Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We invite you to join us in Rotorua for the 2015 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference.

The effects of earthquakes were first considered in NZ design only 80 years ago (following the 1931 Napier earthquake); it is less than 50 years since NZSEE was officially founded, and 35 years since the first base isolated building in New Zealand. Over less than a century, New Zealand earthquake engineering has promoted advanced earthquake knowledge, pioneering technologies and new design philosophies. NZSEE and its members, then and now, have inspired new dimensions in earthquake science, design and engineering, and disaster planning, through vital collaboration across disciplines. In particular, we acknowledge in this year’s conference Ivan Skinner’s lifetime contribution to the broad collaboration.

The conference will take place from 10 – 12 April 2015 and be held in the Energy event Centre, a venue conveniently located in the centre of Rotorua and within walking distance of a range of accommodation options.

As the conference date draws closer, details of the keynote speakers, the conference program and other conference activities will be added to the conference website.

So please plan your visit to Rotorua to attend this conference, to meet with your peers and discuss the earthquake engineering challenges that New Zealand currently faces.


Caroline Holden and Luke Allen
2015 Conference Convenors