Massimo Cocco is a Director of Research at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Earthquakes Department, Seismology and Tectonophysics Division, Rome. His research interests are focused on the physics of earthquakes and faults. More specifically, his work deals with earthquake dynamics and fault interaction, seismicity patterns and fault frictional properties. He is interested in both theoretical studies and observational research. He has interests in all aspects of the mechanics of earthquake and faulting from observations of natural faults through geophysical and geological measurements to experimental faults at the laboratory scale. His expertise also covers the management of seismic networks and monitoring research infrastructures. His skills include scientific data generation and integration as well as research infrastructures management. He has coordinated the Preparatory Phase and is presently coordinating the Implementation Phase of the European Project named EPOS: European Plate Observing System. The EPOS mission is the long-term integration of research infrastructures for solid Earth Science (www.epos-eu.org).