We seek to bring together practitioners and researchers to understand the societal drivers and motivation which can lead to greater appreciation of earthquake engineering excellence and greater uptake of more resilient seismic design.


On behalf of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) we warmly invite you to join us at the 2020 NZSEE Annual Technical Conference to be held at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand on 22 – 24 April 2020.

This year we have chosen the conference theme of Valuing societal benefits of earthquake engineering excellence. We will discuss many of the current challenges facing the profession, from a regulatory and seismic hazard viewpoint, and considering the insurance and societal drivers for uptake of resilient seismic design.

The technical programme will include keynote addresses and special sessions on the current challenges facing earthquake engineers. There will be sessions on insurance, seismic design case studies, emerging and innovative uses of new technologies, research developments in earthquake engineering, recent advances in geotechnical design and emerging developments in resilience and low damage design.

We will discuss the implications of the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes on the current conditions that the profession is facing. We look forward to a conference that provides a great opportunity for you to meet with your peers for interesting discussions, listen to presentations on what is happening in the different fields of earthquake engineering research and practice and increase your knowledge to assist in your day to day practice.

The conference venue is the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, located in the heart of downtown Wellington.

Please note the key dates for abstract and paper submission.  As the conference date draws closer the website will be updated with details of the keynotes speakers, programme and other conference activities.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Wellington for a productive conference and look forward to robust discussion on the future of earthquake engineering.

Geoff Rodgers and Rajesh Dhakal
NZSEE 2020 Convenors

Call for Papers

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Conference Venue

NZSEE Conference comes to Wellington in 2020

Key Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline:

    27 September 2019
    Deadline extended until 11 October 2019

  • Notification of Acceptance:

    Friday 15 November 2019

  • Full Paper Deadline:

    Friday 24 January 2020

    Deadline extended until 7 February 2020

  • Early Registration Deadline:

    Friday 21 February 2020

  • Conference Opens:

    Wednesday 22 April 2020