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Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton

Head of Section 2.6: Seismic Hazard and Stress Field

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, room 211
14467 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-1125
e-mail: fabrice.cotton(at)


About the person

Research Interests:

  • Ground-Motion Prediction  (empirical ground-motion model, focus on low seismicity area)
  • Site-specific Seismic Hazard Assessment studies (site effects and uncertainty analysis)
  • Earthquake Source (kinematic inversions, slow silent earthquakes, stress drop analysis)


2001-2014 Full Professor, Geophysics, University of Grenoble-I (Joseph Fourier) 
2013 Invited Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
1996-2009 Researcher, seismic hazard team of IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Fontenay aux Roses, France)
1992 – 1995 Research Assistant (“Assistant Normalien Doctorant”), Grenoble University


2001 Habilitation – University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
1995 Ph.D. Seismology – University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
1988-1992 Basic Education in science at Ecole Normale Supérieure and Lyon University 


STREST (FP7, 2013-2016) “Towards stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards. Scientific coordinator of the Work Package 3: Integrated low probability-high consequence hazard assessment for critical infrastructures
SHARE (FP-7, 2009-2012) “Seismic Harmonization in Europe”. Scientific coordinator of the Work Package 4 : Ground-Motion prediction
SIGMA (Electricité De France, 2011-2015). “Ground-Motion prediction in low seismicity areas”


Institut Universitaire de France, junior fellow, 2006