GEM Reveal

GEM Reveal Summer 2013Take a journey into the GEM Reveal 2013 (Pavia, 25-26 June 2013)inspiring talks, innovative science and cutting-edge tools and technology, all in one spot.
The rich programme organized in 3 parts, included plenary sessions on achievements and goals, science booths, and discussion on the road ahead. 

Plenary sessions featured high quality presentations and led to ample discussion on issues such as global and regional hazard modelling, the exposure database as well as practical questions such as how to plug GMPEs into the OpenQuake Engine
Science booths offered a unique opportunity to engage in detailed conversations with the developers of the newly released Historical Catalogue and Archive, to see the results of the city scenario projects in the Middle East, to follow a demonstration of modeling tools, take a look inside the global socio-economic database and discuss testing of models and other products. 
For a sneak-peek of the booths, you can view the Android and Windows demos of the Inventory Data Capture Tools.
Two interactive discussions, one on GEM 2014-2018 and one on risk communication closed the GEM Reveal, providing input to the next discussions of the Governing Board meeting. The discussions were reported on live, and you can now read a summary and leave your comments and questions to keep the debate alive. 

But there was much more. We have uploaded photos and presentations, videos and podcasts will follow soon. 
GEM Reveal 2013 featured also in an article in Science by journalist Roland Pease, who is also preparing an interesting feature on BBC Radio 4 (coming soon).

2013 GEM
Outstanding Contribution Award

Laurentiu Danciu receiving the 2013 GEM Outstanding Contribution Award,Laurentiu Danciu, senior researcher at Swiss Seismological Service, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, was awarded with the 2013 GEM Outstanding Contribution Award, during the GEM Reveal 2013. Engraved in the crystal plaque awarded to Laurentiu are the words: "Through Laurentiu's deep involvement in Regional Programmes, his transformative role in training scientists on OpenQuake, and his work to help build and test the Engine and Platform, he has contributed profoundly to all aspects of GEM's mission." Read more

Call for applications:  
GEM Secretary-General

The GEM Foundation is announcing a call for applications for the position of Secretary-General, its organisational leader and chief executive. The mandate of the current Secretary-General terminates at the end of the first 5-year working programme in December 2013. For the next working programme (2014-2018), the role of Secretary-General has been refined to have a predominantly external focus, with the responsibility to grow the organisation’s leadership in collaborative assessment and reduction of earthquake risk.
To apply please send a cover letter/email, with  resume/CV, names and contact information of at least four references, timeline of availability, and an optional writing sample, video or a sample presentation, to John Schneider,  Vice-Chair of the GEM Governing Board . Applications should be submitted by September 1st, 2013. Read more

Enhancing Partnerships

FUNVISIS logoVenezuelan FUNVISIS became the 15th public participant of the GEM Foundation. President Aura Fernandez spoke at the Governing Board, expressing FUNVISIS' excitement and commitment in joining the collaborative GEM effort. Read more.

EERI logoEERI, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, was officially (and heartily) welcomed as the 10th GEM Foundation Associate Participant, during the last Governing Board meeting. Read more.

Several side meetings were organized during the June meetings to enhance further collaboration and partnerships within the scope of GEM, such as an engineering meeting and a round table on public participation and worldwide collaboration

Next steps for GEM 

GEM 2015-2018 Discussion Board

GEM’s Governing Board gathered on June 27-28 in Pavia to discuss GEM’s current and future Working Programmes, and take a number of strategic decisions on the Foundation and its sustainability plan. 
GEM’s organizational structure will transition over the next months, starting with the appointment of a regional partnerships coordinator and the search for a new Secretary-General.
The Board congratulated the Secretariat on the Achievements & Vision document and provided input and feedback. The document will serve as a backbone for strengthening and enhancing partnerships and outlines GEM's vision for the future. It will become available online at the end of the summer.
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