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DIAS Research Forum 2018 – Friday 11th May

An inter-disciplinary research forum has been scheduled for Friday 11 May 2018, 3-5pm at Burlington Road. The forum is intended to be an informal event that provides post-doctoral scholars and PhD students with the opportunity to share and discuss their current research with scholars and staff from across the three schools of DIAS.

There will be no main speakers at the event. Instead, participants will be assigned a space where they can share and discuss their research interests. Participants are encouraged to present a poster which visually complements their research, and allows them to explain what they do to all DIAS staff. In instances where a poster presentation is not appropriate, participants should feel free to develop an alternative approach. Posters should ideally be printed in A1 portrait format, as space is limited.

The forum presents a great opportunity for scholars to sharpen their academic presentation and public outreach skills in an informal setting, while also getting to know colleagues from across the Institute.

The organisers strongly encourage scholars from all three schools to participate in the forum. A coordinator from each section will liaise with participants regarding their presentations.

Participants are asked to register here prior to Wednesday 9 May.

Section Coordinators:
Celtic Studies - Eibhlín Nic Dhonncha
CP, Astrophysics - Eileen Flood & Anne Grace
CP, Geophysics - Clare Horan
Theoretical Physics - George Rogers
Please contact your section coordinator with any queries.

All DIAS staff are welcome to attend.

2018-02-25, M7.5 Papua New Giunea

On 25th February, 2018, an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.5 occurred at 4a.m local time, in a rural, jungle area of the Southern Highlands in New Guinea, Papaua New Guinea. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was damage. No tsunami watches or warnings were issued because of the quake.

At the location of this earthquake, the Australia plate is converging with the Pacific plate and it occurred as the result of thrust faulting at shallow a depth. Thrust-faulting events of the size of the February 25th, 2018 earthquake are typically about 85×30 km (length x width).


The earthquake was recorded at seismic stations worldwide, including stations of the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see seismic waveforms below (select figure to enlarge).


M4.4 South Wales earthquake, 17th February 2018

An earthquake with magnitude 4.4 occurred in South Wales on the 17th February 2018 at 14:31:07.6 UTC. For more details please see this post on the INSN homepage.

M7.2 Mexico earthquake, 16th February 2018

An earthquake with magnitude 7.2 occurred in southern Mexico on the 16th February 2018 at 23:39:39 UTC. For more details please see this post on the INSN homepage.

2018-2-13 – Seminar by Ben Mather (DIAS)

13 February 2018Seminar

When: 16:00 on Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Where: DIAS, Geophysics Section, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, (library)

Speaker: Ben Mather (DIAS, Dublin, Ireland)
Title: Estimating the depth to the Curie isotherm: a synthesis of the methodology and its application to Ireland.


Magnetic data is one of the most common geophysics datasets available on the surface of the Earth. At long wavelengths it pertains information on the depth at which rocks lose their magnetism. This is called the Curie depth – often interpreted as the 580C isotherm, which is the Curie point of magnetite. In this talk I will outline the methodologies to compute Curie depth and the resolution of thermal structures it can detect. The ongoing acquisition of the magnetic anomaly by Tellus presents a unique opportunity to glean precise estimates of the 580C isotherm, which can be assimilated into large scale thermo-chemical models of the lithosphere.

M8.0 Alaska earthquake, 23rd January 2018

An earthquake with magnitude 8.0 occurred on the 23rd January 2018 at 09:31:41 UTC in the Gulf of Alaska. For more details please see this post on the INSN homepage.

M7.2 Peru earthquake, 14th January 2018

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred on the 14th January 2018 at 09:18:46 UTC near the southern coast of Peru. For more details please see this post on the INSN homepage.

M7.6 Honduras earthquake, 10th January 2018

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred on the 10th January 2018 at 02:51:32 UTC north of Honduras. For more details please see

this post on the INSN homepage.

2017-12-5 – Seminar by Martin Möllhoff (DIAS)

5 December 2017Seminar

When: 16:00 on Tuesday, 5th December 2017
Where: DIAS, Geophysics Section, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, (library)

Speaker: Martin Möllhoff (DIAS, Dublin, Ireland)
Title: New Developments at the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN).

Science Week Event: Evening, 16th Nov. 2017, 5 Merrion Sq. – limitied places remaining

Earthquakes and other Geohazards

Despite its lack of large earthquakes, Ireland holds a special place in the history of Earthquake studies thanks to the pioneering work of Robert Mallet in the mid-19th century. Come see the past and present of live earthquake monitoring worldwide, from the heart of Dublin.

Location: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 5 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Date: 16th November 2017

Time: 19:00 – 20:00 and 20:30 – 21:30

There are a limited number of tickets for this FREE event. Please go to: