European Seismological Commission

The ESC structure

The ESC is a commission of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), which is associated to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). Its aim is to promote seismological studies and projects in Europe, countries bordering the Mediterranean and immediate neighbors; a region extending from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge to the Urals and the Arctic ocean to northern Africa. The ESC General Assemblies are held every other year at different locations.

The current ESC structure, created in Geneva in September 2006, is made up of, the ESC Council (its ruling body), the Executive Committee, Resolution and Nominating committees, and Working Groups which have defined tasks and are set up with the purpose of studying particular scientific problems. The ESC is governed according to bylaws, which were amended and adopted in Geneva in 2006 and modified in Istanbul in 2014.

Member states



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.