International Development Seismology (IDS) is an interface between IRIS NSF-sponsored scientific mission and the community's desire to ensure that scientific progress enables socially important outcomes. This effort responds to the recognized importance of developing the partnerships, technical infrastructure, and human capacity required for effective international cooperation as an instrument to accelerate scientific progress through collaboration with technologically equal partners, and as an essential element of various other modes of U.S. foreign engagement, including foreign assistance and science diplomacy. NSF-sponsored IDS activities serve as seeding efforts or pilot projects targeted toward achieving two synergistic goals: To aggressively promote strategies that support fundamental research and exploration through wide and reliable geographic coverage, and to contribute to reducing global population exposure to seismic hazards through broad education of scientific and technical principles that impact on societal resilience through increased awareness, preparedness, and accountability. IDS activities are undertaken with advice and oversight of the International Development Seismology Committee, which was established by the IRIS Board of Directors.
The IRIS International Development Steering Committee (IDSC) has organized a series of international human capacity building activities, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. To develop opportunities for such collaboration, during the 2014 AGU Annual Fall Meeting the IDSC organized an informal meeting on international training in seismology, including a broad range of participants who are well-informed about other organizations with interest in international training in seismology.
Among past IDS activities, the most recent incude an Advanced Studies Institute on Site Response and a meeting of the Alliance for Middle America Seismology (ALMAS), both in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, during July, 2013. Presentations about the Advanced Studies Institute were made at the AGU's 2013 Annual Fall Meeting.
Among the most recent news of developments outside of IRIS and of interest to IDS, the 9th Annual AfricaArray Workshop will be held at the University of the Witwatersrand during January 2014.
The IRIS Consortium welcomes universities, academies of science, government agencies, and other nonprofit institutions outside of the United States as Foreign Affiliates. IRIS Foreign Affiliates promote the IRIS mission within their own countries, sometimes by working with agencies of their own national government for more open data policies or making geophysical data collected by their government freely available. When seismologists from IRIS Member institutions in the United States visit the country of an IRIS Foreign Affiliate, they may seek collaborators to join them in field work and data analysis, or help obtain permission to import equipment or visit field areas.
Descriptions of funding opportunities that may be of interest to US-based seismologists with IDS-related interests and Foreign Affiliates in developing countries.