Doctor of Physical-Mathematical Sciences, professor Vladislav Zaalishvili

Director of Geophysical Institute of Vladikavkaz Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Field of scientific interests:

geophysics, including experimental and theoretical investigations in the field of engineering seismology and physical basics of earthquake engineering, nonlinearity of soils, fracture physics, seismic hazard and seismic risk assessment, mining, geophysical observation, ecology, etc.

Participation in applied programs solution:

Participated in more than 140 research works:

  • Supervised and participated in 214 scientific research works:
    Seismic hazard assessment of urban territory – seismic microzonation of the cities of Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan: Vladikavkaz, Sochi, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Gori, Batumi, Rustavi, Sukhumi, Gagra, Batumi, Poti, Gali, Borjomi, Kobuleti, Tkvarcheli, Tkibuli, Akhaltsikhe, sites of B.Sochi, Lenkoran, Nahichevan, Beslan, Mozdok etc. and also large construction sites (Georgian Nuclear Power station, dams, storage ponds, etc.), various responsible structures (Transcaucasian Railway, etc.). ), Industrial sites (a plant in Madneuli, etc.), Georgian Nuclear power plants and power stations, reservoirs, industrial centers, large construction sites (Lenkoran, Negrom, etc.). (1969-2015);
  • Participated in the dynamic testing of buildings and structures (Sochi, Karachaevsk, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, etc.) and models of the bridge foundations for BAM. He investigated the impact of explosions and other artificial sources on residential and public buildings of urban development, cultural and architectural monuments (cave monastic Complex David Garedji, Metekhi Church in Tbilisi, etc.), impulse shockers impact when driving piles on stability of surrounding residential buildings (Tbilisi), etc. Organized engineering seismometric and stations (Vladikavkaz, Julfa, Urus-Martan, Karmadon, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, etc.).
  • Supervised the work on the seismic hazard assessment of areas of the existing and newly constructed facilities of the Novo-Voronezh Nuclear power plant (1996).
  • Statical and dynamical explorations of buildings and constructions in Russia and Georgia: Sochi, Karachaevsk, Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Sukhumi (1969-1998);
  • Member of working party of the Commission of CIS countries on seismic risk mitigation (1999).

Participation in international scientific projects:

  • Principal investigator of INTAS 97-0870 Project ”Seismic hazard Assessment for Big Cities in Georgia Using the Modern Concept of Seismic Microzonation with Consideration of Soil Non-linearity”, 1999-2001.
  • Director of Project under the aegis of TACIS: Assessment of Seismic Hazard of the Poti Port Breakwater Site Location. 1999. TACIS SERVICE CONTRACT No 98-0441; Project No. TNGE 9801/, 2003
  • Director of Eurasia project (G98-0212) «Development of insurance policy in earthquake engineering taking into account economic development of Georgia», 1999-2002.
  • Co-director of NATO “Science for Peace” Program Project “Seismic Risk of Large Cities of Caucasus: Tools for Risk Management (NATO SfP 974320), 1999-2005.
  • Expert of ISTC project “Assessment of Seismic Risk of South Caucasus Territories”, 2001-2003
  • Co-director of BSEC Project "Develop and Prepare an Expeimental Sample of Data Logger Radon Measuring Device Set with Data Collection Central Controller" (2014-2016).

 Participation scientific projects:

  • In 2005-2011 supervised the creation of probabilistic seismic hazard maps of Republic North Osssetia –Alania (Russia) and a database of strong movements, the development of new approaches to seismic risk assessment.
  • In 2009-2010 supervised the creation of the first probabilistic maps of seismic microzonation (Vladikavkaz and other settlements of North Ossetia-Alania).
  • In 2010-2012 the head of the project “Development of new methods and tools for seismic hazard assessment of soils under strong seismic loadings" within the framework of the Federal Program "Scientific and Scientific Pedagogical Staff of Innovative Russia for 2009-2013.”
  • 2009-2013 principal investigator of researches related to natural and man-made hazardous processes and the disposal of mining waste.
  • In 2012 scientific supervisor of the project "Seismic microzonation of the projected Chiri-Yurt HPP site" in the Chechen Republic.

Educational work

  • Professor of North-Caucasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgical (State Technical University), (NCIMM(STU)), Vladikavkaz;
  • Professor of Groznyy State Oil University named after academic D.A. Millionshikov;
  • Member of dissertational council ДМ 212.246.04 «Geoecology» at NCIMM (STU).
  • Supervisor of 11 defended candidate's and doctoral theses (in Russia and Georgia);

Membership in scientific and public organizations:

  • Member of Russian National Committee on engineering seismology and earthquake engineering (1999);
  • Member of Seismological Society of America (2001– present time);
  • Member of Georgian Geophysical Society (1993– present time);

Vice-president of Georgian national committee on earthquake engineering and engineering seismology (2002-2008), Honorary Member of committee - in present time;

Honorary titles:

  • full member of European Academy of Natural Sciences (EANS);
  • full member of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS);
  • full member of International Academy of Ecology and Public Safety (IAELPS);
  • full member of Mining Academy.


  • honored worker of science of the Republic North Ossetia-Alania
  • breastplate «For merits in ecology»

Author and co-author of:

More than 600 scientific publications, including 65 patents, 27 educational books and monographs.