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An international workshop on the present state of knowledge on explosive eruptions in the Mediterranean area, and their impact on the environment and human civilization.

Ustica (Palermo, Italy), the Mediterranean «open-air volcanological museum», 12-16 September 2017

Since the origin of humanity volcanism and human life have been strictly linked to each other. Despite the hazards posed by volcanoes, humans have always found good reasons for settlement and development around them, mostly in temperate zones,  because of high soil fertility or for the presence of ore deposits and the abundance of volcanic rocks that are good building materials. Evidence from archaeological excavations demonstrates that volcanic and related phenomena often have strongly conditioned human life, causing environmental changes, forcing people to abandon their settlements, and preparing the conditions for later re-colonization and soil exploitation during phases of quiescence. The Mediterranean region is one of the most impressive examples of this interaction, where the development of civilization has been repeatedly boosted and hindered. More recently, as demonstrated by the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption (Iceland), the impact of even moderate-scale eruptions is amplified by the increasing vulnerability of modern society related to growing population, rising standard of living, settlement and industrialization of very exposed regions, and complex interdependencies in commerce, including transport and trade systems at a global scale.

The main goal of this workshop is to promote cultural exchange and interaction among diverse disciplines, so as to enhance our knowledge of the relationships between volcanism, environment and human communities, and exhibit and spreading the best practice of scientific culture dissemination about explosive volcanism.

Multidisciplinary contributions are solicited, mainly in the fields of stratigraphy, eruption dynamics and modelling, petrology, archaeological investigations, archaeometry, environmental impact of volcanic eruptions, relationships between distribution and emplacement of volcanic products and human settlements and structures, archaeological evidence for environmental changes and impact of volcanic activity on humans and animals, volcanic hazard assessment and risk reduction. Contributions on scientific museology and examples of effective dissemination techniques are welcome.

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ECR-Net: IAVCEI’s Early-Career Researchers Network

A lively atmosphere as early career and senior volcanologists network at a traditional Japanese restaurant at the IAVCEI General Assembly in Kagoshima in July 2013.



The IAVCEI ECR-Net is a global group of volcanology researchers dedicated to connecting Early-Career Researchers in volcanology and related subdisciplines worldwide.


Upcoming events

IAVCEI Scientific Assembly, Portland, U.S.A., 14-18 August 2017

ECR specific programming includes:

The ECR-Net Initiative

The IAVCEI Early-Career Researchers Network (ECR-Net) was established during the IAVCEI 2013 conference in Kagoshima (Japan) by a group of Early-Career enthusiasts and then-IAVCEI President Ray Cas, in order to (1) support career development, (2) form an active network and (3) coordinate specific activities for early-career volcanologists. Since then, the ECR-Net working group has held several social meetings, interacted with IAVCEI’s Executive Committee, set up ECR discussion platforms on social media, and prepared an early-career dedicated programme for the IAVCEI Assembly in Portland in August 2017.


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The organizers of the IAVCEI 2017 Symposium encourage you to learn the US visa and travel requirements long before the conference. Visitors to the United States must have a valid passport. A visa is also required for citizens of countries that do not participate with the Visa Waiver Program. It can take 3 to 4 months to obtain a visa.

Letter of Invitation

Whether you are applying for the B-1/B-2 visa or traveling here as a citizen of a Visa Waiver country, you will need a letter of invitation to attend the IAVCEI 2017 Symposium. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request our official letter of invitation. Please use the name shown on your passport when requesting the letter of invitation. The letter validates the purpose of your travel to the United States.

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As a result of an international collaborative project called VolFilm short films on volcanic hazards and their impacts are now available to view download. 


These public information and educational films are the first in a planned series and cover pyroclastic flows and lahars with English, French and Spanish versions. The films have been produced under the auspices of IAVCEI and Global Volcano Model (GVM) and funded from a variety of sources but principally by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and DfID (UK).  The project partnership includes:  Bristol University (UK), the British Geological Survey (UK), GNS Science (New Zealand), Goma Volcano Observatory, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France), the University of East Anglia (UK), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italy), the Meteorological of Vanautu, the Seismic Research Centre, University if the West Indies (Trinidad), The Montserrat Volcano Observatory, the US Geological Survey, Instituto Geofisico at Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG-EPN), Ecuador and the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (Turkey). 

There are plans for six more films on hazards (ash, volcanic gas and lavas) and translation into further languages and also films of personal experiences by people affected by volcanic hazards.

