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The 2018 annual conference on Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology was concluded successfully

2018/7/6 16:21:30

To better serve the “Two Centenary Goals” blueprint and to effectively mitigate the risk of earthquake disasters in China, boost earthquake safety in both urban and rural areas, facilitate “One Belt And One Road” earthquake disaster source investigation, and support the implementation of major national strategies, the 2018 annual conference on Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology was held in Beijing on December 23–24, 2017. The meeting was organized jointly by the Committee on Earthquake Geology of the Seismological Society of China and the Key Laboratory of Active Tectonics and Volcanos of the China Earthquake Administration. The annual conference was attended by over 140 representatives from more than 20 colleges, universities, and other scientific research institutions, which included Tsinghua University, Beijing University, the University of Science and Technology of China, Sun Yat-sen University, East China Normal University, Beijing Forestry University, the College of Disaster Prevention Science and Technology, the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, the Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China Earthquake Administration, the Institute of Geology, the Institute of Crustal Dynamics, the Institute of Earthquake Forecasting, CEA, China Earthquake Network Center, China Earthquake Prevention Center, The First Monitoring and Application Center, The Second Monitoring and Application Center, Yunnan Earthquake Administration, Ningxia Earthquake Administration, Gansu Earthquake Administration, Hebei Earthquake Administration, Sichuan Earthquake Administration, Xinjiang Earthquake Administration, Shanxi Earthquake Administration, Shanghai Earthquake Administration, and Shanghai Institute of Geological Engineering Exploration. The participants gathered to discuss new theories, methods, and technologies for effective mitigation of earthquake disaster risk, and suggestions were proposed regarding sustainable socioeconomic development.

The opening ceremony of the conference was presided over by Xu Xiwei, the director of the Committee on Earthquake Geology of the Seismological Society of China and deputy director of the Institute of Geology of the China Earthquake Administration. He first offered a warm welcome to all the attendees and then he introduced details of the committee’s main research work in recent years. He also offered opinions on the new period of active tectonics and earthquake geology research, highlighting that such endeavors should be conducted with consideration of national requirements and socioeconomic development. The former director of the Committee on Earthquake Geology of the Seismological Society of China, Deng Qidong, was invited to deliver the opening speech. Academician Deng briefly reviewed the importance of many years of earthquake geological scientific research in relation to China’s recent economic development and societal change. He also emphasized the importance not only of focusing on results but also of seeing the challenges. He encouraged young researchers to commit their unremitting efforts to explore the regularity of earthquakes by having confidence to solve practical problems and to contribute to the development of earthquake science in China.

Sixteenacademic reports had been arranged for this meeting. The physical area of study included the interior of the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau as well as its peripheral areas, the Xinjiang region, North China, Northeast China, and other earthquake-prone areas and regions of extensive concern to the industry. The research subjects included geology, geophysics, geochemistry, seismology, geomorphology, surveying, and other disciplines. The research content included active fault geometry, kinematics and dynamics characteristics, active volcanic eruption features, and mechanism and aftershocks earthquake recognition. Although the reports focused closely on active tectonics and seismogeology, they were expanded from the characteristics of surface geology to deep dielectric properties, from fault activity characteristics to earthquake seismogenic mechanisms, and from earthquake mechanism analysis to depth–structure relationships. At the end of each report, the conference participants actively asked questions, conducted in-depth exchanges, and held lively discussions on various issues of concern. It was considered that the meeting successfully achieved the expected results.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Xu Xiwei first affirmed the achievements made at the annual conference and then he expressed his sincere thanks to all the attendees for their active participation. He also encouraged them to continue their research efforts and to achieve greater results. The 2018 annual conference on Active Tectonics and Earthquake Geology was concluded amid warm applause.