The new ECS-reps team of the Seismology Division!

At the EGU General Assembly 2018, a new team of Seismology Early Career Scientist representatives was introduced and installed. With more than half of the EGU membership consisting of Early Career Scientists, the team represent an important part of the community and want to be approachable for all. They will be responsible for the Seismology blog, organize the yearly short course “Seismology for non-seismologists” at the General Assembly, and organize outreach and career events. Next to that, they plan to get in touch with industry (where do those seismologists end up who do not continue in academia?), and integrate the short course with similar courses organized by the Geodynamics and Tectonics division. Hopefully they will update you on this here in the next months!

You can reach the team on, and for all those who didn’t make it to the meeting (including some of the new team!) we here give a brief introduction of the new team.


Nienke Blom

Nienke is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge and works on seismic waveform tomography, with a specific interest in developing methods to image density. She enjoys reading a good book, hiking, cycling, and cooking. As ECS rep, she will mostly be involved with the EGU blog and the EGU short course “Seismology for non-seismologists”, which she’s already helped organise for the past couple of years. Nienke is the EGU point of contact for the ECS rep team. You can reach her at nienke.blom[at]






Marina Corradini

Marina is an Italian PhD Candidate at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. In her work she investigates the relation between the rupture complexity and the high-frequency seismic radiation through the use of a back-projection technique. When she is not in her office, she works as a scientific divulgator at ‘Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie’ of Paris. As ECS-reps she would like to promote gender equality in geoscience and explore how the society currently supports postgraduate and postdoctoral female researchers in their career progression. You can reach her at corradini[at]






Eric Loeberich

Since 2.5 years Eric is a PhD student at the University of Vienna, working in the field of seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle, as produced by lattice-preferred orientation of olivine in lithosphere and asthenosphere and detectable by shear-wave splitting measurements. During his ECS-reps  time, Eric tries to establish relations between the Seismology Division and the industry together with Michaela, Andrea and Walid and will help Lucile taking care of the Seismology Twitter account (@EGU_Seismo). In his leisure time, Eric plays basketball and football, discovers Vienna or enjoys a coffee (or one more). You can reach him at: eric.loeberich[at]





Michaela Wenner

Michaela just recently started her PhD at ETH Zurich on seismic signals of mass movements, such as rockfalls, debris flows and ice avalanches. Whenever she is not occupied with seismology or fieldwork, she loves to meet up with friends and go to the mountains. Michaela will mostly be involved in the industry connections the ECS team wants to establish. She will also help organizing the EGU short course “seismology for non-seismologists” at the general assembly, where she already participated as a speaker this year. You can reach her at wenner[at]




Maria Tsekhmistrenko

Maria is currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford. She is focused on the seismic imaging of the western Indian Ocean. More specifically the velocity structures beneath the La Reunion Island from the surface to the core mantle boundary. Maria is also interested in data processing and visualization since she believes it makes research more accessible to a wider range of scientists as well as non-scientists. In her spare time she enjoys a good book, photography, rowing and good food. As an ECS rep she will be engaged in the EGU blog and the EGU short course “Seismology for non-seismologists”. You can reach her at mariat[at]





Walid Ben Mansour

Walid is a post-doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University and works on multi-observable probabilistic tomography for different targets (mining, seismic hazard) in the Macquarie’s Geophysics and Geodynamic group. In parallel of his work, Walid practices judo, long distance running and organises every year local events for the festival Pint of Science.  As ECS rep, he will work on the bridge between academic and industry field and also on short courses for non-seismologists with the team. You can reach him at walid.benmansour[at]






Lucile Bruhat

Lucile is currently a visiting researcher at the Earthquake Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. Starting July 2018, she will be a post-doctoral researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, France. Her work aims at improving the description and understanding of the physical processes that underlie the earthquake cycle, through a combination of geodetic/seismological data analysis and numerical modeling of the earthquake rupture. She is originally from Versailles, France, and after an initial training in Paris, went to Stanford University for her PhD. With Eric, she’ll be in charge of the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the Seismology Division. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, working out at the gym, and discovering new craft beers. You can reach her on Twitter at @seismolucy.




