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Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton

Prof. Dr. Fabrice Cotton
Haus A 70, Raum 216 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

  • Professor of seismology, Institute of Geosciences, University of Potsdam (Germany)  
  • Topic spoke-person of the Helmholtz Association and GFZ Director in charge of the topic “Living on a restless Earth: towards forecasting geohazards”
  • Head of the GFZ  research section “Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics“
Full vitea on https://nextcloud.gfz-potsdam.de/s/9RqX2B6J8LdmYg8

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • Earthquake Source analysis (kinematic inversions, slow silent earthquakes, stress drop analysis)
  • Engineering Seismology  (ground-motion models, 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

Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7201778178

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=OzOX7wEAAAAJ&hl=de

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9242-3996


  • 2001-2014 Full Professor, Geophysics, University of Grenoble-I (Joseph Fourier)  
  • 2007-2010 Director of the Grenoble Geophysics laboratory (LGIT, CNRS-University Joseph Fourier-IRD)
  • 2004-2014 Uni. Grenoble Coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Program "Master of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology"
  • 2003-2007 Deputy-Director of the Grenoble Geophysics laboratory (LGIT, CNRS-University Joseph Fourier-IRD)
  • 1996-2001 Researcher, seismic hazard team of IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, Fontenay aux Roses, France). Head of the team from 1999 to 2001
  • 1992-1995 Research Assistant (“Assistant Normalien Doctorant”), Grenoble University

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

  • 2001 Habilitation – University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France 
  • 1995 Ph.D. Seismology – University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France 
  • 1988-1992  Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Lyon University 


  • Coordination of the Geo-Inquire project (Geosphere INfrastructures for QUestions into Integrated Research,  HORIZON-INFRA, 51 Institutions involved)
  • ITN Urbasis (2019-2022, Urban seismology)
  • 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 (2015-2022, Natural Hazards and Risks in a Changing World)
  • STREST (FP7, 2013-2016, Towards stress tests for critical infrastructures against natural hazards)

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • Chair of EFEHR (European Facilties for Earthquake Hazard and Risk) since 2019
  • ERC evaluation panel member 2020
  • Associate Editor of BSSA (Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America) 2016-2021
  • Chair of the GEM (Global Earthquake Model foundation) Science Board from 2015 to 2018


  • 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)

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