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Prof. Tiziana Rossetto attends the Royal Garden Tea Party!

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On the 16th May 2017, Tiziana attended the Royal Garden Tea Party at Buckingham Palace! Every summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding public service. On this sunny afternoon, Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) were amongst the members of the Royal Family to attend. Unfortunately, Tiziana was not amongst the lucky few who were able to converse with the Royals but she did enjoy the tea and cucumber sandwiches!

Professor Tiziana Rossetto won the 2017 Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture award

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Professor Tiziana Rossetto won the 2017 Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture award. This prestigious annual prize was awarded by the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center of Stanford University. Tiziana delivered a lecture title “New Approaches for Tsunami Impact Assessment” at Stanford on the 21st February 2017. Whilst at Stanford, Tiziana also had the opportunity of delivering a lecture to PhD students of the Civil Engineering department on the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake and its recovery. The image shows Tiziana with some of these students in the main square at Stanford.  

China Earthquake Administration Visit to UCL EPICentre

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UCL EPICentre hosted a workshop for China Earthquake Administration (CEA) on 4th May 2017. The aim of the workshop was to bring researchers from EPICentre and CEA together to discuss opportunities to build on current collaborations.

Workshop on Disaster Resilient Cities: Risk Assessment and Forecasting of Geophysical and Atmospheric Hazards

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The project titled “Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur“ funded by Innovate UK&EPSRC – Newton Ungku Omar Funds as part of the Future Cities scheme has been launched in January 2017. For a 34 months duration, this project will look into physical and atmospheric hazards in Kuala Lumpur, with close collaboration with University of Cambridge, British Geological Survey, JBA and the Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (SEADPRI-UKM), among others. UCL Epicentre’s Prof Dina D’Ayala, Prof Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein and Dr Yasemin D Aktas, as well as UCL MSSL’s Prof Mark Saunders will be working in this project.

CRUST presented at the Naked Scientist

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Dr Crescenzo Petrone presented CRUST (Cascading Risk and Uncertainty assessment under earthquake Shaking and Tsunami) project at "the Naked Scientist", one of the world's most popular science shows. Listen the broadcast from 9m23s.

SCOSSO Workshops in Philippines on Safer Schools against Natural Disasters

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A team of EPICentre research centre, led by Prof Dina D’Ayala and Dr Carmine Galasso conducted a number of training sessions and workshops in two cities of Cagayan de Oro and Manila in the Philippines. These activities are within the SCOSSO (Safer Communities through Safer Schools) project, funded by the EPSRC GCRF Small Grant (£125k), PI: Dr Carmine Galasso, co-I: Prof Dina D'Ayala. The project is a collaboration between UCL EPICentre, De La Salle University (DLSU) and Xavier University, Engineering Resource Centre, looking at safety of school buildings in Phillipiness against natural hazards. These buildings act as critical infrastructure for the country, as they are the main facility of educating the future generation and are also used as the main shelters in case of any emergency.

CEGE-IRDR Workshop on Resilience of Power Systems | 27 March 2017 | Chadwick G08

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We are organising a joint CEGE-IRDR workshop on the resilience of power systems on the 27th of March, with the aim of having a fruitful discussion on grid resilience and the future of and challenges associated with renewable energy sources in the face of a changing climate, with a policy and industry focus. We are hoping to have representatives from government organisations that are responsible for energy policy, and construction and maintenance of power systems, as well as from large energy companies, with the aim of providing exchange of knowledge and strengthen the network, opening possibilities of future collaboration. It also provides an opportunity for scientists and practitioners to address and discuss short and long term research gaps in the round-table discussion session.

Epicentre's Jose Melo Awarded Post-Doc Fellowship from Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

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Epicentre's Jose Melo has just been awarded the Post-doc fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for his work titled "Characterization of the biaxial behaviour of columns built with plain reinforcing bars and development of semi-empirical models for concrete elements strengthening". This fellowship support the researcher up to 6 years to develop the proposed work plan. The candidate CV, work plan, host universities and supervisors are evaluated in the selection process. The maximum score was obtained for the candidate CV, host universities (Porto University and UCL) and supervisors.

Prof D'Ayala nominated Director of the IAEE

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Congratulations to Prof Dina D'Ayala, Co-Director of EPICentre, for her nomination as a Director of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE).

EPICentre at the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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The 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering took place in Santiago, Chile, between Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th, January 2017. These world conferences have been taking place every four years from their inception in 1956 and offer a stimulating environment for the global exchange of knowledge, ideas, research results and practical experience.

