European Seismological Commission


EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre):

The ESC recommended in 1975 that a scientific body undertake the rapid (close to real-time) determination of epicentres of potentially destructive European-Mediterranean earthquakes, as well as the rapid determination of earthquakes of lesser magnitude. This led to the establishment of the EMSC in January 1976, which is today fulfilling this task and many more. The principal aims of the EMSC are to improve cooperation and data exchange from the Atlantic Ocean to the Caspian Sea, and to provide rapid earthquake information in close collaboration with national agencies. It has 76 Institutes and Observatories as members from 49 countries.


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.