Patrick SMIT is a geophysicist and project manager holding a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). He is currently the head of the Section on security and emergency organisation at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. Before that, he participated to the design, implementation and operation of the first national strong-motion network in Switzerland. From 1990 to 1998 he was a seismologist on duty at the Swiss Seismological Service at the ETHZ. He participated at rescue operations in Greece and Turkey with the Swiss Rescue Chain Team. He is an active member of the Prevention and Mitigation Group of the Swiss Humanitarian Unit. He has participated to several commissions and international research projects in the field of earthquake engineering and seismic networks. From 1998 to 2001 he has been working as a Research Associate at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London. From 2001 to 2016, he was working at the National Emergency Operations Center in Zurich in charge of emergencies at the Swiss Federal level.