EPICentre in the Science Museum

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On 8 December 2016 the Science Museum opened a pioneering new gallery that explores how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world over the last four hundred years.

2nd ICCR-DRR Workshop on “International Research Network on Disaster Risk Reduction“

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On December 7, EPICentre will host the second ICCR-DRR Workshop on “International Research Network on Disaster Risk Reduction“. This collaborative workshop between Nepal, Bangladesh, China and UK, aims to provide a platform for international communication and knowledge, technique and experience sharing on disaster risk reduction. Experts from University of Dhaka (Bangladesh), National Society for Earthquake Technology (Nepal), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Beijing Normal University (China) will come to UCL to attend this workshop to discuss and share their experience with researchers in UK on disaster risk reduction.

EPICentre Seminar “Factors Affecting Site Response Analysis” by Prof Atilla Ansal

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Epicentre is very pleased to announce the next EPICentre seminar by Prof Atilla Ansal, from Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey. The seminar will take place on 23 November at 1pm in Lecture Hall G08 of Chadwick Building.

EEFIT and EPICentre lead ongoing field mission into Italian earthquakes

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On the 24th of August 2016 at 3:36 am local time, a Mw 6.2 earthquake struck a mountainous region of central Italy on the borders between Umbria, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo, burying residents under mounds of masonry in the hardest-hit towns of Amatrice, Accumoli Pescara and Arquata del Tronto.

GEM vulnerability databases now available

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GEM analytical and empirical vulnerability databases are now publicly available on EPICentre website. Download them from the Outreach Section.

EPICentre in Horizon magazine

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EPICentre work on tsunamis was recently published on Horizon magazine, the European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine. 

Epicentre in 'Engineering Around Us’

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Our director Prof Tiziana Rossetto talks about the important role EPSRC plays in our research in the framework of ‘Engineering Around Us’ programme, the ITN Productions and IET partnership.

EEFIT mission in Amatrice, Italy

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EEFIT has launched a Reconnaissance Mission to Amatrice, Italy, which started on 04/10 and will run until the 15/10. Please access the blog to follow updates. 

Epicentre on the Guardian

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Epicentre's activity at HR Wallingford on tsunami engineering has been published in a recent article in Guardian "Tsunami simulator recreates devastating waves for first time in a lab". 

EPICentre in the news on the Central Italy earthquake

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EPICentre is actively participating in the dissemination of information and scientific discussion on the recent earthquake occurred in Central Italy on 24th August 2016. Dina D'Ayala, Tiziana Rossetto and Carmine Galasso have been interviewed by Five News, Sky News, BBC Newsnight and some other international televisions. Their interviews to some international newspapers can be found at the following links. Some more interviews will be available soon.

24th August 2016 Earthquake in Central Italy - damage map

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[UPDATE 06/09] 

The damage map from Central Italy earthquake has been recently updated with many pictures and videos. For a thorough experience, download this folder and copy it in C:. Feel free to modify it and to send the amended version to e.verrucci@ucl.ac.uk. The copyright of images and videos shown in the map remains exclusive property of the original distributors. Specific sources can be found in the proprieties of each digital media here displayed.

Beat the Quake

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Beat the Quake, a fun quiz to test your earthquake safety knowledge, is now available in Turkish. You can find out how to make your home a safe space during an earthquake. 

Training 2.0: Multi-Hazard Vulnerability of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines

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On May 9-13 2016 Prof. Dina D'Ayala, Dr. Carmine Galasso and PhD Student Valentina Putrino have delivered a second very successful training on Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of Philippine's Built Heritage, after the first session held in Manila, last March 2016. 

Cigiden academics at UCL

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Juan Carlos de la Llera, Dean of School of Engineering, and Luis F. Alarcon, Associate Dean of Extension of School of Engineering, from Cigiden at the Pontificia universidad Catolica de Chile visited EPICentre at UCL. Cigiden, the national centre for the integrated management of natural disasters in Chile, and EPICentre have established future collaborations aiming to mitigate the impact of natural disaster.

New Tsunami Generator

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A new tsunami generator is being built for some exciting tests on tsunami impact on coastal defences and buildings in the framework of Urbanwaves, an ERC project led by Tiziana Rossetto​. The tsunami generator will fit in the 70 m by 4 m Fast Flow Facility at HR Wallingford.

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