Professor of Seismology - University of Trieste, Italy - Retired -


  • Born: Faenza (Ravenna-Italy) 27/4/1945
  • Maturita' Classica Liceo M.Minghetti Bologna (Italy) 1963
  • Laurea in Fisica University of Bologna (Italy) 1967
  • Post Doc University of Bologna (Italy) 1968-1970
  • Visiting post Doc University of Uppsala (Sweeden) 1969
  • Assistant Professor University of Bari (Italy) 1970-1980
  • Post Doc Fellow University of California Los Angeles (USA) 1971/1974
  • Associate Professor University of Bari (Italy) 1973-1980
  • Associate Professor University della Calabria Cosenza (Italy) 1975-1977
  • Visiting Professor Polytechnic of Zurich (Switzerland) 1977
  • Prof. Geophysical Prospecting University of Trieste (Italy) 1980-1988
  • Professor of Seismology University of Trieste (Italy) 1988-
  • Lecturer Diploma Course in Earth System Physics at ICTP, 2006-

Other appointments:#

  • Chairman School of Geology University Trieste 1983-1986
  • Professor of the PhD course Geofisica della Litosfera e Geodinamica, Trieste University 1984-
  • Director Istituto di Geodesia e Geofisica University Trieste 1985-1991
  • Adjunct Prof. Cientro Int. de Ciencias de la Tierra Colima(Mexico) 1991-1993
  • Consultant Abdus Salam Int. Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste 1989 –
  • Co-Founder and Head of Group Structure and non-linear dynamics of the Earth (ICTP) Trieste 1991-
  • Chairman of Beno Gutenberg medal committee dell’EGU/EGS, 2001-2008
  • Scientific Council of the PhD school in Scienze della Terra, Padova university 2005-
  • Italian Geological Committee 2005-
  • Italian co-ordinator for the Project Metodologie avanzate in campo geofisico e geodinamico (Dottorato) in partnership with China Earthquake Administration and Chinese Academy of Sciences for the Internazionalizzazione del sistema universitario italiano 2005-2009
  • Member commission Prize SGI 2007
  • Delegate of Accademia nazionale dei Lincei in the Comitato Tecnico-Scientifico dell’Anno Internazionale del Pianeta Terra (2007-2009)
  • Lezioni Lincee in Fisica at University of Trieste (2007-
  • Board of Directors INOGS – Trieste 2009-
  • Lectio Magistralis at the opening ceremony of the Academic year 2009-2010 of Trieste university, at the presence of the President of the Chamber of Deputies.


22 research students awarded Ph.D.'s; 26 postdoctoral scholars from 15 countries; 3 PhD awarded at Institut of Geophysics – China Earthquake Adminstration e Institute of Geology and Geophysics - China Academy of Sciences, 1 PhD awarded at IIEES – Teheran, 1PhD awarded at Mansoura University Faculty of Science Geology Department, Egypt. Supervisor of 29 post-docs from 15 different Countries with numerous publications in peer reviewed journals


  • Prize Ettore Cardani, Università di Torino 1968
  • Fulbright Fellow 1970
  • Premio Linceo Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Roma 1990
  • Beno Gutenberg medal from the European Geophysical Society, for outstanding contributions to Seismology, 2000
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in Physics from University of Bucharest – Romania, 2002
  • Onorary Fellow Fondazione Internazionale Trieste per il progresso e la liberta’ delle scienze, 2004
  • CEI Medal of Honour for eminent services to the organization and the demonstrated highly qualified scientific work performed by the Earth Sciences Committee of the Central European Initiative (CEI), 2004
  • Honorary Professor Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administration, 2005
  • Commemorative Medal from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 2009
  • NRIAG Medal of Honor, 2014
  • 5th Class/Knight (Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana) 2015
  • Honorary Professor Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) 2018
  • AGU International award 2018


  • Accademia Nazionale Lincei, Italy 1987-
  • Academia Europaea, 1990-
  • The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World 1997-
  • Russian Academy of Sciences, 2003-
  • Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL, 2004


  • Council member: European Geophysical Society 1982-1986
  • European Union of Geosciences 1983-1994
  • Vice President European Union of Geosciences 1991-1994
  • Chairman UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP project “Realistic modeling of seismic input for Megacities and large urban areas” 1997-2001
  • Project leader NATO SfP project “Impact of Vrancea earthquakes on the security of Bucharest and other adjacent urban areas” 2000-2004
  • External expert for IAEA under Technical Cooperation Program (2003-
  • 2001-2008 Chairman of EGU Beno Gutenberg medal Committee
  • Member of Italian Comitato Geologico since 2005
  • Member of Scientific Council Centro di studi e ricerche di sismologia applicata dinamica strutturale – Univ Brescia since 2006
  • Member Board of Directors Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale since 2009.
  • President Commission for the Evaluation of Research (CVR) University of Trieste, 2010-2012
  • President of the Italian National Committee to IUGG since 2011
  • Member Italian Commission for the participation of CNR to ICSU since 2011
  • President Commission Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale – MIUR - Competition Sector: 04/A4 – Geophysics 2012-2014.
  • Member Comitato di Selezione PRIN (Sector ERC PE) 2013.
  • Referee for PRIN and other MIUR projects since many years
  • Referee for proposals submitted to Czech Science Foundation since 2007
  • Referee for proposals submitted to Research Council of Norway since 2002
  • Referee for proposals submitted to Romanian National University Research Council since 2008
  • Referee for proposals submitted to Ministry of Education, Youth and Science of Bulgaria since 2010