Andrea Berbellini

Andrea is an Italian Post Doc at the University College London. He works on different projects, such as a new method for source characterization from second-order moments and crustal tomography from ellipticity of Rayeligh waves. In his free time he likes to binge-watch tv series, eat too much and go to the beach (if available). You can reach him at: a.berbellini[at]

Some Seismology reminders for EGU2018 General Assembly

Some Seismology reminders for EGU2018 General Assembly

With only 2 days left for the kick off of the annual European Geosciences Union General Assembly (2018), here is a quick-list to go through in time for EGU.

First, read this page for information concerning activities for Early Career Scientists at the GA:

EGU2018 mobile app
The EGU2018 mobile app is now available. Go to to download the app. 

Short Courses
With an ever increasing number of short courses held at the GA,  probably there is one good course for you. The full list is here:

Medal Lectures
Get the opportunity to listen to world class experts in various geosciences. Medal Lectures are special sessions that give merit to distinguished scientists. They are usually followed by insightful (and thought provoking)  presentations. These lectures are well attended and seats are quickly taken. Note for seismologists: the Beno Gutenberg Medal Lecture by Haruo Sato on Thursday 12th April 19:00–20:00 / Room G1! 

Sunday 8th April: The Opening Reception, 18.30-21.00 in Foyer E.
Mingle and tingle with the crowd, old, not so old, and young scientists, all in one place. A perfect place for a cheer and networking. A gathering point for early career scientists provides the opportunity to meet like-minded fellows, especially if it is your first time at the General Assembly or you are coming alone.

A quick look on the Seismology Program:

Monday 9/04: Consider attending our yearly own Short Course: Seismology for non-seismologistsMonday 09th April, 13:30-15:00, Room -2.91. A dedicated short course directed to non-seismologists or early career seismologists, with a particular focus how to integrate seismology within your own research. Every year this short course has been a success. We likely won’t turn you into the next Charles Richter in 90 minutes, but will rather make you aware how seismological techniques can help you in geoscience.

Tuesday 10/04 – Thursday 12/04: Meet the EGU Division President and new representatives in Seismology
Get a unique opportunity to meet with P. Martin Mai, the current president for the Seismology Division, and the new ECS representative team of the Seismology Division. You are invited to stop at the EGU booth to ask EGU related questions or discuss ways you would like EGU to improve. Martin will be available on Tuesday and Thursday before lunch: 11:15-12:45 / Room EGU Booth

Wednesday 11/04Division Meeting for Seismology – 12:15
In the Division Meeting for Seismology (SM), the division president will present the latest information on the state of the division, statistics for abstracts and sessions in 2017, and the news related to the various divisional activities. All members are invited, and encouraged to actively participate in the meeting. Lunch is provided.  Wed, 11 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room G1

Wednesday 11/04: 20h: SEISMOLOGY SOCIAL EVENT: Meet us for an informal dinner at upstairs in the Bermuda Brau! We pre-booked 30 places for those who wish to attend. After dinner we will move downstairs in the Bermuda Brau for a joint TS – GD – SM division social drink. Interdisciplinary fun assured!

Early Career Scientists’ LoungeIn the Red Level of the conference centre you can find a place to take a break, grab a free coffee or soft drink and gather your thoughts away from the buzz of the Assembly. The lounge is also a great place to catch up with colleagues you haven’t seen in a while and perhaps strike up a new collaboration. On the notice boards you can find information about cultural activities on offer in Vienna. There is also the opportunity to provide feedback via suggestion boards.

By Koen Van Noten

Koen Van Noten is an earthquake geologist at the Geological Survey of Belgium. He investigates the influence of site effects on intraplate earthquake ground motions by Did You Feel It?” macroseismic data and near-surface geophysical techniques. Koen’s role as ECS is to encourage students to promote their results in seismology, geology and near-surface geophysics in various ways.

