2017 AEES Conference

AEES Annual Conference
Canberra, ACT, 24-26 November 2017

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The 2017 AEES Annual Conference will be held in Canberra, ACT, Australia, from 24 – 26 November.
Our conference will take place at the Theatrette of Geoscience Australia, Symonston, ACT.
The AEES Meeting will have the usual program and format starting on Friday afternoon and going until Sunday lunchtime.
Key sessions at this year’s conference will be:

  • Australian Ground Motion Hazard Map
  • Damage and Control
  • Australian Earthquake Resistant Building Codes
  • Masonry Buildings
  • A special tour of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre at Geoscience Australia will be a highlight of this year’s conference.

Call for Abstracts

We warmly invite you to participate in this AEES annual event.

Authors are invited to submit papers in any of the related topics outlined below or relevant to the sessions listed above.  The conference will include keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations.  Accepted papers will be peer reviewed and published in the conference proceedings, and later on the AEES website.

Please send in an abstract of not more than 200 words by 15 June, 2017.  Upon receipt, authors will receive further instructions on acceptance of their abstract and instructions for writing full papers.

Instructions on submitting abstracts

We are using an online abstract submission system again this year.  If you already have an account on the AEES website from submitting or reviewing an abstract at the 2015 PCEE conference or 2016 AEES conference, simply login here and add an abstract to the upcoming AEES event, or follow the link on the login page to create an account.  If you have any trouble with the online system please contact Sharon at secretary@aees.org.au for assistance.

For AEES members, the AEES AGM will also be held during the conference.


  • Earthquake engineering
  • Engineering seismology
  • Blast induced ground motion
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Emergency management and insurance
  • Mine induced seismicity
  • Building codes
  • Earthquake hazard
  • Disaster response
  • Risk modelling
  • Tsunami


Abstracts due:    15 June 2017

Full Papers due:  1 September 2017


The AEES are pleased to offer a limited number of student grants to be put toward the cost of registration to full time students should they attend and present either an oral or poster paper at this year’s AEES conference in Melbourne.  If you are a full time tertiary student who plans to attend this year’s conference to present either an oral or poster paper and you would like to apply for this grant please advise Sharon Anderson at secretary@aees.org.au by 15 June 2017.
To register your interest in receiving registration information or for any enquiries including sponsorship:

AEES Secretariat:  Sharon Anderson, Email: secretary@aees.org.au

November 2016 NZ Earthquake

Commiserations to the New Zealand people and members of our sister organisation NZSEE, battered again by a series of unpredictable earthquakes in Canterbury. Despite it being much larger, at magnitude Ms 7.5, than any of the destructive series of earthquakes in 2010/11 in Christchurch, the loss of life and destruction of property appear to have been much less on this occasion due to the distance from heavily populated urban areas.

An intensive aftershock sequence is under way with other triggered small earthquakes widely spread through central New Zealand. There were widespread landslides, reports of a tsunami, surface faulting and destruction of a few unreinforced buildings, one that straddled the fault. Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) at Ward 25km from the epicentre was 1.2g. Whether another large earthquake will follow as happened in 1929 we will only know with time, we hope not.

More information here

More photos here

SeismOz Meeting


As the AEES conference is the main forum that brings Australian seismologists together in a single event, a meeting of Australian seismologists is held just before the conference to discuss various aspects of earthquake monitoring in Australia. This is often held on the Friday morning prior to AEES conference’s midday kick-off.

In 2016, due to the concurrent Asian Seismological Commission General Assembly that starts on the Friday morning, the SeismOz meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, 24 November 2016 from 2pm-5pm, at the University of Melbourne in the Fritz Lowe Theatre (located on the ground floor of the School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building: 253-283 Elgin St, Carlton).

The Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division) will hold their monthly meeting at the same venue from 5:30pm, and GSA members are welcome to attend the SeismOz meeting. Any international seismologists that are in Melbourne for the ASC conference are also welcome to sit in on the meeting.

This is an annual forum normally held before the start of the AEES conference, where Australian seismologists report on networks changes, any significant projects or developments, and discuss everything from education to monitoring technology. Speakers typically include representatives from Geoscience Australia, the Seismology Research CentreAuScope, and other regional earthquake observatories.

To help plan seating requirements, please send a short email with your contact details to the SeismOz organiser if you’d like to attend.

2016 Conference Registrations Open

Registration for the AEES conference is now open. From the main menu you can access the Conference Login page (to submit Abstracts and Papers) and Registration page. Earlybird pricing is available until 27 August.

If you plan to also attend the concurrent ASC conference, register here instead and select the option to attend AEES.

The Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from Fri-Sun 25-27 November 2016.