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The Seismicity Induced by Human Technological Activities and the Related Seismic Hazard workshop was held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, on May 23 and 24, 2023.
The event was organised by the University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre and Department of Geology, and the European Plate Observing System Thematic Core Service for Anthropogenic Hazards (EPOS TCS AH).

The workshop was delivered by: Prof. Beata Orlecka-Sikora, Prof. Stanisław Lasocki and Dr. Łukasz Rudziński from the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences and Prof. Andrzej Kijko from the University of Pretoria. The event was attended by twenty-two undergraduate and PhD students of geology and mining.

During the workshop, the participants were familiarized with the technologies used in the exploitation of georesources that can induce seismicity, and with the mechanisms of impact on the rock mass. Participants learned about anthropogenic seismicity properties and monitoring techniques. Much attention was devoted to presenting to the participants the anthropogenic seismic hazard and some simpler methods for assessing and mitigating this hazard. The social and economic impact of induced seismicity were also discussed. A large and important part of the workshop was practical training conducted on the EPISODES EPOS TCS AH platform that integrates research infrastructures of geophysical anthropogenic hazards. Through these activities, participants gained basic hands-on experience in analyzing and interpreting seismic data to assess the risks evoked by man-made seismicity.

After the workshop, attendees provided very positive feedback regarding the course. Further information can be found in the workshop assessment report.