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Safety, reliability and risk assessment and management have attracted growing interests of the geotechnical community in recent years due to frequent occurrences of natural and man-made disasters. At the same time there is an increasing expectation of the general public that requires the engineering community to provide quantitative information concerning risks related to geotechnical hazards such as earthquakes, landslide, geo-structure failures, etc. This symposium aims to bring together engineers, educators, researchers and practitioners to create a better understanding and management of geotechnical safety, reliability and risk.

This symposium is a continuation of a series of symposiums and workshops on geotechnical risk and reliability starting with LSD2000 in Melbourne, Australia, IWS2002 in Tokyo and Kamakura, Japan, LSD2003 in Cambridge, USA, Georisk2004 in Bangalore, India and Taipei2006 in Taiwan. Realizing the importance of risk and safety in geotechnical engineering, it was decided to establish a series of symposiums: in 2007 the 1st International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk was held in Shanghai, China, followed by the 2nd ISGSR in Gifu, Japan in 2009, and the 3rd ISGSR in Munich, Germany in 2011. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology takes great pleasure to host the 4th ISGSR in Hong Kong in 2013.

Hong Kong is an Asia’s world city, and it is located strategically in the world map. There are more than 70 airlines operating over 2,200 scheduled passenger flights per week to Hong Kong from over 130 destinations worldwide. Hong Kong is also a convenient gateway to Mainland China, Macau and southeast Asia.









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