Royal Astronomical Society, London 1983-; American Geophysical Union (life time); Seismological Society of America 1986; European Geophysical Society (life time); Lions Club, Trieste Miramar 1992-; Funding member of the International Association for Seismic Isolation and energy disSIpation (ASSISi), 2001; honorary member (ASSISI) 2008; honorary member of GLIS


  • Board of Governors: Universita' di Trieste 1987-1989;
  • Scientific Board: Gruppo Nazionale per la Difesa dai Terremoti 1993-1997; Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale 1993-; Environment and large disaters commission of Accademia nazionale dei Lincei 1993-; Large risks commission, Ministry of Emergency Relief 1994-1995; European Advisory Evaluation Committee for Earthquake Prediction Council of Europe 1993-1999
  • Editorial Boards: TERRA Nova 1990-1996; Revista de Geofisica 1990-; Acta Geod. Geophys. Hungarica 1994-; Engineering Geology 2007-; The African Physical Review 2007-; Associate Editor Rendiconti Lincei 2008-; Editor-in-Chief Earth Sciences Review 1997-; Editor Pure and Applied Geophysics 1997-2004; Editor Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata 1998-; Associate Editor Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering 2001-; Advisory Editorial Board of Journal of theoretical and applied Mechanics 2015-; Board member of Vietnam Journal of Earth Sciences 2016-


Author and coauthor of more than 500 scientific papers in refereed journals; Co-Author, Editor and Co-editor of 12 books. h-index (2010) 25; above 90th percentile of area 04 among italian full professors; 9th as h-index; 4th as citations; first as total number of publications (source Scopus). According to Science Watch Special Topics analysis on earthquake research over the past decade, the work of Dr. Giuliano F. Panza ranks at #4 by papers, based on 74 papers cited a total of 434 times. In the Web of Science® from Thomson Reuters, Dr. Panza's record includes 109 original articles, reviews, and proceedings papers, cited 715 times between January 1, 2000 and May 6, 2010. H-factor (2016 Scopus)=37. ResearchGate score higher than 97.5% of ResearchGate members (January 2017)


Elastic wave propagation, interior structure of the earth, plate tectonics, earthquake prediction, active tectonics, seismic microzonation of urban settlements and seismic hazard, volcano seismology. In June 2010 SCIENCEWATCH.COM writes:
GIULIANO PANZA ON EARTHQUAKE PREDICTION AND RISK According to our Special Topics analysis on earthquake research over the past decade, the work of Dr. Giuliano F. Panza ranks at #4 by papers, based on 74 papers cited a total of 434 times. In the Web of Science® from Thomson Reuters, Dr. Panza's record includes 109 original articles, reviews, and proceedings papers, cited 715 times between January 1, 2000 and May 6, 2010.


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Basic information:#

The scientific activity of Prof. Giuliano Francesco Panza is marked by the broad multidisciplinary nature of the problems considered: integrated analysis of structure and dynamics of the lithosphere-astenosphere system; integrated approach to modelling of the seismic waves in the near-field and far-field; earthquake-prone lineaments and premonitory seismicity patterns. A wide range of sofisticated theoretical methods and models was developed in these studies: the advanced methodology for seismogram synthesis; inversion; pattern recognition.

The definite sign of excellence is the extension of the results to applications without sacrifice of scientific level of the study. The applications concern strong seismic motion, reduction of seismic and volcanic risk. Prof. Panza, who received, in 2000, the Beno Gutenberg medal by the European Union of Geosciences for outstanding contributions to Seismology, is presently no doubt the strongest Italian seismologist. He is dedicated and successful leader of several international projects, most spectacular one (completed in 2003) - Realistic Modelling of Seismic Input for Megacities and Large Urban Areas supported by UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP - involved more than 100 scientists, distributed in more than 25 centers, several of them located in CEI countries.

He has been coordinating, for the CEI University network, Seminars and stages on “Earth and Environmental Physics: Geodynamical Model of Central Europe for Safe Development of Ground Transportation Systems”, at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Trieste and at The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics. This activity represented a natural extension of the project “Lithospheric studies of the Periadriatic domain and the geodynamics of the Circum-Pannonian belt”, launched in 2001 by the CEI’s Committee on Earth Sciences. CEI activity continues now in the frame work of CERES-ICTP fellowship.

To improve, as much as possible, from a statistical point of view, the assessment of seismic hazard, in co-operation with scientists from IIEPT of the Moscow Russian Academy of sciences proposed the use at variable scale of the fractal Gutenberg-Richter relation. This result has deep implications in the development of the intermediate-term middle-range earthquake prediction methods, done, again, in co-operation with scientists of IIEPT, Moscow. With the Seismology Group of Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra dell'Universita' di Trieste and with the SAND group of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), he supervises, has developed a very powerful theoretical-numerical tool for the computation of complete synthetic seismograms that is at the base of his methodology for the neodeterministic assessment of seismic hazard, currently applied in several large urban centres and megacities. Recently, in cooperation with ASI, the Italian space agency, the simultaneous use of the neodeterministic approach for the ground motion estimation, of the monitoring of the space-time variation of hazard, and of the Earth observation data, lead to the construction of time-dependent hazard models based on strong geophysical ground, that have generated particular interest at Civil Defence level.

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