2024 Annual Meeting Aligned Workshops & Events


We have a wide range of aligned workshops available ahead of the 2024 Annual Meeting, listed below.

You will have the opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest for the aligned workshops during the registration process.

Workshops will be half-day sessions, with morning workshops starting at 9am and afternoon sessions starting at 1pm.

Workshop places will be confirmed in late July.

Monday 2 September 9.00am – 12.00pm

Development of a Collaboration Plan for the Materials and Manufacturing Coordination Mechanism

Workshop Leader: Derek Warner

This workshop will be the first major event in the development of the Material and Manufacturing Coordination Mechanism. The intention is to share information on different research areas, and to identify areas where there can be greater collaboration and coordination of researchers working in the areas of materials science, materials selection, and manufacturing. These coordination mechanisms are intended to break down the silos/disciplinary boundaries that exist within different Disciplinary Themes (DTs) and Inter-Disciplinary Programmes (IPs) within QuakeCoRE.

This first workshop is intended to identify key personnel that are undertaking potentially complementary research in the broad areas of material and manufacturing and seeks to identify areas where greater collaboration may be beneficial to advancing the QuakeCoRE mission. 

Monday 2 September 9.00am – 12.00pm 

Harnessing Computational Science for Earthquake Resilience

Workshop Leader: Robin Lee

Computational science is a multidisciplinary field that can be leveraged to produce more efficient and advanced research in earthquake resilience. This workshop aims to bring together researchers to discuss and explore novel and cutting-edge computational techniques that are used in earthquake resilience research or could be in the future. Key themes covered will include cyberinfrastructure and high-performance computing, numerical modelling, geographic information systems, and data analytics and machine learning. Through presentations that describe various tools and illustrate their use via case studies, participants will develop a deeper understanding of what tools are available and how they may be implemented into their own research. Presenters and attendees of this workshop are expected to be from various research backgrounds.

Monday 2 September 9.00am – 12.00pm

Law, Ethics and Technology in Earthquake Readiness, Response and Recovery

Workshop Leader: David Johnston

This workshop will explore issues around law, ethics, and technology in earthquake readiness, response, and recovery. It will touch on research ethics, legal issues with data privacy and the opportunities and challenges for improving crisis decision-making by using both private and public data.

Monday 2 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Researching Using the CEISMIC/QuakeCoRE Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archives

Workshop Leaders: Paul Millar & Kaspar Middendorf

The CEISMIC/QuakeCoRE Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive contains over 150,00 digital objects relating to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11, including full text media resources, personal accounts, photographs, video, and legacy archives. Recent classification work has enhanced the utility of CEISMIC for QuakeCoRE researchers. While much of CEISMIC’s content is qualitative, it can play a role in contextualising quantitative research. CEISMIC has also been configured to allow QuakeCoRE researchers to archive their own materials and develop a presence within the CEISMIC ecosystem.

In this workshop the team who created the archive will demonstrate its key features and breadth of content, and guide researchers through the archive. Participants can explore content related to their own research topics and discover how the expertise of the CEISMIC team can assist with ongoing and future research.

Monday 2 September 1.00am – 4.00pm

Hands-On Machine Learning Workshop

Workshop Leader: Brendon Bradley

Join our hands-on workshop designed to teach the fundamental concepts of supervised Machine Learning (ML) and address common challenges in real-world scenarios. Following a brief introduction to ML concepts, participants will jump into a hands-on session, where they'll develop and evaluate an ML model using a carefully curated dataset. After a discussion of common challenges and their solutions, participants will tackle a real-world problem from the disaster resilience domain. Multiple instructors will be available during this session to help and answer participants questions. The hands-on session will be conducted using Python notebooks hosted on Google Colab (or a similar platform). Ideally, participants should have a basic understanding of the Python programming language and bring their own laptops.

