Domenico Giardini - Biography#


Domenico Giardini is Full Professor of Seismology and Geodynamics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, since 1997.

Prof. Giardini studied Physics and completed his doctorate in 1987 at the University of Bologna. He worked as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (1982-1986), researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics in Rome (1987-1992) and Associate Professor of Seismology at the University of Rome III (1992-1997).

He was the Director of the Swiss Seismological Service until 2011 and President of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in 2011-2012.

He directed the Swiss Competence Center for Environment and Sustainability (CCES) and now leads the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (SCCER-SoE).

He directed the Seismic Risk Sector of the Italian High Risk Commission and was a member of the Nuclear Earthquake Safety Commission of Switzerland.

He was President of the European Seismological Commission (ESC), Chair of the International Federation of Seismic Networks (FDSN) and President of the International Association of Seismology & Physics of the Earth Interior (IASPEI).

He coordinated international projects for the European Commission (including NERIES, SHARE, NERA, STREST, SERA), UNESCO, the UN, NASA, ESA and the OECD.

He was a CI of the 2015 ESA LISA Pathfinder mission and is now in the Executive Board of the ESA mission LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) for the detection of gravitational waves. He is co-I on the 2018 NASA InSight mission to Mars, where he delivers the seismometer electronics and directs the Marquake Service.

He directed the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program of the UN/International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) and was a co-founder of the Global Earthquake Model initiative.

He co-authored over 280 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on deep earthquakes, Earth free oscillations, structure of the Earth’s mantle and core, source inversion, waveform modeling in complex media, seismic hazard and risk assessment, microzonation, planetary seismology, induced seismicity, geoenergies. In the past 20' years, 65 PhD Theses were completed under his Professorship at ETH Zurich.

He was Visiting Professor at Caltech and Nanyang Visiting Professor at NTU, Singapore.

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