2021 COSMOS Technical Session

Time & Location

The COSMOS Technical Session will be held virtually Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19. The hours differ and are set to allow for different parts of the world to participate.

Thursday, November 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Friday, November 19 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM Pacific Standard Time

About the Annual Technical Session Series

The annual technical session provides a forum for seismologists and seismic engineers to come together and discuss issues related to the use of earth science data (including earthquake recordings) by the engineering community.

About the 2021 COSMOS Technical Session

The COSMOS 2021 Technical Session will be held virtually this year to honor the health and well being of everyone.

When organizing the COSMOS 2021 Technical Session, we put a lot of thought into trying to give our virtual event some flavor of the special sauce that makes our annual technical session so popular; namely, the incredibly interactions that happen during the event. We come up with an approach and platform that we hope facilitates interactions far more than a typical zoom conference.

The Approach for Our Virtual Conference

We are organizing around an approach that minimize the set (scheduled) times participants must be in front of a computer, while maximizing time for live discussions. Technical Session will have 2 parts:

  1. A pre-event presentation viewing period - A series of 20 minute pre-recorded presentations will be available for viewing at participants convenience through the month of December.
  2. A live event - The live event presentations will start with 5 to 10-minute "flash" presentation versions of the pre-recorded talks to refresh memories and get everyone on the same page. This will be followed by a discussion period. We will continue to have a panel discussion session at the end of the topical sessions as in the past.

The Virtual Conference Platform

We are hosting the event on a novel platform called Hopin. This event is going to be very different than your typical Zoom call. We chose the platform because it has elements designed to replicate and in-person conference. These special elements include the ability to pull someone aside for a private breakout discussion (up to 5 people) and a virtual expo center where participants can explore and learn about COSMOS projects and sponsors. We will be providing COSMOS-specific Hopin user guides for speakers, attendees, and sponsors in the upcoming weeks.

Registration and Sponsorship Information

General admission
General admission tickets are free to members and $100 for non-members.
Student admission
FEMA has provided special funding to support the participation of students. Please contact us at for information.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors logos will be acknowledged in the program, at the session, and on the COSMOS website. Sponsors will also have a virtual booth in the expo section of the virtual conference. Sponsorships also include general admission tickets and memberships as shown below. Please see the registration page and email Jacie at for more details.

Platinum: $2000 (8 tickets & memberships)
Gold: $1000 (4 tickets & memberships)
Silver: $500 (2 tickets & memberships)
Bronze: $250 (1 ticket & memberships)

Continuing Education

This year, attendees will be able to earn 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 6 Professional Development Hours (PDUs) by attending. 
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