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Division on Seismology (SM)

President: Paul Martin Mai,
Deputy President: Philippe Jousset,

About the Seismology Division

The EGU offers an open and widely recognized forum for discussing a wide range of scientific questions and conducting corresponding research. The impact of geosciences to society has probably never been as high as today. Therefore, we pursue broad and open-minded approaches to tackle important research topics, while simultaneously engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations for the benefit of humanity and our planet.

Seismology as a discipline contributes to a large variety of both basic and applied scientific fields, and addresses important topics in the context of both natural resources and natural hazards. The seismology (SM) division at EGU aims to strengthen its inter-disciplinarity and impact by driving the development from static to dynamic geophysical models, by conducting research that spans from acquisition parameters to petrophysical properties, and by supporting the transition from geo-modeling to geo-technical application. Thereby, the SM Division will be increasingly able to make relevant forecasts and provide valuable information to tackle future challenges in securing natural resources and quantifying natural hazards.

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Short Course at EGU General Assembly 2017

Please take note of the following Short Course, organized by the ECS-Team of the Seismology Division

Title: SC76/SM10.11 -- Seismology for non-seismologists

Time: to be announced

Location: to be announced


This short course is dedicated to non-seismologists, with a particular focus for young scientists (graduates, PhD students and postdocs). The main goal of this short course is to provide an introduction into the basic concepts and methods in seismology and how these methods are applicable to investigate the near-surface and Earth’s interior. The course will highlight the role that advanced seismological analysis techniques can play in the co-interpretation of results from other fields in the geosciences, such as tectonics, physics, geology, geodynamics, volcanology and hydrology.

The topics covered this year will include
(1) what and how seismologists measure in land and at sea.
(2) how seismologists study earthquake sources and how these studies relate to seismic hazard.
(3) how seismologists image the interior of the Earth with and without earthquakes.

We likely won’t turn you into a seismologist in 90 minutes, but would rather like to make you aware how seismological techniques can help you in geoscience. The intention is to discuss each topic in a non-technical manner, emphasizing their respective strengths and potential shortcomings. Not only will this course help non-seismologists to better understand seismic results but it will also facilitate more enriched discussion between different scientific disciplines.

The 90-minute short course will be run by fellow young seismologists and geoscientists, who will present examples from their own research and from reference papers for illustration. 15-20 minutes will be reserved for questions from the audience on the topics covered by the short course and general seismology.


Consider this: Take your career one step further

Early Career Scientist representatives for the Seismology Division

Why not take your career one step further? The Seismology Division within the European Geosciences Union is looking for a representative of young seismologists. Making awesome science is very important, but the scientific community does not only need good scientists but also community representatives and leaders. Get first hand experience of what it involves to be part of a large organization. Get the opportunity to meet great established scientists and make new friends who can be future colleagues.

Whether you are a PhD student or a Post Doc, being an Early Career Scientist (ECS) representative does not mean it will interfere with your work. To the contrary, it is a great opportunity to expand your horizons, interact with a large network of researchers in your field, build on your communications skills, boost your CV and influence the activities of Europe¹s largest geoscientific association.

The role can take on a variety of tasks, according to their areas of expertise and interest. These can include (but aren¹t limited to):organizing events for early career scientists at the annual General Assembly, outreach to early career scientists and the wider public through social media or the division blog, or establishing a mentoring programme for other early career scientists.

Interested? Read more here:

Give it a go! Send an email stating your interest to become the next early career scientists representative for the Seismology Division and/or any questions you might have to

Medals & Awards


Prof. Hitoshi Kawakatsu is awarded the 2017 Beno Gutenberg Medal

The 2017 Beno Gutenberg Medal is awarded to Hitoshi Kawakatsu for outstanding contributions to seismological studies of deep earthquakes, volcanoes, subduction zones, and the Earth’s mantle.

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Dr. Elmer Ruigrok receives the 2017 Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The Early Career Scientist award for 2017 in the Seismology Division is awarded to Elmer Ruigrok

Elmer is a senior seismologist at KNMI and assistant professor at Utrecht University. He got both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Delft University, in the group led by Kees Wapenaar. While having a background in applied geophysics, Elmer’s research has always been directed towards seismology. He applies controlled-source type processing to uncontrolled-source recordings, both for unveiling Earth structure and for understanding (induced) seismicity.

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Jagdish Vyas and Alessandro Lechmann won Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards 2016

The 2016 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards in the Seismology Division are awarded to

Jagdish Vyas, for his poster entitled "Distance and azimuthal dependence of ground-motion variability"

Alessandro Lechmann, for his poster entitled "Using Muon Radiography to map the Bedrock Geometry underneath an active Glacier: A Case Study in the Central Swiss Alps"

Continued Interest

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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Happy holidays from the EGU office! Last month, EGU members elected the new EGU president, general secretary and division presidents. You can find out who won the election on the EGU website. Congratulations to all!

We have also launched a call for proposals for EGU members interested in organising Galileo conferences: apply by 28 February to receive up to 8000 EUR in financial support from the EGU.

Follow the links below for more news, including several updates and information regarding the EGU General Assembly. Remember, the deadline for abstracts is 10 January. Before then, consider supporting EGU activities by renewing your EGU membership. Members receive substantially reduced registration rates to the General Assembly, among other benefits.

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