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Living with Earthquakes: Towards a model for Amandola and the Marche Region conference at Jesus College 24 - 25 October 2017

When Oct 24, 2017 09:00 AM to
Oct 25, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Lecture Hall, West Court, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
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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.

The Intellectual Forum and Cambridge Italian Research Network are delighted to support this conference, which through 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.

The provisional programme is as follows:

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

9.30 Registration / coffee

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

Opening address (Luca Ceriscioli, President of Marche region)

10.30 Reconstruction strategies (Franco Braga, Head of National Reconstruction Committee)

Restoration and Earthquakes (provisionally, Giovanni Carbonara, Università Sapienza Roma /Ministero Beni Culturali)

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Geotechnical context (Sebastiano Foti / Giulia Viggiani, Politecnico di Torino/University of Cambridge)

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

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

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Temporary settlements (Emily So, University of Cambridge)

14.45 The sociological context (Angelo Borrelli, Head of Civil Protection)

15.30 Tea

16.00 Lessons from L’Aquila 1 (Alessandra Vittorini, L’Aquila Superintendant)

16.45 Lessons from Aquila 2 (Bethan Watson, University of Cambridge / Caröe Associates)

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

18.15 Discussion

19.00 Drinks

19.30 Conference Dinner


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

9.30 Artistic heritage: Umbria and Amandola (Donal Cooper, University of Cambridge)

10.15 Artistic heritage: Lessons from L’Aquila (Chiara Capulli, University of Cambridge)

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Dealing with Disaster: an historial perspective (Mary Laven, University of Cambridge)

12.15 Conservation issues (Giorgio Gianighian, University of Venice)

13.00 Lunch

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

15.00 Round Table & Discussion

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


Jesus College Fellows and students are welcome to request tickets by emailing the, and there is a charge of £35+VAT for the conference dinner which is payable through the Eventbrite registration link above.

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

Please note there are limited tickets to the conference dinner and these are available as an add on during the checkout process, and please email any allergies or dietary requirements to

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