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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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
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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.
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.
We are glad to inform you that the new IAVCEI Newsletter 2017 No. 2 is now available.