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About The IAEE

The International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) is a non-profit organization that includes representation from the world's national earthquake engineering societies, each national society having a Delegate to the IAEE. The IAEE is responsible for selecting the venue and local organizing society for each of the World Conferences on Earthquake Engineering. It compiles and updates Regulations for Seismic Design: A World List, as well as other issue publications as necessary. Its flagship periodical, the journal titled Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, has been a leading publication in the field since 1972. The IAEE's fundamental goal is to help improve worldwide seismic safety.

President's Message - Serving as "Connection"

Colleagues, Affiliate Members and Friends of IAEE,

On June 18, 2018, I assumed the position of the fifteenth President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). I feel much honored to have been elected to this prestigious position, and shall work to my best to promote the sustainable development of IAEE. The utmost mission of IAEE is to provide an international forum in which people with various kinds of expertise convene and discuss issues in the mitigation of earthquake-related disasters. Traditionally, IAEE activities have been energized by engineering practitioners and researchers (civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical) and earth scientists (geologists, geophysicists, seismologists). In recent years, the involvement of architects, urban planners, public officials, and social scientists have increased, creating a more multidisciplinary IAEE.

IAEE was founded in 1963. Since that time, IAEE has continued to grow, and as of today, a total of 59 countries and regions are registered in IAEE. Once every four years, IAEE organizes the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) at various cities around the world. The last one (the Sixteenth WCEE, called 16WCEE) was held at Santiago, Chile, on January 2017, where 3,000 people registered for the conference. 15WCEE, which was organized four year before 16WCEE, was held at Lisbon, Portugal, on September 2012, where 2,300 people registered. For nearly 60 years, WCEE has been one of the largest technical/professional gatherings and continues to serve as "Connection" among the stakeholders in relevant disciplines as well as people with diverse backgrounds in culture, religion, and social structure.

Our globe is experiencing an explosive increase in population combined with rapid development and urbanization due to growing economic activities. We now face the ultimate question of how to ensure the sustainable development of the human sphere, in which the threat of earthquake disasters is one of the most critical problems to resolve on a global scale. We shall not overlook the reality that the densification of our cities and towns, which occurs as a result of such development and urbanization, makes our society more and more vulnerable against earthquake disasters. To overcome this vulnerability, we must invent novel solutions, and to this end, expend a more interdisciplinary effort, in which new disciplines are forged through collective, integral efforts among diverse genres. It is also notable that we shall further a transdisciplinary attitude, in which linkage with the real world is appreciated, so that solutions reach the society in a most effective and timely manner. IAEE wishes to serve as "Connection" among people and genres to make our efforts more interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.

Human factors are naturally influential in the understanding and promotion of efforts that seek for the mitigation of earthquake-related disasters. Learning from the past and reflecting it to the present and future are important. IAEE regards it as its duty to ensure "Connection" among the past, present, and future and to secure the transfer of knowledge across generations. IAEE is currently preparing for a new initiative that can assist such efforts, and will present it soon in detail.

On behalf of the family of national organizations that comprise IAEE, I greet you with respect and look forward to working with you.

- Masayoshi Nakashima, President

December, 2018

Welcome from the Secretary General

The International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) was established in February 1963 with its Central Office in Tokyo. The IAEE aims to promote international cooperation among scientists and engineers in the field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, and results of research and practical experience.

The aim has been achieved mainly by holding the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) every four years. The most recent 15th WCEE was held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012. The 15th WCEE attracted more than 3,000 participants from all over the world. And the 16th WCEE will be held in Santiago, Chile, in January, 2017.

I believe that this web site will increase visibility and recognition of the IAEE within the global engineering and scientific communities as well as within non-technical communities.

- Koichi Kusunoki, Secretary General, IAEE

September, 2014

About Ruaumoko, the symbol of the IAEE

The Maori god of earthquakes and volcanoes, Ruaumoko, is the symbol of the IAEE. When the Third World Conference on Earthquake Engineering was held in New Zealand in 1965, Karl Steinbrugge, the president of IAEE then, visited the national museum, Te Papa, in Wellington, and saw a wood carving of Ruaumoko. He sought out Chief Maori Carver Charles Tuarau, and had a replica made, which Steinbrugge gave to Professor Robert Park of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, to keep on behalf of the IAEE. The carving was then taken from its home at the University to each World Conference of Earthquake Engineering and formally presented at the conference opening. That statue went missing in Beijing in 2008, and subsequently a replacement was carved by Master Carver Clive Fugill in 2009.


President's Message by Immediate Past President, S. Jain (March 2015)

Colleagues, Affiliate Members and Friends of IAEE,

As the president of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) I want to call upon all of us involved in earthquake risk reduction to come forward and help millions of people in the world who are exposed to seismic risk. IAEE's activities are intended to protect the lives of those millions of people. We do this by promoting international cooperation among scientists and engineers who are working in the field of earthquake engineering and earthquake risk reduction, through the exchange of technical knowledge, ideas, research results and hands-on field experiences. From the beginning of this association its scope has not been confined to one area of technology but has included various professional disciplines who are engaged with the many aspects of seismic risk, and who can help to mitigate losses due to earthquakes. These include engineering practitioners and researchers (civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical), architects and urban planners, earth scientists (geologists, geophysicists, seismologists), public officials, and, increasingly, social scientists.

IAEE celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. The conceptual ground for the organization was broken during the second world conference in Tokyo in 1960; two years later our charter was adopted, the central office began to function, and the first officers assumed their jobs. In the past fifty years, significant research and development in earthquake engineering has taken place, and advanced tools now exist to help us understand earthquakes and their effects. Yet, much remains to be done to actually reduce the risk associated with earthquakes, particularly for those of us living in developing countries with a very vulnerable building stock and infrastructure. As an association our target is earthquake, and now tsunami and risk mitigation. We recognize that this risk reduction cannot be accomplished by us as scientists and engineers, working only with each other, but requires the broad vision and societal consensus-building that policymakers and political leaders can bring to the problem. We need to broaden the discussion to include these other stakeholders and learn best how we can discuss earthquake safety in the context of many other pressing societal issues.

IAEE is now a not-for-profit society recognized in Tokyo, where our central office is situated in accordance to Japanese law. In addition to the organization of a world conference every four years, we have several other activities of note:

- We have placed the proceedings of all fifteen world conferences on earthquake engineering, many long out of print, on our web site for anyone to download and use free of charge.

- Our official journal, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, has maintained its leading position among similar peer-reviewed journals.

- We continue our partnership with the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI), an undertaking of the Association, and a non-profit, non-governmental venture acting as a catalyst to help improve earthquake risk management strategies in the developing countries.

- We are partners with EERI in the development and management of the World Housing Encyclopedia, a practical tool for understanding the seismic vulnerability of many types of residential buildings worldwide.

The Fifteenth World Conference in Lisbon during September 24-28, 2012 was a masterful conference, organized by the Portuguese Association for Earthquake Engineering (SPES). They rightfully deserve our sincere thanks for the wonderfully executed program they offered us. And now we look towards Chile. In January 2017, we will travel to the wonderfully vibrant country that hosted the 4WCEE in 1969. I invite you all to attend. The World Conference is a unique opportunity to learn from each other, to convey to our peers our own knowledge, and to compare notes, build professional networks and socialize as we do all that. A World Conference on Earthquake Engineering is the showcase of the state of the art in the slow but inexorable push toward reducing global seismic risk.

On behalf of the family of national organizations that comprise IAEE I greet you with respect and look forward to working with you over the next six years.

- Sudhir K. Jain, President

March, 2015


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