Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton

Fabrice Cotton
Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton
Section Head
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, Room 211
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1125

Function and Responsibilities:

  • Head of Section 2.6 “Seismic Hazard and Stress Field”, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
  • W3 Professor in Geophysics at the University of Potsdam

Research Interests:

  • Earthquake Source analysis (kinematic inversions, slow silent earthquakes, stress drop analysis)
  • Engineering Seismology  (ground-motion model, focus on low seismicity area)
  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment 
  • Site specific and high consequences low probabilities hazard assessment (e.g. critical facilities) 
  • Development of new methods (e.g. Data-mining) to explore strong-motions data  and evaluate epistemic uncertainties 
Web of Science citation information:


  • 2001-2014 Full Professor, Geophysics, University of Grenoble-I (Joseph Fourier) 
  • 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 


  • SERA (2017-2020, Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe)
  • EPOS-IP (2016-2019, European Plate Observatory System Implementation Phase)
  • Nat-Risk-Change (2015-2020, Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World)
  • STREST (FP7, 2013-2016) “Towards stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards. 

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Global Earthquake Model Science Board chair 


  • Gauss lecture (EGU 2017)
  • Helmholtz Association Recruitment Initiative Professorship (2014)
  • Kyoto University invited Professor (2013)
  • University Grenoble-I medal (2008)
  • Institut Universitaire de France junior fellow (2006)