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Leibniz Universität Hannover

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)

5th International Colloquium

Historical Earthquakes, Paleoseismology, Neotectonics and Seismic Hazard

11 to 13 October 2017


Historical representation of earthquake impacts in Bielefeld 1612 (Alzenbach, 1612)Historical representation of earthquake impacts in Bielefeld 1612 (Alzenbach, 1612) Quelle: City Archive Bielefeld


Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR),

Stilleweg 2, 30655 Hannover, Germany

Organizing Committee

Dr. Diethelm Kaiser, Dr. Thomas Spies, Dr. Jörg Schlittenhardt (BGR Hannover)

Dr. Christian Brandes, Prof. Dr. Jutta Winsemann (Institute of Geology, Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Reicherter (Neotectonics and Natural Hazards Group, RWTH Aachen University)

BackgroundThe Colloquium is the continuation of a series that began in 2013 in Paris with the Colloquium “Macroseismicity: sharing and use of historical data”. The need for an intensive collaboration and exchange was expressed and in 2014 the Colloquium on “Historical earthquakes and macroseismology - historical sources, methods and case studies” was organized in Freiburg, followed by the “International Colloquium on Major Historical Earthquakes of the Rhine Graben, Interplate ‐ Intraplate Continental Deformation, From archives to comparative seismotectonics” 2015 in Strasbourg and the “4th International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes and Macroseismology” 2016 in Vienna.
Topic of the Colloquium

Historical earthquakes, macroseismology, archeoseismology, paleoseismology, earthquake catalogues and databases, active faults, seismotectonics, neotectonics, and seismic hazard assessment.

We cordially invite you to contribute to these topics by oral or poster presentations. The Colloquium will be a platform for exchange of information, experience and expertise as well as for discussion of recent results, ongoing studies and planned projects. Attendance to the presentations (11 and 12 October) is free of charge. The meeting language will be English.

Post Colloquium Field TripA one day field trip to major fault systems and neotectonic activity in northern Germany will be conducted 13 October 2017. Cost of the field trip will be announced on the webpage.

Please register by sending an email to providing your full name and affiliation and your interest to join the field trip.

Deadline for registration: 31 August 2017


Please send your abstract by email to:

indicating if you will give an oral or poster presentation.

Format of abstract: one page DIN A4

Font: Arial 12.
Title: Arial bold, 12pt.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2017

First Circular 5th International Colloquium Historical Earthquakes, Paleoseismology, Neotectonics and Seismic Hazard (PDF, 1 MB)

The second circular – containing the schedule of the colloquium – will be issued in July 2017.


Sand volcano in weichselian deposits at the Osning thrustSand volcano (highlighted) in Weichselian deposits at the Osning thrust exposed in a sand pit near Oerlinghausen, Northern Germany. This soft-sediment deformation structure resulted from fluidization processes due to seismic shaking during an earthquake with magnitude larger than 5.5 about 11.6 to 17.5 ka ago Quelle: modified after BRANDES & WINSEMANN, 2013

We are looking forward meeting you in Hannover!

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