Volcanology workshop series begins at University

Volcanology workshop series begins at University

The first of a series of workshops that will concentrate on volcano monitoring and forecasting will be held at the University of Aberdeen this month.

The ‘VALIDATE’ workshops are being led by Luca De Siena from the University’s School of Geosciences, following a funding award from the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES).

Explaining the purpose of the forum, Dr De Siena said: “Forecasting volcanic eruptions and the interaction of volcanoes with our human environment are among some of the most important challenges humanity faces.

“The aim of VALIDATE is to address issues of fundamental and technological importance in volcano monitoring with a focus on their interplay with diverse environments, resource monitoring, hazard, and human resilience.

“The ultimate aim of the VALIDATE workshops is to devise an improved platform for researchers in any volcano-related discipline to apply for funding.  In the short-term, the workshops will enable connections between these disciplines to produce high impact research and awareness regarding volcano-related settings.

“This is the first time that the University has received funding from SAGES for this kind of project, which will be of huge interest to anyone with a research interest in volcanoes or risk.  We are particularly keen for PhDs and postdoc researchers to come along and take advantage of this exciting opportunity.”

The first workshop will be held at the Sir Duncan Rice Library on Monday, January 23rd, from 10am to 5pm. Anyone who is interested in attending is invited to contact Dr De Siena to register their interest.