Introduction

ERES 2021 is the 13th international conference in the series on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures organised by the Wessex Institute. The Meeting provides a unique forum for the discussion of basic and applied research in the various fields of earthquake engineering relevant to the design of structures.

Major earthquakes and associated effects such as tsunamis continue to stress the need to carry out more research on those topics. The problems will intensify as population pressure results in buildings in regions of high seismic vulnerability. A better understanding of these phenomena is required to design earthquake resistant structures and to carry out risk assessments and vulnerability studies.

The problem of protecting the built environment in earthquake-prone regions involves not only the optimal design and construction of new facilities but also the upgrading and rehabilitation of existing structures including heritage buildings. The type of highly specialized retrofitting employed to protect the built heritage is an important area of research.

This conference will address these problems continuing to expand on the development of previous meetings in the series. Papers presented at ERES are an invaluable record of the state of the art in this field. Most of them are now freely available on the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are a permanent record demonstrating the quality of the research presented at the ERES conference series.

The conference began in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1997, followed by Catania, Italy (1999); Malaga, Spain (2001); Ancona, Italy (2003); Skiathos, Greece (2005); Bologna, Italy (2007), Cyprus (2009), Tuscany, Italy (2011), A Coruña, Spain (2013), Opatija, Croatia (2015), Alicante, Spain (2017) and Seville, Spain (2019).

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at ERES 2021. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Seismic hazard and tsunamis
  • Building performance during earthquakes
  • Vulnerability
  • Earthquake prediction
  • Seismic isolation and energy dissipation
  • Performance-based design
  • Experimental studies
  • Dynamic analysis
  • Passive protection systems
  • Numerical analysis
  • Monitoring and early warning systems
  • Lifelines and resilience
  • Forensic engineering
  • Safety engineering
  • Heritage structures
  • Earthquakes and landslides
  • Liquefaction
  • Innovative technologies
  • Paraseismic devices
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at ERES 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at ERES 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Location Information

Rome

The Italian capital, Rome, lies within the Lazio region of Italy and is known as the ‘Eternal City’. Rome boasts an unrivalled 3,000-year heritage of globally influential art, architecture and culture. The city is home to iconic historic landmarks, including the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and is bursting with world-class museums such as the Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery. As well as substantial Roman remains, significant Baroque and Renaissance buildings pepper the city centre.

Arguably, the most well-known tourist attraction is the ancient Colosseum. Construction started in 72AD and it was inaugurated in 80AD. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.

Vatican City is located within the city of Rome and is the smallest state in the world both by area and population. It is less than half a square kilometre in size with most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Within the walls are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although compact, the Vatican offers much for tourists to see, from its museums and the great basilica itself.

The best-preserved monument from Roman antiquity is the Pantheon and is remarkably in fantastic condition considering it was constructed around 2000 years ago, although its exact age is unknown. At the beginning of the 7th century, the building was donated to Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church, in which function it currently finds itself in a perfect state of preservation.

Despite its wealth of cultural attractions, Rome is not only a cultural centre, but also a commercial, financial and education hub that has successfully retained its traditional culture and regional cuisine.

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Link Campus University
Via Gregorio VII, 660 (it is also possible to enter the university from Via del Casale di S. Pio V, 44)
00165 Rome,
Italy

 

By Air


Rome is served by two international airports:

  • Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport (30 Km)
  • Rome Ciampino Airport (15 Km)

 

Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport http://www.adr.it/fiumicino

Fiumicino Airport is the main airport serving Rome from a variety of international destinations. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

Air Italia – from many European cities
KLM – from Amsterdam
Air France – from Paris
Iberia and Vueling – from Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Split, Prague, Munich
EasyJet – from London Gatwick, Nice, Bristol, Lyon
British Airways – from London Heathrow
Etihad – from Abu Dhabi
Delta – from Miami, Toronto, Los Angeles
American Airlines – from New York
Air Canada – from Toronto and Montreal
Air China – from Beijing and Shanghai
Qatar Airlines – from Doha
Emirates – from Dubai

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

  • Bus:The easiest way to get to the University from the airport is by bus. There is the Shuttle Bus from the airport to Link Campus University (Circonvallazione Aurelia, 19 stop). The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and the ticket costs around 6-8 Euro. Buses run from 5:00 – 21:00 hours. See website for further information https://www.sitbusshuttle.com
  • Train: You can take the "Leonardo express" with Trenitalia that runs from the airport to the main rail station, Roma Termini, every 15 minutes non-stop. The journey takes 32 minutes and the fare should cost around € 15. From Roma Termini station, take the red line direction Battistini; you can stop at "Baldo degli Ubaldi" or “Valle Aurelia” and walk to the venue from there (15 minute walk).
  • Taxi: Taxi are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately € 50, the price for authorized taxis are fixed and not on a meter. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

 

Rome Ciampino http://www.adr.it/ciampino

Located southeast of Rome city centre, Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in the city offering mostly European flights. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

Ryanair – flights from London Stansted, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Prague, Valencia, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Athens, Paris and Copenhagen
Wizz Air – flights from Katowice, Bucharest
ASl Airlines Belgium – flights from Liege

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

  • Bus: Circular line number 520 connects the airport to Roma Cinecittà. From Cinetitta stop, walk a few meters to the underground station and take the red line direction Battistini; you can stop at "Baldo degli Ubaldi" or “Valle Aurelia” and walk to the venue from there (15 minute walk). The total journey from the airport should take just over an hour.
  • Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs around 40 Euro. You should check the approximate price with the driver before starting the journey and check that the meter is running. The official taxis are white and identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

 

By Rail


Rome has three major stations, Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense, which are connected to metro stations near the conference venue. Roma Termini is the main terminus for long distance trains from European countries and High Speed services. This is also the closest train station to the conference venue. From Roma Termini station, take the red line direction Battistini; you can stop at "Baldo degli Ubaldi" or “Valle Aurelia” and walk to the venue from there (15 minute walk).

You can search and book your journey online using the following link: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

 

By Road


It is easy to reach Rome from northern or southern Italy via the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole). Once you have arrived in Rome, follow directions to the city centre or Roma Termini station.


Please note that all the information included above is correct as of December 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue

Link Campus University

The conference will take place at Link Campus International University of Rome. Link Campus University was established in 1999 in Rome. The University is characterized by a strong international presence thanks to degree courses entirely in English and collaboration with foreign universities.

Their undergraduate and graduate programs include areas from legal subjects to Cyber Security, from International Policy to Business Management up to the Economics and Defense and Security Sciences.

Strong integration between the university and the world of work is ensured by the presence of important managers of the major Italian companies and the highest levels of State management and Justice as Programme Leaders.

The degree courses are characterized by an interdisciplinary and experimental approach aimed at strengthening the ability to choose and decide through a diversified teaching approach enabling students to face the challenges of new occupations.

Link Campus University boasts a training program characterised by an innovative methodological approach, as well as well-structured teaching capable of dealing with new problems in the economic, legal, political and communication fields.

Link Campus University is situated in a magnificent historical complex, the Manor of San Pio V.

Conference Venue address:

Link Campus University
Via Gregorio VII, 660 (it is also possible to enter the university from Via del Casale di S. Pio V, 44)
00165 Rome,
Italy

Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...


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