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blog | 25 Oct 2012

Reactions on the l'Aquila Statement

We released a statement on the l’Aquila verdict and are receiving various reactions from around the globe. We are curious to learn about yours. Do leave a comment on Facebook or share your thoughts here..


  • John Schneider, Oct. 25, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

    I fully support these statements. May this travesty not discourage us, but rather strengthen our dedication and resolve to continue the essential work we do as members of GEM and of the natural disaster risk reduction community.

  • paolo bazzurro, Oct. 25, 2012, 10:29 p.m.

    I also fully support these statements. This sentence against seven scientists is not only a shame for Italy but also unfair and myopic. Unfair because the scientists in the committee worked all their lives to reduce seismic risks. Myopic because under the new toxic circumstances that this sentence has created, no scientist will agree to jeopardize his/her livelihood to provide advices to the national department of civil protection. This sentence besides ruining the lives of innocent people has also deprived Italian citizens from a useful source of expertise. Justice here has been really poorly served.

  • Dario , Oct. 27, 2012, 11:44 a.m.

    I fully agree. Unsafe buildings are the cause. I do hope the engineering community will firmly react to this sentence which is contributing to worsen the image of Italy in the world.

  • Kate Stillwell, Nov. 6, 2012, 11:55 p.m.

    Thank you for posting these statements. A conviction based on "inexact, incomplete, and contradictory" information rejects of the very nature of the scientific process - rejects curiosity-driven investigation of uncertainty and unknowns. The indictment sets a dangerous precedent that will stifle public discourse of risk, leading to greater ignorance and greater risk. May the whole engineering and scientific communities unify to stand in solidarity with our servant-leaders who have been made scapegoats.

  • Professor Jamilur R. Choudhury, Bangladesh, Jan. 18, 2013, 2:49 p.m.

    I fully agree with the statement on the "l'Aquila verdict". I only hope that the appeal system in Italian judiciary would be activated and our Italian colleagues would be released and exonerated.

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