The project team welcomes comments and feedback. Also we welcome new partners to bring in additional expertise, resources, ideas and film. Please contact Steve Sparks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Sarah Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



Welcome to the new IAVCEI website.

A lot of work remains from a graphic point of view, but contents from the old website have been almost all transferred.

IMPORTANT: due to bureaucratic matters, at the moment the purchase of volumes of Bulletin of Volcanology from the IAVCEI website is suspended. You can still visit the Springer web site and purchase from there.

If any errors occur while you are browsing these pages, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to report them.

We apologize in advance for any malfunction of the website; we are working on it! 

Dear all,

the deadline for submission of candidatures to IAVCEI awards is extended to March 30, 2017.

If you want to nominate someone you will find the instructions at this page.

With very best wishes

Dear IAVCEI Community
Great concerns have been raised in this time of considerable political flux in the United States. 

The Executive Committee of IAVCEI is reaching out to our community to affirm that international cooperation, equality and inclusiveness are core scientific necessities and that IAVCEI will continue to promote these values and work to develop policies that support the effectiveness of our global scientific enterprise.

We interact as a truly global community and the science of volcanology cannot thrive without that interaction.

We value all of our members equally, and we extend to you our open hand of solidarity and support to achieve our common goals.

Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to inform you that the new IAVCEI Newsletter 2016 No 4 is now available.

On behalf of the international volcanological community the IAVCEI Executive Committee would like to thank James White for his outstanding term as Executive Editor of the Bulletin of Volcanology.

I am sure you will all agree that James and Linda have done a fantastic job of managing the journal over the past years.

As James’s term comes to an end, the IAVCEI Executive Committee (EC) seeks expressions of interest for the role of Executive Editor of the Bulletin of Volcanology, for a term of 6 years, starting in July 2017. The role requires familiarity with a breadth of volcanology topics, as well as commitment to timely editorial handling and improving the journal for volcanologists, including striving to increase its impact factor. Previous editorial experience is required, and we especially invite expressions of interest from existing Associate Editors of the Bulletin or other journals of similar specialization and importance. The role includes funds for an Editorial Administrator. The new Executive Editor and Editorial Administrator will be trained by the current editorial team (James and Linda White) during a month-long transition period. For more information on the specific requirements and time commitments of the role please consult the Terms of Reference below. 

Your expression of interest should include a cover letter briefly explaining what you think you can bring to the role, as well as a brief CV. 

Please email these to the IAVCEI Executive Committee via Jan Lindsay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Don Dingwell (dThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30 April 2017. 

Don Dingwell,

IAVCEI President (for the executive committee and the membership of IAVCEI)

 Call for nominations for IAVCEI Awards to be Awarded at the 2017 IAVCEI Scientific Assembly in Portland, USA, August, 2017 

Dear Colleagues,

With the next IAVCEI Scientific Assembly to be held in Portland, USA, in August 2017, it is time to invite the IAVCEI community to nominate from its ranks members who have distinguished themselves through their research activities and their contributions to the IAVCEI research community for the various research awards IAVCEI presents. To ensure that long established, older researchers do not have an unfair advantage over younger, well deserving middle career researchers, IAVCEI has several awards, some that are awarded every 2 years, at both IAVCEI Scientific Assemblies and General Assemblies, and some that are awarded only every 4 years at Scientific Assemblies. Scientific Assemblies are the uniquely IAVCEI-only meetings, whereas General Assemblies are IAVCEI meetings, held within the overall structure of IUGG conferences, a little like AGU and EGU conferences.

You are invited to nominate deserving colleagues who you feel should be recognized for their outstanding contributions to volcanological research and the IAVCEI research community in one of the following awards.

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Dear IAVCEI member,

As you probably know from the last issue of IAVCEI NEWS, we will reintroduce the payment for the IAVCEI membership starting from January 1, 2016.

IAVCEI has increased its activity in recent years, financing grants for researchers from developing counties, international workshops and schools, and providing financial contributions to COV meetings and IAVCEI scientific assemblies. This activity requires income that cannot be guaranteed by only the voluntary contributions from members and from IUGG annual payments to IAVCEI. Thus, we find a need for membership fees to provide a regular annual income, similar to other international scientific associations.

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During the IAVCEI 2013 conference in Kagoshima, Japan, an inaugural meeting was held to establish the IAVCEI Early-Career Researchers Network (ECRN). This initiative was initiated by Ray Cas, IAVCEI-President at the time, and a group of EC enthousiasts. Currently, the network is under construction, and many efforts will be undertaken in the upcoming two years, in order to be fully operational by the next IAVCEI Assembly in Portland in 2017.

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