The TURNkey final EC review meeting

On the 12th of September, 2022, the TURNkey partners met all together online one last time for the final review meeting with the European Commission (EC). It was a dense day where Work Package leaders and key partners tried to summarize three years of work! What a journey it has been! The efforts of all of the partners did not go unnoticed and, in the words of the reviewers, this “impressive work” produced “outstanding results”.


Thank you to all the TURNkey partners for making this project a success!

  • Stiftelsen NORSAR
  • Stichting Deltares
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières
  • Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre
  • Haskoli Islands (University of Iceland)
  • Fondazione Eucentre
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Universidad de Alicante
  • Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation
  • Università degli Studi di Bergamo
  • University College London
  • Institutul National de Cercetare si Dezvoltare pentru Fizica Pamantului
  • YetItMoves S.r.l.
  • Gempa GmbH
  • National Observatory of Athens
  • Nutcracker Research Ltd.
  • Beta 80 SpA
  • Siminn hf.
  • Panepistimio Patron (University of Patras)
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The GeoSense webinar

On 18 May 2022, the GeoSense cluster (i.e., TURNkey, CRISIS, REDACt, and METIS) held the webinar “Coordinated solutions for a more resilient society”. The main results and solutions designed by the cluster about seismic risk mitigation were presented to policy makers as well as state, regional, and local authorities (e.g., civil protection).
The coordinators of the four projects gave short but focused presentations to provide an overview of each project and their outcomes.
These presentations were then the starting point for a round-table discussion to exchange views on the proposed solutions, their possible improvements, and applications. The meeting lasted about two and a half hours and was attended by 23 participants from civil protection departments, research institutes, and decision makers from all over Europe.

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The Final TURNkey Meeting

On April 25-28, 2022, the final meeting of TURNkey was held in Orihuela, a small town in the province of Alicante, south-east of Spain. The event was organised by the University of Alicante (a TURNkey partner) and started with a two-day workshop “Jornadas Internacionales de Sensibilización frente al Riesgo Sismico“.

On April 25, the workshop was targeted for local stakeholders only (Municipality, Police, Civil Protection, Emergency Military Unit, etc.) and featured a series of Spanish-language presentations focusing mainly on topics related to seismic risk in Orihuela and surrounding areas, structural vulnerability, building damage assessment protocol, and emergency management after a seismic event. Among the speakers on this day were experts from the University of Alicante, the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Polytechnic University of Valencia as well as the Head of the of the Valencia Region Seismic Network and a representative of the Civil protection of Murcia region.

On the second day (April 26), the workshop focused exclusively on TURNkey and was held in English. In particular, the TURNkey partners involved in Operational Earthquake Forecasting (OEF), Earthquake Early Warning (EEW), and Rapid Response to Earthquake (RRE) outlined the research activities carried out throughout the project and the main achievements. In the same day, the main project outcome, i.e., the TURNkey platform, was presented to local and international stakeholders attending the event. Specifically, the presentation aimed to showcase the operation and the usability of the tool through the demonstration of the TURNkey platform in the municipality of Orihuela.

The presentation of the TURNkey platform continued in the morning of the following day (April 27), with the presentation of the final results from the Participatory Action Research (PAR) to show how the needs and requirements of the stakeholders have been taking into account in the development of the platform. Finally, the local stakeholders had the opportunity to ask practical questions about the possibility of installing the TURNkey platform in the Alicante area in an open session that concluded the workshop.

In total about 70 people (consortium partners representatives and stakeholders) attended the workshop. We had also the honour of welcoming in person Fumio Yamazaki from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED, Japan), a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of TURNkey. The partners who could not attend the event in person joined the meeting virtually.

From April 27 afternoon onwards, the meeting was only dedicated to the TURNkey consortium. Partners attending the meeting physically or virtually were informed about the latest aspects related to management and final reporting of the project. Besides, further exploitation of TURNkey results and possible routes to market for the TURNkey platform were discussed. The consortium meeting was also attended by Alberto Pozza, the project officer from the European Commission (EC), and Philippe Quevauviller, Policy and Research Programming Officer at the EC, who presented to the consortium the Community for European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) and its scope and opportunities. Finally, the last General Assembly of the project was held to discuss the remaining open points before the end of the project at the end of May 2022.

In the morning of April 28, a final technical session was organized to discuss practical aspects of the installation of the scientific engine and the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the platform in the different testbeds.


The Final TURNkey Meeting Agenda


Workshop Presentations_April 26, 2022:

TURNkey_Project presentation

Using Operational Earthquake Forecasting within TURNkey

Using Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Ground Motion Estimation within TURNkey

Vulnerability and Rapid Loss Prediction Updating

TURNkey Platform General Presentation

TURNkey TestBeds_Experiences from Monitoring, Validation and Standardization of the TURNkey Procedure

Workshop – Demostration of the Platform_B80

Workshop – Demostration of the Platform_NORSAR

TURNkey Workshop – Case Study – A Hypothetical Hospital Scenario


Workshop Presentations_April 27, 2022:

How Relevant is TURNkey to Potential End-Users

TURNkey Use Cases Business and Critical Infrastructure

Workshop for the Stakeholders

Workshop – Installation of the Platform in the Testbeds


Workshop Presentations_Video Recordings

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The final TURNkey meeting is about to start!

