The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia was set-up in September 1999 through a merger of former Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica, Osservatorio Vesuviano and three other institutions: Istituto Internazionale di Vulcanologia, Istituto di Geochimica dei Fluidi and Istituto di Ricerca sul Rischio Sismico. The new institution, currently the largest European body dealing with research into Geophysics and Volcanology, has its headquarters in Rome and has important facilities in Milano, Bologna, Pisa, Napoli, Catania and Palermo.



The Institute of Applied Mathematics and Information Technology belongs to the Italian Research Council, and is the result of a merger of three existing Institutes, which already worked within the field of Mathematics and its Applications, namely: IAMI (Institute for the Application of Mathematics and Computer Sciences) in Milan, IAN (Institute of Numerical Analysis) in Pavia, and IMA (Institute of Applied Mathematics) in Genoa. The main research activities performed in the division of Milan concern statistics and probability theory, and their applications in different fields.



Since its creation in 1911, the Instituto Superior Técnico has been the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology and Architecture in Portugal. At IST, we aim to give our students and alumni the education and the knowledge tools to improve, to change and to shape society through science, technology, and entrepreneurship. We provide top quality higher education, strongly exposed to Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities, immersing our students in an exciting and global environment geared towards solving the challenges of the XXIst Century.


The National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), established in November 1946, is a public research institution dedicated to Science and Technology (S&T) that carries out its activity in the various fields of civil engineering and related scientific areas. The scope of LNEC activity comprises public works, infra-structures, housing and town-planning, water resources, transports, environment, building materials industry and other building products. That activity ultimately envisages safety and quality of works, protection and rehabilitation of both natural and built patrimony and heritage, as well as technological innovation in the construction sector, water industry and environment. Activities related to regulations, standardization and quality of construction are also relevant.



The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. The Institute of Geosciences (IGEO) is a joint centre of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) with research groups on Geophysics, Geology and Geodesy. The Research Group on Earthquake Seismology in the “Department of Earth Dynamics and Earth Observation” of IGEO, has extensive expertise in earthquake hazard modelling, seismic zonation and microzonation, engineering seismology, and seismic risk evaluation and also on educational projects and public awareness of seismic risk.



The Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland was established in the year 2000 with a special contract between the University of Iceland, Ministry of education, Ministry of justice, Township of Árborg and the Civil defence. Subsequently the earthquake engineering laboratory of the University of Iceland placed in Reykjavik was moved to Selfoss situated in the South Iceland Seismic Zone. The Centre’s main activities include: Basic engineering research, e.g. strong-motion modelling, analysis of macroseismic data and seismic risk assessment of buildings and critical infrastructures; Contract industrial research; and Training of students and educating the local people. Special attention has been placed on mitigation activities, including earthquake awareness and preparedness.



The Department of Earth Sciences of the Siena University is involved in the development and application of innovative methods for seismic hazard assessment at regional and local scales and the dynamical characterization of shallow subsoil in the frame of seismic microzonation studies. The person responsible of the sub-contractor (SC1) Dario Albarello is co-author of “SASHA: a computer program to assess seismic hazard from intensity data” (see references) and he has participated in different studies on behalf of the National Department of Civil Protection and National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.


FFCUL Lisbon

FFCUL acts as the contractual and administrative authority on behalf of scientific research units or organizations and their investigators. All the research and services are carried out by research units’ staff or by staff contracted by FFCUL strictly on their behalf. The largest FFCUL clients are associated to FCUL research units (which integrated researchers from more than 20 other Portuguese faculties and universities), but FFCUL can also support directly other universities and laboratories. The person responsible of the sub-contractor (SC2) Paula Teves-Costa is working mainly on macroseismic filed analysis.