Anastasios Sextos

Anastasios Sextos

UKCRIC Management Board Member (University of Bristol)

Anastasios Sextos ( is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering at the University of Bristol, UK which he joined in 2015 after serving for 12 years at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a Lecturer, (tenure-track and tenured) Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. He is currently the founding Director of the new MSc Programme in Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure Resilience at the University of Bristol, UK and the Academic co-Lead for the Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Facility of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities in Bristol.

Anastasios obtained a 5-y diploma in Civil Engineering (1997, AUTh) graduating first in his class, an MSc with distinction in Earthquake Engineering by Imperial College London (1998) and a Ph.D. in Multiple Support Seismic Excitation of Bridges (AUTh, 2001) accomplished in the minimum nominal time with distinction.

During 2011-17 he was awarded and managed, as coordinator, 16 Grants worth over £4.5million, funded by UK, EU, USA, Germany and China. Since he joined the University of Bristol in 2015 he has attracted 5 grants worth £2.7million with a net income of £1.4million. He has been involved in collaborative research with institutions such as Columbia University, UC Berkeley, University of Nevada, Reno, UCLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Toronto, among many others. He is currently the coordinator of a large H2020 consortium on Seismic Risk of Natural Gas Pipeline Networks ( and the holder of the EPSRC-Global Challenges £1.6M grant on the Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal (

Anastasios Sextos has an extensive record of service to the earthquake engineering community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization for Earthquake Planning in Greece, responsible for Civil Protection from earthquakes, the elected President of the Hellenic Society of Earthquake Engineering, a member of the European Project Team for the Evolution of the Structural Eurocodes (SC8.T6 for EN1998/Eurocode 8), the co-Chair of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering Work Group 11 for the design of bridges, and a member of the ASCE “Performance-based design” Technical Committee in USA. He also acts as the Assoc. Editor (1), member of the Editorial Board (4), Guest Assoc. Editor (2), Outstanding Reviewer (2) and Reviewer of 43 Journals (36 with JCR) and a Research Grant evaluator in UK, Canada, Switzerland, China, Chile, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Cyprus and Slovenia. He has been an invited speaker in 21 events in 11 countries and panelist in the World Conf. of Earthquake Engineering in Vancouver (2004), Beijing (2008), Lisbon (2012) and Santiago, Chile (2016).

His portfolio includes 47 papers in quality scientific journals (+3 under review), 5 books, 1 edited book, 18 book chapters, 82 conference papers, magazine articles, interviews and earthquake investigation reports with approximately 1390 citations (h-index 15 in Google Scholar). He has been a Research Visitor at University California Berkeley (2007), a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012) and a High-End Expert of China (2016, 2017 & 2018). He is the recipient of 18 national and international awards for academic performance, teaching and research excellence.

Anastasios’s research contributions are in the areas of seismic design and assessment of bridges, selection of realistic earthquake ground motion scenarios and multiple-support excitation of extended structures, resilience of roadway and lifeline networks to natural hazards, multi-resolution distributed analytical simulations & hybrid testing, dynamic soil-structure interaction, system identification and structural health monitoring, resilience of school communities in developing countries and novel techniques for the preservation of cultural heritage.

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