The 17th Mallet-Milne Lecture

Earthquake Hazard and Risk Analysis for Natural and Induced Seismicity:
Toward Objective Assessments in the Face of Uncertainty


For a full synopsis, see the main page for the 17th Mallet-Milne Lecture.

About the speaker

Julian J. Bommer has worked for more than 30 years at the interface between seismology and earthquake engineering as both a researcher and practitioner. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering Seismology under the supervision of Professor Nick Ambraseys, who encouraged him to undertake field investigations of earthquakes. Bommer’s first field reconnaissance was of the earthquake that struck the capital of El Salvador in October 1986, and he has since participated in fieldwork in Armenia, Colombia, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mozambique, Peru and Turkey. From 1993 to 1994 Bommer returned to live in El Salvador where he worked at two universities, introducing engineering seismology into the civil engineering curriculum and installing an accelerograph network funded by the European Union. He returned to the United Kingdom to take up a faculty position at Imperial College London where he became Professor of Earthquake Risk Assessment. His research has focused on ground-motion prediction and seismic hazard and risk assessment, topics on which he has published more than 130 journal papers that have been widely cited.

In 2011 Bommer moved to a part-time appointment as a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London in order to focus more time on consultancy. He has worked on seismic hazard and design inputs for major engineering projects worldwide, including dams, bridges and pipelines, as well as serving on the Seismic Advisory Board for the Panama Canal expansion. A major focus of his work has been seismic hazard assessments for nuclear facilities, working for the Office for Nuclear Regulation in the UK as well as contributing to the Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee (SSHAC) implementation guidelines for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has consulted on projects for nuclear sites in Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Bommer also works extensively on hazard and risk assessments for induced seismicity in Europe and the Americas, as well as advising the Oil & Gas Authority in the United Kingdom.

Further information

The Mallet-Milne Lecture is a biennial event established by the SECED in honour of the pioneering British scientists Robert Mallet (1818-1883) and John Milne (1850-1913). There is no charge to attend the lecture. Sponsorships are also available – for further information, please contact Stavroula Kontoe.

In-person attendance

The lecture will take place in the Thomas Telford Theatre at the Institution of Civil Engineers (see map below) and is kindly sponsored by Rendel, Atkins and Jacobs. Prior registration for in-person attendance is not required. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served from 5.30pm - 6pm. Seats are then allocated on a first come, first served basis. We encourage everyone to attend in person if they are able to.

Hard copies of the 17th Mallet-Milne paper will be available to purchase on the day, both before and after the lecture (card payments only).

The lecture will be followed by an informal reception with free drinks and canapes in the Council Room. The reception provides a perfect opportunity to network, re-connect and make new contacts. The reception is free to attend; however, prior registration is required.

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Online attendance

This event will also be broadcast online. Please register for the online broadcast prior to joining. The registration process will provide you with the link you need to join the main event.

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Event Details

Event Date 08/06/2022 6:00 pm
Location Institution of Civil Engineers

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