Luca Dal Zilio

I am privileged to work with friends, mentors and colleagues who not only publish scientific research, but also actively participate in science education and outreach. Science outreach is my passion — it enables me to challenge myself to be better at communicating my research to a wider community. It has given me the opportunity to work with, learn from, and teach wonderful people from around the world. I have always been committed to developing and inspiring effective science communication and I am currently involved in outreach projects that provide information on earthquakes worldwide.


In 2017, I gave a TedX talk on earthquake prediction and prevention. It's not possible to prevent earthquakes and tsunamis. Why is prediction so hard?  Earthquakes start in a tiny volume deep within an opaque medium; we do not know their boundary conditions, initial conditions, or material properties well; and earthquake precursors, if any, hide amongst unrelated anomalies. Earthquakes cluster in space and time, and following a quake earthquake probability spikes.

Careful management of these hazards can minimise the damage that they cause. Preparedness communications is the key. We need to create an enduring culture of preparedness that can be owned, sustained and propagated in the near future.

Going with the toroidal mantle flow, EGU blog [link].

EGU 2018: convening a session [link]

Postcard from Singapore: Global Young Scientists Summit 2018 [link]

AGU 2017 Fall Meeting, New Orleans [link]

Pre-plate-tectonics on early Earth: How to make primordial continental crust, EGU blog [link].

Global Young Scientists Summit 2018: Learning from the Best, ETH Ambassadors [link].

Blog posts