EGU 2015 short course: Seismology for non-seismologists

Do you have difficulty in understanding results inferred from seismological studies? A dedicated short course directed towards non-seismologists, with a particular focus for young scientists (graduate students and postdocs), is being held during this year’s EGU general assembly

The flyer promoting the EGU short course: Seismology for non-seismologists.

The flyer promoting the EGU short course: Seismology for non-seismologists.

The main goal of the course is to provide an introduction into the concepts and methods in seismology and how they are applied to investigate the Earth’s interior. The course will also highlight the role that advanced seismological analysis techniques can play in the co-interpretation of results from other fields in the geosciences, such as tectonics, geology and geodynamics. Topics covered will include the discussion of powerful seismic analysis tools (e.g., receiver functions and tomography), interpretation of seismic anisotropy, and mechanics of the seismic source. The intention is to discuss each topic in a non-technical manner, emphasizing their respective strengths (and potential shortcomings) in regards to model interpretation. Not only will this course help non-seismologists to better understand seismic results and their interpretation, but also facilitate more enriched discussion between the geosciences. The 1 hour short course will be run by fellow young seismologists, who will present examples from their own research for illustration. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

This short course is open for everyone, for free, however, early registration is strongly encouraged.

Date:  Thursday, 16th April 2015
Time:  12:15–13:15 (during lunch time break)
Room: B4
Registration (free):

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The short course is convened by: Matthew Agius, Andrew Schaeffer, Andrea Licciardi, Pierre Arroucau, Sebastiano D’Amico, Eve Tsang-Hin-Sun, Alexandra Moshou, Stephen Beller, Charlotte Fillon.

First TIDES Training school on Seismic Data

A, not-to-miss, training school for PhD students and young seismologists.
Full information is provided on the website

First TIDES Training school on Seismic Data

Bertinoro (FC) Italy
June 1-5 2015
Application form deadline: March 31, 2015

In the framework of COST Action TIDES (TIme-DEpendent Seismology) — a network of 19 European countries supported by the COST Association, we are organising an advanced training school, addressing seismic data, information contained in them, and how to make the best use of them with modern modelling tools.

It is an advanced school, mainly addressed to PhD students and young scientists, but open to anyone who is interested. It will be structured with lectures in the morning, and practical hands-on training in the afternoons, with application to a real case where trainers will be asked to actively contribute.


  • Seismic data: traditional and new observations (sea buoys, rotations, etc,)
  • Seismic noise: origin and impact on records
  • Tools for managing seismic data: ObsPy, VERCE tool
  • Earth model representation: homogenisation, computational mesh generation
  • Numerical methods, basic principles and implementations
  • Synthetic seismogram computation: normal modes, SPECFEM, AxiSEM
  • Practical training on a real case Time-variable earth structure

The location of the training school, Ceup BertinoroThe school will be held on June 1–5, 2015 at the Centro Residenziale Universitario, a training centre of the University of Bologna located in the ancient town of Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena, Italy). Trainees are expected to arrive on May, 31, and leave on June 6. A limited shuttle bus service connecting to the airport of Bologna will be arranged in those days.

TIDES can support participation for a number of trainees coming from COST countries covering all local expenses and a flat-rate grant for travel. About 50 grants will be assigned among all applicants by decision of the TIDES Management Committee. Participation is also open to other participants, at a cost of 600€ for lodging, food, and all conference services, up to reaching the total room capacity of 70 trainees, on a first-come first-served basis.

Grantees will be informed by April 15, 2015 whether they have been awarded the grant, and those who haven’t will have the possibility to confirm their participation if they wish to come at own expenses. All applicants will be informed of the final acceptance by April 22, 2015, when they will have to fill the actual Registration form (will also be online at

An interesting read about Inge Lehmann

A young Inge Lehmann.

Inge Lehmann lived a long life from May 13th, 1888 to February 21st, 1993. She was a Danish seismologist who discovered the Earth’s inner core. In 1936 she postulated from existing seismic data that the Earth’s core is not a single molten sphere, but that an inner core exists, which has physical properties that are different from those in the outer core.

A recent tribute has been published in Scientific American blog by Dana Hunter: Inge Lehmann: A Small Solid Core in the Innermost Part of the Earth. Through a search on the web, one can easily find various articles and memoires she wrote about her career. For example on EOS: or  on Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society

Amidst today’s advances, one should celebrate  the creativity and ideas that emerged over the years, decades and centuries ago, which, despite the limitations at those times, one still came to proper conclusions that  helped us understand how things work around us.

Illustrating how seismic rays propagate inside the Earth’s inner layers

In the case of Inge Lehmann, she also had to fight social stereo-types and prejudice, which unfortunately might still be the case for some people: “No difference between the intellect of boys and girls was recognized, a fact that brought some disappointment later in life when I had to recognize that this was not the general attitude,”

EGU 2015 Imaggeo Photo Competition

The deadline for the EGU 2015 Imaggeo Photo Competition is fast approaching! If you are pre-registered for the 2015 General Assembly (Vienna, 12 -17 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! Winners receive a free registration to next year’s General Assembly! But hurry, there are only a few days left to enter!

A photo found under the Seismology category in

A photo found under the Seismology category in

How to participate:
You will need to register on Imaggeo to upload your image, which will also be included in the database. When you’ve uploaded it, you’ll have the option to edit the image details – here you can enter it into the EGU Photo Contest – just check the checkbox!

The deadline for submissions is 1 March.
For more information see here or visit