European Seismological Commission

The ESC structure

The ESC is a commission of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), which is associated to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).  Its aim is to promote seismological studies and projects in Europe, countries bordering the Mediterranean and immediate neighbors; a region extending from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Urals and the Arctic ocean to northern Africa. The ESC General Assemblies are held every other year at different locations.

The current ESC structure, created in Geneva in September 2006, is made up of, the ESC Council (its ruling body), the Executive Committee, Resolution and Nominating committees, and Working Groups which have defined tasks and are set up with the purpose of studying particular scientific problems. The ESC is governed according to bylaws, which were amended and adopted in Geneva in 2006 and modified in Istanbul in 2014.

Member states



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.