European Seismological Commission

ESC General Assemblies

The ESC organizes biannual General Assemblies, usually with 300-600 participants, and fosters workshops and seminars on specific topics between the Assemblies. The results of the meetings are published in proceedings and in special issues of scientific journals. Recommendations and resolutions  are adopted at each Assembly.

The first ESC Training course for young seismologists was organised in connection with the XXV ESC General Assembly in Reykjav√≠k, Iceland in 1996. Since then, the Young Seismologist Training Course has taken place on the week preciding or following each General Assembly. Up to 65 young seismologists have attended each course. They have obtained insights into seismology under the tutorship of established seismologists from Europe and overseas. The courses have been co-sponsored by IASPEI and other institutions.


I 1952 Stuttgart, W. Germany
II 1954
Rome, Italy

III 1956 Vienna, Austria IV 1958 Utrecht, The Netherlands V  1959
Alicante, Spain
VI 1960
Helsinki, Finland
VII  1962
Jena, East Germany
VIII 1964 Budapest, Hungary
IX 1966 Copenhagen, Denmark X 1968 Leningrad, U.S.S.R.
XI 1969
Madrid, Spain
XII 1970 Luxembourg
XIII 1972
Brasov, Romania
XIV 1974
Trieste, Italy

XV 1976
Cracow, Poland
XVI 1978
Strasbourg, France
XVII 1980
Budapest, Hungary
XVIII 1982
Leeds, U.K.

XIX 1984
Moscow, U.S.S.R.
XX 1986
Kiel, West Germany
XXI 1988
Sofia, Bulgaria
XXII 1990
Barcelona, Spain
XXIII 1992
Prague, Czech Republic
XXIV 1994
Athens, Greece
XXV 1996 Reykjavik, Iceland 1996
XXVI 1998 Tel Aviv, Israel XXVII 2000 Lisbon, Portugal XXVIII 2002 Genoa, Italy
XXIX 2004 Potsdam,     Germay XXX 2006  Geneva, Switzerland
XXXI 2008 Hersonissos, Greece XXXII 2010 Montpelier,   France XXXIII 2012 Moscow,      Russia

XXXIV  2014 Istanbul, Turkey



Click on the city or year above to view materials from the respective General Assembly. Currently different materials are available for different years. More materials will be included as they become available.




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.