AEES Conference 2022

In 2022 the Society will hold its first in-person conference in 3 years! The meeting will be held at the VEMI Conference Centre, 601 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon, VIC, Australia, over two days: Thursday and Friday, the 24th & 25th of November 2022, with workshops and a field trip planned for Wednesday the 23rd November 2022.

Please send an abstract of not more than 200 words by Friday 3 June 2022. Upon receipt and review of abstract, authors will receive further instructions on acceptance of their abstract and instructions for writing full papers. Papers will be peer reviewed and, if accepted, published in the conference proceedings, and later on the AEES website.

Abstracts should be emailed to


This year’s theme recognises the importance that gender diversity plays in bringing new ideas and perspectives to solve problems in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Through this meeting the Society aims to highlight the contribution that women make to our profession and inspire young women and girls to pursue a career in earthquake engineering and seismology as well as other STEM professions. We welcome papers from all members and those interested in promoting the practice of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology in Australia. Topics may include:

  • Women in earthquake engineering and other STEM professions;
  • Communication of natural hazards and risks;
  • Challenging current design standards;
  • Engineering seismology in areas of low seismicity;
  • Recent earthquakes – observations, impacts and response;
  • Disaster planning, response, recovery and resilience studies;
  • Structural monitoring;
  • Seismic retrofit of existing structures;

The committee also welcomed papers on general earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor Katrin Beyer

Head of the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Seismic behaviour of historical stone masonry structures – how well can we predict it?

Katrin Beyer received her PhD from the University of Pavia, Italy and is currently associate dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL. She is member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and was responsible for the revision of the masonry section of the European seismic design code (Eurocode 8 Part 1).  Her research interests include the seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete walls and of unreinforced masonry structures and large-scale structural testing.

Dr Wendy Bohon

Senior Science Communication Specialist, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (Washington DC)

Geohazards Communication: how, why, and when to talk about earthquakes

Wendy Bohon is a geologist who studies earthquakes and works to improve the communication of hazard and risk before, during and after rapid onset geologic hazards. Dr. Bohon has a BA in Theatre and Geology and an MSc and PhD in Earthquake Geology and geoscience education. She has worked on many tectonics related projects in her career, including the B4 LiDAR project in Southern California, climate and tectonics studies in Northwestern Argentina, GPS deployment projects in Bolivia, thrust fault studies in Argentina and the tectonic evolution of the southwestern margin of the Tibetan Plateau in India. Her research interests include geomorphology, paleoseismology, landscape evolution, geologic hazards communication and geoscience education. She is currently the geologist and Senior Science Communication Specialist for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
Wendy is also a AAAS If/Then Ambassador, has served on the Executive Leadership Board of 500 Women Scientists, and is the author of the blog “Twinning at Motherhood“. She is also the founder of the social media managing and consulting company SpaceFace Social Media. She lives in MD with her husband, daughter, twin boys and a menagerie of animals.

Hélène Dutrisac

Deputy Chief Civil Engineer and Head of Structural Engineering in the Directorate of Architectural and Engineering Services at the Department of National Defence in Canada

Advancements in code seismic provisions in Canada

Hélène Dutrisac (P. Eng., M. Eng., MBA) has over 20 years of combined public, private and industry sector experience in structural and earthquake engineering including analysis, design, field review, project management, policy development and regulatory enforcement. Ms. Dutrisac has been involved in the development of codes and standards over the last decade, in particular, the seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and is a member of several Canadian Standards Association (CSA) structural material design standard technical committees. Ms. Dutrisac is also currently pursuing research in performance-based seismic design at the University of Ottawa.

Dinner Speaker

Jane MacMaster

Chief Engineer, Engineers Australia

Engineering for Australia Taskforce – encouraging girls and women into engineering (and other STEM) professions

In 2020, Jane MacMaster became EA’s first Chief Engineer. Following a successful career in the mechanical, aerospace, systems design engineering sector, Jane worked as a senior advisor within the strategy unit of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and later as a management consultant in the financial services sector. She is passionate about the engineering profession and its contribution to societal challenges through design, problem-solving, technology, systems approaches, asking the right questions and thinking things through.