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Living with Earthquakes: towards a model for Amandola and the Marche Region

24 October 2017 - 25 October 2017
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Lecture Hall, West Court, Jesus College

The city of Amandola, in the Marche region of Italy, suffered a series of earthquakes in 2016.  They were of unusual length, and affected an extensive area, resulting in the loss of a significant amount of cultural heritage.

This conference, concentrating on a single town, brings together international experts ranging from the disciplines of engineering, earth sciences, sociology, architecture, history and the history of art, to address holistically an issue that is frequently only looked at with a narrow focus.  It will introduce a number of longer-term research and education programmes, to be based in the town of Amandola itself.

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. The programme is as follows:

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

9.30 Registration/coffee

SESSION 1 – CHAIR: Donal Cooper

10.00 Welcome and overview (Nicholas Ray, University of Cambridge and Antonello Alici, Università Politecnica delle Marche)

10.30 Dealing with the earthquake emergency (Mauro Dolce, Director General Italian Department of Civil Protection, Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Naples Federico II)

11.15 Coffee

SESSION 2 – CHAIR: Antonello Alici

11.45 Evidence of ground response in recent earthquakes, and implications for reconstruction (Sebastiano Foti / Giulia Viggiani, Politecnico di Torino/University of Cambridge)

12.30 Damages due to earthquakes: a lesson for engineers and non-insiders (Stefano Lenci, Università Politecnica delle Marche)

13.15 Lunch

SESSION 3 – CHAIR: Nicholas Ray

14.00 Codes, and the evidence on the ground (Dina D’Ayala, University College London)

14.45 Changing approaches to heritage in the face of trauma (Wendy Pullan, University of Cambridge)

15.30 Tea

SESSION 4 – CHAIR: Mary Laven

16.00 L’Aquila and the wider conservation dimension (Alessandra Vittorini, L’Aquila Superintendant, Mibact)

16.45 Earthquakes and the built environment (Emily So, University of Cambridge)

17.30 The Central Asian comparison (Camilla Penney, University of Cambridge)

18.15 Discussion

19.00 Drinks

19.30 Conference dinner. Please note that as of 23 October, places at the dinner can no longer be booked.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

SESSION 5 – CHAIR: Wendy Pullan

9.30 Dealing with disaster: an historical perspective (Mary Laven, University of Cambridge)

10.00 An art historical response to earthquakes: research strategies for Amandola’s ecclesiastical heritage (Donal Cooper, University of Cambridge)

10.30 Artistic heritage, memory and identity in L’Aquila (Chiara Capulli, University of Cambridge)

11.00 Coffee

SESSION 6 – CHAIR: Antonello Alici

11.30 Città della Memoria: An alternative reconstruction approach for heritage in post-disaster L’Aquila (Bethan Watson, University of Cambridge / Caroe Architecture)

12.15 Conservation issues in Bagno Grande, L’Aquila (Giorgio Gianighian, University of Venice)

13.00 Lunch

SESSION 7 – CHAIR:  Nicholas Ray

14.15 Ambition for the future (Carlo Birrozzi, Superintendant of the Marche, Mibact)

15.00 Pierluigi Moriconi (Speaker)

15.10 Round table and discussion

15.45 Concluding remarks (Adolfo Marinangeli, Mayor of Amandola, Nicholas Ray, University of Cambridge, and Antonello Alici, Università Politecnica delle Marche)


Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. Please note that there are limited tickets to the conference dinner, these are available as an add on during the checkout process.

Jesus College fellows and students are welcome to apply for a limited number of free tickets by emailing

Other students receive a discounted fee to attend, but must be able to present a valid student card at registration.

Please note that as of 23 October, places at the conference dinner can no longer be booked.