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News and Events

“Etna International Training School of Geochemistry, Science meets Practice” is back and ready for its 3rd edition!!!!

The Training School is going to take place at the “Osservatorio Vulcanologico Pizzi Deneri” on top of Mt. Etna (Italy), from 30 July to 4 August of 2018.

The school is addressed to MSc holders, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Its main aim is to bring together the next generation of researchers, active in studies concerning geochemistry, and to introduce them with innovating direct sampling and remote sensing techniques. The Training School is going to keep a low-cost philosophy, providing students with a unique field experience supported by a group of expert teachers in a spectacular volcanic scenery. Furthermore, it gives young scientists the opportunity to experiment and evaluate new protocols and techniques to be used on volcanic fluid emissions covering a broad variety of methods. The school is organized by researchers of: the INGVs of Catania, Palermo and Bologna; the Universities of Palermo, Florence and Calabria; National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and University of Heidelberg; IVAR, University of the Azores.

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Detailed information on the scientific program will be soon available.

Stay tuned…


Fourth training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modelling , Nicolosi, Italy, 28 September – 6 October 2018

CVC 2018 ETNA edition!

This training school is supported and organised by researchers of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB),  the UK MetOffice, the Oxford University, the University of Trieste and the University of Sofia, with local organisation provided by island of meetings (iom).

The purpose of the School is to train students with outstanding research interest in the techniques allowing to detect, monitor, and model convective and volcanic clouds, to gain knowledge of the instruments and satellite missions (present and future) and to be able to support such kind of studies for supporting policy makers, early warning systems and aviation safety.The extreme atmospheric event cloud detection is a high multidisciplinary and challenging topic since the same techniques and instruments can be used for meteorology, volcanic monitoring, atmospheric physics and climate purpose. Within all these fields there are still many unsolved issues making this school fundamental for creating a new generation of scientists able to use the synergy of several different instruments and techniques. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures with in-depth discussion. The school will consist of lectures combined with the practical application of the material covered in the lectures through introductory lab sessions and a set of research problems that will form the core of the School. Through the introductory keynotes invited lectures, the students will be introduced to all the issues and challenges of the convective and volcanic clouds detection, monitoring and modelling, gaining an overview of the state of the art and the future development.All the participants are expected to give a short talk or to present a poster about their own research; the selection of the talks will be done through evaluation process as in a regular conference. The students will leave the school with an increased understanding of the cutting-edge research questions and with the perspective of creating some future projects in this field also thanks to the network created during the school with the lecturers and other students.

Keynote Lecturers: Roy Gordon Grainger (University of Oxford, UK); Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy); Fred Prata (AIRES Ltd, UK) and Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration)

Lecturers: Riccardo Biondi (INGV, Italy); Tatjana Bolic (Univ. of Trieste, Italy); Hugues Brenot (BIRA-IASB, Belgium); Elisa Carboni (Univ. of Oxford, UK); Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy); Guergana Guerova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria); Lorenzo Labrador (WMO); Mario Montopoli (ISAC-CNR, Italy); Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy); Simona Scollo  (INGV, Italy); Nina Kristiansen  (MetOffice, UK) and Mark Woodhouse (Univ. of Bristol, UK)


The School is open to everybody with priority for graduate students, PhD students and early career researchers. More info available at the website

Registration on the following link:


Early bird registration deadline 15 May 2018

Registration deadline: 10 August 2018

School fees and accommodation

It is possible to register for the convective clouds module (28 Sep – 1 Oct) or to the volcanic clouds module (3 Oct – 6 Oct) or for the whole training course (9 days). The simple registration fee includes coffee breaks and teaching material. The full board registration fee includes accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, excursion and teaching material. Every meal will be served in a different restaurant with typical local dishes, accommodation will be in B&B with quality and services equivalent to ** hotel or in a ** hotel.


Riccardo Biondi & Stefano Corradini

Logistic info

School modules

It is possible to register for the convective clouds module (28 Sep – 1 Oct) or to the volcanic clouds module (3 Oct – 6 Oct) or for the whole training course (9 days). The simple registration fee includes coffee breaks and teaching material. The full board registration fee includes accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, excursion and teaching material. Every meal will be served in a different restaurant with typical local dishes, accommodation will be in B&B with quality and services equivalent to *** hotel or in a *** hotel.

