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Global Network for the Forecasting of Earthquakes expands its activity

An international seminar titled “Efficiency, problems and development prospects of the international system of earthquake forecasting” was held from December 1 to December 8, 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the same time as the seminar, a board meeting of the Global Network of Forecasting the Earthquakes (GNFE) took place on December 3 and 4, 2009.

Among the seminar and Global Network Board session participants were scientists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Turkey, and Austria; official delegations from the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia; a representative of Department for Study of Earthquakes and Emergency Situations at the Prime Minister of Turkey and a high-ranking representative of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Emergency Situations.

On the 5th of December, a joint session of the Presidium of Azerbaijan Section of International Academy of Science and GNFE Board took place presided by Professor Walter Kofler (Austria), President of the International Academy of Science.

Based on a written application by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, GNFE Board decided that the Republic of Kazakhstan be included in GNFE as a temporary associate member. In the scientific seminar and GNFE Board session participated Head of Almaty Department of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan MES, Major General, Candidate of technical sciences Damir Kasymbekovich Khalikov. Mr. D.K.Khalikov presented at the seminar a scholarly report titled “Seismic safety of Almaty” which evoked a great interest among the seminar participants.

LTR: President of GNFE, Prof.Dr. Elchin Khalilov and
President of International Academy of Science H&E, Prof.Dr. Walter Kofler.


LTR: President of GNFE, Prof.Dr. Elchin Khalilov,
Head of the Department of Ministry of Emergency
Situations of Kazakhstan, major general, Phd. Damir Khalikov.


LTR: President of GNFE, Prof.Dr. Elchin Khalilov,
Regional Director of GNFE in Indonesia and Scientific
Director of international station Atropatena-ID, Prof. Dr. Wahyudi.


Dr. Muhammad Qaisar - Regional Vice-Director of GNFE
in Pakistan and Vice-Director of international station Atropatena-PK,
Vice-Director of Center for Studying of Earthquakes (Pakistan).

In his speech, Head of Central Department on prevention of emergency situations of Azerbaijan MES Elshad Huseynov conveyed to the seminar participants a greeting from Azerbaijan’s Minister of Emergency Situations, Colonel General K.Geydarov.

In a resolution adopted by GNFE Board it was decided to open in the first half of 2010 a Residency for Near and Middle East and Southern Europe in Ankara, Turkey. The Residency is headed by GNFE Vice-President on international affairs Dr. Bertan Goger elected by GNFE Board. Also appointed were regional representatives in Istanbul and the USA, GNFE Executive Director in London, regional directors in Pakistan and Indonesia. Some procedural matters as to Turkey’s joining GNFE were initiated. The central headquarters – secretariat of GNFE is located in London.

It was further decided to create in 2010 in Istanbul an experimental production center for making and testing of ATROPATENA earthquake forecast stations.

Vice-President of the International Academy of Science (Austria), General Director of Scientific Research Institute for Prognosis and Study of Earthquakes, Professor Elchin Khalilov (Azerbaijan) has been elected GNFE President.

Besides, new compositions of GNFE Board, Scientific Technical Council, Editorial Council of the yearly multivolume edition “GNFE Transactions” as well as of the organizing committee of an international conference on earthquake forecasting planned to be held in 2011 in Ankara, Turkey, were approved.