Keynote Speakers

Seismic assessment of stone masonry buildings – from shake tables tests on entire buildings to detailed micro-models of isolated elements

Katrin Beyer, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Katrin Beyer is Associate Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and head of the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory ( After completing her undergraduate studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), she worked for two years for the consulting firm ARUP in London, UK, on projects related to structural dynamics, impact and seismic analysis. She received her PhD from the University of Pavia, Italy. Her research interests include the seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete walls and of unreinforced masonry structures and large-scale structural testing. She is associate editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering and member of the editorial board of Earthquake Spectra, two of the major journals in her field, and since 2018 a member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering. She is responsible for the revision of the masonry section within the European seismic design code EC8-Part 1 and was the recipient of the Melbourne School of Engineering & IT Visiting Fellowship (2017). She is an advocate of open science, publishing next to manuscripts also relevant experimental data and models ( Since September 2017, she is the chair of the Open Science Strategic Committee at EPFL.