European Plate Observing System Sustainability Phase

Basic Info


The future and security of humankind dwelling on Planet Earth depend on our ability to live and cope with the complex Earth system in all its dimensions. Our ability to monitor the surface and subsurface of the Earth and to forecast catastrophic events and their impacts on society is increasingly pertinent as our society develops. Earth system processes transcend national boundaries and the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) brings the solid Earth networks in Europe into a single distributed research infrastructure. EPOS has been designed with the vision and the mission of creating a pan-European infrastructure for solid Earth science relying on novel e-science concepts to provide virtual access to data and services as well as physical access to facilities for a broad community of users.
The innovation potential of the EPOS infrastructure involves enabling the use of multidisciplinary solid Earth science data, data products and services relying on national research infrastructures distributed across the whole Europe. The overall objective of the EPOS Sustainability Phase (EPOS SP) project is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the EPOS Research Infrastructure. The EPOS SP project is timely in the EPOS RI lifecycle because it will consolidate the long-term operational perspective of EPOS ERIC and the EPOS Delivery Framework. EPOS SP is addressing all aspects of sustainability to tackle the challenge of moving from technical and financial viability to long-term sustainability.
ZRC SAZU is involved in WP2 Governance and Financial Framework (Task 2.1 Engaging National Authorities in EPOS and enlarging the EPOS ERIC membership) and in WP7 Outreach and Training (Task 7.2 Outreach on operation of EPOS services).
ZRC SAZU je vključen v WP2 Vodenje in finančni okvir (Naloga 2.1 Vključevanje nacionalnih organizacij v EPOS in širjenje članstva v EPOS ERIC) in v WP7 Dosežki in izobraževanje (Naloga 7.2 Dosežki pri delovanju EPOS servisov).

Project steps




  • 13 January 2022 - EPOS SP WP7 - zoom meeting
  • 7 March 2022 - EPOS SP WP7 - zoom meeting
  • 5 May 2022 - EPOS SP WP7 - zoom meeting
  • 8 June 2022 - EPOS SP Project Workshop – Integration of EPOS ERIC new members, Postojna, Slovenia (Agenda)

On June 8th, 2022 we hosted at the Karst Research institute ZRC SAZU the hybrid meeting "EPOS SP Project Workshop - Integration of EPOS ERIC new members". The workshop was dedicated to present the possibilities for future collaboration between Slovenia, N Italy and Croatia in EPOS ERIC and to enlarge international cooperation with other research infrastructures, Earth science and e-science initiatives, establishing and maintaining excellence, focusing in the area of three countries. The event was gathered 34 participants from five countries of which 22 were joining on site.    


                           Photo M. Aljančič.


                        Photo C. Mayaud and S. Šebela.

  • 21 June 2022 - 3rd EPOS SP project council (PC) hybrid meeting (Barcelona)


  • 22-23 June 2022 - EPOS SP Annual hybrid meeting (Barcelona), agenda
  • 29 June 2022 - EPOS SP WP7 - zoom meeting
  • 21 - 23 September 2022 – presentation: Advances in research at EPOS Slovenia: the establishement of the new SLO KARST NFO site; 12th International Conference of the International Society for the INTEGRATED DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT our website (




         Participants of the meeting in Postojna Cave on 30 September 2022, photo: S. Šebela.


  • 21 November 2022 – NFO Board meeting (zoom)
  • 30 November 2022 - EPOS SP WP7 - zoom meeting
  • 1 December 2022 – field inspection of the operation of SLO KARST NFO seismic stations


         Mašun, MASE seismic station, photo: Žan Kafol


         MASE seismological station at Mašun, photo: S. Šebela


         Snežnik castle, GSNE seismic station, photo: Žan Kafol


        Snežnik castle - GSNE seismological station, photo: S. Šebela


  • Šebela S, Costa G, Vaupotič J, Živčić M, Viršek Ravbar N, Năpăruș-Aljančič M. 2020. Postojna Cave as Near Fault Observatory site in SW Slovenia. EGU2020-4657, EGU General Assembly 2020, Abstract 1-2 pp. egu2020-4657-print.pdf
  • BLATNIK, Matej, CULVER, David C., GABROVŠEK, Franci, KNEZ, Martin, KOGOVŠEK, Blaž, KOGOVŠEK, Janja, LIU, Hong, MAYAUD, Cyril, MIHEVC, Andrej, MULEC, Janez, ALJANČIČ, Magdalena, OTONIČAR, Bojan, PETRIČ, Metka, PIPAN, Tanja, PRELOVŠEK, Mitja, RAVBAR, Nataša, SHAW, Trevor R., SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka, ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja, KNEZ, Martin (urednik), OTONIČAR, Bojan (urednik), PETRIČ, Metka (urednik), PIPAN, Tanja (urednik), SLABE, Tadej (urednik). Karstology in the classical karst, (Advances in karst science). Cham: Springer, cop. 2020. XII, 222 str., ilustr., zvd., graf. prikazi. ISBN 978-3-030-26826-8, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-26827-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 17912067]
  • Šebela S., Stemberk J., Briestenský M. 2021. Micro-displacement monitoring in caves at the Southern Alps–Dinarides–Southwestern Pannonian Basin junction. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment,
    ISSN 1435-9529. [Print ed.], 2021, 21 str., ilustr., doi: 10.1007/s10064-021-02382-4. [COBISS.SI-ID 73030147]
  • ČELIGOJ BIŠČAK, Jasmina, PIPAN, Tanja, ŠEBELA, Stanka, KREBELJ, Matej, ALJANČIČ, Magdalena. 2021. Development of research infrastructure (RI) for the international competitiveness of the development of Slovenian RI space - RI-SI-EPOS and RI-SI-LifeWatch. In: BLATNIK, Matej (ed), et al. Regional karstology - local and general aspects [within international year of karst and caves] : 28th International Karstological School Classical Karst : abstracts & guide book : Postojna, 2021. 1st ed. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC. 2021, pp 82. [COBISS.SI-ID 70544643]
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TASIČ, Izidor, ČARMAN, Martina, ALJANČIČ, Magdalena, NOVAK, Uroš, ŽIVČIĆ, Mladen. Potential near fault observatory site in Slovenia : overview of the area south of Postojna. V: Virtual 37th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission, ESC 2021, 19-24 September : book of abstracts. [S. l.: European Seismological Commission. 2021], str. 300. [COBISS.SI-ID 77257731]

