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Final Activity Report Summary - ITSAK-GR (International Transfer of Seismological Advanced Knowledge and Geophysical Research)

Greece has the highest level of seismic hazard in Europe. Minimisation of the loss of life, social and economic impact due to earthquakes depends on reliable estimates of seismic hazard, to serve as basis for land use planning, improved building design and construction, emergency plans and strategies for sustainable development. In order to mitigate seismic risk, it is important to ensure that advanced knowledge acquired worldwide is efficiently transferred to countries such as Greece.

During the European Commission funded project under the Marie Curie Actions, ITSAK-GR (International Transfer of Seismological Advanced Knowledge and Geophysical Research) a network of Research organizations has been established comprised of 8 training partners where six of them coming from European countries and two from USA. In this Transfer of Knowledge project the Institute of the Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering served as the Host and the rest of the partners as training organisations.

During this project more than 23 researchers were recruited into the host organisation and 4 researchers were seconded into the premises of the training partners. In total 148 person-months of mobility were completed during a period of 4 years (1/6/2006-31/5/2010). The accomplished project ensured the transfer of advanced knowledge regarding all aspects of seismic-hazard evaluation, namely:
(a) geotectonic properties of earth's crust,
(b) earthquake source properties,
(c) seismic-wave propagation and attenuation,
(d) local site effects on strong-ground motion,
(e) deterministic and stochastic assessment of strong-ground motion.

Methodologically, the efficiency of transfer of knowledge has been achieved by,
(a) in-depth theoretical training in modern methods,
(b) joint development/adjustment of modern methods,
(c) training in the application of modern methods,
(d) joint application of modern methods, and
(e) joint presentation/publication of results that have reached the number of 20 publications at the date of the end of the project and we are looking forward for more to come in the near future.

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