SeisMath IP 2013

Intensive Programme - Mathematical Models in Seismology

8 - 19 July 2013, University of L'Aquila

SeisMath IP 2013

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Welcome to the 2013 Intensive Programme (IP) in

Mathematical Models in Seismology

8 - 19 July 2013, University of L'Aquila (Italy)

CoordinatorsArmin Iske and Bruno Rubino

Coordinating InstitutionsUniversity of Hamburg and University of L'Aquila

VenueUniversity of L'Aquila (Italy)

Scientific Committee

  • Alvaro Corral (Centre de Recerca Matematica, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain),
  • Armin Iske (Department of Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany),
  • 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 Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of L'Aquila, Italy)

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, it is highly fractured and broken up, there are a lot of micro plates moving around, which create 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 2013" 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 for 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. This 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 will be supported by the LLP Erasmus Programme (see the partner universities) and by the DFG Priority Program 1324.


Reimbursement for DFG Priority Program 1324 participants

Students and teacher supported by the DFG Priority Program 1324 will have to follow the standard procedures adopted by that program. For further information you may contact Prof Armin Iske.

Reimbursement for LLP participants 

Applicants from LLP partner institutions (but not from the University of L'Aquila) 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 LLP 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.

Reimbursement for travel costs.

  • We are allowed to reimburse travel costs only to teachers and students (MSc and PhD) who are from LLP partner institutions.
  • The Erasmus Agency requires each single participant to certify they bought the cheapest flight ticket they could find. In addition, only tickets from/to the town of your home institution can be reimbursed.
  • Please upload a copy of your electronic ticket as soon as possible. If you have an online check-in, please upload a pdf copy of it, as well. Otherwise, please keep the boarding pass with you and give it to us when you arrive. Without that, we will not be able to reimburse your travel expenses!
  • As for the participants who need a visa, please contact the organizers at info[AT] to ask for a specific invitation letter. The cost of the visa will be reimbursed if the participant provides the original receipt of payment.
  • For any additional tickets (or not electronic ones), when you are here, you'll have to provide us with the original one. In addition, you will be requested to provide us with the original boarding pass (if you have not uploaded the electronic one).



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