European Seismological Commission

Nazario Pavoni 1929-2014

Nazario PavoniNazario Pavoni was born in Zürich. He studied Geology at the University of Zürich, from which he received the diploma in 1952 and the PhD in 1956. After 3 three years of work in Turkey for the Marmara Petroleum Corporation, he took the position as scientific assistant at the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zürich. His work in seismology focused on the recent seismicity and tectonics in Switzerland, and global geodynamics.  As senior researcher at the Swiss Seismological Service, he published the first seismotectonic map of Switzerland in 1977, together with Dieter Mayer-Rosa. He was involved in teaching at ETH and contributed to research in seismology until his retirement in 1995.



From the Working Groups:

The FAULT2SHA Working Group, formally approved by the European Seismological Commission, at the 35th General Assembly in Sept 2016, promotes a new initiative, open to all researchers interested in contributing to discussions on topics that could improve the assessment of seismic hazard.

Futher information is available here.

If you would like to join the Fault2SHA WG, follow this link.

First announcement:

ESC WG Fault2SHA 3rd Workshop: Role of scaling laws and fault interaction

Barcelonnette (F), May 2-4, 2017

The workshop is financially supported by the CEREGE (F), IRSN (F) and OGS (I).

FURTHER INFORMATION can be found here


The Working Group on Induced Seismicity is organizing as its second activity a special session 'Induced Seismicity - The European Perspective' at the annual meeting of the SSA. Please have a look at Forthcoming events. 


What were the past General Assemblies of the ESC like? Find out! Interesting documentation has been made easily accessible.

This list summarizes the files.


Sadly we announce the loss of esteemed and beloved colleagues and friends:


blog on the L'Aquila Appeal trial in Italy.
The last hearing took place on 10 November 2014.