Excursions and fun-night: excursion to the Etna crater; ice cream night and fun-run in the morning before the school

Cities on Volcanoes 10, Napoli, Italy September 2-7 2018

Session on: Volcanic degassing: insights into volcanic processes, impacts and hazard

Volcanoes release gas, ash and aerosols particles into the atmosphere during explosive episodes and quiescent stages from vents, fumarole and soil diffuse degassing. Understanding gases dissolved in magma, and measuring their emissions is crucial to characterising states of unrest and evaluates impacts on health, atmospheric composition and the environment. Ranging from astonishing plume emissions to silent exhalation through soils, volcanic degassing exerts a dominant role in forcing the timing and nature of unrests and volcanic eruptions. Volcanogenic emissions have strong impacts on the Earth’s radiation budget and climate over a range of temporal and spatial scales. Sulphate may lead to global dimming and a decrease in Earth’s surface temperatures for years, similarly halogens can perturb the troposphere causing depletion of stratospheric ozone layer. Direct and indirect gas effects may also impact on local-to-regional air quality seriously affecting biosphere and environment, and the continuous release of gas from soil may pose long-term health-hazards in both outdoor and indoor environment. Gases are measured and monitored via a range of direct-field, remote sensing and laboratory sampling techniques, such as to gain insights into both subterranean surface processes and the extent of real-time and time-averaged volcano’s impacts in concert with geophysical data and modelling. This session focus on the state of the art and multi-disciplinary science concerning all aspects of volcanic degassing and impacts of relevance to the volcanology, environment, atmospheric/climate science and hazard assessment. We invite contribution discussing how we go from observations to synoptic understanding of volcanic processes and their impacts.


Giuseppe Salerno | Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, Italy
Carlo Cardellini | University of Perugia
Fátima Viveiros | Research Institute for Volcanology and Risk Assessment (IVAR) – University of the Azores
Pasquale Sellitto | Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, UMR8539, CNRS – École Normale Supérieure/Un. Pierre et Marie Curie/École Polytechnique, Paris, France
Andrew McGoonigle | University of Sheffield, Department of Geography, United Kingdom
Franco Tassi | University of Florence, Department of Earth Science, Italy

In memoriam Prof. David Hilton

After receiving the sad news of the decease of our respected and esteemed colleague Prof. David Hilton, the scientific community in the field of volcanic gas studies expresses its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

David will be remembered and missed by the colleagues who were fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with him and for future generations of scientists for his influential work in various areas related to the geochemistry, isotopic distribution and geodynamic implications and hydrological applications of noble gases.

Some information about his work can be found in the professional page at Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

The IAVCEI Commission on the Chemistry of Volcanic Gases.

Footnote to the figure: Word cloud generated with the titles of 137 scientific articles published by Prof. David Hilton throughout his career. A small glimpse into the wide scientific interests of Prof. Hilton


Call for abstracts for EGU session GMPV4.5/AS3.8 Volcanic Gas Emissions

Dear CCVG members,

Last year we had a great session on Volcanic Gas Emission at EGU due to a lot of very interesting contributions. Next EGU in April 2018 we will have again the possibility to meet and discuss the science going on in our field in the same session. The upcoming year the name of the session is “GMPV4.5/AS3.8 Volcanic gas emissions” and it is convened by Nicole Bobrowski, Franco Tassi and Fatima Viveiros. It is cross-advertised in another disciplines – atmospheric science – we had a interdisciplinary audience last year. We hope we will get another successful exchange in 2018. It would be great to see you in Vienna, and please submit your contribution until the 10th of January 2018.

For further details see the link: 


The Società Geochimica Italiana (SOGEI) and the Commission of Volcanic Lakes (CVL-IAVCEI) welcome you to meet our scientific community at Monticchio Lakes (southern Italy) on 25-29 June 2018, entitled: Different perspectives and approaches to study a volcanic lake.

The aim of this proposal is to experience a common scientific activity at the shoreline of two volcanic lakes, the Monticchio Lakes in southern Italy, an almost isolated and peaceful place. The participants, students as well as young and senior researchers, will be encouraged to promote discussions on the main themes concerning the methodological approaches that can be used to investigate volcanic lakes under a multidisciplinary umbrella. In situ measurements of physical-chemical parameters and collection of samples for lab analysis will be carried out at both the lakes.