Monday 2 September 1.00am – 4.00pm

Critical Infrastructure Research Needs: QuakeCoRE and Beyond

Workshop Leaders: Liam Wotherspoon & Charlotte Brown

The aim of this workshop is to bring together attendees from a diverse range of research backgrounds to plan and prioritise critical infrastructure seismic resilience research needs. The focus will be the effects of seismic and co-seismic hazards on critical infrastructure networks, users, and the community, but with a view to how other hazards can inform seismic resilience and vice versa. This workshop will be a combined activity supported by IP2, IP3, IP4, and DT1. As there is no single focus area for infrastructure within the QC structure, this provides an opportunity for a wider set of researchers and stakeholders to interact.

 To set the scene, the workshop will start with targeted lightning talks that cut across the breadth of ongoing research internal and external to QuakeCoRE. This will be followed by workshopping sessions to build up a picture of the ongoing and planned research, the research needs, and the key gaps. Mechanisms to support development of teams to fill these needs, funding opportunities relative to project scope and international collaborative opportunities will be discussed.

Monday 2 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

ROBUST Programme Findings

Workshop Leader: Greg MacRae

This will report back on the QuakeCoRE supported ROBUST test programme, a collaboration between Aotearoa New Zealand and China. It will inform participants of the work performed on the large-scale friction building systems and with various low-damage building non-skeletal elements (NSEs). The workshop will include a series of presentations from researchers involved in the project covering a range of topics including; the performance of a range of friction systems (moment systems, braced systems, and rocking systems) with a range of energy dissipation mechanisms (RSFJ connections, asymmetric friction and symmetric friction connections (with and without conical spring washers), rocking column connections, and gripNgrab connections). 

Tuesday 3 September 9.00am – 12.00pm

Workshop on Insurance Transition (Private to Public)

Workshop Leaders: Ilan Noy, John Hopkins, Olga Filippova

A transition from private to public or hybrid insurance systems for various natural hazards has already happened in many countries, including the US, the UK, France, Japan, Türkiye, and Aotearoa NZ (for earthquake risk). Given the increasing extreme weather risks, many places are facing the risk of insurance retreat, as insurers and reinsurers re-appraise risk and may decide to stop insuring against some hazards, leading to various negative socio-economic consequences. This creates dynamics that typically lead to a public/hybrid insurance system and the need to establish the concrete form this hybrid system should take for it to be effective. Any such transition will also impact the ways in which seismic risks are covered in NZ. The aim of this workshop is to brainstorm about the alternative ways in which this transition can happen, and what would/should emerge from it.

Tuesday 3 September 9.00am – 12.00pm

Identifying Synergies Across the Earthquake Research landscape – Ngā Ngaru Wakapuke (Transition Zones), Hōretireti Whenua Landslides Endeavour and the QuakeCoRE Programme

Workshop Leader: Caroline Orchiston

This workshop offers an opportunity to bring together researchers across the two Endeavour programmes funded in 2024 (Ngā Ngaru Wakapuke – Transitions Zone and Hōretireti Sliding Lands) and QuakeCoRE programme AI/PIs to consider research synergies and opportunities, and also enable shared collaboration with stakeholders.

Tuesday 3 September 9.00am – 12.00pm

Research on the Assessment and Retrofit of Existing Buildings

Workshop Leader: Santiago Pujol

With the Earthquake prone building legislation underway this year, there is no better time for QuakeCoRE to consider how it can contribute to improved outcomes for assessment and retrofit of existing buildings. Research needs identified by the Joint Committee for Seismic Assessment and Retrofit will be discussed. This workshop will seek to identify ongoing work within QuakeCoRE and beyond which could be relevant to the review and upcoming retrofit guidance, and identify research gaps. 

Tuesday 3 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

What Makes a Plausible Future Earthquake?

Workshop Leader: Camilla Penney

One of the major challenges of seismic hazard assessment is the short length of the historical and paleoseismological records compared to the time between major earthquakes. This timing discrepancies means that we have limited observations with which to characterise the recurrence intervals, magnitudes, and locations of future earthquakes. In particular, the largest earthquakes are the rarest, so the least likely to have been observed. The 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake demonstrated that a lack of previous observations can lead to gaps in the events we imagine to be possible in the future and, therefore, the events we prepare for. This workshop aims to explore the question of what makes a plausible future earthquake. We invite seismologists to contribute their technical understanding of possible earthquakes, social scientists to contribute views on how to interrogate implicit assumptions and engineers and downstream users of earthquake source models to contribute their views on the attributes of useful and useable scenario events.