Seismology for non-seismologists

Seismology for non-seismologists

Short Course at EGU2018, organized by the ECS-Team of the Seismology Division
: SC1.23 – Seismology for Non-Seismologists
Time: Monday 9 April, 13:30 – 15:00
Location: Room -2.91

Are you getting ready for the upcoming General Assembly EGU2018? Consider attending our short course in Seismology on Monday. How do seismologists detect earthquakes? How do we locate them? Is seismology only about earthquakes? Seismology has been integrated into a wide variety of geo-disciplines to be complementary to many fields such as tectonics, geology, geodynamics, volcanology, hydrology, glaciology and planetology.

In this short course, dedicated to non-seismologists and particularly to early career scientists, an introduction to the basic concepts and methods in seismology will be presented. An overview will be given on various methods and processing techniques, which are applicable to investigate surface processes, near-surface geological structures and the Earth’s interior. The course will highlight the role that advanced seismological techniques can play in the co-interpretation of results from other fields.

The topics covered this year will include a demonstration of earthquake detection and location, introduction how to use free tutorials and how the Earth’s structure can be studied using earthquakes, ambient noise and seismic array instrumentation. We will also discuss the link between earthquakes and tsunamis, environmental seismology, and how felt earthquake reports can be used in earthquake communication.

We likely won’t turn you in the next Charles Richter in 90 minutes, but would rather like to make you aware how seismology can help you in geoscience. The intention is to discuss each topic in a non-technical manner, emphasizing their strengths and potential shortcomings. This course will help non-seismologists to better understand seismic results and can facilitate more enriched discussion between different scientific disciplines. The 90-minute short course is organised by early career scientist seismologists and geoscientists who will present examples from their own research experience and from high-impact reference studies for illustration. 15-20 minutes will be reserved for questions from the audience on the topics covered by the short course and general seismology.

By Koen Van Noten
Koen Van Noten is a structural and earthquake geologist at the Geological Survey of Belgium. He investigates the influence of site effects on intraplate earthquake ground motions by Did You Feel It?” macroseismic data and near-surface geophysical techniques. Koen’s role as ECS is to encourage students to promote their results in seismology, geology and near-surface geophysics in various ways.

SeismoChat: How to disarm earthquakes

SeismoChat: How to disarm earthquakes

Solmaz Mohajder is a researcher at the Earth System Dynamics Research group of University of Tübingen in Germany. She has published an online database and an interactive map for active faults in Central Asia (Mohajder et al., 2016).  More recently, Solmaz and her colleagues have compiled fault slip rates to investigate whether deformation rates from GPS and from geologic observations provide consistent slip rate information at the orogen scale (Mohadjer et al., 2017). In 2016, Solmaz was awarded an EGU Public Engagement grant.

The current call for applications for the EGU Public Engagement grant closes on February 15! See this page for more information.

Recently, Solmaz has described her work for and with the Public Engagement Grant on GeoLog. We have taken the opportunity to ask her about factors that shaped her career so far.

Please tell us about your research interests!

My research focuses on quantifying natural hazards using a variety of different techniques such as GPS geodesy and terrestrial remote sensing (Lidar), and making research results available to those at risk through geohazards education and community outreach.

In how many countries did you live/work up to now? How has living in many countries reshaped your way of doing research?

I have stopped counting. I was born and raised in Iran and spent most of my life living in the US (Pacific Northwest) and Germany with one year in Tajikistan.

I learned and embraced the culture of volunteerism, community outreach and education for the first time in the United States. As an undergrad at the University of Washington, I volunteered with the Pipeline Project as a science/math tutor in Seattle public schools, immigrant/refugee community centers and correctional facilities in my neighborhood. I then took my newly-discovered passion and skills for science, education and outreach to the University of Montana. I combined scientific research with science education and outreach as part of my Master program, for example working on an earthquake education curriculum for K-12 schools (Mohadjer et al., 2010) and on quantifying the deformation field in Central Asia (Mohadjer et al., 2010).