The final TURNkey meeting will be held on April 25–28 2022 in Orihuela (Alicante province, Spain). TURNkey’s final outcomes will be shared among the partners and presented to stakeholders from different European countries. A special focus will be the TURNkey platform, the main product of the project, which will be demonstrated using the municipality of Orihuela as an example. The meeting will be joined by TURNkey’s European Commission project officer and one member of the Scientific Advisory Board from Japan. The meeting will start with a workshop organised by the University of Alicante (a TURNkey partner and organizer of the meeting) aimed at Spanish stakeholders (e.g., Civil Protection of Spain).

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WP4&WP5 Final Workshop

On December 10th, around 30 participants from the TURNkey consortium convened online to discuss the outcomes of technical Work Packages 4 (Physical and Systemic Vulnerability Estimation for Rapid Loss Prediction Updating) and 5 (Decision Support Systems for real-time and near real-time disaster prevention and risk communication). It was the last opportunity of 2021 for everyone to meet and take stock of the work completed since the start of the project. Facilitated by BRGM and University College London, the meeting first revolved around brief summaries of the scientific results achieved in each Task. This was followed by a discussion on the success stories of each Work Package, as well as on related opportunities for improvement.

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General Assembly 2021

On the 19th of November, all of the TURNkey partners met for the last time in 2021 for an online General Assembly. This half day meeting was organized in three parts. First, partners ARU and NTC presented the final set of use cases for first responders, civil protection, businesses and critical infrastructures and asked partners for final inputs and feedback. These use cases reflect the functionalities that will be included in the final version of the TURNkey platform (due at the end of January 2022) that will then be taken to the field in the form of a virtual demonstrator to be tested with actual stakeholders in PAR cycle 3 (the last cycle of end user research) in February/March 2022. The second part was focused on the description of this demonstration tool that will use a case study based on a real Testbed of the project and synthetic earthquake data for simulation purposes. Finally, with six months left in the project it was also time to give some general project and administrative updates to the Consortium ahead of the Final Reporting Period!

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Workshop on WP2 at NORSAR

In October 2021, and after a long period without any physical meetings, the partners involved in the development of the TURNkey platform (NORSAR, B80, Gempa) and the partners responsible for the end-user research (Anglia Ruskin University, Nutcracker Research) finally met at NORSAR for a physical workshop! The aim of the workshop was to evaluate the performance of the TURNkey FWCR platform from the end-user’s perspective at the end of the 2nd Participatory Action Research (PAR) cycle with a view to prioritizing development work during the 3rd and final PAR cycle. In order to do that, beginning to end simulations of the application of the TURNkey FWCR platform were performed through hypothetical scenarios for two types of stakeholders:

  • business and critical infrastructure organisations; and
  • civil protection/emergency responders.
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ESC 2021 Conference: TURNkey and RISE together in a session addressing OEF and EEW

The 21st of September 2021 was the day of the joint session of the TURNkey project and the RISE (Real-time earthquake rIsk reduction for a resilient Europe) project at the ESC 2021 Conference (37th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission). Finally! Postponed by one year and still online (instead of Corfu), it was a rich session with interesting talks addressing OEF (Operational Earthing Forecasting) and EEW (Earthquake Early Warning). Talks were mainly carried out by researchers from TURNkey and RISE, although a number of researchers from outside the project also contributed to the session.
More than fifty people attended each talk, thus allowing the results of the two European projects to be shared with the scientific community. In addition, the conveners of the session were from RISE and TURNkey: by discussing and linking the results presented, once again they highlighted a great synergy between the two projects.
The next (and last) big conference for TURNkey will be the 3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering & Seismology (3ECEES) in September 2022.

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TURNkey Second Consortium Meeting

A physical gathering was still not possible for this year’s annual meeting of the TURNkey project (unfortunately!) but the motivation of all partners was not affected as more than 60 people joined the full day meeting. In addition to the members of the Consortium, members from the Scientific Advisory Board from Japan and USA (who woke up very early or stayed up very late!) joined to hear the latest news and developments of TURNkey. The meeting organized on the 16th of June 2021 was mainly intended to showcase the version 2.0 of the TURNkey platform with a live demonstration of the platform running a simulated event. Besides, the results of the new round of interviews with stakeholders in the Testbeds (PAR cycle 2) were presented and discussed with all partners. Presentations from outside of TURNkey were also on the agenda with speakers from the RISE (Real-time earthquake rIsk reduction for a resilient Europe) project and the SensEQuake project giving enlightening talks about the scientific work performed in their respective projects. Finally, an innovative approach was tested to share the main published results of TURNkey in a fast and efficient way: a pitch session was organized where authors were only allowed 90s to present a single slide summarizing their publication. And it was a very nice experience, both for the audience and for the presenters! Those who were not exhausted by all the presentations joined for a more relaxed “social gathering” to conclude the day with games and lighter discussions.

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Joint UCL-Tohoku University workshop about Early Warning Systems

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On the 20th and 21st May 2021, University of London (UCL, a TURNkey partner) and Tohoku University will co-host the workshop: “Developing next-generation earthquake and tsunami early warning systems for the enhancement of disaster resilience in urban societies”. The workshop will provide a forum for sharing experiences of earthquake and tsunami early warning in Europe and Japan, building a foundation for the development of next-generation early warning systems in both regions. Expert speakers from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Risk Management Solutions (RMS), and University of Huddersfield will take part to the event. Prior registration is required.

For more information about the workshop and to register for it, please read the Flyer.

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