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The event

More pictures of the event in our Flickr channel.

We thank you all invitees for their enthusiastic support that made all this possible.



The end of 2014 will leave a mark on GEM's history for the release of the OpenQuake platform, an innovative web-based risk assessment platform for modelling, viewing, exploring and managing earthquake risk worldwide. The open source software will allow professionals from various fields of work to combine different GEM products and obtain key outputs for risk assessment, risk management, scientific researches and much more. The platform, fed by continous contributions of users, will also play as an interactive environment where sharing knowledge, results and resources from local to global.

Learn more about available features and tools by navigating this website.

We welcome

We feel honoured to confirm the presence of Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, at the OpenQuake Release event. Her extensive experience in both disaster relief operations and disaster risk management, with the United Nations system and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will certainly enrich the debate and call for a more global commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 priorities and the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. 


Ms Wahlström is also the head of UNISDR, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, that is the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction. Under the SRSG’s leadership, UNISDR is in charge of supporting the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters throughout the world and to facilitate the process of developing a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Learn more about her experience and career.

The venue

The event will be hosted in the CAR College Auditorium of Pavia, not far from our headquarters. The magnificent spaces are those of the renewed church of Saint Giacomo and Filippo, designed by the famous architect Richini at the beginning of XVII century. Learn more.

The booths


An interactive corner equipped with screens, relevant documentation and direct access to the platform will offer participants the possibility to browse the software and spot the wide range of data and models available.

Qualified staff of developers and scientists will give advise on specific issues and provide further explanations on request.



A wide variety of standalone and embedded web-based tools, including the OpenQuake Engine, are used to develop hazard, risk and physical vulnerability models, as well as socio-economic variablity indicators.

In this booth participants would better understand the end-to-end risk modelling process and directly test the tools GEM developed in cooperation with its main partners.



Here attendees would acknowledge the impact and application around the globe of GEM tools and resources. From Nepal to Papua New Guinea a wide gallery of case studies will be shown to witness GEM commitment to cooperate together with governments and organisations for the public good.


A dedicated booth to provide information on the all general aspects of GEM, its activities and achievements so far. At this booth, participants will be able to better understand how they can benefit from, and contribute to, GEM by learning about the following aspects, among others:

- How partnerships are already helping GEM to achieve its mission.
- Examples of partnerships options and collaboration opportunities that will help in shaping GEM’s future.
- The long-value vision and value proposition that make of GEM a unique initiative.