The 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (17WCEE) was held in a hybrid manner in Sendai and via online from September 28th to October 2nd, which had been postponed last year due to the COVID19 pandemic. NIED participated in it in a variety of ways:
Dr. Haruo HAYASHI, president of NIED, took part in the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) sponsored Brainstorming Session for Future Directions of Earthquake Engineering at the 17WCEE entitled “Societal Resilience to Earthquakes and Tsunamis”. In his presentation, he shared his analysis that the lessons learned from the past destructive earthquakes has brought a change in the definition of “resilience” and emphasized the importance of promoting Build Back Better to cope with the mega earthquakes expected to occur in the first half of 21st century.
Many NIED researchers also participated in several 17WCEE sessions related to their research themes and shared their findings.
As for the exhibition set up at the venue of the 17WCEE throughout the conference, the NIED exhibition booth featured posters and videos introducing the institute’s major earthquake engineering research activities such as the 3-D full-scale earthquake testing facility (E-Defense), the national seismic hazard maps (J-SHIS), and the observation networks for earthquake, tsunami, and volcano covering land and sea of Japan (MOWLAS).
NIED exhibition booth at the 17WCEE venue
Researchers introduce NIED's earthquake engineering research activities to visitors.