Discussion Workshop on Educational and Citizen seismology 15-16 Feb 2018

Across the globe scientists and education specialists have been supporting and developing educational seismology networks (school seismology programs) for decades. In the UK this process has been overseen and supported by the British Geological Survey. 

In 2017 a new EU Horizon 2020 funded project SERA will provide support for school seismology groups from UK, France, Switzerland, Romania, Portugal and Greece to work closely together, this time with a specific interest in developing collaborations and finding synergies with the growing citizen science movement involved in seismology. This is typified by the Raspberry Shake project, which arose from a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016 by seismologists in Panama and now has over 600 participants across the world, all recording and sharing seismic data on inexpensive raspberry pi/geophone based sensors (www.raspberryshake.org). Within Europe the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has led the way in citizen seismology with smartphone and web based citizen seismology activities.

We are taking the opportunity of working together with EU partners in 2018 to host an international specialist discussion meeting, bringing together key practitioners in educational and citizen seismology from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Download the draft Workshop Programme



Workshop supporters

For further details or queries please contact

Paul Denton  pdenton@bgs.ac.uk

Remy Bossu  Remy.Bossu@cea.fr

Aftab Khan aftab.khan77@btinternet.com

John Stevenson jpst@bgs.ac.uk


This meeting will be held in the meeting rooms of the Geological Society at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG.

Getting to central London from Heathrow is probably best (cheapest) via the London Underground ('Tube'). Get on the Piccadilly Line heading east, for about 40 mins. Get off the Tube at Green Park or Piccadilly for the Geological Society.  

Getting from the Geological Society to the St Giles Hotel is easy. Walking takes about 20 minutes (see map below). 

Or you can take a Undergound tube train from Piccadily Circus (at the east end of Piccadilly) travel one stop east on the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square and one stop northbound on the Northern Line to Tottenham Court Road.

Or just share a cab with three other delegates, which will most likely work out to be similar cost to four Undergound tickets.





Remy Bossu :  Director of EMSC France, the LastQuake smartphone app

Paul Denton :  BGS UK   the UK school seismology project

John Taber :  IRIS USA , educational seismology in the USA

Angel Rodriguz : OSOP Panama ,  the raspberryshake citizen seismology network

Michelle Salmon : ANU Australia, AUSIS the australian schools seismic network 

Jean-Luc Berenguer : Sismo a L'ecole, SEIS InSight Tuned in to Mars ... from the French schools


Timeline for workshop

14th May -31st July 2017  meeting schedule and workshop planning

1st October 2017 -31st  December  earlybird registrations (50% discount)  £35 only 

*****        Earlybird discounts extended to 31st January   **************

1st  January 2018 -1st February standard registrations  £70 

Central London has thousands of hotel rooms available throughout the year.     Prices can be expensive if not booked well in advance.   

Getting to central London from Heathrow is probably best (cheapest) via the London Underground ('Tube'). Get on the Piccadilly Line heading east, for about 40 mins. Get off the Tube at Green Park or Piccadilly for the Geological Society.  

If you are going to the St Giles Hotel from Heathrow, stay on the Piccadilly line until Leicester Square, then change to the Northern Line and go one stop northbound to at Tottenham Court Road; which is closest to the St Giles Hotel.

Organisers and invited speakers for this event will be staying at the St Giles Hotel, a mid-priced hotel located approximately 20 minutes walk from the conference venue and less than 5 minutes from Tottenham Court Underground Station.

Best room rates for this hotel can be obtained by booking with the hotel directly 

St Giles Hotel, Bedford Avenue, St Giles Circus, London, WC1B 3GH, United Kingdom

The conference dinner, on Thursday 15 February, will be held at the Spaghetti House, 15 Goodge Street, London W1 2PQ. The Spaghetti House is a short walk from the St Giles Hotel, heading north up Tottenham Court Road - see map below.