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36th European Seismological Commission General Assembly
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Around 800 seismologists from Europe and other parts of the world gathered in Malta between 2 and 7 September 2018 to present their latest research and engage in discussions about the theory, applications and implications of earthquakes and their effects. The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission was hosted by the University of Malta, through the Department of Geosciences, and was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. Such a meeting is held every two years in a different European city. This year’s had a record participation and was deemed a great success for the number of high-level presentations, grouped into 42 separate sessions and a daily poster session in the Sacra Infermeria Hall. This was one of the largest conferences ever hosted by the University of Malta.  The scientific sessions covered such themes as seismic hazard assessment, induced and triggered seismicity, seismic tomography, historical seismology and macro seismology, the physics of earthquake sources, tsunami hazard, seismic risk to cultural heritage sites, earthquake risk, communication and mitigation, earthquake engineering, and many others. Keynote lectures were delivered every morning by internationally renowned experts in various fields.


During the week preceding the Assembly, the Peter Bormann Young Seismologist training course was held for 45 international participants at the University Residence, Lija. The theme of the course was Array Seismology, and lectures and practical sessions were delivered by an international faculty, which included staff from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation in Vienna, who sponsored a number of African students to attend the course and General Assembly.


The ESC Council is made up of the Executive Committee and the titular members of all participating European countries. The Council meeting on Thursday 6th September elected the new Executive Committee, which now includes Dr Sebastiano D’Amico from the Department of Geosciences. The next General Assembly will be held in Corfu, Greece, in 2020.



Speakers addressing the Assembly at the opening ceremony. From left to right: Prof Ina Cecic, ESC president; Dr Sebastiano D’Amico, Chair of the LOC; Prof Alfred Vella, Rector UoM; the Hon. Michael Farrugia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security; Prof Pauline Galea, Head of Department of Geosciences; Prof Stefano Parolai, ESC Secretary General. HE Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, delivered a video-recorded message. 


Geoscience Seminar 8th February 2019

36th European Seismological Commission General Assembly
 The 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission was hosted by the University of Malta, through the Department of Geosciences, and was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. 

Department of Geosciences featured in the British Council Voices magazine
Following the success by Dr Anthony Galea in the FameLab Malta competition, the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Science is featured in the British Council Voices magazine.

Winner of FameLab Malta’s competition 2018
Dr Anthony Galea, an academic at the Department of Geosciences is the winner of this year's FameLab Malta.

Winner of the National public speaking competition 2018
Dr Anthony Galea from the Physical Oceanography Research Group within the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Science, won this year’s National Public Speaking Competition.

Call for Research Support Officer with the Mobile Air Quality Laboratory
The University of Malta invites applications for a full-time Research Support Officer II/III in the Air Quality Laboratory of the Department of Geosciences within the Faculty of Science.

RSSD team visits Geoscience facilities in Gozo
Members of the Research Services Support Directorate (RSSD) recently accompanied members of the Department of Geosciences on a trip to Gozo.

Department of Geosciences in a number of major Interreg Italia-Malta projects
The Department of Geosciences has been highly successful in the number of projects approved under the current Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Operational Programme (2014-2020). 

20th annual ERVO meeting to be held in Malta
The Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying group (Department of Geosciences) will be hosting the 20th annual ERVO (European Research Vessels Operators)´ group meeting at the University of Malta Campus in Valletta between the 12th and 14th June 2018.

ESC 2018
Valletta to host 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission in 2018

Participation at AGU
Dr Sebastiano D’Amico and Ms Daniela Farrugia (Department of Geosciences) have participated in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting held in San Francisco (USA) from 10th to 15th December 2016.

Outstanding Academic Title
The book "Earthquakes and their Impact on Society" has been selected by Choice magazine as"Outstanding Academic title" for 2016 

International Contribution
A CRG researcher is contributing to development of a new gas-phase-to-aerosol scheme in the state-of-the-art Regional Climate Model, RegCM4.

Department Transfer
As of 1 October 2015, the CRG has been transferred to the new Department of Geosciences.

Air Quality Mobile Laboratory
The acquisition of an air quality monitoring van has started a new research branch within the group.

Last Updated: 24 September 2018

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