  • ŠEBELA, Stanka. RI-SI-EPOS project : e-predavanje po videopovezavi na mednarodnem dogodku "EPOS ERIC and EPOS SP - Integration of Balkan countries", 9. dec. 2021. [COBISS.SI-ID 96794883]

  • SLABE, Tadej, ŠEBELA, Stanka. Welcome speech : e-predavanje po videopovezavi na mednarodnem dogodku "EPOS ERIC and EPOS SP - Integration of Balkan countries", 9. dec. 2021. [COBISS.SI-ID 96794627]
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka. Potential near fault observatory site in Slovenia : overview of the area south of Postojna. [S. l.: s. n., 2021]. 1 spletni vir (videoposnetek (11 min, 15 sek)). [COBISS.SI-ID 85580803]
  • ALJANČIČ, Magdalena, BLATNIK, Matej, KREBELJ, Matej, ŠEBELA, Stanka. RI-SI-EPOS project 2021. [S. l.: s. n.], 2021. 1 spletni vir (videoposnetek (2 min, 35 sek)). [COBISS.SI-ID 87006211]
  • Năpăruş-Aljančič Magdalena & Šebela Stanka 2021. EPOS in Slovenia: Responsible Research Innovation and Opportunities
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, TURK, Janez. Comparison of historical and current temperatures in show caves (Slovenia). SN Applied Sciences. 2022, iss. 1, art. no. 1, 12 str., ilustr. ISSN 2523-3971., DOI: 10.1007/s42452-021-04881-1. [COBISS.SI-ID 88061699]
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka. Natural and anthropogenic impacts on cave climates: Postojna and Predjama show caves (Slovenia), (Earth and planetary sciences). 1st ed. [S. l.]: Elsevier, 2022. 274 str. ISBN 978-0-12-822954-5., doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-822954-5.00001-9. [COBISS.SI-ID 64999683]
  • CHIARALUCE, Lauro, FESTA, Gaetano, BERNARD, Pascal, CARACAUSI, Antyonio, CARLUCCIO, Ivano, CLINTON, John F., DI STEFANO, Raffaele, ELIA, Luca, EVANGELIDIS, Christos P., ŠEBELA, Stanka, et al. The Near Fault Observatory community in Europe : a new resource for faulting and hazard studies. Annals of geophysics. 2022, vol. 65, no. 3, str. 1-18, DOI: 10.4401/ag-8778. [COBISS.SI-ID 116716547]
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka, ALJANČIČ, Magdalena, NOVAK, Uroš, ČELIGOJ BIŠČAK, Jasmina. Implementation of RI-SI-EPOS project - SLO KARST NFO = Izvedba RI-SI-EPOS projekta – SLO KARST NFO. V: ŠVARA, Astrid (ur.), ZUPAN HAJNA, Nadja (ur.), GABROVŠEK, Franci (ur.). Speleology : 29th International Karstological School Classical Karst : abstracts & guide book = Speleologija : 29. mednarodna krasoslovna šola Klasični kras : povzetki & vodnik : Postojna, 2022. 1st ed. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2022. Str. 128-129. [COBISS.SI-ID 113590787]
  • ŠEBELA, Stanka. EPOS activities in Slovenia : e-predavanje po videopovezavi na mednarodnem dogodku "EPOS SP Project Workshop - Integration of EPOS ERIC new members", 8. jun. 2022, Postojna, Slovenija. [COBISS.SI-ID 111802115]
  • ALJANČIČ, Magdalena, ŠEBELA, Stanka, NOVAK, Uroš, ČELIGOJ BIŠČAK, Jasmina. Advances in research at EPOS Slovenia : the establishment of the new SLO KARST NFO site. V: Book of abstracts : critical steps for research and practice in disaster risk management in the age of climate change and Covid-19 pandemics : conference : IDRIM2022 : Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 21-23 September 2022 : [the 12th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management]. Cluj-Napoca: International society for the integrated disaster risk management, 2022. Str. [15]. [COBISS.SI-ID 133016067]


Project type

Research Infrastructure Integration • Data and service provision • Open access

Research areas
Tectonics P440
Geophysics, physical oceanography, meteorology P500