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New Committee Members Needed

The VMSG committee are seeking two new ordinary members and one student representative to serve from the start of 2017. A brief outline of the roles and responsibilities is below. Being on the committee is an excellent way to become involved with and contribute to the VMSG community and help shape our future direction. It involves attending two committee meetings a year, one of which is held immediately before the Annual Meeting (3rd January 2017 in Liverpool) - if you stand you will need to be available to attend this meeting in January 2017, and the other is held in July. All other committee business is conducted by email. We encourage application from researchers at any stage of their post-doctoral (and beyond) career and with active research interests in any aspect covered by the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (volcanology, igneous petrology and geochemistry, and allied fields), and whether employed at a university, in government organisations or industry, such that the committee can reflect the broad interests of VMSG members.

An Ordinary Member serves for 3 years. Nominations in the form of a short blurb (1/2 A4) about yourself and why you want to stand, and listing a proposer and seconder from the VMSG community, should be sent to the Secretary no later than Friday 19th August, 2016. Should there be more than two nominees, then an electronic election by VMSG members through the Liverpool VMSG Conference registration website will take place in the Autumn.

We also seek a new student representative. The student rep serves on the VMSG committee for one year, and works as the student voice on the committee. In addition to giving you the opportunity to help keep the students at the centre of VMSG, holding this position looks great on your CV. If you are interested in standing please send a short blurb (1/2 A4) about yourself and why you want to stand no later than Friday 19th August, 2016. This position is open to all senior (2nd, 3rd or 4th year) PhD students that have attended at least one VMSG meeting. A successful student representative is known within the community, so we ask that all nominees should supply the names and contact details of two supporting VMSG members. One of your supporting members should be a student, and the other should be an academic (lecturer or post-doc). Your supporting members can be from any department, but your academic supporting member must not be your supervisor. If contested, the Student Rep will be elected by an electronic vote alongside the other committee positions.

We look forward to receiving your applications. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other current committee members.

Please forward your applications to the VMSG secretary (


Past Committee Members - We Need Your Help!

The VMSG committee is looking to build upon our 50th anniversary celebrations by building a more complete picture of the groups activities and contributions to science over the past 52 years. Part of this is chronicling those who have served on the committee at any point.

If you have served on the VMSG committee in the past, could you please contact Peter Marshall with the dates you were an active member and if you held any particular position?

Additionally if there are any group photos lying around, which you wouldn't mind being uploaded to the website, these would also be greatly appreciated.

With thanks in advance on behalf of the VMSG committee


June Newsletter

The latest newsletter is available for download.

Thanks to all those who have contributed. Enjoy!


2017 Joint Assembly

The University of Liverpool is pleased to announce the first Joint Assembly of the Tectonic Studies Group (TSG), Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) and the British Geophysical Association (BGA) to be held 4th - 6th January 2017. Please click on the photo for the first circular and further information.

Don't forget to follow us on twitter - @GeoLiv2017 - for the latest updates. #ComeTogether2017


Student Bursaries Available!

Dear Students!

VMSG awards bursaries of a maximum £300 for student researchers from the VMSG community to attend conferences and technical/field workshops.

The deadline for the next round of applications is the 1st June. For full details and to download an up-to-date application form (the new 2016 form) please go to the Student Bursaries page.


Call for VMSG Award Nominations

The VMSG committee are now accepting nominations for the prestigious VMSG Award to be presented at VMSG Liverpool in January 2017. If you know anyone who may be worthy of the award this year please think about a nomination. The deadline is 1st June 2016 and the nominee should fill the following criteria:

The VMSG Award is bestowed annually on an individual who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to our current understanding of volcanic and magmatic processes. Such a contribution will most likely be in the form of a paper or series of papers, although other forms of evidence (e.g. convening paradigm-changing workshops and conferences) will also be considered. There is no age or nationality limit and researchers at any stage of their career will be considered. The nominee should ideally be a part of the VMSG community, through participation in VMSG meetings and activities and/or interaction with other VMSG scientists. Current VMSG committee members are not eligible for nomination.

A nomination should be sent to the VMSG Secretary and consist of:


February Newsletter

The latest newsletter is available for download.

This edition contains a synopsis of the hugely successful VMSG 2016 conference, held in Trinity College Dublin, for those of you who unfortunately could not make the meeting, as well insights into how some of our student members have been utilising their VMSG bursaries. There is also a new section detailing recent PhD graduates in the VMSG community - well done to you all!


VMSG 2016 - Live!

VMSG 2016 is underway now! Check out the conference minsite for the schedule and any information you may need for the week ahead!

Check out the twitter feed @vmsg2016 and #VMSG2016 for live news of the conference.