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News Briefs: April - June 2024


Jul 8, 2024

Jul 8, 2024

GEM at Sismica 2024 conference, Portugal

The GEM Foundation participated in Sismica 2024, the 13th National Congress of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, held in Portugal. Vitor Silva and Catarina Costa represented GEM on panels discussing comprehensive earthquake risk assessment in Portugal and innovative methods for estimating earthquake damage to roads in urban areas. Vitor also moderated a session on ground motion simulations and contributed to discussions on using low-cost sensors to assess damage to reinforced concrete structures. GEM's involvement highlighted its contributions to various aspects of seismic risk reduction and the importance of international collaboration in earthquake preparedness.


GEM at OASIS conference in London

The GEM Foundation participated in the Oasis Loss Modelling Framework Ltd. Insight Conference in London. Andrés Abarca, GEM Product Manager, presented a 3-minute pitch during the "Messages from Providers" session. He highlighted GEM's vision, mission, and how its resources can empower businesses and organisations in earthquake risk management.


GEM Governing Board Meeting June 2024

GEM successfully held its summer Governing Board meeting in June 2024. Participants engaged in productive discussions, reviewing governance, secretariat and partner activities, and finalising strategic priorities for the latter half of the year. New sponsors joined and existing commitments were renewed, solidifying a strong foundation for GEM's future. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in December!


GEM Sponsors OQ training workshop

GEM recently hosted a successful training workshop in Pavia, Italy (May 6-10). The week-long event brought together 26 participants from its global network of sponsors and partners. Through active participation, the group focused on knowledge sharing and capacity development to strengthen the GEM community to better address seismic risk. Participants gained practical experience with the OpenQuake Engine and explored datasets crucial for seismic hazard and risk modelling.


Assessing Future Earthquake Risks - TREAD Horizon Lecture Series

Alejandro argues that earthquake risk assessment should consider not just current risk, but also how risk will change in the future due to factors like population growth and new buildings, proposing that future risk models should be time-dependent to account for these changes. Watch his presentation below, organised by TREAD Horizon – a doctoral network that aims to tackle the challenges of earthquake forecasting in complex tectonic settings using integrated observations and physics. The project is funded by the European Union Horizon Europe Programme (Grant Agreement No. 101072699) and will run until 2026. (

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