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Summer course 2012: Natural Disaster Management

We are happy to announce the new international graduate summer course “Natural Disaster Management” that will be held 30 May to 22 June 2012 at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre of the University of Iceland. The course follows the success of the last course which was held in June 2011. It was attended by people […]


Application status for course in spring 2011

We have received a lot of qualified applications for the Natural Catastrophes Summer Course from many countries, like Canada, Denmark, France, Netherland and USA. The payment link to pay the course fee is now active, and the deadline for paying the fee is April 5 2011. Every participant should have received email with some practical things […]



In Maori mythology, Ruaumoko (also known as Ruamoko) is the youngest  son of Rangi and Papa, god of  volcanoes and seasons. He has never been born and remains inside his mother’s womb. His movements are considered the cause of earthquakes. These earthquakes in turn are responsible for the change of seasons. Depending on the time […]


Mw 6.3 Christchurch Earthquake

Scientists at the EERC are currently processing strong-motion (SM) data from the Mw 6.3 earthquake on February 21 2011 at 23:51 GMT the epicentre of which was located about 10 km south-east of Christchurch City Centre in the South Island of New Zealand. The SM data obtained from the GeoNet website is being analyzed by Dr. […]


Dr Athol J Carr is a visiting professor at the EERC

He has been Professor in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury for almost three decades. His main field of research is Earthquake Engineering. Currently his research focuses on the effects of the Darfield Earthquake along with its aftershocks. Dr. Carr holds the position of Adjunct Professor at University […]



The field-trips are “classroom-on-wheels”. They provide an opportunity for the participants to see natural phenomena while learning about them. Participants will be assigned tasks in order to prepare for the different trips to make the most out of the learning experience. When planning a field –trips the following will be taken into consideration: • Landscaping, […]


Course 2011: Application deadline 21 February

We are very pleased receiving applications from many countries like France, China, Denmark, Canada and USA. Remember the deadline for applications next Monday.   For further information or some questions use the contact form Or for online application :


Course book has been published!

The course book for the international graduate course on Natural Catastrophes to be held this spring (2011) has been published. It prominently features on the cover a photo of the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull volcano, South Iceland, last spring of 2010. Note that participation in the course will include field trips to the volcano, among other […]


Applications are coming in

Applications for participation in the international graduate course on Natural Catastrophes, to be held here in Iceland during 30 May to 18 June this spring, are starting to roll in. We would like to remind potential applications to submit an application as soon as possible, and before the deadline of 21 February. Also, do not forget […]


Worldwide attention on the graduate course

The international graduate course on Natural Catastrophes, to be held here in Iceland during 30 May to 18 June this spring, has been advertised worldwide both through email announcements, website postings at academic research centres, and on communication websites such as Facebook. The webpage of the graduate course, has as a result received considerable […]