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Join the "earthquake early warning" voices in Malta!

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The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission will take place in Valetta (Malta) from 2 to 7 September 2018. SERA participants Aldo Zollo, John Clinton, Stefano Parolai and Matteo Picozzi will be convenor of session S18 - towards a faster and more accurate assessment of the impact of an earthquake - which is related to the topics investigated by SERA. The aim of the session is to provide a state-of-the-art overview in the field of earthquake early warning and rapid response systems.

In particular, they intend to create a forum to share experiences, techniques, perspectives, to identify areas for improvements, and to move towards an international agreement on standards, instrumentation, and methods for new real-time seismic risk mitigation systems.

For questions regarding the SERA related session, do not hesitate to contact Matteo Picozzi ( For general information about the event, visit the organizer's website. It would be a pleasure to meeting many of you there!


Second call for TA proposals open

Second call for TA proposals open

SERA's transnational access (TA) activities offer a combined and integrated access to the largest collection of high-class experimental facilities for earthquake engineering in Europe. During the first call for TA projects, the SERA TA evaluation panel selected 17 promising research projects and granted them with access to the facilities. This week, the second round to apply for access has started. Interested researchers must submit their proposal until 4 March 2018 including project details, scientific bases, foreseen advances and target schedule. For detailed information, please visit or download this pdf.


Visit to Grimsel rock laboratory

Visit to Grimsel rock laboratory

During the meeting of SERA work package WP23/JRA1 on 18 and 19 January, ten people from Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and Poland gathered in the snowy Swiss mountains. On the first day, they visited the Grimsel rock laboratory, which is located 1730 metres above sea-level in the granitic formations of the Aar Massif 450 metres deep in the rock. The JRA1 group eyed especially on the "in-situ stimulation and circulation (ISC)" experiment since its dataset could be used as one of the validation cases for the JRA1 work package.

The afternoon and the following day was filled with discussion and presentation, for example on the current status of the JRA1 work package as well as on the newly developed Platform for the Research into Anthropogenic Seismicity and other Anthropogenic Hazards. The next JRA1 meeting will take place in Bucharest during the SERA annual meeting.


"Scientific value and innovation were the most important selection criteria"

Suited to the launch of the second call for proposals for transnational access projects, Igor Lanese, inolved in the TA coordination, talks about how he and his colleagues of the TA evalution panel selected the most promising projects during the first round. And he also summarizes the expected contribution of the projects to the seismology and earthquake enginnering community.

Which were the three main criteria for the selection?
Scientific value and innovation of the proposals were the most important selection criteria, together with the importance for European competitiveness. Besides, technical and economical compatibility with the selected research infrastructure's available resources were critical aspects for the decision.

Where are the selected research teams from?
Overall, the involved researchers come from 18 different nations. The most represented are Italy, Switzerland and Portugal (see details graphics).

When will the experiments start?                
The first access to NORSAR data centre has already been provided. For all other research infrastructures, the preliminary phase which includes the specimen and test setup design, material supply, specimen construction, instrumentation layout design, etc. is currently implemented. This phase generally requires few months, therefore, the first tests should start between March and June 2018.

What is the overarching goal of the experiments?
The accepted projects cover a wide range of key aspects related to structural safety. The research will encompass geotechnical aspects with soil-structure interaction and liquefaction, existing structures with limited seismic design provisions as well as innovative structural systems, with focus both at component (e.g. steel connections, coupling beams) and whole structure level, to enhanced seismic isolation and retrofit solutions. Further, the experiments aim at implementing innovative testing techniques such as geographically-distributed hybrid simulation for seismic and fire testing.

What contributions you expect for the seismology and earthquake engineering community?
Given the heterogeneity of the selected projects and the research infrastructures peculiarities, we expect a wide range of contributions to the earthquake engineering and engineering seismology scientific community: The research will improve the knowledge and the safety of new, existing and retrofitted structures, through the investigation of specific structural aspects (e.g. components of shear resistance of coupling beams, soil-structure interaction) as well as the global response to different kind of actions (seismic, fire). The role of non-structural elements gained more and more importance in the last years, and it will be duly considered in the research. Furthermore, EE and ES communities will profit from the revision and improvements of Eurocodes, design guidelines and novel design methods based on the experimental campaigns results. Novel testing techniques will be implemented and validated, giving access to the scientific community to new powerful and cost-effective tools for structural assessment. Finally, all TA users will significantly benefit from the collaboration with highly-specialized first-class research infrastructures, bringing new skills and knowledge to their own institutions and to the whole scientific community through conferences, workshops, and so on.


21 March 2018, Ispra (Italy)
Workshop on seismic hazard
Registration and programme

10 April 2018, Vienna (Austria)
Workshop on deep seismic sounding

25 - 26 April 2018, Bucharest (Romania)
SERA annual meeting

10 July 2018, GuimarĂ£es (Portugal)
Teachers workshop with WP3

2 - 7 September 2018, Valetta (Malta)
36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission,
with a session by SERA participants

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