International Training Course 2017: Seismology, Seismic Data Analysis, Hazard Assessment and Risk Mitigation

Training Course
German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)
04-29 Sep 2017
Germany (Potsdam)
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

This 4-week postgraduate training course will take place at GFZ Potsdam, Germany from 4-29 September 2017.

The current course programme comprises of introductory and state-of-the-art lectures on the various subjects of earthquake seismology and risk assessment, extensive practical exercises, demonstrations, workshop discussions and scientific excursions.

The excursions in 2017 will focus on visits to geophysical and seismological observatories. Generally, the course programme aims at developing interdisciplinary problem understanding, acquaintance with the theoretical fundamentals and basic features of modern instrumentation, commonly used models and algorithms as well as developing practical skills in data evaluation and analysis. 

This course is part of the educational and training program of the GFZ Potsdam, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and UNESCO in the field of geosciences and disaster mitigation.

Target Audience

The course provides theoretical and practical training in applied seismology, especially for geoscientists and engineers from earthquake-prone developing countries. The program is particularly useful for seismological station and network operators, data interpreters and those concerned with seismic zoning and hazard assessment. The scientific-technical background and work duties of the course participants are usually rather different. None the less, there are generally two main groups of applicants:

  • Those mainly working in the field of seismic hazard and risk assessment, earthquake zonation and microzonation and/or earthquake engineering and disaster management;

  • Those responsible for the installation, maintenance, operation of and/or data analysis at seismic stations or network centres. 

Preference is given to young candidates engaged in seismology, seismic monitoring and zonation, earthquake data analysis, hazard, vulnerability and/or risk assessment.  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a scientific degree (B.Sc. or M.Sc.) or diploma in geosciences, physics or engineering from a recognized university. Preferably they should have several years of professional experience in subjects covered by the course. Applicants must also have a thorough knowledge of English which is the only working language of the course.

It is also mandatory for admission to the course that applicants are able and willing to present a paper (15 minutes + 5 minute discussion) on their work and the specialisation during the Expert Days. 

Application Procedure

The following application documents should be sent to

  • Filled-in application form

  • Two letters of recommendation or reference which give details on the applicants personality, duties and performance in seismic station operation, data analysis or other specified applied or research projects

  • Title and one page abstract of the proposed topic or case study to be presented in a special workshop session 

  • Letter of motivation

  • List of scientific publications (if available)

  • Confirmation of appropriate command of English

Deadline for Application

30 May 2017

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