2017 AIV International Summer School for PhD students and Early Career Researchers
under the aegis of the IAVCEI Commissions on Collapse Calderas and on Volcano Geology

AIV 2017 International Summer School - BolzanoTitle: Supereruptions, calderas and magma reservoirs

Location: Bolzano (Italy) [ 46°29'53.86"N; 11°21'17.13"E]; Nearest Int'l airports with easy train connections: Roma FCO, Milan, Bologna, Firenze

When: 25-29 September 2017 (arrival 24 afternoon/evening; departure 29 afternoon)

Main Topics: Large volume (VEI8) crystal rich ignimbrites offer windows on the plutonic roots of the major caldera systems on Earth and challenge our understading of pre- and syn-eruptive configurations of eruptible magmas, as well as of the rheological behaviour of the crust in respose to the associated long term and short term deformation. The course will offer two days of frontal lessons on the cutting edge topics around the physical volcanology and petrology of superignimbrites and three days in the field discovering the amazingly well preserved and well exposed sections across the Permian Ora ignimbrite (>1290 km3), from intra-caldera to extra-caldera facies.

Organizers: Guido Giordano (Uni Roma Tre), Federico Lucchi (Uni Bologna), Giuseppe Bargossi (Uni Bologna), Corrado Morelli (Provincia Bolzano)

Guest Lecturers: (to be confirmed): Kathy Cashman (Uni Bristol), Guil Gualda (Vanderbilt Uni)

Provisional cost: 550 Euros (includes accommodation, food and transport during the school. Travel tickets to and from Bolzano are not included and must be arranged independently by each participant).

Deadlines: As this year most of us will be keen to go to the exciting IAVCEI Assembly in Portland and possibly attend to the field excursions there, we understand that it will not be easy for many to find money for more activity abroad; for this reason we do need a realistic expression of interest in this school by the end of April to go forth with the organization. The school will be held with a minimum of 20 students. For expression of interest, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit also the AIV website at

Additional Information: Under the umbrella of the recently signed Agreement between the Italian Association of Volcanology and the Volcanological Society of Japan, Japanese students are welcome with a 10% discount rate

Travel to and from Bolzano: by train direct from Roma Termini (Frecciargento) takes 4h30min; departures at 8.45 (13.14); 10.45 (15.14); 16.45 (21.14); 17.45 (22.14); return from Bolzano: departures at 5.16 (9.45); 7.16 (11.45); 15.16 (19.48); 17.16 (21.45)

 Explosive eruptions and the Mediterranean civilizations through prehistory and history

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.


Nell’ambito delle sue attività, AIV (Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia), con la collaborazione di IAVCEI e INGV, organizza una Scuola di Vulcanologia dedicata al ricordo del Prof. Bruno Capaccioni. Nel suo decimo anniversario, la Scuola indirizzata a giovani studenti universitari offre la possibilità di avvicinarsi alla Vulcanologia in modo innovativo, partendo direttamente dall’esperienza di terreno ed avvalendosi di lezioni teoriche impartite da docenti esperti di diverse università italiane, in un clima informale di condivisione e apertura alla discussione tra docenti e partecipanti alla scuola.

La Scuola si svolgerà a Bolsena nell’arco di sei giorni dal 28 Agosto al 2 Settembre 2017 per un numero massimo di 25-30 partecipanti

AIV 2016 Scuola di Vulcanologia - Bolsena

Il 18 ottobre 2016 si è tenuta a Roma, presso l’Aula Magna dell’Università degli studi Roma TRE, la giornata su Le Scienze della Terra a Scuola: La didattica laboratoriale per sviluppare competenze dedicata alla riflessione sulle potenzialità e sulle criticità dell’insegnamento delle Scienze della Terra nella scuola italiana. 
L’evento è stato organizzato dal Collegio Nazionale dei Presidenti dei Consigli di Corso di Studio in Geologia e Geofisica (collGEO) e ha avuto come focus la sinergia tra l'università e insegnanti della scuola per la diffusione delle scienze della Terra nelle scuole, non solo ai fini della conoscenza disciplinare ma anche con l'intento di formare cittadini attivi e consapevoli del territorio in cui vivono.

Care e cari soci,

con piacere vi informiamo delle seguenti iniziative organizzate dalla Volcanological Society 


JpGU-AGU joint meeting 2017

The Japan Geoscience Union (Volcanolgical Society of Japan is one of the members of the Union) will have a joint meeting with AGU in this spring.

We really appreciate your kind and positive cooperation having presentations and active discussion with prospects for future generations. Now, the abstract submission is open.

The meeting will be May 20-25, Makuhari Messe, Chiba city, Japan.

The deadline for the abstract submission is Feb 16, 17:00 (local time, UTC+9).


VSJ 2017 Fall Meeting in Kumamoto

2017 Fall meeting of VSJ will be in Kumamoto City, central part of Kyushu Island of Japan, from 21-23, September 2017. The deadline of the abstract submission will be in the 1st week of August.

Though this is basically domestic meeting, we are planning to have a scientific session about the collaborative works between Italy and Japan. We also plan one or two field excursions probably about Aso volcano and also the surface faults and geodisasters of the Kumamoto earthquake in the last April.

Details will be informed in the website of VSJ.