Our objective is to promote international cooperation among scientists, engineers and other professionals in the broad field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, results of research and practical experience.

Recently Published EESD Papers
National Geophysical Data Center

A worldwide compilation of earthquakes and their magnitudes, losses, and references for information from ancient times to the near present.

United States Geological Survey

Up to the minute reports of worldwide earthquakes, with maps, estimates of affected local area, seismological information, and other data. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Reconnaissance reports from recent earthquakes.

President's Message

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 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.

- Sudhir K. Jain, President

March, 2015

Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation: Call for Applications Secretary General

The GEM Foundation is inviting applications for the position of Secretary General, its organisational leader and chief executive. After successfully launching the OpenQuake platform in January 2015 and leading the organisation into GEM's Working Programme 2 (2014-2018) for two years, the current Secretary-General will retire by 31.12.2015. The role of Secretary General has a predominantly external focus, with the responsibility to grow the organisation's leadership in collaborative assessment and reduction of earthquake risk. The successful candidate will demonstrate an extensive track-record of success leading organisations or international initiatives in the domain of science policy or risk reduction.

Responsibilities include strategy development and implementation, coordination of operational management, increasing the engagement of a wide range of public and private partners and the contribution of a wide international community as well as development of institutional-level partnerships. The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in geophysics, engineering, political science, economics, or a related field, and a minimum of fifteen years' experience in organisational leadership with increasing levels of authority.

The position is full-time and based in Pavia, Italy. Deadline for applications is April 15th 2015. Further details and application instructions can be found here:


- GEM Foundation

February 28, 2015

Updates on the 16th World Conference of Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) in Santiago, Chile.

January 2017, please save this date in your calendar.

- IAEE Central Office

February 13, 2015

The Passing of Nigel Priestley

One of earthquake engineering's leading lights of the past several decades, Nigel Priestley, has passed away. The notice from the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is reproduced here. It is with deep sadness that I inform you Professor Nigel Priestley passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 23, 2014 in Christchurch, surrounded by his wife and children, after a long battle with cancer. Nigel revolutionised the design of structures to resist earthquakes and made everlasting impact on the higher education for earthquake engineers in NZ, US and Europe. Nigel received numerous honours for his immense contribution to the science and art of Earthquake engineering. Amongst these, it include honorary doctorates from ETH, Zurich and Cujo Argentina; Nigel was a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), and a Life Member and a past President of the Society (1985-1986).

More information:


- Quincy Ma, NZSEE President

January 23, 2015

Obituary for Professor Nigel Priestley

- Gregory MacRae, IAEE National Delegate of New Zealand, with much help from friends and colleagues in New Zealand and elsewhere

February 9, 2015

Six scientists in Italy cleared of conviction for having falsely reassuring information before L'Aquila earthquake
IAEE and member national organizations have been supporting the six scientists accused of having falsely reassuring information before L'Aquila earthquake. We sincerely welcome to see convictions overturned in a higher court. Note that the prosecutors can still seek to have a fresh appeal to Italy's supreme court.

- IAEE Central Office

December 21-25, 2014

The Republic of Costa Rica Joins IAEE as the Newest Member Country.

Following a formal application for membership by la Asociacion Costarricense de Ingenieria Estructural y Sismica (ACIES), the IAEE Executive Committee has resolved to accept Costa Rica as its newest Member Country. We welcome our Costa Rican colleagues into the Association. With this addition, IAEE now has reached 58 members.

- IAEE Central Office

July 9, 2014

THE IAEE AT FIFTY is now available online.

THE IAEE AT FIFTY: A Brief History of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering By Polat Gulkan and Robert Reitherman, September 2012

But disaster pursues us. It pursues us with a step as steady as time, and an appetite as keen as death.

- Lord Beaverbrook

1. Introduction
2. A Half-Century of Perspective
3. Seismic Safety: Our Common, Elusive Goal
4. An Overview of the Establishment and Development of IAEE
5. World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) and Other Global Programs
6. The World Conferences on Earthquake Engineering
7. Conclusion
Appendix 1
Prehistory of IAEE (1960 through 1963)
Appendix 2
Officers of IAEE from 1963
Appendix 3
Member Countries of IAEE as of 2012
Link to PDF file

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. [more]
The papers from 15WCEE are now available online.

The electric copies of the 3345 papers presented in the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 are posted online (http://www.nicee.org/wcee/). The 15th WCEE provided a unique opportunity to establish synergies between participants from different engineering areas and from such varied fields as earth sciences, economics and social sciences, and contributed to a global effort of the scientific and technical community towards a safer world in what regards the earthquake risk.

Special thanks go to a digital archiving project of the WCEE proceedings.

The Joseph Penzien Memorial Fund

A fellowship fund has been established in the name of Joseph Penzien to fund and support graduate engineering students enrolled in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need and have chosen the field of structural engineering and structural mechanics. The goal is to raise $500,000 to qualify for a named graduate fellowship. [more]