SECED, the Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics, was founded in 1969 to promote the study and practice of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, including blast, impact, and other vibration problems. SECED is also concerned with the study of societal and economic ramifications of major earthquakes. SECED acts as a forum for professionals who need to keep abreast of the rapid developments in the field. SECED is the British branch of both the International Association and the European Association of Earthquake Engineering. SECED is an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is affiliated with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and The Geological Society.

Learning and networking

SECED is the main forum in the UK for students, academics and practitioners with an interest in earthquakes, blast and other types of dynamic effects. SECED's aim is to promote co-operation in the advancement of knowledge: with that aim in mind, we organise regular evening meetings, as well as periodical conferences and courses. These events provide opportunities for professional development and networking – not just for our members, but for non-members as well. The events provide a vital link between academia and industry and ensure that people with different backgrounds and qualifications can learn from each other. We maintain close ties with other societies and institutions such as the EAEE, EEFIT and the main engineering institutions in the UK. We also act as an intermediary in the mobilisation of specialist response teams in the aftermath of large earthquakes around the world.

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Our members

Our members enjoy a wide variety of benefits. As a not-for-profit learned society, we rely on membership fees to organise events, maintain the website, publish the Newsletter, provide funding for research, and cover administration charges. We would therefore encourage you to join the Society if you have not already done so.

Our website

The SECED website is used for advertising events. It also provides a repository of articles, presentations and other publications. The website is freely available to the public. There is no requirement to log in to access any webpages or to download any of the files held on the website.