Saturday, July 23, 2011

ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI; Continuing Challenges in Earthquake Dynamics: New Methods for Observing and Modelling a Multi-Scale System


Sep 24, 2011 - Sep 29, 2011 | Obergurgl, Austria

ESF Research Conferences
ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI
Continuing Challenges in Earthquake Dynamics: New Methods for Observing and Modelling a Multi-Scale System

24-29 September 2011 
Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria 

Chaired by: Prof. Sandy Steacy, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
Co-chaired by: Dr. Annemarie Christophersen, GNS Science, NZ; Dr. Sebastian Hainzl, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, DE; Dr. David Marsan, Université de Savoie, FR

World leading scientists engaged in detailed observations and modelling of earthquake phenomena and young scientists interested in developing new collaborative links are
invited to apply. The meeting will include on-going advancements in earthquake physics with the advent of new higher resolution data, growing linkages of physical / statistical
models, and increasing use of robust statistical techniques to test models. The conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Leopold-
Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (LFUI) and it will take place on 24-29 September 2011 in Obergurgl, Austria.

Programme
Earthquake systems are complex multi-scale phenomena that involve a wide variety of interlinked processes. For example, earthquake triggering mechanisms may include stress corrosion as well as dynamic and static stress changes, and the latter may be modified by visco- or poro- elastic effects and afterslip. Similarly, rupture initiation and propagation are controlled by the stress budget and material heterogeneity of fault zones, yet ruptures themselves affect that heterogeneity and both seismic and aseismic processes influence the stress. Given these complications, there is a clear need in earthquake physics for integrative observations and modelling. Fortunately, we are currently entering an era of unprecedented high resolution data due to major initiatives such as dense GPS and seismic arrays as well as deep drilling of active fault zones. Additionally, new statistical techniques are becoming available to enable robust comparison of models with observations.

The aim of this conference is to bring together world leading scientists engaged in detailed observations and modelling of earthquake phenomena over a range of scales in order to share information across sub-disciplines and begin to develop truly integrative understanding of the earthquake process. The conference will also enable young scientists to engage with state-of-the-art researchers and develop new collaborative links. The meeting will build on the successful ESF-FWF-LFUI conference “New challenges in earthquake dynamics: Observing and modelling a multi-scale system” convened in 2008. However, it will include on-going advancements in earthquake physics with the advent of new higher resolution data, growing linkages of physical / statistical models, and increasing use of robust statistical techniques to test models.

Conference format:
• lectures by invited high level speakers
• short talks by young & early stage researchers
• poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods
• forward look panel discussion about future developments

Invited speakers and talks will include:
Massimo Cocco, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Rome, IT 
Francois Cornet, Institut de Physique du Globe Strasbourg, FR 
Jim Dieterich, University of California Riverside, US 
Giulio Di Toro, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Rome, IT 
Ana Ferreira, University of East Anglia, UK
Thomas Fischer, Charles University Prague, CZ 
Joan Gomberg, US Geological Survey Seattle, US 
Sebastian Hainzl, GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, DE 
Isabelle Manighetti, Laboratoire de Geophysique Interne et Tectonophysique Grenoble, FR 
David Marsan, Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre), FR 
John McCloskey, University of Ulster, UK 
Jeff McGuire, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, US
Phil Meredith, University College London, UK
Masao Nakatani, University of Tokyo, JP 
Mark Naylor, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hugo Perfettini, Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre), FR
Shinji Toda, Disaster Prevention Research Institute Kyoto, JP
Max Werner, Princeton University, US
David Shelly, US Geological Survey, US
Sandy Steacy, University of Ulster, UK


How to Participate

Conference participation is possible only after successful application.

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2011.

Fees & Grants
Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. 

Grantee Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners 0 €
Assisted Conference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners 380 €
Early Bird Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 14 days before the registration deadline 740 €
Normal Registration and payment LATER THAN 14 days before the registration deadline 820 €
Non-Residential Conference participation without accommodation 560 €
Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.
4 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener... 

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Alessandra Piccolotto apiccolotto@esf.org
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 11-359 in any correspondence.

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