The 5th International Nigel Priestley Seminar, named in honour of the late Prof. Nigel Priestley, co-founder of the ROSE School in 2001, will take place in Pavia on 23-24 May 2019. The Seminar corresponds also to the 19th edition of the traditional ROSE Seminar, during which Master and PhD students are given the opportunity to present and discuss their research work to an audience of international experts. In addition to standard presentations on research work carried out at the School, the Seminar will continue the tradition of inviting a prominent scientist to deliver a keynote lecture on a given contemporary and highly relevant topic in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. Last year, the keynote address entitled "Twenty-three years from Kobe - Japanese research and practice on collapse, performance, functionality, and resilience" was delivered by Prof. Masayoshi Nakashima, formely at the University of Kyoto, Japan. The keynote speaker for this year’s Seminar will be announced soon.