The Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, established as a joint event of European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and European Seismological Commission (ESC), represents a unique platform to debate priority issues on seismology and its application on assessing earthquake risk, and on earthquake engineering.

GEM will attend with a dense agenda of presentations on seismic risk, hazard and vulnerability and will hold a special session on the use of the OpenQuake platform. Specifically, the special session will be aimed at providing interesting insights on how the OpenQuake platform could be used by the engineering sector and concretely contribute to risk assessment and prevention.

Learn more about the three core messages we developed for the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering to best engage the community, and answer your questions about the potential of the platform.

Here below a graph depicting the suite of OQ open-source software. The platform will be publicly available at the end of 2014.



Here an abstract of a preliminary integrated risk assessment of Turkey performed by Sevgi Ozcebe, a PhD Student at the UME school collaborating with GEM. The topic will be further discussed during the conference.

"Being located in a highly seismic region, Turkey has experienced several devastating earthquakes in the past causing economical losses and physical damages along with a great number of casualties. However the extent of those consequences is not only due to the natural exposure to earthquakes but also due to the high vulnerability of the building structures.

This study uses the most recent models to estimate earthquake hazard and losses in Turkey. The results are key to understanding how hazard and risk are distributed across Turkey and how this can be effectively managed for sustainable future development in the country. The estimated risk profile obtained can provide fundamental information to reinforce or retrofit the existing buildings, to propose new design methods for new buildings and to establish an effective disaster management process.

The OpenQuake engine, an open source platform developed within GEM, will be used to calculate the seismic hazard and seismic risk for Turkey".


Average annual loss map for Turkey


Learn more about the full agenda of GEM presentations available in the 'Stay Tuned' section.

Top image copywright Mehmet Ulga



With more than 740 oral presentations and 780 poster presentations the Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology confirmed its importance in the international panorama of earthquake risk. GEM succeeded in carving out a niche of great interest to its 24 presentations, illustrated by 10 scientists in cooperation with PhD students, and won the day during the Special Session on OpenQuake, with more than 100 people attending.

Particularly rewarding was also being mentioned in Robin Spence's keynote lecture on The Practice of Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Missions and Their Contribution to Earthquake Engineering, where he highlighted the scientific relevance of the GEM Earthquake Consequences Database (GEMECD) and also in Mustafa Erdik’s keynote lecture featuring the Scenario Damage Calculator from the OpenQuake engine and the GED4GEM project.

GEM in Istanbul, 2014 from GEM on Vimeo.