Last update

[24th of July]: The number of pre-registered and registered participants has reached the maximum capacity, and we thus cannot accept any more participants.

[19th of August]: A transfert by bus from Ajaccio Airport will be organized on the 2nd of November after the flight from Paris Orly arriving at 15:55 has landed. Another bus will also depart later that day, depending on the arrivals of the participants. Transfert from Cargèse to Ajaccio Airport on the 11th will be organized when the departure times of all participants are known.

[2nd of November]: The final program is available.

[9th of November]: Group picture!

[2nd of April 2015]: Report in EOS.


School Outline

Earthquakes remain unpredictable, despite decades of intense investigations on possible precursory phenomena. Key challenges include our inability to monitor the state of stress on active faults at seismogenic depths, and to fully understand how rupture initiates and stops in a complex medium characterized by a highly variable stress field.

In the last 10 years or so, great advances have converged towards a much more complete picture of earthquake-related processes. The quality, quantity and distribution of seismic, geodeteic and geologic data have improved significantly, particularly owing to the development of very dense monitoring networks. These advances have led to greatly enhanced resolution and have revealed the ubiquitous nature of aseismic slip. Additionally, the occurrences of several mega-thrust and continental earthquakes have fed the scientific community with very rich datasets.

The goal of this school is to give PhD students, post-docs and young scientists an accurate snapshot of our current understanding of how earthquakes nucleate and can be triggered, in the light of recent improvements. About 20 scientists from all around the world (mostly Europe, US, Japan), at the cutting-edge of earthquake research, will give lectures together with ‘hands-on’ classes focusing on methods and softwares. A large spectrum of topics will be covered, from the analysis and modeling of regional-scale geodetic data, to the very detailed investigation of repeating earthquakes at the 100 meter asperity scale. Thus, as complete a description of earthquake-related phenomena as possible will be discussed. Since consensus has not yet been reached in many aspects of this domain, most topics will be covered by different lectures with contrasting views. The school is intended to stimulate the emergence of a much wider understanding of the current issues and new ideas, particularly among young scientists (PhDs and post-docs), and will thus facilitate future collective momentum towards earthquake preparedness and forecasting.



Session 1: Earthquake Nucleation

Session 2: Earthquake Triggering

Session 3: Beyond Earthquakes - Completing the Slip Spectrum

Session 4: The Seismic Cycle - Integrated Case Studies




This training school benefits from financial support by CNRS, LABEX OSUG@2020, NSF, EGU, Université de Savoie.

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Scientific Committee

David Marsan (ISTerre, Université de Savoie, CNRS), Sebastian Hainzl (GFZ Potsdam), Michel Bouchon (ISTerre, CNRS, UJF Grenoble), Joan Gomberg (USGS Seattle), Jean-Philippe Avouac (CalTech).


List of speakers

Jean-Paul Ampuero (CalTech): Theory of earthquake nucleation (both in slip-weakening and rate-and-state friction models) and implications for slow slip, post-seismic slip, stress drop, recurrence time.

Jean-Philippe Avouac (Cambridge University): Creep or stick? What geodesy can tell about the magnitude and probability of occurrence of future earthquakes.

Pascal Bernard (IPG Paris): (i) Interaction and loading of non-repeating multiplets; (ii) Slow slip events of the M=8.2, 2014 Iquique foreshock sequence.

Greg Beroza (Stanford University): A More Complete Picture of the Earthquake Process Through Improved Earthquake Detection.

Susan Bilek (New Mexico Tech): Temporal and spatial variations in earthquake source characteristics.

Michel Bouchon (ISTerre, Grenoble): Observation of the precursory phase of some large interplate earthquakes. 

Ziyadin Cakir (Istanbul Technical University):InSAR velocity field across the North Anatolian Fault (E. Turkey) from InSAR time series: Implications for loading and release of interseismic strain accumulation along segmented faults.

Michel Campillo (ISTerre, Grenoble): Seismic velocity changes and deformation of the crust: the signatures of earthquakes and transient slip events.

Cristiano Collettini (Università Sapienza, Rome): Seismic vs. aseismic deformation in fault rocks and rock deformation experiments.

Bill Ellsworth (USGS Menlo Park): Induced seismicity: Fundamentals, new observations and outstanding challenges.

Bogdan Enescu (Tsukuba University): Aftershocks at short times after large earthquakes in Japan: Implications for earthquake triggering.

Joan Gomberg (USGS Seattle): Learning about modes and scaling of fault slip from in situ, fault-scale observations.

Sebastian Hainzl (GFZ Potsdam): Seismicity models based on static stress triggering.

Sabine den Hartog (Penn State University): How fluid-rock interactions and fabric development affect friction.

Agnès Helmstetter (ISTerre Grenoble): Earthquake triggering, foreshocks and aftershocks.

Olivier Lengliné (IPG Strasbourg): Repeating earthquakes : identification, quantification and mechanical interpretation.

David Marsan (ISTerre, Université de Savoie): Stress interactions and the role of small earthquakes.

Jeff McGuire (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): (i) Effects of high temperature metamorphism and fluid injection on seismic and aseismic slip in the Salton Sea Geothermal Field; (ii) Oceanic transform fault seismicity.

Zhigang Peng (Georgia Tech): Identifying remotely triggered seismic events (tremor, microearthquakes, icequakes).

Hugo Perfettini (ISTerre, Grenoble): Link between seismicity and deformation: Application to the postseismic phase.


Registration and fees

Pre-registration is now closed (24th of July).

Once pre-registration is validated (typically a few days after applying), final registration and payment of the fees must be done at

Fees are 290 € for the 8 days (arriving sunday 2/11 in the afternoon and leaving thursday 11/11 in the morning), and include transportation from Ajaccio airport, accommodation in double rooms (9 nights), breakfasts, breaks, lunches, but do not cover dinners (but one). More information here.

Payment can be done either directly by credit card or with a purchase order. In the latter case, please send your purchase order together with the signed pre-order communicated to you by e-mail after registering to L'Agent comptable Secondaire du CNRS, 25 rue des Martyrs, BP 166 38042 GRENOBLE cedex 9, FRANCE.

CNRS staff (including PhD students and post-docs paid by CNRS) are supported by CNRS and do not pay any fees.

US-based participants can apply for financial support here.



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

More on the accommodation can be found here.




Please feel free to e-mail for more information.


Important dates

Pre-registration is now closed (24/07/2014).

End of registration: 15/10 2014

Application for financial support (US-based scientists): closed.

School: 3/11 to 10/11 2014

Online user: 1