, about key findings in this year’s report and the solutions to raise the grades.

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The interplay of multiple hazards and urban development: the context of Istanbul

Tomorrow’s Cities is the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Urban Disaster Risk Hub is an interdisciplinary research hub with the aim to catalyse a transition from crisis management to multi-hazard risk-informed and inclusive planning in four cities in low-and-middle income countries. Istanbul in Turkey is one of the four cities investigated. As a result of unplanned urban expansion and illegal construction processes in the 80s and 90s in the city, two major earthquakes in 1999 resulted in 18.000 deaths and $16 billion economic loss, changing the authorities’ perspective to hazard risk and mitigation forever. Despite the past 20-year-long research endeavours, Istanbul’s earthquake risk remains high, while recent urban developments to the west are exposed to new hazards, namely flash flooding, and landslides. Given the particularly high risk of such hazards on areas characterized by poor infrastructural resilience and social vulnerabilities, it is crucial to integrate different types of hazards and risks into the urban development context for future scenarios, so that a physically and socio-economically safer development that prioritizes the wellbeing of local communities can be facilitated. This presentation summarises the research conducted in Istanbul over the first 18 months of the Tomorrow’s Cities Project by a consortium of Turkish and UK researchers, spanning the better characterisation of earthquake and landslide hazards, development of analysis methods for predicting the response of case study buildings to multiple hazards and a Bayesian network-based approach for assessing road infrastructure resilience under multiple hazard scenarios.

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NASA Making Space for Risk Reduction

Earth observations through remote sensing from space reveals much about our changing planet including the nature of natural hazards and the vulnerability and exposure of our infrastructure.  Monitoring over time and at scales from global to local provide the data for situational awareness to access risk and develop resilience. This presentation will provide a NASA Disasters Program perspective on access to earth observation enable and the use and utility of data to modeling earth systems enables science-informed choices, supports decisions, and guides early action. Perils happen, disasters are not natural, and making space for risk reduction means open science and accessible data will help answer what happens next. Making space for risk reduction can increase the tools available to avoid infrastructure damage and losses, minimize disruptions to lives and lifelines, protect our livelihoods and economies.

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Special Sessions

Confirmed until today

Special Session: Multi-hazard risk & resilience assessment: Novel applications to networks and systems of assets

Assoc. Prof. D. Vamvatsikos, NTUA
Dr. A. Kazantzi, NTUA
Dr. K. Bakalis, EPFL
Dr. V. Melissianos, NTUA

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Special Session: Insurance & engineering towards a more effective risk management

Dr. Amaryllis Mouyiannou, Swiss Re
Dr. Manya Deyanova, Mott MacDonald

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Special Session: Improving Resilience of Critical Energy Infrastructures

Dr. Clemente Fuggini, RINA S.p.A, Italy
Dr. Giuseppe Giunta, Eni S.p.A, Italy
Prof. Spyros Karamanos, University of Thessaly, Greece

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Special Session: Physical and Numerical Modelling of Landslide-Structure-Interaction (LSI)

Prof. S. Cuomo, University of Salerno, Italy
Dr. M. Martinelli, Deltares, Netherlands
Prof. V. Thakur, NTNU, Norway
Prof. C. Choi, UST Hong Kong, China

For more details click here.

Special Session: Structural Design for Extra-Terrestrial Natural Hazards

Dr. Georgios Kampas, University of Greenwich
Dr. Christian Malaga-Chuquitaype, Imperial College London
Angeliki Kapoglou, UCL Institute of Public Purpose and Innovation
Dr. Milad Memarzadeh, NASA Ames Research Center

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Special Session: Innovative Ground Interventions & Metamaterial Concepts for Structure Protection

Prof. Ioannis Antoniadis, National Technical University of Athens
Prof. Eleni Chatzi, ETH Zürich
Prof. Alessandro Marzani, University of Bologna

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Guidelines to Presenters

  • ICONHIC authors with accepted abstract(s) in the featured Special Sessions are eligible to present in the online event.
  • Presenters will be contacted by the Special Session organizers for the exact format and duration of each presentation.
  • Presentations will be shorter than those of the in-person conference.. An allotted time of 5-6 minutes per presentation is highly recommended. Pre-recorded presentations are also strongly encouraged, to minimize logistic delays. Speakers will be able to actively interact during the round table discussions or in the Q&A chatroom.
  • ICONHIC authors who have submitted an abstract to one of the General Sessions (GSs) cannot present in the context of the online event. Their abstract will be automatically rolled over to the in-person ICONHIC2022 (unless otherwise informed).