European Seismological Commission

Past events

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

On 13 November 2017, a workshop was held in Trieste (Maritime Station) in memory of our friend and colleague Marco Mucciarelli, the late Vice-President of the ESC. 


Seismology: facts, fantasy and the just plain weird
In Memory of Marco Mucciarelli


Early afternoon session
13:30 – Opening of the workshop (M. Garcia Fernandez)
13:35 – Welcome addresses (M.C. Pedicchio, M. Dolce)
13:55 – Introduction of part 1 (M. Garcia Fernandez)
14:00 – A. Ansal: Site effects: at the boundary between seismology and engineering
14:35 – F. Mulargia: Natural and anthropogenic seismic hazard
15:10 – G. Valensise: Statistical and historical aspects of seismicity
15:45  Coffee break

Late afternoon session
16:00 – Introduction of part 2 (J. Cassidy)
16:05 – S. Parolai: Soil structure interaction and building monitoring
16:40 – A. Masi: Earthquake risk mitigation: lessons from the field
17:15 – F. Casini and L. Peruzza: Science and risk communication and outreach
18:00 – L. Chiauzzi: Learning from Marco: a student’s view
18:20 – Closing (M. Garcia Fernandez and J. Cassidy)
18:30  Buffet

Expected additional contributions during the presentations: D. Albarello, D. Bindi, R. Camassi, S. Grimaz, R. Paolucci and E. Priolo

Organizing committee: P. Comelli, M.R. Gallipoli, A. Masi, S. Parolai, E. Priolo, G. Rossi, D. Slejko



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.


A tutorial workshop on induced seismicity by gas production/storage was held 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 Erdkörpers e.V.), but it was also the first activity of the ESC Working Group on induced seismicity established in 2016.  


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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ESC/SSA Travel Grant to attend the 2024 SSA Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

Apply for the ESC/SSA travel grant by the deadline of 30 November 2023! Seismologists from any member state of the ESC are eligble to apply. We encourage in particular students and early-career researchers to consider applying. More information can be found here.

From the ESC Working Groups:

Visit the website of the WG Preservation, valorisation and analysis of seismological legacy data

Visit the website of the WG 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.