Tuesday 3 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Enhancing Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness and Response in Aotearoa New Zealand Through Community-led Programmes

Workshop Leaders: David Johnston, Kelvin Tapuke, Lucy Kaiser & Marion Tan

Disaster risk reduction activities in Aotearoa New Zealand have historically adopted a top-down, expert-driven approach. They have often employed relatively homogenous methods for how communities in New Zealand can prepare for and respond to disasters. As a result, the inclusion of communities and voices within traditional disaster risk reduction planning has been sparse. In addition, there is a lack of preparedness materials for natural hazards designed specifically by communities and community needs front and centre. This workshop will build on previous mahi conducted within QuakeCoRE. This workshop extends previous work to explore the wider connections between Iwi, hapū, communities and local emergency management groups. A range of innovative hapū-based initiatives will be explored and ways that their efficacy can be evaluated will be discussed.

Tuesday 3 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

How to Build a Strong Professional Social Media Profile for Early Career Researchers: A Hands-on Workshop and Discussion Forum

Workshop Leader: Caroline Orchiston

As early career and emerging researchers, it can be challenging to develop a professional profile on appropriate and relevant social media channels. Targeting social media is key for communicating our research outcomes and outputs, and tends to be where media look for content for their stories. It is also an excellent way to build your professional network, find jobs and share ideas with others outside your institution.

We have designed a workshop that will support emerging and early career researchers to navigate the pitfalls and opportunities of presenting themselves and their research on social media. We will ask our expert panel questions about which platforms are the best, how to write a pithy summary of our research, and how to prepare for media interest based on our professional contributions.

If places become limited, priority will be given to emerging researchers (postgraduate students) and early career researchers.

Tuesday 3 September 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Low Damage Residential Buildings Workshop

Workshop Leader: Kieran Haymes

Improvements to the seismic performance of residential buildings will be discussed in this three-hour workshop. The workshop will include presentations of recent novel work and industry developments, with a particular focus on low-damage buildings.  This will be followed by the active participation of attendees in conversations to identify research and implementation opportunities.

Technical considerations as well as the broader social context of residential buildings will be explored within the workshop setting. We will also provide a forum to discuss contemporary innovations, like the base isolation of residential buildings. Conceptualisation of system-wide residential communities, and the infrastructure that supports their function, will be contrasted with conventional thinking of discrete building units.  Further topics include functional recovery, foundation considerations, the vulnerability of in-building systems, and more.

The outcomes of this workshop will assist in developing future research and implementation initiatives which make impactful change to the seismic performance of Aotearoa New Zealand’s residential building stock.

Tuesday 3 September 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network Mentoring Event

Workshop Leaders: Tim Stahl & Alice Chang-Richards

The Early Career Researchers (ECR) Network invites all early career researchers within the QuakeCoRE community to a networking event to meet with ECR mentors and colleagues. The main purpose of this event is to launch a ECR mentoring programme. It is also an opportunity to meet with others and discuss collaborative / strategic opportunities available to ECRs in QuakeCoRE. There will be a short talk updating the group on the strategic and operational plans for the network. ECR mentors will be available for insights on a number of challenges ECRs might face such as how to maximise chances of success for QuakeCoRE RfP and EQC funding, how to establish international collaboration and how to recruit high quality PhD students.


Wednesday 4 September 7.00am – 8.30am

Women in QuakeCoRE Breakfast

Workshop Leader: Lauren Vinnell

The Women in QuakeCoRE Breakfast provides the opportunity for people who identify as women to discuss the particular challenges and opportunities they may be facing in their studies or careers with mentors who have experience navigating research areas in which women are typically underrepresented. This event will begin with brief speeches from mentors and then smaller group discussions led by a mentor over a light breakfast. This event is for all women involved with QuakeCoRE who feel that they would benefit from talking with someone who has lived experience of gender bias-related challenges in a research career. We are open to women at all career stages joining us for kai and kōrero, including students, ECRs, and mid- and later-career researchers.


Contact QuakeCoRE if you have any questions about the Annual Meeting.