23

Educational seismology: Empowering the community for seismic risk reduction
Conveners: Angela Saraò , Ina Cecić , Laura Peruzza , Carla Barnaba 
Oral program
 / Fri, 09 Sep, 11:30–17:00  / Room Vulcania 2
Poster program
 / Attendance Fri, 09 Sep, 10:30–11:30  / Poster area
When strong earthquakes happen, they shake people out of their ordinary rhythms and lifestyles, and not only in the earthquake-striken area. The emotional involvement brings to the attention of everybody the issue of seismic risk. However, the interest in these topics follows the same trend of some well known laws in seismology: the inverse of a Gutenberg-Richter law, for the number of reported news versus earthquake size, and an Omori-Utsu-like law with extremely fast decay in time. The lapse of memory occurs in a few days, depending also on the Gross National Product of the country.

As seismologists we know that risk reduction starts from the best practice of seismic safety and from the education of the community and of the next generation. In this session we would like to discuss the following topics: 1) role of education in reducing seismic risk; 2) how to keep the interest in earthquake alive during interseismic period; 3) effective ways to communicate seismic safety to children and young people; 4) contributions to earthquake public awareness and preparedness.

We welcome contributions on educational campaigns in different countries, pilot experiences, new educational concepts, activities developed for students at schools or any other issue related to educational seismology.
Public information: Last but not the least, the educational seismology session has been scheduled on Friday. We hope in your pro-active participation, and we invite you all at the Poster Hall, at 10:30 sharp to surf the Poster summary presentations. It is the warming up before the oral session!
Put on your agenda: Session #23, Friday 9th Sept.
The convenors.