We are delighted to announce that Prof Alain Pecker has agreed to deliver the 18th Mallet-Milne Lecture in 2023, having been nominated as the preferred speaker for this event by the SECED Committee. The nomination was given in recognition of Prof Pecker's long and distinguished career and his significant contributions to the theory and practice of geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Prof Pecker graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1972 and obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. Until 2015 he was Chairman and Managing Director of Géodynamique et Structure, a French engineering consulting firm he founded 40 years ago; upon retiring he became independent consultant. He has contributed to several major worldwide civil engineering projects in seismic areas. He is Past President of the French Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Honorary President of the French Association on Earthquake Engineering and member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering. He was elected to the French National Academy of Technologies in 2000. He is a member of the drafting panel of Eurocode 8 and President of the French Committee for seismic codes. He is currently Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (IUSS of Pavia, Italy). He has authored more than 150 technical papers, been invited as keynote speaker in conferences and received several awards for his work, most notably twice from the French National Academy of Sciences.

More information will be published in due course.