Keynote Speakers

Resilience and cultural heritage buildings: earthquakes, blast and others

Paulo B. Lourenço, University of Minho, Portugal

Paulo B. Lourenço is Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal since 2006.
He received his degree in Civil Engineering at University of Porto in 1990 and his PhD in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 1996.
He has been the Co-Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering since 2007 and the Co-Head of the Institute for Bio-Sustainability since 2013.
He is experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques, earthquake engineering, and structural masonry.
He is specialist in structural conservation and forensic engineering, with work on more than one hundred monuments and existing buildings, including 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
He has been the leader of the Project Team responsible for the revision of Part 1 of the European code for masonry (EN 1996-1-1).
He is the coordinator of the Advanced Masters on Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) since 2007, with alumni from 70 countries and Europa Nostra Award in 2017.
He is co-editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and co-advisor of the Conference Series on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. He has supervised more than 50 PhD theses and coordinate multiple national and international research projects. He has been just awarded an Advanced ERC Grant of 3.0 M€ to develop an integrated seismic assessment approach for heritage buildings.