The 18th Mallet-Milne Lecture

Alain Pecker

Interrelationships between Practice, Standardisation and Innovation in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering


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About the speaker

Prof A. Pecker graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1972 and obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973. Until 2015 he was Chairman and Managing Director of Géodynamique et Structure, a French engineering consulting firm he founded 40 years ago; upon retiring he became independent consultant. He has contributed to several major worldwide civil engineering projects in seismic areas. He is Past President of the French Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Honorary President of the French Association on Earthquake Engineering and member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering. He was elected to the French National Academy of Technologies in 2000. He is a member of the drafting panel of Eurocode 8 and President of the French Committee for seismic codes. He is currently Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (IUSS of Pavia, Italy). He has authored more than 150 technical papers, been invited as keynote speaker in conferences and received several awards for his work, most notably twice from the French National Academy of Sciences.

Further information

The 18th Mallet-Milne Lecture will take place in the Thomas Telford Theatre in the ICE Headquarters in Westminster, London.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

17:30 - 18:00 Tea, coffee & biscuits
18:00 - 19:30 The 18th Mallet-Milne Lecture
19:30 - 21:00 Reception

A selection of canapés and drinks will be served at the reception. The outline canapé menu is:

  • Mini beef Wellingtons wrapped in Parma ham and served with horseradish Hollandaise
  • Vegan spring rolls with sweet chilli dipping sauce (dairy-free, vegan)
  • Thai fish cakes with chilli lime dipping sauce (dairy-free, gluten-free)
  • Smoked salmon, nori and sesame pancake stack with wasabi mayonnaise
  • Plant-based sausage rolls with mustard mayonnaise (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)
  • Cajun sweet potato parcels (dairy-free, vegan)
  • Shitake meatballs with arrabbiata dipping sauce (dairy-free, vegan)
  • Chicken katsu lollipop with curry dipping sauce

In-person attendance

Attendance at the lecture is free and seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. No booking is required for attendance at the lecture, which is free. Tickets for the reception are available at £15 per person for pre-booked tickets and £20 per person for tickets sold on the night. Please book in advance for the reception via the ICE website. For those wishing to pay for the reception on the night, card payments will be taken.

Online attendance

This event will be broadcast online. Please register for the event prior to joining. The registration process will provide you with the link you need to join the main event.

* Recording of the evening lecture is available here:

The 18th Mallet-Milne Lecture: Interrelationships between practice, standardisation & innovation | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Event Details

Event Date 31/05/2023 6:00 pm
Location Institution of Civil Engineers

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