Archives for June 2016

Apply Now: LFE Travel Study Program to Chile

Seeking Students and Young Professionals Interested in Learning from Earthquakes.


EERI is teaming up with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN) of Santiago, Chile, to offer the first ever Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, January 14-18, 2017.

The program will be held following the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Chile in January 2017, and offers members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field. While any EERI or CIGIDEN member may participate, the program is targeted at graduate students and early career researchers or early career practicing engineers.

Participants will engage in Learning From Earthquakes activities in a location that has experienced significant earthquake damage and recovery in the recent past. Interact with members of various disciplines and different countries and be exposed to a wide range of earthquake engineering, earthquake response, and recovery topics related to both research and practice. The Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program is designed to share information and insight on earthquake risk mitigation, preparedness, and planning, and inspire participants to apply the lessons learned upon their return home.

Program Elements

January 9-January 13, 2017: 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
(registration for 16WCEE is not included in program registration fee)

January 14, 2017: Chile and its Hazards
January 15, 2017: Tsunamis – Field trip to Valaparaiso
January 16, 2017: Mitigation Measures
January 17, 2017: Field trip to Santa Cruz
January 18, 2017: Field trip to Constitucion
January 19, 2017: Return home or day off in Santiago

Program registration fee is $1,000 USD, which includes double-occupancy hotel accommodations, in-country travel, five lunches, three dinners, and presentations by an international group of speakers. Some scholarships are available.

Application form to participate is at

Deadline to apply is August 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Kelsey Wittels at

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EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) Webinar on July 12

EERI will be hosting a free School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 PM PDT.

In this event, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee will highlight its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. Briefing content will include the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation to do large scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States.

Topics discussed will include:

Thurston County School Seismic Safety Evaluations
by Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers.

Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools
by Laura Kelly, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

Webinar Registration
Please register for the webinar using the following link:

After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar. There is no cost to attend. Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

If you have any questions, please email EERI intern Shizza Fatima at