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The GEM Foundation organizes its activities according to five year working programmes. The first Working Programme ran from 2009 to 2013 and the Second Working Programme covers 2014-2018. Each Working Programme is coordinated by the GEM Secretariat, which acts as a linking pin bringing all activities together to achieve GEM’s goals.

How the GEM Foundation is structured and governed you can read here.

Working Programme I (2009-2013)

By creating and fostering a worldwide community, GEM grew to be a relevant and tangible reality over the course of its first working programme. The focus in these five years was on global scientific projects, software development as well as projects and community engagement in regions worldwide.

  • Information on the 10 global scientific projects and the resources / products were and are being delivered by the more than 60 organisations involved, you find under ‘What we do’: Seismic Hazard and Integrated Risk
  • Information on software development and the OpenQuake suite you can find in the OpenQuake section of the website
  • A diverse yet integrated suite of projects, activities and collaborations are taking place in regions worldwide.

Celebrating achievements & looking forward (brief overview) (2.2 MB)

Celebrating achievements & looking forward (full version) (4.4 MB)

Working Programme II (2014-2018)

2014 can be considered a year of transition in preparation of the release of the OpenQuake Platform, tools and a variety of GEM resources. This release marks a change in GEM’s focus, as the products can now be applied.

In Working Programme II, GEM will leverage the OpenQuake platform to support a worldwide community in carrying out hazard and risk assessment and sharing of their outputs and knowledge through the platform. Main focus is on building and fostering partnerships in regions worldwide for application of GEM resources. On the private side, to work in order to stimulate use of the products, whereas on the public side main goals are to transfer knowledge and technology, work with local partners in (urban, national and other) risk assessment and resilience projects, as well as to establish win-win collaborations leading to data, model and knowledge sharing from regional to national and local scales. Funds allowing, new science projects are supported to complement GEM’s existing global products.