But it wasn’t until I was asked questions by those I met in places like Pakistan and Tajikistan, particularly children, that I became aware of the importance of my research in practical life. Simple yet important questions such as “What is an earthquake?”, “How does it affect me?” or “What to do about them?” kept me up at night, and eventually shaped the way I’ve been doing research since 2006.


You have published a paper about “A Quaternary fault database for central Asia”. Tell us something about your work: What is the general context of this study?

To calculate and map seismic hazard, it’s essential to know where the active faults are and how they behave. The Quaternary fault database for Central Asia improves access to this kind of information through a web-based interactive map and an online database with search capabilities that allow users to organize data by different fields. The database can be accessed here.

It took about 2 years to build and populate the database. The work involved reviewing over 250 published papers and compiling three large sets of data: fault locations (~1196 traces of faults), fault attributes (for 123 faults) and seismicity (>34,000 earthquakes). But what you see on the site is subject to change based on community’s feedback.

What was the main motivation for this work?

The project was inspired by my interactions with the general public, their curiosity, and genuine concern for earthquakes. In Tübingen, Germany, I continue to make and take opportunities to interact with the public through events such as TEDx Stuttgart (e.g. How to disarm earthquakes) and by developing educational videos that can be shared globally (e.g., earthquake video library project).      

What is new with respect to previous similar studies?

We have access to a large amount of data on active faulting in Central Asia, but these data are often documented in a wide range of formats (digital, text, maps, etc.) and published in non-open access journals. This makes data access and dissemination difficult especially for non-academic users and the general public. This project provides an open-access and searchable database that includes an interactive fault map. It allows users to run queries (e.g., what are the faults located near I live?) and access important fault parameters such as slip rates and earthquake history.  

What are your hopes for the impact that it might have on science/society in general?

My hope is that local and intentional organizations working in Central Asia (especially those involved in development-related projects) consider fault location and parameters in their project analysis.

What will be the next step in the project?

The next steps may include: addition of new fault information (e.g., fault geometry, recurrence interval, slip/strain rate maps), as well as information from existing landslide and flood inventories for the region. We also hope to include geo-thermochronology data for catchment mass fluxes and fault offsets.   

You are last year’s EGU public Engagement Grant Awardee!

— Can you tell us more about what you did with this grant?

This grant has helped us produce 10 earthquake education videos covering topics that range from Earth’s interior and plate tectonics to liquefaction and structural hazards. These videos are designed to translate seemingly abstract or banal concepts into easily accessible, practical and potentially life-saving information. The production involved young scientists from several universities across the UK and Germany, and is endorsed by institutions such as the MIT BLOSSOMS, Teachers Without Borders, and Geology for Global Development. Most of these videos are currently available for viewing and download on the EGU Media channel– The remaining 2 are in production right now.

Do you have tips for other ECS on how to turn their science useful to the public?

Talk to the public and listen to their comments and questions, and take them seriously. Often, the public will tell you (or at least hint at) how you can make your work more relevant and useful to them. I’d suggest start with family members and friends and think twice about turning down a public speaking opportunity that you’ve been offered.

As a conclusion, what was the most helpful advice you have ever got for your scientific work/career and who gave it to you?

“Don’t kill or get killed” is a really important advice for those who work in remote and potentially dangerous parts of the world. Also “always save your data before you do anything else” because if you die, at least there’s a chance for someone else to use your data. Words of a role model, friend, colleague and an adviser.  

Thank you for the seismochat!

The open-access active fault database project:

Would you like to share the passion for your science in a seismochat? Contact us at

Edited by ECS representatives Redouane Chimouni, Koen van Noten, Lucia Gualtieri, Laura Ermert