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The Fifth International Workshop on Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE) is being organized by Applied Technology Council (ATC), the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) and the International Association for the Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE). It is being hosted by the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, and will take place at Stanford University (USA), December 5 – 7, 2022.
The seismic performance of non-structural elements is now recognized as a key issue in estimation of seismic losses, and a key contributor to resilience, reoccupancy, and recovery of function following an earthquake. Although poor performance of non-structural elements has been observed repeatedly in past earthquakes, limited research is available to help engineers reliably predict their behavior, or to improve their performance in future earthquakes, and additional research is needed to understand how damage to nonstructural elements impedes functionality. This Fifth International SPONSE Workshop will be a special opportunity to bring together ideas, information, and experiences from around the world, all focused on the performance of non-structural elements during earthquakes.

The Workshop program is intended for practicing structural engineers and researchers. Technical sessions are being planned around the following topics:

  1. Performance based-seismic design of non-structural elements.
  2. Experimental study related to the seismic performance of non-structural elements.
  3. Modeling/Numerical simulation to predict the seismic behavior of non-structural elements
  4. Evaluation of the seismic demand on non-structural elements.
  5. Innovative techniques to mitigate damage to non-structural elements.
  6. Standardization of qualification and fragility testing and design procedures.
  7. Loss estimation with special focus on building reoccupancy and functional recovery.
  8. Practical implementation/installation of non-structural elements in buildings.
  9. Impact of non-structural elements on the seismic performance of buildings.


Those interested in presenting a paper should email a one-page abstract to using the Word template available below. Abstract submissions are due no later than May 15, 2022. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by May 30, 2022, and full papers (10 pages in length, maximum) will be due July 31, 2022. Review comments will be provided to authors by August 31, 2022, and final papers will be due on September 30, 2022.

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