EERI’s professional development webinars covers a broad range of topics for the community of earthquake risk reduction professionals. You will hear about the latest impacts and lessons from recent earthquakes, learn about emerging research from Earthquake Spectra, and hear from leading experts on complex technical topics. Recordings from previous webinars can be found in the Digital Library and on EERI's YouTube Channel.

Spectra 2023 Award-Winning Papers Showcase

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time

Join EERI for a webinar featuring the authors of two award-winning papers from our journal Earthquake Spectra! The webinar will showcase the papers selected for EERI's 2023 Outstanding Paper Award and the 2023 Graduate Student Paper Prize.

The 2023 Outstanding Paper Award winner is "Why AI models for predicting soil liquefaction have been ignored, plus some that shouldn’t be,” by Brett Maurer and Morgan Sanger. The 2023 Graduate Student Paper Prize was awarded to Gerald Palomino Romani et al. for the paper "Evaluating post-earthquake functionality and surge capacity of hospital emergency departments using discrete event simulation." In this webinar, the authors will present and discuss their papers with members of the Spectra editorial team and answer questions from the audience.


Brett Maurer, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
Morgan Sanger, Ph.D. Candidate in geotechnical engineering, University of Washington
Gerald Palomino Romani, Structural Engineer, Ausenco
Helen Crowley, GEM Secretary-General and Editor of Earthquake Spectra (moderator)

Health Access Rapid Assessment Tool for Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time

The Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) Public Health Subcommittee has developed the Health Services Rapid Assessment Tool for post-earthquake reconnaissance on hospitals and health services. The tool focuses on assessing public health impacts related to infrastructure and service disruptions caused by earthquakes. In this webinar, researchers who have developed and refined the tool will present the participatory process used to develop the tool, discuss its use on and lessons learned from a reconnaissance trip to Turkey in May, 2023, and explain the ongoing work of the Public Health Subcommittee.


  • Shaya Christensen, Colorado State University
  • Yvonne Merino Peña, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Luis Ceferino, New York University

View a video recording of this webinar here.

Kenji Ishihara Colloquium: Advancing Earthquake Engineering in the Wake of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake

Starting October 5, 2023
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Pacific Time

Join EERI's San Diego Chapter for the 2023 Kenji Ishihara Colloquium: Advancing Earthquake Engineering in the Wake of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake. This year's colloquium will take place virtually, as a webinar series on the lessons learned from the 2023 Kahramanmaraş, Turkey Earthquake Sequence. Researchers, expert engineers and social scientists will come together in this Kenji Ishihara colloquium to discuss structural engineering and the far-reaching social implications of the Turkey earthquake sequence. Experts will share their insights on the lessons learned from the Turkey earthquake and how these are shaping the future of earthquake engineering, disaster preparedness, and response to enhance engineering practices and expedite seismic functional recovery.

The webinars will take place on Thursday October 5, Thursday October 12, and Friday October 27, each starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. The webinar lengths will vary by session but will run no later than 2:00 PM. Registering once at the link above will allow you to attend all the sessions.

Thursday 10/5: Lessons Learned from Processing Ground Motions & Code Comparison

  • Grace Park
  • Tristan Buckreis
  • Osman Ozbulut
  • Esra Zengin

Thursday 10/12: Functional Recovery of Buildings and Lifelines

  • Ali Sumer
  • Reid Zimmerman
  • Riccardo Cappa
  • Ezra Jampole
  • Rupa Garai

Friday 10/27: Impacts to Social Recovery

  • Louise Comfort
  • Kit Miyamoto

Session 1: View a video recording of this webinar here.

Session 2: View a video recording of this webinar here.

Session 3: View a video recording of this webinar here.

Quick Quake Briefing: Turkey M7.8 & M7.5 Earthquakes of 6 February 2023—Insured Loss Aspects

Thursday, September 28
9:00-10:00 AM Pacific Time

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE webinar on the earthquakes that struck Turkey. The topic deals with how earthquake losses are covered by insurance in Turkey and contrast to that in United States.

On 6 February 2023, a M7.8 earthquake struck southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria. It was followed by a M7.5 earthquake later the same day. There was widespread damage and tens of thousands of fatalities. The total cost of earthquake damage in Turkey was estimated by TÜRKONFED at $84 billion US dollars ($71B on rebuilding, $10B loss in national income, and an additional $3B loss in workforce). The Turkish government released a preliminary report estimating the total damage cost at $103.6 billion, corresponding to 9 percent of its GDP in 2023. About half of residential property in the affected area is thought to be covered by Turkish Compulsory Earthquake Insurance (source: Wikipedia).


  • Dr. Ufuk Yazgan is a Professor at Istanbul Technical University, and will pro-vide an overview of the damage to the building stock.
  • Mr. Erdem Karabostan is the General Manager at the Turkish firm T-Rupt that advises on loss estimates for the Turkey Reinsurance Industry. He will explain how the insurance industry operates and responded to the earthquakes.
  • Dr. Patxi Uriz is a Director at Moody’s Risk Management Solutions (RMS) Corporation (USA) focusing on catastrophic risk management. Dr. Uriz leads the earthquake and wildfire vulnerability teams at Moody’s RMS. He will contrast the Turkish and US construction and insurance practices.

The webinar will include time for participants to ask questions of the speakers.

View a video recording of this webinar here.

YMC Webinar: Tools for Regional Scale Risk Assessments in the San Francisco Bay Area

Wednesday, August 30
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time

EERI’s Younger Members Committee (YMC) invites you to a FREE webinar on August 30th! This webinar will introduce and summarize a series of tools that Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) is developing for performing regional risk assessments in the San Francisco Bay Area. These tools are developed for earthquake scenarios that capture the spatial correlation of realistic ground motions associated with a rate of occurrence at each selected location. Amongst others, the speakers will discuss (1) a raster-based landslide model based on multi-modal analysis that provides the likelihood of earthquake-induced slope failure and estimated runout, calibrated based on historical data; (2) a raster-based model of liquefaction that provides likelihood, vertical settlement, and lateral displacement, based on a 3D geological model, a CPT and SPT dataset, and an updated regional groundwater model; and (3) an example application that highlights the importance of correlated ground motion for quantifying risk and impact of risk attitude on the risk scores. These tools will help prepare for earthquakes in the Bay Area.


  • Dr. Alidad Hashemi, Hashemi & Elkhoraibi Earthquake Engineering Inc.
  • Dr. Melanie Walling, GeoEngineers
  • Dr. Nico Kuehn, UCLA
  • Dr. Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield Engineering
  • Dr. Albert Kottke, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Moderator: Renmin Pretell, University of Nevada, Reno

View a video recording of this webinar here.

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