Research without borders to prevent and mitigate natural disasters

The international conference “Towards a transnational research network on solid earth science”, organised by the OGS with the support of the Central European Initiative (CEI), took place today, 23 November, in Trieste.

The main objective of the conference is to promote and strengthen the interaction between science and policy in order to develop common strategies in the field of Earth sciences and in particular for the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and to promote cross-border and transnational research in the field of solid earth sciences between the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In particular, the event aims to establish a link with existing initiatives at European level, such as the European Plate Observing System (EPOS).

The event is part of the activities of the project “towards a regIoNal parTnER Facility for solid eArth science in the Central and south-eastern European area - INTERFACE”, which aims to establish an initial platform for dialogue between representatives of the scientific community and officials from the ministries responsible for science and research in some CEI member countries.

Among the outcomes of the meeting was the discussion of the "Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Transnational Cooperation Network for Solid Earth Science in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe", a document that lays the foundations for effective cooperation between the various European countries involved in the field of solid earth science and natural disaster mitigation. The document under discussion will therefore also be made available to the other CEI member countries that were unable to participate in today's work.