Cities on Volcanoes 9

  • November 20-25, 2016
    Puerto Varas
    - Chile

Venue :The conference venue will be the Hotel Patagónico ( Los Lagos Region´s capital Puerto Montt (200,000 inhabitants) is located at only 17 km south from Puerto Varas through Highway 5

Theme :
Understanding volcanoes and society: the key for risk mitigation

General objectives of the conference

One important issue to address during the conference is related to the communities living near volcanoes that are along an international border. Actually, although most of the active volcanoes in the Southern Andes are located in Chile, the ash is usually transported into Argentina causing severe damage. A key point will be to discuss how can countries work together to best ensure citizen and infrastructure safety.


  • Workshop proposals, August-December 2015
    Second circular and call for papers, March 2016
    Abstract submission, April-June 2016
    Grant application, July 2016
    Early registration, April-July 2016

    Scientific-technical and multidisciplinary reference group:
    They will be listed in the Second Circular

IFor further information please contact:
Paul Duhart, General Secretary, or Hugo Moreno, Executive Secretary.
Av. Santa María 0104, Providencia Santiago, CHILE
Phone: +56-2-24825500


IAVCEI Scientific Assembly - 2017 (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Date: 14-18 August, 2017




International workshop on Cerro Negro and Hekla volcanoes, Nicaragua and Iceland

4-13 September 2012 (tentative schedule)


Cerro Negro in Nicaragua and Hekla in Iceland are two basaltic to basaltic andesite volcanoes that erupt explosively, frequently, and with little or no warning. For these reasons, they are unusual and interesting from a scientific perspective. They also pose a significant hazards problem for people living both close to and far from the volcanoes. the principal objective of this workshop is a better scientific understanding of and predictive ability for these two enigmatic volcanoes, which may very well erupt again soon. We will explore the workings of the two volcanoes through a series of workshop sessions and fieldtrips. There are four main goals. First, we wish to increase our understanding of when, how and why these volcanoes erupt, as well as improved insight into the subsurface magmatic plumbing systems that nourish these volcanoes. Second, we want to develop new tools and new approaches to be able to increase our understanding. Some of these tools will be synergistic, e.g., integrating geodesy and measurements of gas emissions. Third, we want to use the workshop to build new international collaborative research teams and research projects to study these volcanoes. Fourth, we wish to build capacity in Nicaragua, Iceland, and also at the graduate student level. Hence the workshop has an important training element built in. The time is ripe and right now to hold such a workshop. The probability is very high that one or both of these volcanoes will erupt again in the next five to ten years, so this workshop provides us with a strategic window of opportunity to enhance our scientific, predictive, and hazards response capabilities before the volcanoes erupt. If one of the volcanoes does indeed erupt before the workshop takes place, the workshop will provide an ideal venue to assess the eruption, examine early results, and plan future collaborative and comparative work.

Please contact one of the organizers below if you are interested in participating. We will attempt to secure partial funding for scientists from developing countries and for graduate students.

Pete LaFemina, Penn State University, ; Angélica Muñoz, INETER, ; Rikke Pedersen, Institute of Earth Sciences, ; Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Institute of Earth Sciences, ; John Stix, McGill University,; Marc-Antoine Longpré, McGill University,; Halldor Geirsson, Penn State University,; J. Armando Saballos, University of South Florida,; Henry Gaudru, SVE-UNISDR, Geneva,