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GEM News Briefs April - June 2023

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Jun 28, 2023

A round-up of GEM's other notable activities over the past three months.


GEM at Oasis Insight event, May 3-4

John Schneider and Andres Abarca joined Svetlana Stripajova, Earthquake Model Developer, Impact Forecasting for the presentation of the Canada Earthquake Model: A Case Study of Collaborative and Current Age Model Development. Through a unique collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM), Impact Forecasting has developed a multi-platform Canada Earthquake model using the Oasis model format and OED, based on the latest local science. The session explored how the recently released Canadian model (6th generation Seismic Hazard Model for Canada) includes fire following, liquefaction, landslides, and tsunami for increased insight into the earthquake risk.


John and Andres at the Oasis Conference in London.
 

GEM at the EGU event

Kendra Johnson participated in the General Assembly 2023 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which was held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, and online from 23–28 April 2023. The assembly was open to scientists of all nations. The EGU General Assembly 2023 brought together geoscientists from all over the world in one meeting, covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

 

GEM Governing Board: June Meeting

The GEM Governing Board meeting was held from June 15-16 in Bergamo, Italy. The meeting was highlighted by the confirmation of Helen Crowley as GEM Secretary General starting August 1st, replacing John Schneider. John who has held the Secretary General position since February 2016 will move to an advisory role. 


From left: Helen Crowley, John Schneider, Joerg Steffensen and Sonia Talwar.

The June meeting included a meeting of the new GEM Advisory Board: below from left, Laurie Johnson (Laurie Johnson Consulting - expert in post-disaster recovery), Shanna McClain (NASA, Disasters Program Manager), and Sangeeta Singh (Professor of Urban Planning and Deputy Director of Centre for Disaster Studies Tribhuvan University - Institute of Engineering, Nepal).



John Schneider presented reflections on his 7-½ years of leading the GEM Secretariat, which included the release of the first global earthquake hazard and risk maps (2018) and culminated in the second major release in June 2023. More on John’s contributions at:

https://www.globalquakemodel.org/gemstories/bridging-science-and-Society%3A-reflections-of-a-geophysicist's-impact-on-global-seismic-understanding

 

GEM at the 7th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference

Vitor Silva participated in the 7th ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC2023), which was held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto between June 19 and June 21, 2023. The ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conferences aimed to bring together young researchers and students working in various areas of computational science and engineering, providing them with a unique platform for exchanging knowledge and initiating future scientific collaborations. The organizers strongly believed that ECCOMAS YIC 2023 also offered young researchers an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and expand their professional and scientific networks.

 

AGITHAR Stakeholder Workshop

Kendra Johnson from GEM and Helen Crowley from Eucentre were among the attendees at the Accelerating Global Science in Tsunami Hazard and Risk (AGITHAR) Stakeholder Workshop held in London on May 16-17, 2023. The workshop aimed to foster collaboration and generate new ideas for tsunami probabilistic hazard and risk assessment. AGITHAR members presented the outcomes of the COST Action, stakeholders shared their practical experiences, and scholars showcased their latest research, making the event a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and inspiration. The workshop was hosted at University College, Gower Street, London.

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