Aachen 2013 – 4th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology, 9-14 October, Aachen, Germany

Dear friends and colleagues,

in 2013 we will organize the 4th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology in Western Germany. The online registration will open soon at paleoseismicity.org and additional information will follow during the next days.

Date: 9-14 October 2013

Location: Aachen, Germany

The last three meetings in Spain (2009), Greece (2011), and Mexico (2012) brought together more than 250 international scientists from earthquake geology and all neighbouring disciplines. We have seen fruitful and intense discussions, we kicked off dozens of joint projects and we started international collaborations and initiatives to extend the knowledge on past earthquakes. A large number of peer reviewed articles has been published in Special Volumes as an outcome of these conferences. It became clear that paleoseismological research is imperative to seismic hazard studies. It will gain even more importance in the emerging discussion on seismic safety of nuclear power plants and waste deposits, chemical industry and other critical facilities and infrastructure. During the Aachen 2013 meeting we will deepen international collaboration, we will discuss the road map of our discipline and we will throw the points of future initiatives.

We invite you to actively participate in this meeting and to enjoy the beauty of this old cultural landscape with its geological wonders.

Aachen is located directly at the border to Belgium and the Netherlands. The strongest historical earthquake in Germany, the 1756 Düren event with a magnitude of ~6, occurred few kilometers east of the city in the Lower Rhine Embayment. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler with its AKNZ federal conference centre is only one hour away and located at the River Rhine. Aachen can easily be reached from FRA, DUS, CGN, AMS, MST, NRN and BRU airports. The city is connected to the ICE high-speed train network with direct connections to Cologne, Frankfurt Airport, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.

Travel grants will be available for Early Career Researchers from developing countries. Further information will be published, soon.

Scientific Committee

K. Reicherter (GER), T. Azuma (JPN), S. Baize (FRA), L. Guerrieri (ITA), S. Jusseret (BEL), Y.-S. Kim (KOR), J. McCalpin (USA), A. Michetti (ITA), I. Papanikolaou (GRE), R. Pérez-López (ESP), T. Rockwell (USA), M. Rodríguez-Pascua (ESP), P.G. Silva (ESP), M. Sintubin (BEL), T. Spies (GER), A. Vött (GER)

Organizing Committee

K. Reicherter (GER), C. Grützner (GER), T. Fernández-Steeger (GER), H.-B. Havenith (BEL), R. Pérez-López (ESP), M. Rodríguez-Pascua (ESP), P.G. Silva (ESP), T. Spies (GER)


  • 9 October (WED): Arrival in Aachen and Icebreaker Party
  • 10 October (THU): Pre-meeting field trip: Cologne and the Lower Rhine Embayment – Archeoseismology, Active Faults and Critical Facilities
  • 11 October (FRI): Transfer to AKNZ Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Opening Ceremony, Invited Conferences, Project Business Meeting, Evening Event: Wine Tastery (not included, extra fee)
  • 12 October (SAT): Scientific Talks and Poster Sessions, Keynote Lectures, Intra-Meeting Field Trip in Laacher See Volcanic Area, Late Afternoon: Ship Cruise on River Rhine including Conference Dinner (not included, extra fee)
  • 13 October (SUN): Scientific Talks and Project’s Task Debates, Future meetings, Closing Ceremony, Transfer to Aachen in the evening
  • 14 October (MON): post-meeting field trip: Archeoseismology in Aachen.
  • 15 October (TUE): Departure.


  • Paleoseismology
  • Archeoseismology and Earthquake Archeological Effects (EAE)
  • Tsunamis and Paleotsunamis
  • Earthquake Triggered Mass Movements
  • Earthquakes, Earthquake Environmental Effects and Cascading Effects
  • Society, Communication, Critical Facilities and Seismic Hazard Assessment
  • Special session on Slow Active Faults

All sessions will be introduced with a key note lecture.

Costs and accommodation

  • Meeting incl. Excursion: 180 EUR
  • Post-Meeting Field Trip on Tuesday: 25 EUR
  • Accommodation: 50 EUR/night (including breakfast and dinner from 11-15 October)

We organize accommodation and breakfast/dinner from 11 – 15 October. If you attend the meeting from 9-11 October, please care about accommodation in Aachen for yourself. There’s plenty of hotels in the city from budget (youth hostel or similar) to ****hotels. We will help you with your booking, just contact us via c.gruetzner@nug.rwth-aachen.de.


  • Registration and Payment: 15 July, 2013
  • Abstract Submission: 15 July, 2013 (acceptance after review and payment)

Abstracts will be maximum 4 pages incl. figures and references. An abstract template will be available from this site.

Online Registration will open here soon.


The meeting is supported by
– the INQUA Focus Group on Paleoseismology and Active tectonics
– the INQUA Project 1299 “EEE Parametrization”
– the Institute for Neotectonics and Natural Hazards, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
– the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
– the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
– the Geoverbund ABC/J, Germany


Christoph Grützner
Institute for Neotectonics and Natural Hazards
RWTH Aachen University
Lochnerstr. 4-20
52064 Aachen, Germany
TLF: ++49-(0)170-1169074
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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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