For the brochure click the following link: Monticchio workshop 2018.pdf

Community Volcano Experiment (COVE) — Design Survey

The recent ERUPT, SZ4D, and USGS subduction zone science reports highlight the need for interdisciplinary, detailed research on active volcanic systems. With the survey below, we request your input regarding an initiative to propose a Community Volcano Experiment (COVE) to the US National Science Foundation to stimulate interdisciplinary research on active volcanic systems. As currently envisioned, ‘community volcano’ sites would likely target one or a small cluster of volcanoes and obtain a level of multidisciplinary observations that are not typically feasible for individual researchers or small groups. COVE would focus on data collection and dissemination only, and all data and data products would be immediately open access to enable broad participation of the international research community with cutting-edge observational constraints. The overarching goal is to facilitate research leading toward the development of integrated physical and chemical models of volcanic processes. The survey questions are meant to be generic with respect to the specific sites. Our survey aims to obtain broad community input regarding what kinds of data and data products, data access, and student and early career training and fieldwork opportunities would make community volcano projects an asset for your research. Free format input is also solicited at the end of the survey. Opportunities to comment in person will also occur at the AGU Fall Meeting. Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise. We would appreciate if you could provide you input by Friday December 22nd, 2017.

COVE Team – Brandon Schmandt (U. New Mexico), David Fee (U. Alaska Fairbanks), Tobias Fischer (U. New Mexico), Esteban Gazel (Cornell U.) Ronni Grapenthin (New Mexico Tech.), Einat Lev (LDEO)

International Course 2018
Geochemical Techniques Applied to Active Volcanoes
Methods and analytical techniques for volcanic and geothermal fluids
Copahue volcano / Neuquén / Argentina

The International Course 2018 entitled “Geochemical Techniques Applied to Active Volcanoes” will be held at the Copahue volcano, Neuquén, Argentina between 26th of February and 2nd of March 2018. The course focuses on methods and analytical techniques for volcanic and geothermal fluids. A five-days intense program, consisting of lectures and field work, will be carried out at Caviahue village and at several volcanic manifestations located in the Caviahue-Copahue Volcanic System (CCVS) area.

Click here for details: International Course 2018 – Geochemical Techniques Applied to Active Volcanoes – Caviahue 

Registration deadline: 15th December 2017

Cities on Volcanoes 10
Napoli, Italy September 2-7 2018

The Cities and Volcanoes Commission of IAVCEI aims to provide a linkage between the volcanology community and emergency managers, to serve as a conduit for exchange of ideas and experience between “volcano cities”, and to promote multi-disciplinary applied research, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists and city officials. The Commission selected Napoli as the venue for the Cities on Volcanoes Conference in 2018.

Click here for further intimations: CoV10_First-Circular-ENG_v_02


13th CCVG Gas Workshop – Ecuador

The 13th CCVG Gas Workshop will be held in Ecuador from 24 September to 3 October. The program will include a 4-day scientific meeting focused on geochemistry of magmatic gases and fluxes from volcanoes, followed by a 5-day field excursion to allow participants to acquire plume measurements, diffuse soil flux measurements and direct fumarole and water samples from local volcanoes. Details of the scientific program and field campaign are outlined in the second circular:

Click here: 13th CCVG Workshop in Ecuador – 2nd Circular


Etna International Training School of Geochemistry, 2016: Science meets Practice

The “Etna International Training School of Geochemistry 2016. Science meets Practice” is hosted in Mt. Etna (Italy) at the Osservatorio Vulcanologico Pizzi Deneri, from 1 to 6 August 2016. It is addressed to Senior Graduate and PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers. Aim of the training school is to bring together the next generation of researchers active in studies concerning geochemistry and to introduce them with innovating direct sampling and remote sensing techniques.

Click here for details: Etna International Training School of Geochemistry, 2016. Science meets practiceEtna International Training School of Geochemistry, 2016_small2

Developments In Noble Gas Understanding and Expertise

Noble gas geochemists and cosmochemists are invited to a three day workshop in Nancy to pay a tribute to our friend and our colleague Pete Burnard by discussing technical and scientific aspects of new noble gas applications to terrestrial and extraterrestrial science. The workshop will be held at the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG), Nancy, France, on 13th to 15th April 2016. The first two days will be devoted to scientific presentations while the last day will focus on the: (i) modeling of geological processes involving noble gases and (ii) technical aspects of noble gas spectrometry.  Abstract deadline is 1 February 2016 and registration deadline is 25 March 2016.

Click here for link to workshop page: D.I.N.G.U.E.#4



See the link below for information regarding an upcoming CCVG/DCO workshop on fluid geochemistry to be held at Domuyo Volcanic Complex in Argentina in February 2016!

Workshop Argentina 2016

The workshop will be held after the International Volcanology Field Course, to be held at Copahue Volcano in Argentina:



The 9th Cities on Volcanoes Conference, organized by the IAVCEI Commission on Cities and Volcanoes (link: CAV), will be held in Puerto Varas, Chile, in November of 2016:

Cities on volcanoes 9 Chile logo


To see detailed information, click on this link: Cities on Volcanoes_First Circular_Fin

Important dates for COV 9:

  • 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