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International Training Course

"Seismology, Seismic Data Analysis, Hazard Assessment and Risk Mitigation"

The GFZ section Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes carries out annual training courses on "Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment". These courses are part of the educational and training program of the UNESCO in the field of geosciences and disaster mitigation.

The courses provide theoretical fundamentals and practical training in applied seismology, especially for geoscientists and technicians from developing countries. The program is particularly useful for seismological station and network operators, data interpreters and those concerned with seismic zoning and hazard assessment.

The courses are held alternately in Potsdam, Germany, and in an developing country.


NEW - further qualification available for former course participants

Since 2019 there is an important extension for further qualification available. Former course participants can apply for additional support from the International Training Course. In case of ideas for a project, or an interest in gaining further qualifications, please submit the application form together with your project proposal.

The proposed project should build upon the background you gained as a course participant. We can provide (for a short period of time) a limited number of instruments, as well as software tools for data analysis. The aim should be to produce a common publication for submission to an international journal. Any acquired data will have to be made publically available in an electronic form. You will need a partner (lecturer) from the training course. 

The time for the project should be “short” – we cannot support a full Master or PhD project (note, there are other funding possibilities offered by DAAD or the Humboldt Foundation). However, we can support your visit to the GFZ or another institution with a travel grant and even a short-term scholarship. The realisation of your project idea is timely not bounded to the training course, it can be realised any time of the year. A board of lecturers will select the projects to be supported. The acceptance of the project depends on the final approval. (FAQ)

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Training course 2023

The course 2023 will take place in Potsdam, Germany as an world wide open course, arranged for the benefit of participants from earthquake-prone developing countries, from June 21, 2023 to July 19, 2023.


Dr. Claus Milkereit, Dorina Kroll

E-mail: course-un@gfz-potsdam.de

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