The 16th Mallet-Milne Lecture: Dealing with Earthquakes

Earthquake engineering as if people mattered

The biennial Mallet–Milne Lecture is organised by SECED in memory of the two founding fathers of engineering seismology: Robert Mallet and John Milne. The concept of the Mallet–Milne lecture series is to capture a lifetime of experience from eminent professionals who have spent their careers working in the field of seismology or earthquake engineering. In recognition of his great contribution to British earthquake engineering, Edmund Booth has been elected, and has accepted, to deliver the 16th Mallet–Milne Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

Edmund in northern California

Edmund has had a distinguished career in earthquake engineering, working on many international projects as a consultant for the seismic design and analysis of buildings, bridges, industrial structures, offshore structures and projects for the nuclear power and petrochemical industry. He has applied his expertise to the seismic assessment of historical and non-engineered buildings and to seismic risk assessment studies world-wide. Significantly, Edmund has promoted the earthquake engineering discipline throughout his career, lecturing at several universities, being one of the founders of the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), a past Chair of SECED, and representing the UK on many expert committees, including his current role as Chair of the British Standards Institution’s committee dealing with the seismic Eurocode, EC8.

Edmund in Kathmandu with Amod Dixit

To research further the theme of his lecture, Dealing with Earthquakes, Edmund has undertaken a study tour of four contrasting locations with high seismicity, where he spoke to a wide variety of professionals, both engineers and those from other disciplines.  Generous travel grants were provided for the tour by SECED, EEFIT and the Institution of Civil Engineers Research and Innovation Fund. More details of his travels are included in the SECED Newsletter of August 2016, Vol. 27, No. 2.


The 16th Mallet-Milne Lecture is sponsored by the following companies and organisations:

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Date 24th May 2017
Time 6pm
Venue Thomas Telford Theatre
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SWP1 3AA

Please note that there is no charge to attend. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tea and biscuits will be served from 5:30pm - 6pm.

Following the lecture there will be an informal reception. Tickets are available at a cost of £10 on the night or £8 if paid in advance. To book tickets, please contact the SECED Secretary (tel 0207 665 2238).
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