Seismometers installed at schools as well as related tutorials and educational projects represent valuable contributions to
seismological research in many countries. SCHOOLS & QUAKES pursues goals along the same line, with emphasis on widespread
integration. The Mürz Valley and the southern Vienna Basin were selected as project areas because of their relatively high
earthquake hazard and risk. The precise location of earthquake hypocenters, characterization of the focal mechanisms and correlation
of hypocenters with active geological structures are the main scientific goals in this project. Furthermore, the long term
build‐up of tectonic stress and how it relates to actual and expected seismic activity is also an issue we wish to address.
The scientific efforts of SCHOOLS & QUAKES builds on the work of the seismological service of the ZAMG, and benefits from
the findings on the lithospheric structure of the Eastern Alps gained during former projects sponsored by the ÖAW.