International Wind Engineering seminars 2020/21


Because of the Covid19 pandemic, opportunities for the international wind engineering community to meet physically have been very much restricted and are likely to remain so for at least the next year. To enable the community to continue to interact with each other, at least in a virtual way, the University of Birmingham is organizing a series six seminars via Zoom from October 2020 to March 2021.  These are sponsored by the IAWE and will hopefully have a significant international audience. Each seminar will last around an hour and a half to two hours, and will consist of a main speaker for around 30 minutes followed by further short contributions or a panel debate. There will also be an opportunity for online discussion by those attending.

Programme and Keynote speakers

Thursday October 8th 2020 — Tornadoes – research and design (Prof Greg Kopp, University of Western Ontario)

Thursday November 5th  2020  – Indoor and outdoor ventilation and dispersion (Prof Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University, The Netherlands; KU Leuven, Belgium)

Thursday December 3rd 2020 – Modeling the Dynamics of Tall Buildings Under Winds: From Historical Perspective to Recent Advances and Beyond  (Prof Ahsan Kareem, University of Notre Dame)

Thursday January 7th  2021 – Developments in bridge aerodynamics (Prof John Owen, University of Nottingham)

Thursday February 4th  2021 – Wind loading code developments around the world (Svend Ole Hansen, Svend Ole Hansen ApS)

Thursday March 4th 2021 – Wind hazard modelling and prediction (Prof Yukio Tamura, Chongqing University)

Each seminar will consist of a main presentation followed by further contributions or a panel debate, and audience discussion. Registration details, seminar programme and speaker and talk abstracts will be posted on the links above as they become available. Recordings of the presentations will also be posted after the seminars.


When joining the Zoom seminar, please mute your microphone and turn off your video. The use of Speaker view will let you see the person speaking. :Please contribute any questions via the chat discussion, and the seminar chair will put these to the speaker concerned.