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JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School | Seismic design of concrete buildings
Virtual, 5-16 July 2021

JRC supports the non-EU Balkan region to build capacities for adapting national legislation in the field of construction to the EU legal framework. Starting in 2013, the JRC has organized specialized workshops and provided scientific and technical support to the non-EU Balkan region partners for the adoption and implementation of the European standards for structural design - the Eurocodes (EN 1990 to EN 1999).

Now, it is time to join us for the first edition of the JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School, organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and its Safety and Security of Buildings Unit, addressing the theme of seismic design of concrete buildings.

Why this Summer School?

The Balkan region has suffered numerous and powerful earthquakes in the past decades. Indeed, due to the high seismicity of the Balkan region, most non-EU countries in the Balkan region are close to, or are intending to, formally adopt EN 1998 "Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance", which provides the principles and requirements for the design of structures for earthquake resistance. JRC will provide technical and practical assistance for the Eurocodes implementation in the non-EU Balkan region, addressing the seismic design of concrete buildings through the JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School.

The Summer School provides you with a unique opportunity to learn to use in practice the Eurocodes from experts directly involved in the Eurocodes development and drafting while sharing knowledge and experience with your peers in the group sessions.

For more information on the Summer School, see the concept note.

What's on offer for you?

The aim of the Summer School is to provide an overview on seismic design procedures for typical multi-storey reinforced concrete buildings. We have designed ten half-day sessions of a highly engaging and interactive programme including keynote lectures and lectures with worked examples by the Eurocodes' drafters, group work on assignments under expert supervision, and an interactive classroom "talk with the expert" powered by you!

The Summer School scientific programme will focus on the practical use of EN 1998 for the seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings, along with the relevant parts from EN 1990 (Basis of Design), EN 1991 (Actions on structures), EN 1992 (Design of concrete structures) and EN 1997 (Geotechnical design aspects). We will also dedicate time to present and work hands-on the simulation of seismic response of concrete buildings, explaining various analysis methods, design verifications and use of appropriate software. To keep up with the latest developments, we will also give you an overview of the evolution of the Eurocodes towards the publication of their second generation, expected by 2026, with particular focus on aspects related to the seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings.

Who can participate?

Civil/Structural Engineers with a strong interest in seismic design and assessment of reinforced concrete buildings from the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo (*), Montenegro and Serbia) and Moldova (Horizon Europe Associated country) may attend the Eurocodes School.

Participation to the Summer School is on invitation only by the Organizing Committee in collaboration with the Engineering Chambers in the region or other relevant stakeholders (for example the Institution of Civil Engineers/Association of Earthquake Engineering).

For more details on the Summer School objectives, the programme and expression of interest, see the School announcement.

(*) This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Event details

Due to the continuously evolving pandemic crisis, the JRC Eurocodes Balkan Summer School will be held online.

Registration of the participants invited by the Organizing Committee will be done online through a dedicated registration site. The Organizing Committee will announce the registration details to the invited participants.

Training material

Relevant training material (presentations, worksheets etc.) will be distributed to the participants at the Summer School.

The material from the training event will be available on the JRC Eurocodes website after the School.


Summer School Organising Committee
European Commission
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Directorate for Space, Security and Migration
Safety and Security of Buildings Unit
TP 480, Via E. Fermi, 2749
I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Tel.: +39 0332 78 3605 Fax: +39 0332 78 9049
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