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Call for ORFEUS Secretariat

The Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (ORFEUS) Foundation is accepting applications to host the ORFEUS Secretariat (Secretary General, administrative facilities) for a renewable 4-year term. The position of the ORFEUS Secretary General covers a key role in European Seismology. The host of the ORFEUS Secretariat will be recognised internationally and can leverage the position to attract national and international funding.

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Please scroll down for keynote lectures delivered at the 35th General Assembly in Trieste, Italy. 


Forthcoming events: 

The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission will take place in Valletta, Malta from 2 to 7 September 2018. Save the date! 

The Peter Bormann Young Seismologist Training Course will be organized in the preceding week.

Past events:  

2017 Annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America

was held on 18 - 20 April, Denver, Colorado

The joint SSA-ESC session at the meeting was titled:

Advances in Geotechnical Borehole Arrays, Data, and Analyses 

Scope of the session:

The design objective of geotechnical borehole arrays is to capture instrumental observations of the earthquake effects associated with the penultimate event in the region in which the array is deployed. The broader objective is to capture a suite of earthquakes covering a range of ground motions and strain levels that include the effects of the near-surface geology from linear through nonlinear behavior. These observations are the empirical case histories that are used to validate the constitutive models in site-specific ground response analysis, providing direct in situ evidence of soil nonlinearity and liquefaction. Geotechnical borehole array data when coupled with nearby structural arrays provide insights into soil-foundation-structure interaction.

This session aims to bring together the Engineering, Seismological, and Geophysical communities and create a platform for discussion and exchange concerning borehole arrays, data, and applications. We welcome contributions from all aspects of borehole data analysis, including, but not limited to: interferometry, material properties in the linear and non-linear range, liquefaction, site response, amplification, and attenuation. We encourage novel and hybrid applications of vertical arrays, including coupled subsurface-and-superstructure arrays. We also seek to hear from those installing new arrays, compiling new databases of downhole data, and to discuss new possibilities for applications.

Session Chairs: Jamison Steidl, Ramin Motamed, Umit Dikmen, Stefano Parolai


A tutorial workshop on induced seismicity by gas production/storage in Hannover, Germany on 23 November 2016

The list of speakers included the following persons 

Dr. Bernard Dost (KNMI, NL) on seismic monitoring of Groningen 

Dr. Peter Fokker (TNO, NL) on geomechanial modelling of Groningen 

Dr. Mariano Garcia-Fernandez (CSIC, E) on the abandoned Castor gas storage 

Dr. Jean Grasso (U Grenoble, F) on gas production in Lacq 

Dr. Enrico Priolo (OGS, I) on the Midandola oil field, gas storage ... 

Prof. Peter Styles (U Keele, GB) on the Cuadrilla shale gasfrack in Bowland 

Prof. Manfred Joswig  (U Stuttgart, D) on seismicity in the northern German gas fields 

The workshop was organized by FKPE (Forschungskollegium Physik des Erdk√∂rpers e.V.), but it was also the first activity of the new ESC Working Group on induced seismicity. 



The joint poster of the ESC and EAEE  was presented at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.



The 35th General Assembly of the ESC

was successfully held in Trieste, Italy, from 4 to 9 September 2016. There were 536 registrations from 50 different countries. 

The resolutions adopted at the General Assembly can be found here

The program outline of the session on the Amatrice earthquake can be found here

The following keynote lectures are available on video:

KL1 Dario Albarello: Extensive application of seismic microzoning: methodological and socio-political issues in the Italian experience   View here

KL3 Barbara Romanowicz: Global imaging of the Earth's mantle in the era of numerical wavefield computations   Here

KL 4 William L. Ellsworth: Managing the hazard of induced earthquakes in a changing world  Here


      Enrico Priolo: Natural, triggered, or induced? An Italian/European perspective on the theme of monitoring and discrimination of induced seismicity   Here

As part of the General Assembly, the Young Seismologist Training Course (YSTC), organized this time by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), together with the European Seismological Commission, was held at the ICTP campus in Trieste from 29 August to 3 September. The ESC dedicated the course to Peter Bormann.


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From the Working Groups:

The Portal of the ESC WG on Communication can be found here

The FAULT2SHA Working Group, formally approved by the European Seismological Commission, at the 35th General Assembly in 2016, promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.

Futher information is available here.

If you would like to join the Fault2SHA WG, follow this link.

First announcement:

ESC WG Fault2SHA 3rd Workshop: Role of scaling laws and fault interaction

Barcelonnette (F), May 2-4, 2017

The workshop is financially supported by the CEREGE (F), IRSN (F) and OGS (I).

FURTHER INFORMATION can be found here

The Working Group on Induced Seismicity is organizing as its second activity a special session 'Induced Seismicity - The European Perspective' at the annual meeting of the SSA. Please have a look at Forthcoming events. 


What were the past General Assemblies of the ESC like? Find out! Interesting documentation has been made easily accessible.

This list summarizes the files.


Sadly we announce the loss of esteemed and beloved colleagues and friends:


blog on the L'Aquila Appeal trial in Italy.
The last hearing took place on 10 November 2014.