The session series on “Natural Hazards’ impact on urban areas and infrastructure”

  • Maria Bostenaru Dan
Symposium Watch


The series started as sessions on “Natural hazards impact on large cities and on infrastructure” 1999 within the European Geophysical Society XXIV General Assembly held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The series were continued as Session “Natural Hazards Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure” at the EGS XXV, XXVI and XXVII General Assemblies held in 2000–2002 in Nice (France). The session took place, after 1 year’s merger, in the frame of the European Geosciences Union General Assemblies held in 2004 in Nice (France) and 2005–2007 in Vienna (Austria). The authors’ description of Nice was 2nd runner-up for the conference locations competition of “Science Careers”. The format of the General Assemblies was providing only the publication of the abstracts of the contributions, and hence it was a constant effort of the author to assure the publication of the full papers from the session. After publishing isolated papers in the journal of the EGU, agreements have been concluded with Springer and two special issues resulted. In 2009, after 1 year’s break, a Splinter meeting was held to discuss the future of the session and its publications. After the session in 2010 papers were gathered to form a book on a the topic “Earthquake Hazard Impact and Urban Planning” in the Environmental Hazards Series of Springer. This paper presents the scope, statistics on the contributions to the session till 2010 and overviews on its organisation and publications, since also the scientific organisers and, in case of the author, the affiliation, changed in time.


Natural hazards Urban planning Cities Impact Conference Event series Nice Vienna Editorial work Networking 



The financial support of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the participation and organisation in 2001, 2002, 2003 and of the European Commission, in form of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the host institution Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy, for the organization and participation in 2006 and 2007, and of a Marie Curie Reintegration Grants, for the project PIANO “The innovation in the plan of the current floor: Zoning in blocks of flats for the middle class in the first half of the 20th century”, grant agreement MERG-CT-2007-200636, at the host institution Foundation ERGOROM ‘99, Bucharest, Romania for the organisation and participation in 2009 and 2010 in the session as well as the Young Scientist’s Travel Award for Europeans (YSTA) received in 2007 and 2010 by the author, in 2005 by Cvetan Sinadinovski and in 2006 by Arzu Taylan are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation ERGOROM ′99BucharestRomania
  2. 2.“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and UrbanismBucharestRomania

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