Paleoseismologists from northern Central Europe are meeting regularly for discussions, usually twice a year, and the next small workshop will take place in Utrecht on 9 January, 2014. The one-day meeting is dedicated to present latest results of ongoing research on active faults in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany (intraplate seismicity). Participants from the Geological Survey of North Rhine-Westphalia, the VU Amsterdam, TuDelft, ULG Liége, the Royal Observatory of Belgium, TNO-GDN Utrecht and RWTH Aachen University will discuss the possibilities of joint projects and collect ideas on how to proceed with ongoing studies.
In the upcoming meeting the Lower Rhine Embayment will be in the focus, as it has the highest seismicity in northern Central Europe. The methods used for evaluating fault activity will not only encompass ‘traditional’ paleoseismological work like trenching, but also InSAR, deep drillings, and 3D seismics.
This kind of informal meetings is very effective due to the the regional focus. It’s a great opportunity to openly discuss problems and uncertainties related to paleoseismological studies, without the pressure of a ‘real’ conference. Especially young researchers can get
feedback on their work in an early stage of their research and open debates are much easier than in front of a broader audience.
We started to meet regularly with our colleagues from Germany and France two years ago for preparing a joint project. The meetings turned out to be a very good idea and colleagues from neighbouring universities and surveys joined soon.