EERI wraps up successful Annual Meeting and NEC in San Diego

EERI’s sold-out 72nd Annual Meeting and the quadrennial 2020 National Earthquake Conference (#NEC2020) took place March 4-6 in San Diego. The successful conference brought together more than 600 global attendees from across the academic, public, and private sectors to examine and share the latest advances in earthquake science, policy initiatives, practice, and engineering. The conference was organized in partnership with the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH).

The NEC2020 offered attendees a robust conference agenda, including 35 sessions, 8 plenary keynote sessions and panels, 27 concurrent breakout sessions, 9 individual events, two awards ceremonies, a diversity networking event, classroom outreach, a training workshop, student events, a breakfast for young members, and more.

NEC2020 highlights include:

  • Release of the San Diego Earthquake Scenario (M6.9 earthquake along Rose Canyon fault) a report that examines the impacts of an earthquake intersecting the urban core of San Diego and identifies important steps that could be taken to improve the seismic resilience of the region's buildings and infrastructure.
  • Three special sessions and 27 poster exhibits featuring the Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence of July 2019 that shook Southern California, the 2019-2020 Puerto Rico earthquakes, and 47 on other topics
  • The 17th Annual EERI Seismic Design Competition, where more than 350 competitors from nearly 50 universities tested four-foot-tall model high-rise buildings designed for San Diego on an earthquake simulator. Congratulations to the team from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania for winning the top prize!

The NEC2020 pre-conference activities included the National Earthquake Program Managers Annual Meeting, seven EERI committee meetings, pre-conference workshops, and tours, including to the NHERI@UCSD Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Central Library walking tour.

We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers, including all the resources, talents, and time, that they shared in making this conference a success. 

Photo credits: Marshall Lew and Van Nguyen

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