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Conference “30 years after Spitak Earthquake: Experience and Perspectives”, 3-7 Dec, 2018, Yerevan

The 1988 Spitak Earthquake with a magnitude of MS6.8 took the life of thousands of people and caused widespread devastation in Armenia. It also ruptured the surface and is one of the best-studied seismic events in the entire Caucasus region. 30 years after the catastrophe, an conference will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, from 3-7 December: “30 years after Spitak Earthquake: Experience and Perspectives“. The meeting will also include a field trip to the epicentral area. Full conference fee is USD 200. Download the flyer here (pdf, 655 KB). The form for the expression of interest is here (docx, 19 KB).


1. The 1988 Spitak earthquake: field observations in the epicentral area; present-day seismicity of the region; new studies and results after 30 years;
2. Seismological and geophysical studies; seismotectonics, paleoseismology, archeoseismology, and earthquake engineering;
3. Geo-hazards, seismic risk assessment and seismic resilience;
4. Studies of social and cultural effects of strong earthquakes;
5. Strategy and international cooperation on disaster risk reduction.


• December 03, 2018-Arrival to Yerevan
• December 04, 2018-Opening and General Session
• December 05-06, 2018-Conference section sessions by topics
• December 07, 2018-Visit to Gyumri and the epicentral zone, Departure

Important dates

• April 15, 2018-Deadline for submission of expression of interest form
• May 30, 2018- Deadline for abstract submission
• June 30, 2018- Notification of abstract acceptance and start of registration
• October 30, 2018- Closure of early-bird registration for the conference, accompanying participant’s early- bird online registration fee payment


• National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Armenia
• Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES), Armenia
• International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Armenia
• State Committee of Science (SCS) of the Ministry of Education and Science, Armenia
• Georisk Scientific Research CJSC
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Armenia
• Armenian Association of Earth Physics and Seismology (AAEPS)

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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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