Public Participant

Public Participation

Since inception, GEM has considered public entities and disaster risk management (DRM) practitioners as a major and critical category of users helping GEM to achieve its ultimate vision of seismic risk reduction globally. Country governments, cities and regions, international institutions and non-governamental organisations,  are invited to join GEM and become a Public Participant of the GEM Foundation. The knowledge and expertise on earthquake risk assessment that GEM can offer is unique, and so is the experience and skills that public institutions can bring for the benefit of the whole GEM community. In addition, public participants can share experience and synergize with other participants in the development of seismic hazard and risk mapping, building code development and enforcement, retrofit strategies, and national insurance programmes. They can also engage in activities carried out on a global and regional scale that affect specific geographic areas.


A win-win partnership

Public Participants are of paramount importance for increasing risk awareness and strenghtening resilience at different scales. Only through their engagement can GEM:

  • Achieve its humanitarian mission of reducing seismic risk globally, as it relies on uptake of users applying the products for public risk reduction and resilience building policies and actions
  • Ensure quality of GEM products, as it relies on knowledge and data contribution of national entities and experts
  • Secure sustainability of GEM, as it requires (i) participation in / governance of the public effort in risk mitigation, (ii) Project and programme funding for: regional activities, technology transfer, special science projects, development of OpenQuake, and (iii) In-kind contributions, including local/ regional data and models as well as effective facilitation of the GEM effort, coming through Public Engagements

Defined financial contributions from Public Participants follow a sliding scale based on the OECD formula relating contributions to a country’s national expenditure on research and development (see table below ). In exceptional cases, when it is of special interest for GEM, participation is also possible by organisations at the regional, sub-national or city scale, with contributions subject to mutual agreement and Governing Board approval.

How to join GEM 

Public Participant


Worldwide Collaborative

Contributions € Variable1
Intellectual contributions2


Intellectual contributions2
Rights Governing Board
Voting Seat

Early Insight
Training Workshops 
Rights Worlwide Collaborative Council Membership3

Integration and Support

1) Sliding scale relative to GERD, per table 
2) Data, models, expertise, results, etc.
3) The Worldwide Collaborative Council is a newly-proposed group. It will comprise representatives of the GEM Worldwide Collaboratives and it will meet to provide strategic input on usability, cultivation of the user community, and development of GEM and OpenQuake, with particular focus on public-sector implementation.


Gross Domestic Expenditure on
Research and Development (GERD)
(current PPP $)1
Annual GEM
 GERD > $50,000 million  € 275,000
 $50,000 m > GERD > $25,000 m  € 170,000
 $25,000 m > GERD > $10,000 m € 100,000
 $10,000 m > GERD > $2,000 m   € 70,000
 $2,000 m > GERD > $1,000 m    € 30,000
 GERD < $1,000 m    € 15,000

Good Reasons to join GEM

Enter into an inspiring network

GEM is an exciting collaboration between top-level experts and institutions, public, private and international organisations from around the globe that play a leading role in earthquake risk assessment and management.

GEM’s Governing Board features renowned professionals from top organisations who meet formally twice a year and together take all strategic decisions related to GEM.

Strategise in GEM’s first phase

Between 2013 and 2014 many GEM products come to fruition and are being integrated into the OpenQuake platform. GEM Foundation participants actively take part in strategic planning during this last phase of GEM’s first Working Programme. Public Participants, Governor and Advisory Private Participants make strategic choices and decide on changes in focus when and where needed.

Contribute to earthquake risk reduction

GEM’s ultimate goal is facilitating risk awareness and decisions on that lead to a more resilient society. Partners play a key role in helping to ensure that tools and resources developed within the scope of GEM help to reduce earthquake death, destruction, dislocation and monetary losses from global down to local scale. Partners also help to build new collaborations to leverage GEM’s resources for mutual benefit.

Shape GEM’s future

GEM’s partners decide together on GEM’s second Working Programme, globally and regionally. The 2014-18 Working Programme emphasises continued development of regional and other collaborations, facilitating use of OpenQuake to support a worldwide community in carrying out risk assessments and increasing the global knowledge base. At the same time we will continue to support groundbreaking science globally.

There are more options besides becoming a participant in the GEM Foundation. If you or your organisation would like to partner with GEM to support a regional programme, work on a joint scientific project, read more in the section 'Support GEM'.