Admitted Research Organization Member

This category of membership is for research organizations worldwide that have demonstrated interest and a strong research and/or education program in the seismic performance on non-structural elements.


Benefits of research organization membership include the following:

Core Involvement in SPONSE Projects: The member research organization, as the core of support for the organization, will tend to have larger roles in SPONSE projects, though this may vary according to the project and the desirability of collaborating with outside organizations.

Voice on the Board: There are eleven directors, which make up the SPONSE Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight elected Research Organization Representatives, selected from the pool of representatives of the member research organizations, and three Industrial Representative Directors appointed by the Board. Research Organization Representative board members serve a two-year term on the Board by a vote of the individual members. The representative of a research organization member is named by that organization’s Dean of the School of Engineering or Research Center Director, which helps maintain a strong connection to SPONSE’s institutional base.

Information Dissemination: SPONSE works with each Member Research Organization to prepare information on the organization’s curricular and research qualifications. This information is disseminated by SPONSE via its website and other printed materials such as the SPONSE Annual Workshop Program.


Designate a SPONSE Representative and Provide Self-description

Each Research Organization Member has a Representative designated by the Dean of the school of engineering or the Research Centre Director (or the person occupying the most similar positions). The application should include a cover letter or letters signed by these two individuals, along with a description of the educational and research accomplishments and capabilities of the research organization in the seismic performance of non-structural elements.

List of Individual Researchers at Admitted Research Organization (part of research organization application)

The initial Research Organization Member application should include a list of potential applicants whom are interested and qualified in Individual Researcher membership. Applications for Individual Research members at the Research Organization applying for membership should be submitted at the same time as the Research Organization Member application. (Subsequent to the admission of a research organization, additional applications for Individual Research memberships may be made at any time.) Individual Research Member applications should include their contact information and a two-page curriculum vitae (CV) for each candidate. If an individual’s significant accomplishments and interests are not fully reflected in the CV, the letter may include additional brief description.


Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Individual Members: André Filiatraul (Institution Representative), Gian Michele Calvi, Roberto Nascimbene, Paolo Bazzurro, Ricardo Monteiro, Daniele Perrone, Roberto Merino, Bryan Chalarca

– Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University Federico II, Naples, Italy

Individual Members: Gennaro Magliulo (Institution Representative), Antonio Formisano, Luigi Fiorino

– Department of Structural Engineering and Geotechnics, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Individual Members: Fabrizio Mollaioli (Institution Representative), Paolo Franchin, Andrea Lucchini, Simona Bianchi, Jonathan Ciurlanti

– Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Individual Members: Guido Magenes (Institution Representative), Andrea Penna, Riccardo Milanesi, Giammaria Gabbianelli

– Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Individual Members: Brendon Bradley, Rajesh Dhakal (Institution Representative), Greg MacRae, Alessandro Palermo, Timothy Sullivan (Institution Representative), Mayank Tripathi

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.

Individual Members: Manos Maragakis (Institution Representative), Gokhan Pekcan, Keri Ryan, Mohamed Moustafa, Patrick N Laplace.

– Department of Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA

Individual Members: Gilberto Mosqueda (Institution Representative), Tara Hutchinson

Nanjing Tech University, China

Individual Members: Baofeng Huang (Institution Representative), Yan Xiao


Individual Members: Simone Peloso (Institution Representative), Emanuele Brunesi, Davide Bolognini, Davide Bellotti, Igor Lanese

University of Salento, Italy

Individual Members: Maria Antonietta Aiello (Institution Representative), Gianni Blasi, Francesco Micelli, Marianovella Leone

Seismic Research and Test Center at Pusan University, South Korea

Individual Members: Sang-Hoon Oh (Institution Representative), Hyoung-Suk Choi, Bub-Gyu Jeon, Eun-Rim Baek

– McMaster University, Canada

Individual Members: Lydell Wiebe (Institution Representative), GeorgiosBalomenos, Mike Tait, Cancan Yang

– Institute of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, Republic of North Macedonia

Individual Members: Filip ManojlovskiAleksandra BogdanovicLidija Krstevska

– Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Individual members: Tadashi Ishihara, Kazuhiko Kasai, Shoichi Kishiki, Kazuhiro Matsuda, Shojiro Motoyui (Institution Representative), Daiki Sato, Alex Shegay

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Osijek, Croatia

Individual members: Davorin Penava (Istitution Representative), Marijana Hadzima-Nyarko, Ivan Kraus



Applications containing the following three documents may be either mailed to the International SPONSE Association, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering, Via Adolfo Ferrata, 1 - 27100 Pavia, Italy, or emailed to

  • Cover letter(s) by Dean/Research Director and Representative;
  • Description of research organization accomplishments and capabilities;
  • List of potential individual research members of the organization including their contact information and a two-page curriculum vitae for each candidate.

Annual dues for all categories of Members were waived for 2019, with 2020 annual dues under review.