William B. Joyner Lecture Award

The Seismological Society of America (SSA), in cooperation with EERI, has established the William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures to be given at the annual meetings of SSA and EERI. The lectures honor Joyner’s distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to continuing communication and education at the interface between research findings of earthquake science and the practical realities of earthquake engineering. The purpose of the Joyner Lectures is to continue and generalize communication at this interface. The Joyner Lecturer will be chosen annually by the Joyner Committee of the SSA, on the basis of outstanding earth science contributions to the theory and practice of earthquake engineering or outstanding earthquake engineering contributions to the direction and focus of earth science research, together with demonstrated skills of communication at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.

Nomination and Selection Procedures

Now accepting nominations for the 2023 Joyner Lecture! The deadline to submit nominations is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. See below for nomination details.

Nominations for the Joyner Lecturer should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Nominations can be made by any current member of EERI or SSA. A nomination must clearly document what the nominee has done to foster and enhance communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface and why it makes a difference. The Joyner Lecturer will be selected by the Joyner Committee by 1 October each year. Each Joyner Lecturer will provide a written version of the lecture suitable for publication in Earthquake Spectra and Seismological Research Letters. EERI and SSA will waive meeting registration fees for the Joyner Lecturer and provide travel funds to attend the annual meeting of each organization. Contributions to the William B. Joyner Memorial Fund can be made online at www.seismosoc.org or by check made out to “SSA Joyner Fund” and mailed to the SSA at the address above.