SeisMath IP 2011

Intensive Programme - Mathematical Models in Seismology

4 - 15 July 2011, University of L'Aquila

SeisMath IP 2012

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Welcome to the 2011 Intensive Programme (IP) in

Mathematical Models in Seismology

4 - 15 July 2011, University of L'Aquila 

Coordinator: Bruno Rubino

Coordinating Institution: University of L'Aquila (Italy)

Location: University of L'Aquila (Italy)

Dedicated to the memory of Giulia Carnevale, as a symbol of all the students of the University of L'Aquila who tragically died during the earthquake on April 6, 2009

Scientific Committee

  • Nicholas Alikakos (Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece),
  • Aysegul Askan (Civil Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey),
  • Francesco Benedettini (Department of Structural, Water and Geotechnical Engineering, University of L'Aquila, Italy),
  • Alvaro Corral (Centre de Recerca Matematica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
  • Armin Iske (Department of Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany),
  • Warner Marzocchi (INGV, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy),
  • Antonino Morassi (Department of Georesources and Territory, University of Udine, Italy),
  • Roberto Paolucci (Structural Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy),
  • Mircea Radulian (Scientific Director National Institute for Earth Physics, Bucharest, Romania)
  • Bruno Rubino (Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of L'Aquila, Italy),
  • Chrysoula Tsogka (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, Greece),
  • Gerhard Wilhelm Weber (Institute of Applied Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey)

List of Partner Institutions and Local Coordinators of the SeisMath IP 2013

University of L'Aquila (Italy) - Coordinator, Prof. Bruno Rubino
Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), Prof. Josef Slapal
University of Hamburg (Germany), Prof. Armin Iske
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Prof. Nicholas Alikakos
University of Crete (Greece), Prof. Chrysoula Tsogka
Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Prof. Roberto Paolucci
University of Udine (Italy), Prof. Antonino Morassi
Tehnical University of Cluj Napoca (Romania), Prof. Petrica Pop
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Catalunia, Spain), Prof. Aureli Alabert
Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Prof. Sinan Akkar
University of Maine (France), Prof. Sohbi Sahraoui
Second University of Naples (Italy), Prof. Eugenio Lippiello
University of Naples (Italy), Prof. Aldo Zollo


Earthquakes occur nearly constantly around Europe in places like Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Turkey. But earthquakes can occur almost anywhere. Italy is a well-known complex earthquake zone. In Italy there is the collision of Africa and Europe, its highly fractured and broken up, there is a lot of micro plates moving around, which creates a lot of different types of fault action.

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale and 6.3 in the moment magnitude scale hit L'Aquila on April 6th, 2009. There have been a large number of minor tremors since December 2008. Along with the stories of tragedy in L'Aquila, there are also stories that the earthquake was predicted, and that the predictions were ignored. Earthquake prediction remains an elusive goal of seismology. Earthquake source mechanisms are complex and involve many variables and factors. Earthquake prediction can be divided into long-, medium- and short-term phases. The short-term prediction of earthquakes has considerable allure. However, it is beset by problems. Although earthquakes are complex multi-scale phenomena, we now have much better models for earthquake nucleation and rupture processes, associated phenomena such as tsunamis, and tools with which earthquakes can be carefully studied from both deterministic and statistical points of view.

The Intensive Programme (IP) called "Mathematical Models in Seismology - SeisMath 2011" will consist of a set of short courses and seminars. Contributors will take into account methods, modelling and simulations related to above mentioned aspects of seismology. Although the need of newly developed mathematical modelling within seismology is very strong, its clear identification as an interdisciplinary research/training context at a European level is still in progress. The present programme aims to provide a relevant contribution to this process by exploiting the scientific competencies of the partners. The short courses will be taught by physicians, geologists, engineers and mathematicians.The programme is addressed mainly to MSc and PhD students in Applied Mathematics, but also in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Applied Physics.

The participation of students and teachers from the partner universities will be supported by the LLP Erasmus Programme. The programme will be held in the period July 4-15, 2011.


Applicants from partner institutions are eligible for a reimbursement of living and travel expenses.

This contribution is offered by the LLP Italian National Agency. llp erasmus logo

We assume to select:

  • around 30 students (MSc or PhD) for the contribution for travel costs and the contribution for accommodation and subsistence costs: this corresponds to about 3 students for each partner institution.
  • around 10 teachers for the contribution for travel costs and the contribution for accommodation and subsistence costs.

The contact person of each institution in the Organizing Committee is responsible for the selection of students in their universities.

Details about Reimbursement

Reservation for lodging and contribution for subsistence costs.

Please notice that students and teachers from partner universities will be hosted in university premises free of charge for the whole period of the IP. Unfortunately, the Erasmus agency applies a very low daily amount for subsistence costs of students (24 euro per day, both for lodging and full board). That's why, in addition to the accommodation, we can confirm that we will only be able to offer students free access to the university canteen (open on working days). We hope we'll be able to offer some additional support to students, but we cannot guarantee anything at the moment.




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