Tagged: L’Aquila

“Science on trial” highlighted poor communication - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 05, 2016

Convicting scientists for manslaughter following the L’Aquila earthquake wasn’t “science on trial” but a failing of communication, one of the seismologists says. Giulio Selvaggi spent nearly a year of his life in an Italian courtroom as he and five other scientists were tried for the manslaughter of 33 victims of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Their eventual conviction had a chilling … Read More

Learning from L'Aquila and why Canterbury is different - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 25, 2012

by Dr Mark Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Tectonics and Geomorphology at the University of Canterbury and the 2011 Prime Minister’s Science Communicator’s Prize winer Six scientists and one government official have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison for how they assessed and communicated risk prior to the magnitude 6.3 L’Aquila earthquake that killed 309 … Read More

GNS on quake communication – we can do better - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2012

The convictions of the Italian scientists of manslaughter has more relevance here in New Zealand than you might think. In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, the scientific community and GNS Science in particular came in for scrutiny over how effectively it communicated the risk of earthquake activity in the lead up to September 2010, prior to the devastating February … Read More

Scientists slam manslaughter convictions for geophysicists - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2012

Scientists around the world have reacted with dismay to conviction of six italian scientists and a former government official on manslaughter charges. The seven were convicted after prosecutors successfully argued that public statements they had contributed to a false sense of security in the Italian city of L’Aquila ahead of the 2009 earthquake that killed 309 people. L’Aquila … Read More