Dear colleagues,

The Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM) is excited to share with you the inaugural issue of our TOPIQS newsletter!

In this issue, we are featuring the Latest from GEM – news, events, OpenQuake updates, blog and many more. And to broaden the scope a bit into disaster risk management issues, we added two additional sections: Viewpoints, which features expert opinion from GEM staff and scientists; and From the Press, which features earthquake risk and related issues in DRR policy and practice, insurance and financial applications, innovations in earthquake engineering, hazard and risk assessment, and others. We believe that these sections will help stimulate healthy debate and discussion within the GEM community and the broader DRR sector.

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GEM Foundation
GEM TOPIQS Newsletter Issue No.1 March 2017
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GEM News
Geociencias SURA magazine features GEM
Suramericana’s new magazine Geociencias SURA featured GEM, OpenQuake and SARA Project (South America Risk Assessment) in its inaugural issue.
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GEM at the 16th WCEE
The Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM) participated in the 16th World Congress on Earthquake Engineering. This year’s theme is Resilience, the new challenge in earthquake...
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GEM partners with World Bank 
GEM has been successful in receiving grants to participate in three projects recently announced by the Global Facility for ...
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OpenQuake Updates

What’s new with OQ Version 2.3?
The OpenQuake Engine version 2.3 is now available. This version features 1) improved interoperability 2) faster...
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Featured GEM Blog
Pushing the envelope for earthquake risk modeling with OpenQuake
Recent performance improvements and enhanced capabilities of the OpenQuake engine now make it possible to run highly...
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Round up of GEM events
During the last two months, GEM participated in a number of events in various countries. Here’s a list of GEM’s participation to some notable gatherings.
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From GEM Secretary General
Will measuring losses to natural disasters really tell us about changes in risk?
Two years ago, in March 2015, representatives of 187 countries met in Sendai, Japan to agree to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction...
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How can the world reduce disaster losses for the poor?
The World Bank has found that disasters cost the global economy $520 billion per annum when account is taken of the true impact...
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Using research to build resilience: the science of disaster science
Research on dealing with natural disasters has increased in the last five years, but work remains to turn more scientific findings into life-saving policies.
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Surviving 7.8: Life after the Kaikoura earthquake
Just after midnight on November 14 last year the world’s second most powerful quake of 2016 struck under the North Canterbury hills. The Herald on...
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A Concise Map of Stakeholders in Extreme Events and Climate Risk Management
Leading think tank of the international insurance industry, The Geneva Association, has today published a new tool, The Stakeholder Landscape ...
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