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Fieldtrip to Mull

VMSG is pleased to announce that we will be offering a fieldtrip to the Isle of Mull this September. Visit the mini page for more information.

Places are on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to be quick!


Fermor Meeting 2017

Fermor 2017, one of the Geological Society's flagship meetings, is being organised by the Mineral Deposits and Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Groups of the Geological Society of London. In 2017 the topic will be "Factory Earth -- Volcanic and magmatic processes as drivers for natural resource formation".

The meeting will be held at Burlington House 25 - 27th September 2017. With an ice breaker on the evening of the 25th, followed by two days for talks with an evening reception and posters on 26th at the Natural History Museum (Earth Galleries).

More information can be found at

The abstract deadline is 1st July 2017. Abstract templates and registration are available online from the Geological Society.


Willy Aspinall Prize

The Willy Aspinall Prize, which may be made annually to the lead author of an outstanding paper on applied volcanology published (in English) within three years of the lead author being awarded a PhD at a university in the UK.

The Prize is named in honour of Professor Willy Aspinall who is a distinguished professor at the University of Bristol and a hazard and risk science consultant. His main research interests are in volcano geophysics, monitoring of volcanoes, early warning, volcanic hazards and risk assessment.

Nominations should consist of a letter of nomination together with at least one letter of support along with a copy of the paper being nominated and a copy of the nominee's CV (2 pages maximum and including a list of publications). Each nomination package should be submitted in electronic form (a single pdf file) and sent to the VMSG Secretary (

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 16th June 2017. More information can be downloaded here. 10/05/2017

Trans-Iapetus Meeting

The Trans-Iapetus Meeting will be a 2 day meeting on the 25th - 26th May at the University of Hull.

This meeting broadly follows on from the Highland Workshiop series and is focussed on the formation and destruction of the Iapetus Ocean. Contributions are welcome from geochronology, geochemistry, palaeontology, palaeomagnetism, geodynamic modelling, and anything else Iapetus related. The meeting will be followed by a fieldtrip to Angelsey, North Wales to discuss some new perspectives on these exciting rocks!

Registration and other information can be found here:


VMSG 2018

The VMSG committee is pleased to announce that the VMSG 2018 conference will be held in Leeds 3rd - 5th January. More information will be released in due course.


Joint TSG-VMSG-BGA Meeting

The Joint TSG-VMSG-BGA meeting at Liverpool is beginning today. If you havent been lucky enough to attend, please keep up to date with the meeting by following VMSG on twitter or by using the hashtag #ComeTogether.


VMSG Award Winner 2017

The VMSG committee is pleased to announce that Dr Sue Loughlin (Director of Volcanology at the BGS, Edinburgh) has been awarded the 2017 VMSG award. Congratulations to Sue, a previous member of the MVO and VMSG committee. Sue will be presented with her award at the upcoming VMSG Conference in Liverpool, where she will also give a keynote speech on her work.


PhD Opportunities List 2016

The new list of potential PhD projects has been released. We have compiled a fully interactive webpage and a pdf list for circulation.


New Committee Members Elected

Congratulaations to Jackie Kendrick (Liverpool) and Sami Mikhail (St Andrews) for being elected to the VMSG committee for a three year term beginning this January (2017-2019). Bob Gooday (Cardiff) has been elected to the committee as Student Representative for 2017.

The committee wishes to thank the other nominees for their interest. We also say thanks to Craig Magee, Chiara Petrone and Kerry Reid for their service to the committee as thier terms come to an end this January.