Eucentre is a private non-profit foundation that pursues a mission of research, training and service provision in the field of earthquake engineering and, more generally, of risk engineering.
Founded in 2005 as an evolution of the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering already active in Pavia since 2003, it was established by four Founders, the University of Pavia, the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS of Pavia, the Italian Department of Civil Protection, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, to further develop the scientific, research and training expertise in the sector present in Pavia.
Today Eucentre has an important asset of experimental labs consisting of shaking tables able to reproduce any seismic event for testing both structural and non-structural elements and for the qualification of anti-seismic devices.
Eucentre also manages a data lab that, thanks to an extensive database of Italian buildings and infrastructures, allows to produce risk analyses and scenarios related to both measured and hypothetical seismic events.
Eucentre operates within an international network with other research centres, earthquake engineering laboratories, institutions and companies.
Eucentre is Centre of Competence of the Italian Department of Civil Protection, to which it provides emergency support, elaboration of risk scenarios and research activities for the improvement of Civil Protection activities.
Together with the two Pavia universities, Eucentre also offers training courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for practitioners in the field of earthquake engineering and risk management.
Today Eucentre is an international reference centre for institutions, for which it operates in the definition of emergency plans, in the elaboration of risk scenarios, in the vulnerability assessment of buildings and infrastructures, and for companies, to which it offers experimental and supporting services for the seismic design in various sectors such as civil engineering, transport networks, energy production and transport, hydrocarbon extraction, production of industrial devices, certification of anti-seismic devices.