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MEGE 2018 ends ----2018-05-16

From May 12-14, 2018, the 5th MEGE (International Symposium on Mega Earthquake Induced Geo-disasters and Long-term Effects) has been held at our lecture hall to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wenchuan Mega Earthquake. This symposium was jointly hosted by SKLGP and Chinese Society for Rock Mechanics and Engineering, with the support from CDUT, ENGEO IAEG China National Group, Collaborative Innovation Center of Geohazard Prevention, International Research Association on Large Landslides, Hong Kong Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society. Focusing on how to improve the ability to resist catastrophic geohazards in the strong earthquake area, more than 350 top experts from 13 countries (regions) such as China, Britain, Japan, Germany, carried out a heated discussion.


At 8.30 am, May 12, the opening ceremony started at SKLGP. Huang Runqiu (vice minister of Ecology and Environment Ecology and Environment and director of SKLGP), Chen Fang (vice chairman of Sichuan People's Political Consultative Conference), Lin Shixiong (director of Civil Engineering and Development Department of Hong Kong), and Gong Hao (president of CDUT) addressed in the ceremony.


After the opening ceremony, keynote lectures began, which lasted until 4 pm, May 14, with 84 academic meetings and starting meetings for state key R&D projects focusing on how to improve the ability to resist catastrophic geohazards in the strong earthquake area. Detailed topics are as follows:


1.Advances in research on the triggering and development of co-seismic landslides and debris flows


2.Long-term initiation and evolution of landslide and debris-flow hazards


3.Post-earthquake monitoring and analysis for hazard early warning and design of mitigation measures


4.Susceptibility, hazard, and risk assessment for rehabilitation and land-use planning in earthquake-struck areas


5.Resilience to earthquake-induced landslide risk


6.Geological disaster risk and engineering construction in meizoseismal area.


As keynote speakers and invited speakers 37 top experts at home and abroad gave lectures, including Prof. Huang Runqiu (Vice Minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, PRC), Prof. Mauri McSaveney (GNS, New Zealand), academician Cui Peng (IMHE), Prof. David Frost (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Prof. Micheal Jaboyedoff (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and so on.



Keynote speakers and invited speakers


On the afternoon of May 14, after all reports given in the past two and a half days, experts carried out a heated discussion centering on the establishment and sharing of geohazard database, earthquake inducing large landslides, new technologies (InSAR/UAV/LiDAR), and geohazard early recognition.



Host: Niels Hovius


From May 15-16, leaded by our Prof. Xu Qiang, Prof. Fan Xuanmei, Prof. Hu Wei, Prof. Wang Yunsheng, etc., the experts were divided into two groups to take field trips in Xinmo village, Diexi town, old Beichuan town, earthquake museum, new Beichuan town, etc. In order to further study how to improve the ability to resist catastrophic geohazards in the strong earthquake area.


Through this academic exchange, the understanding of earthquake inducing geohazards has been further enhanced, and many new discoveries and achievements have been obtained in the study of postseismic effect. This symposium is a great success. It not only strengthened our academic influence, but also enhanced our friendship with other institutes. It was at the time of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Wenchuan Mega Earthquake that our lad held this conference in order to provide an exchange platform and to commemorate the victims in the earthquake. We hope that all researchers do not forget their original minds, and forge ahead to fulfill their missions.



Group photo (from the Publicity Department of CDUT)


State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection





May 15, 2018