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. Tea and biscuits will be served from 5.30pm - 6pm. An informal reception will take place after the lecture. Tickets are available for the reception. Further information concerning the purchase of tickets will be posted here in due course. Sponsorships are also available – for further information, please contact Stavroula Kontoe.

Event Details

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

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