From 12 August to 6 September 2013, an international training course on "Seismology, Data Analysis and Seismic Hazard Assessment" is taking place on the Telegrafenberg. Since the founding of the GFZ, the location of these four-week courses alternate annually between Potsdam and a regional course held abroad, most recently in 2012 in Morocco. The courses provide theoretical fundamentals and practical training in applied seismology, especially for geoscientists and engineers from developing countries. In his opening speech, Dr. Alexander Rudloff from the GFZ highlighted the importance of scientific networks in international cooperation.
This year, the 26 participants are sent by universities or government institutions that are responsible for earthquake safety or monitoring in their country. They come from 23 countries: Algeria, Albania, China, Azerbaijan, Congo, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Indonesia,Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, Tajikistan and Turkey.
The lecturers of the course are experts from various fields of Geosciences and colleagues from the University of Leipzig, Stuttgart University, the University of Bergen as well as former participants.