Introduction

The Eighth Kwang-Hua Forum onInnovations and Implementations in Earthquake Engineering Research is scheduled to be held on Dec. 14-16th, 2018.

Since 2008, seven Kwang-Hua Forums have been successfully held at Tongji University. The objective of the forum is to provide an environment for experts around the world to present and exchange recent progress and implementation of earthquake engineering research. The forum also aims to promote international collaboration on how to achieve practical implementation of earthquake engineering research through planning, design, construction and maintenance.  

The themes of the forums have been carefully selected to match the state of the art earthquake engineering research around the world. The first Kwang-Hua Forum was held in October 2008. The theme was focused on the 8-magnitude Wenchuan earthquake which hit South Western region of China in May 2008. Detailed earthquake effect and post-earthquake reconstruction were discussed in this forum. The second Kwang-Hua Forum was held in October 2009, where the theme was focused on Performance-based Design Theory and Code Development for Civil and Structural Engineering. In October 2010, the third Kwang-Hua Forum was held with the focus on Sustainable Civil Engineering. The fourth Kwang-Hua Forum was held in conjunction with the grand opening symposium of Tongji Multi-Functional Shaking Table Array in December 2011. The fifth, sixth and seventh Kwang-Hua Forums were held in December 2012, 2014 and 2016 with the focus on the Innovations and Implementations in Earthquake Engineering Research.

The theme of the seventh Kwang-Hua Forum was focused on the introduction of the International Joint Research Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering (ILEE). ILEE was formed on July 6th, 2015. ILEE has one of the largest and most complete earthquake engineering testing laboratories around the word. The goal of ILEE is to create international research collaboration on earthquake engineering. ILEE has already formed strong collaboration with world renowned earthquake engineering research centers. 

The Eighth Kwang-Hua Forum is scheduled to be held on December 14-16, 2018. The theme of the eighth Kwang-Hua Forum will be continuously focused on the Innovations and Implementations in Earthquake Engineering Research. 

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