SetHomePage   |   AddFavorites
Your Location: Home >> News >> Announcement >> Content

The 4th International Symposium on Mega Earthquake InducedGeo-disasters and Long Term Effects

The 4th International Symposium on Mega Earthquake InducedGeo-disasters and Long Term Effects

May 9 - 13, 2015

Chengdu, China

Second Circular


Despite the increasing level of understanding of geo-hazard phenomena and the recent scientific and technological developments in geo-hazard forecasting, prevention and mitigation, mankind is still threatened by various natural hazards. Seven years ago, a devastating earthquake occurred in Sichuan Province, China, causing widespread damage to urban and rural communities and the economy. The earthquake triggered wide spread landsliding; subsequent storms prompted the re-activation of these landslides and triggered debris flows. Even though many strategies for geo-hazards assessment and risk management have been developed to reduce the long term disaster-chain effects of the earthquake, the Wenchuan region is still increasingly threatened by various geo-hazards. Spatial and temporal trends in the level of this threat have caused increased awareness and concerns about the issues of hazard and risk reduction.

The global trends of climate change, environmental destruction and explosive population growth are likely to further increase the frequency of geo-hazards. This leads to the urgent need to create opportunities for exchanging the most up-to-date knowledge on the nature of geo-hazards and on risk reduction techniques, between researchers, engineers and government officers. With the objective to provide a forum for such kind of exchange, we have successfully hosted already three international symposia in the past seven years: the “International Symposium: Geological Engineering Problems in Major Construction Projects in Combination with the 7th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG” in 2009, “An International Symposium on Earthquake Induced Landslides and Disaster Mitigation at the 3rd Anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake” in 2011, “The International Symposium in Commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake – Long Term Geo-Hazard and Risk Consequences of Areas Struck by High Magnitude Earthquakes” in 2013. With these experiences and social requirements, we decided to host “The 4th International Symposium on Mega Earthquake Induced Geo-disasters and Long Term Effects” in May 2015 in memory of all those victimsand also for providing an opportunity to present and exchange knowledge and experience on the occurrence of geo-hazards in areas struck by mega earthquakes and their long-term effects.

Main Topics

The 2015 symposium will focus on both earth surface processes and geo-hazards in the megaearthquake areas, including:

1. Impacts of mega earthquakes and their long term effects

2. Advances in geo-hazard analysis, risk assessment and mapping

3. The initiation and evolution mechanisms of geo-hazards

4. The disaster-chain effects

5. Evaluation and control of geohazards: mitigation, prevention and protection strategies.

6. Geo-hazards and society: processes and impacts


Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT)

International Research Association on Large Landslides (iREALL)

China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR-China)

Collaborative Innovation Center of Geohazard Prevention(CICGP)


State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), CDUT, China

The China National Group of IAEG

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Alexander STROM, Geodynamics Research Center, JSC "Hydroproject Institute", Moscow, Russia

Dr. Charng Hsein JUANG, Clemson University, USA

Dr. Chyi-Tyi LEE, National Central University, Taiwan

Dr. Dave Petley, University of East Anglia, Britain

Dr. David FROST, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Gonghui WANG, Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Hans-Balder HAVENITH, University of Liege, Belgium

Dr. Kenneth HEWITT, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Dr. Masahiro CHIGIRA, Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Mauri MASAVENEY, GNS Science, New Zealand

Dr. Runqiu HUANG, Chengdu University of Technology, China

Dr. Toshitaka KAMAI, Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Xuanmei FAN, Chengdu University of Technology, China

Dr. Yogendra DEVA, Indo Canadian Consultancy Services Ltd., NOIDA, India

Dr. Yueping YIN, Center of Geo-Hazards Emergency, Ministry of Land Resources, China

Program (Tentative):





May 8

Arrival & registration

Ice-breaker party

May 9

Opening ceremony

and technical sessions

Technical sessions


May 10

Technical sessions

Technical sessions


May 11

Technical sessions

Discussion and closing ceremony


May 12

Field excursion (to the Minjiang river, debris flow area)

May 13

Field excursion (to the Kualiangzi landslide area)

May 14


Important date

January 7, 2015: First Announcement

March 20, 2015: Second Announcement

April 15, 2015: Deadline for Abstract Submission

May 9-13, 2015: Symposium



The symposium will include oral presentations, poster sessions and a field excursion. The official language for all presentations is English.

Abstract Submission

The Organizing Committee invites submission of abstract on original research for presentation at the symposium. The abstract should be an extended abstract with at least 2-3 pages, including figures and tables. Abstracts must follow the conference format. Please find this format in the attached file. Posters are also welcome.

Please send the abstracts to before April 15, 2015.

The Organizing Committee will recommend some papers to International Journal of Geohazards and Environment after the meeting.



CNY¥1300 (USD$200) (Including ice-breaker party, banquet, farewell dinner and lunches on May 8-11)

Two-day field excursion:

CNY ¥1300 (USD$200) (Including meal, and transportation)

It is noted that we accept cash only.


The four star Chengdu Eastar Hotel at Chengdu University of Technology. Hotel reservation for participants will be done by the host according to the responses. A standard single room or double room costs about CNY¥ 400-450/day(USD $60-70/day).

NOTICE: Fees can be paid at registration.


Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT), Chengdu, China

CDUT main campus is located in eastern Chengdu at No.1 Erxianqiao East Rd. The distance fromChengdu International Airport to the campus is about 35 km and from Chengdu North Railway Station is about 5 km. If you go by taxi, it will cost you about 90RMB and 20RMB, respectively.

Cars could be arranged to pick you up from the Airport and take you to Chengdu Eastar Hotel on May 8. Please tell us your flight information in advance if you need to be picked up. Please show the following map to the taxi driver if you come by yourself. The Eastar hotel is just beside the university’s front gate.

Letters of Invitation

Participants who require letters of invitation, please contact

Response Form

Please find the response form in attachment and provide it to before April 10, 2015 to help with relevant arrangements.

Contact person:

Mrs. Liyan Li

Office telephone: +86 - (0)28 - 84073193

Cell phone number: +86-13980799708


Dr. Wei Hu

Office telephone: +86 - (0)28 - 84078677

Cell phone number: +86-18628195933