School outline

Earthquakes remain unpredictable, despite decades of intense investigations into possible precursory phenomena. The main difficulty lies in our incomplete knowledge of the state of stress on active faults at seismogenic depths, and a full understanding of how rupture initiates and stops in a complex medium characterized by a variable stress field acting on complex fault geometries.

In the last decade, however, great advances have converged towards a much more complete picture of earthquake-related processes. The quality and quantity of seismic data, as well as their diffusion to research scientists through open-data policies, have been much improved, most recently owing to the development of very dense and / or very sensitive seismic networks, and a gain in location accuracy; the ubiquitous nature of aseismic slip has become apparent; and recent mega-thrust and continental earthquakes have provided the seismological community with very rich datasets that help illuminate possible relationships between seismic and aseismic processes.

This school will follow on two editions that were held in November 2014 and October 2017 (e.g. see, as well as for a report on this school). Each edition had about 100 participants (mainly PhD students and post-docs), from more than 15 countries. The goal remains to give an accurate snapshot of our current understanding of earthquakes, in the light of recent advances. About 20 scientists from all around the world (mostly Europe and US), at the cutting-edge of earthquake research, will give lectures, covering various topics related to recent developments in earthquake processes, including nucleation, triggering, rupture, and the seismic cycle as a whole.

The school is intended to stimulate the emergence of a much wider understanding of the current issues and progress among young scientists (PhDs and post-docs), and will thus facilitate future collective progress towards earthquake preparedness and forecasting, as well as to the development of international research networks.

The school will revolve around 4 main sessions:

  • the complete slip spectrum
  • earthquake nucleation and triggering
  • the earthquake cycle
  • societal implications

The first part of afternoons will be dedicated to group discussions on topics of special interest and hands-on tutorials.



[COVID19 update: May 14, 2020] The school is postponed to the last week of September 2021.

Selection of the pre-registrated participants should take place within one or two weeks after this maximum capacity has been reached. Final registration and payment of the fees will then follow.

Participants will have the opportunity to give oral (10 to 15 minute long) or poster presentations. In either case, please submit a pdf file indicating the title, the authors, the type (oral / poster) of presentation, and a short abstract.

Financial support:

by the IRD aimed at participants from emerging countries (in the form of a contribution to travel expenses). Please fill out the "Financial support" box when pre-registering if you would like to apply for this support.



The school will be held at the Institut des Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse, Corsica, France. All the details on the location and the facilities can be found at the IESC webpage

Transportation will be arranged by bus from Ajaccio airport (AJA) the first and last days of the school. Most flights to Ajaccio are from Paris, Marseille and Nice. It is also possible to take a ferry from Marseille, Toulon and Nice.

List of comfirmed speakers

Gregory Beroza (Stanford University), Emily Brodsky (University of California, Santa Cruz), Fabrice Cotton (GFZ Potsdam), Ylona van Dinther (Utrecht University), William Ellsworth (Stanford University), Claudia Hulbert (Los Alamos National Lab), Satoshi Ide (University of Tokyo), Asaf Inbal (Tel Aviv University), Chris Marone (Sapienza Università di Roma), André Niemeijer (Utrecht University), Anthony Sladen (University Côte d'Azur), Anne Socquet (University of Grenoble Alpes)



Scientific Committee


  • Anthony Sladen (University of Côte d’Azur, CNRS) - Organizer
  • Anne Socquet (University Grenoble Alpes, CNAP),
  • Joan Gomberg (USGS Seattle),
  • Jean-Paul Ampuero (University of Côte d’Azur, IRD),
  • Gregory Beroza (Stanford University)



Our warm thanks to the sponsors making this event possible: 




University Côte d'Azur

UCAJEDI: National Initiative of Excellence progam of University Côte d'Azur

EUR SPECTRUM: Formal, physical and engineering sciences graduate school of University Côte d'Azur

Côte d’Azur Observatory

INSU, the CNRS National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy, with support of the TelluS Program

French Research Institute for Development

IASPEI, The International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior.

IASPEI part of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)



For enquires please contact: Anthony Sladen (sladen"at"

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