Milan will host the 2024 edition of the World Conference in Earthquake Engineering (WCEE). It is the most important international scientific event in the field of seismic engineering which is held every four years with about 5,000 expected delegates.
The conference organiser will be AIM Group International, one of the main promoters of the complex bid candidacy which involved the academic world, engineering companies and the destination collaborating with strong commitment.
Strong synergies were created by bringing together, the two academic associations: Anidis (Italian National Association of Seismic Engineering) and ISI (Italian Seismic Engineering). The support of the Eucentre Foundation (European Center for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering) was also fundamental, as well as the involvement of the local institutions, MiCo Convention Center, the location which will host the event, and major companies active in the field of earthquake engineering in Italy.
The 59 national delegates of the countries that constitute the IAEE (International Association for Earthquake Engineering) voted online and chose the city of Milan, competing against strong bids from Montreal (Canada), Lyon (France), New Delhi (India) and Auckland (New Zealand). The congress will return to Italy from 30 June to 5 July 2024, 51 years since it was celebrated in Rome in 1973. “Our Group has invested in a long process that led us to this important acquisition” says Flaminia Roberti, Global Sales Director of AIM Group International.
“Normally we were due to present our bid during the 2020 edition of WCEE which was due to take place in Japan. Due to the pandemic, that congress was postponed to 2021 and the presentation of the bid was moved online” says Marica Motta, Sales Operation Coordinator of AIM Group International. AIM created a website-event www.wcee2024.it to profile the project. It included a series of video support messages from international opinion leaders and institutional endorsements and a list of 75 supporting sponsors. Other distinguishing features included technical visits to the behind the scenes construction of the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics and to the exceptional Shake Lab of the EuCenter Foundation.