European Seismological Commission

ESC General Assemblies

The ESC organizes biannual General Assemblies, usually with 300-600 participants, and fosters workshops and seminars on specific topics between the Assemblies. The results of the meetings are published in proceedings and in special issues of scientific journals. Recommendations and resolutions  are adopted at each Assembly.

The first ESC Training course for young seismologists was organised in connection with the XXV ESC General Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1996. Since then, the Young Seismologist Training Course has taken place on the week preciding or following each General Assembly. Up to 65 young seismologists have attended each course. They have obtained insights into seismology under the tutorship of established seismologists from Europe and overseas. The courses have been co-sponsored by IASPEI and other institutions.


I 1952 Stuttgart, W. Germany
II 1954 Rome, Italy
III 1956 Vienna, Austria IV 1958 Utrecht, The Netherlands V  1959
Alicante, Spain
VI 1960
Helsinki, Finland
VII  1962
Jena, East Germany
VIII 1964 Budapest, Hungary
IX 1966 Copenhagen, Denmark X 1968 Leningrad, U.S.S.R.
XI 1969
Madrid, Spain
XII 1970 Luxembourg
XIII 1972
Brasov, Romania
XIV 1974
Trieste, Italy

XV 1976
Cracow, Poland
XVI 1978
Strasbourg, France
XVII 1980
Budapest, Hungary
XVIII 1982
Leeds, U.K.

XIX 1984 Moscow, U.S.S.R. XX 1986
Kiel, West Germany
XXI 1988
Sofia, Bulgaria
XXII 1990
Barcelona, Spain
XXIII 1992
Prague, Czech Republic
XXIV 1994
Athens, Greece
XXV 1996 Reykjavik, Iceland 1996
XXVI 1998 Tel Aviv, Israel XXVII 2000 Lisbon, Portugal XXVIII 2002 Genoa, Italy
XXIX 2004 Potsdam,     Germay XXX 2006  Geneva, Switzerland
XXXI 2008 Hersonissos, Greece XXXII 2010 Montpelier,   France XXXIII 2012 Moscow,      Russia

XXXIV  2014 Istanbul, Turkey

  XXXVI 2018 Valletta, Malta






Click on the city or year above to view materials from the respective General Assembly. Currently the amount of materials available for different years varies. More materials will be uploaded as they become available.




From the ESC Working Groups:

Contribute to the Portal of the ESC WG on Communication here

Visit 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.

The Working Group on Induced Seismicity organised as its second activity a special session 'Induced Seismicity - The European Perspective' at the annual meeting of the SSA in April 2017. 


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.