CRUST is an Interuniversity Center for Research on 3D Seismotectonics. The acronym CRUST stands for "Centro Interuniversitario per l’Analisi Sismotettonica tridimensionale con applicazioni territoriali”.


Founded in mid-2015, CRUST has been operational since April 12, 2016. It is the brainchild of a group of academics aimed at promoting research and teaching in Seismotectonics within Italian universities. Seismotectonics involves the analysis of long-term and current tectonic processes operating across various temporal and spatial scales to understand the seismic processes controlling seismic hazards.


Twelve Italian departments from the universities of CataniaMessinaSalerno, NapoliRomatrePerugiaChietiBolognaFerraraPavia, Milano, Milano Bicocca

are involved, with research groups prevailingly working in structural geology and geophysics.


The close collaboration between research units with different expertise enables the development of advanced multidisciplinary and multi-scale seismotectonic research. The results of such research are valuable at all stages of earthquake risk mitigation and management, enhancing understanding of potential seismic crises and providing rapid scientific assessments for policymakers and decision-makers during emergencies.


The CRUST Community comprises structural geology, seismology, and geophysics experts. They are allocated to 12 multidisciplinary Research Units.


CRUST Head from 2016 to 2022 was Giusy Lavecchia, a full professor in Structural Geology at Ud'A University of Chieti.

The current Head is Rita de Nardis, a professor in Geophysics at Ud'A University of Chieti.

The organising and scientific secretary role has been held since 2016 by Federica Ferrarini, a Professor in Structural Geology at Ud'A University of Chieti.

Present CRUST Core Team


  • CRUST Chair is Rita de Nardis, Professor of Geophysics at Ud'A of Chieti.
  • CRUST Academic Board consists of twelve academics, each from one of the associate Universities.
  • CRUST Academic Advisory Commitee consists of both highly experienced well-known academic members, as well as of emerging young researchers in seismotectonics.
  • CRUST Supporting Staff.
  • The CRUST Secretariat office is sited at Ud'A University, Chieti and is organized into a scientific and a teaching secretary.
  • The overall CRUST Community at the moment consists of 105 people with position from full professors to fellow researchers with expertise in different fields of structural geology, seismology and geophysics. They are allocated in 12 multidisciplinary Research Units.
  • CRUST Web Manager


Past CRUST Core Team 2016-2022