Zagreb: first conference on Erthquake Engineering
Right at the 1st anniversary of the Zagreb earthquake, the 1st Croatian Conference on Earthquake Engineering was opened this week at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb. The conference brought together domestic and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. On behalf of the City of Zagreb, the conference was attended by acting mayor of Zagreb, Jelena Pavičić Vukičević.
The conference was organized by the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb and under the auspices of the City of Zagreb, the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Culture and Media, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property and others.
“Through gathering domestic and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers, the main goal of the conference is to explore the implications of the Zagreb earthquake on Croatia’s future development, but also on other regions and earthquakes of weak to moderate seismicity, including Europe’s resilience to earthquakes”, said Stjepan Lakušić, dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Zagreb.
Also, the conference was organized to raise awareness of seismic risk and increase the level of education through new research and presentation of practices in seismic engineering in the region, but also to encourage international cooperation.
“I am sure that this scientific conference will bring new knowledge and will be a place for the exchange of experiences and examples of good practice in the field of earthquake engineering”, emphasized acting mayor Pavičić Vukičević.
Recalling the tragically deceased girl Anamarija Carević, Deputy Pavičić Vukičević thanked firefighters, utilities, the Emergency Service, the Croatian Army and Croatian Police, the Red Cross and HGSS, staticians and many volunteers who selflessly contributed to the aftermath of the earthquake. .
As she announced at the conference, a model of urban renewal will be presented, developed in 12 sectors, and created in cooperation with Zagreb experts and 12 faculties and institutes. Namely, the program for the reconstruction of the city center contains a vision of Zagreb for the 21st century, and is the result of the work of 120 experts from various scientific fields.