European Seismological Commission

Inge Lehmann Award Lecture

The Inge Lehmann Award lectures delivered are as follows


Supershear earthquake rupture speed by Shamita Das in 2014

Global imaging of the Earth's mantle in the era of numerical wavefield computations by Barbara Romanowicz in 2016

Upper mantle discontinuities - anisotropic view on the lithosphere-asthenosphere system by Jaroslava Plomerová in 2018

Paleoseismology in Europe: what's next? by Daniela Pantosti in 2021

New seismic imaging methods in Europe using noise by Helle A. Pedersen - to be presented at the next General Assembly



Inge Lehmann (1888-1993) was a Danish seismologist who investigated how seismic waves propagate through the interior of the Earth. In a seminal article in 1936, she promoted the idea of an inner core of the Earth that is composed of different material than the outer core to explain some of the seismic waves she had studied. Later research has confirmed that the inner core is solid.

Inge Lehmann also participated in the creation of the European Seismological Commission in 1951.

Erik Hjortenberg describes some of his reminiscences of Inge Lehmann, along with her life and archives.


From the ESC Working Groups:

Visit the website of the newest WG titled Harmonizing Internet Macroseismology in Europe 

Contribute to the Portal of the ESC WG on Communication here

Get to know the website of the FAULT2SHA Working Group and find out forthcoming activities! The WG promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.


Find out about the Young Seismologist Training Course here.


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:

Older obituaries can be found here.