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GEM at UR2024: Pioneering Global Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment


May 27, 2024

Photo credit: UR24

The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation is set to make an impact at the upcoming Understanding Risk Global Forum 2024 (UR24) in Himeji, Japan. As a leader in global seismic hazard and risk assessment, GEM will not only participate but also co-organise technical sessions, underlining the importance of collaborative efforts in enhancing global resilience against geohazards.

Highlighting the significance of this forum for GEM, Helen Crowley, GEM Secretary General, remarked, "UR24 provides a unique platform for us to share our latest insights on the modelling of global seismic hazard and risk, and to make those important personal connections with a global community of experts working on risk assessment and mitigation."

John Schneider, GEM Senior Advisor, further emphasised this commitment by stating, "By co-organising sessions focused on geohazard risk assessment and building a global community, we aim to drive significant advancements in understanding and mitigating natural hazard risks."

GEM's active participation at UR24 includes a series of key sessions that reflect its dedication to strengthening global seismic hazard and risk assessment and building international cooperation.

UR24: The GEM-led Sessions

June 18, 2024:

What About Geohazards? The State of Practice in Risk Assessment and Needs for Improvement at National to Sub-National Level

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Convenors: John Schneider, GEM Senior Advisor, and Malaika Ulmi, Nat. Hazards & Climate Change Geoscience Program Manager, Geological Survey of Canada.

June 20, 2024:

Building a Global Community for Hazard and Risk Assessment

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Convenors: John Schneider, Senior Advisor, GEM; Malaika Ulmi, Nat. Hazards & Climate Change Geoscience Program Manager, Geo Survey of Canada; Gill Jolly, Chief Science Advisor, MBIE, GNS Science, New Zealand.

Key Participation

Helen will be participating in several key sessions across June 18th and 19th:

  • On June 18th, she'll join the "Symphony of Tradition and Innovation" panel discussion (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM) convened by ImageCat, Inc. Later that morning, she'll be part of a panel of speakers at the "Richter Resilience: Advancing Seismic Protection Worldwide" plenary session (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM) convened by The World Bank.

  • On June 19th, Helen will be featured as a speaker in the "Can ‘Seeing’ the Future Help us Change it? A Discussion on Future Directions for Disaster Scenarios" session (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM) convened by Janise Rodgers, COO of GeoHazards International.

Exhibition Booth

Beyond these insightful presentations, attendees can also visit GEM at booth S7 to explore available open seismic hazard and risk resources and engage directly with GEM's earthquake experts, including Marco Pagani, Head of Seismic Hazards. Our team will be there to provide valuable insights into the tools and methodologies used by GEM which help drive global earthquake preparedness and resilience.

For more information and to follow GEM's participation at UR24, visit our dedicated event page at

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