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It is now known and commonly accepted that strategies must be developed and tools must be exploited in order to reduce the earthquake impact, mainly in countries with intense seismic activity.

The main goal of the «Lisbon in Motion» workshop is to create and promote an action plan for earthquake risk reduction in the future as far as the centre of Lisbon is concerned.

Nikos Pnevmatikos, PhD of the TEI of Athens, participated in the workshop and won the first prize along with a research team. During the workshop, the earthquake risk of the Lisbon region and the seismic vulnerability of two specific buildings in town as well as the tsunami risk on those buildings were calculated whereas remedial measures of damages and population management were presented along with suggestions for the reduction of the earthquake risk in the immediate area.

Study on earthquake risk reduction


The «Lisbon in Motion» workshop is an initiative reinforced by young Portuguese researchers in the field of anti-seismic engineering. During the workshop, students, technicians and researchers work together on a case study, for four days on issues of vulnerability, rehabilitation, retrofit, education and urban planning.

In the framework of the 2012 workshop, two specific buildings located in the centre of Lisbon (at Rua do Alecrim and Rua de S. Paulo) were the focus of this study. Participants took part in various technical visits to the buildings as well as in situ experimental tests to measure the surface wave propagation.

The vulnerability study which excelled during the competition, was a comprehensive guide for the factors needed to be faced before and after an earthquake.

The results of the project could constitute a guide for a rehabilitation service against natural disasters and be studied by the Civil Protection Department.


Lisbon in Motion workshop: Disaster Risk Reduction

Nikos Pnevmatikos, PhD of TEI Athens, participated in the "Lisbon in Motion, LiMo, Disaster Risk Reduction of the city of Lisbon" workshop which took place in Lisbon, 20-23 September, 2012.

Sixty-one participants from twenty countries competed in ten groups in order to study the seismic vulnerability of two buildings in the City of Lisbon. Greek participation won first place among the teams which worked on seismic evaluation of two buildings of the city of Lisbon.


Nikos Pnevmatikos, (PhD), Faculty of Technological Applications, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying & Geoinformatics Engineering, TEI of Athens.

Partner team: Sonia Boschi (PhD), Ulises Cazares (PhD), Lucas Hogan (PhD), Nikos Pnevmatikos (PhD) & Eva Raka (PhD).