The 35th General Assembly Meeting of the ESC was held from 5 to 9 September 2016 in the beautiful town of Trieste, during very nice weather (with some strong wind in between…). The EPOS WP8 - Seismology task leaders had organized a session titled From ORFEUS to EPOS: The development of European seismological research infrastructures - a tribute to Torild van Eck, which attracted 22 contributions on a variety of topics. Massimo Cocco opened the session of 15 oral presentations with a review of EPOS from conception to implementation, highlighting Torild’s contributions along the way, but also providing a very personal account of his interactions with Torild over the years. Other presenters gave their own account of how Torild had influenced, directly or indirectly, their work (and often also lives). The scope of contributions ranged from network and data service issues to algorithmic developments and project reports, nicely demonstrating the breadth of "Seismology" that EPOS aims to cover.
Overall this session indeed was a fitting contribution to the memory of Torild van Eck, without whom Seismology in Europe would look very different from what it is today - and certainly much less organized and integrated. His absence in our discussions these days is very noticeable.
Of course this session was not the only EPOS-related activity during ESC 2016, many other members of the EPOS community participated in (and had organized) various sessions dedicated to specific issues, from historical earthquakes through seismic networks and ground motion predictions to induced seismicity and seismic hazard, just to name a few. EPOS-Seismology had also organized an ‘open discussion’ side meeting on one of the evenings that was reasonably well attended (unfortunately competing with the ESC council meeting), and which offered the opportunity mainly for EPOS non-natives to hear and discuss about our plans.
Particularly of interest was the ad-hoc organized session on the Amatrice earthquake (Central Italy, 24 August 2016), which very nicely showed how integrating data and products from various earth science disciplines can enable rapid and comprehensive geophysical assessment of such tragic natural disasters.