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.06/01/2017
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.06/12/2016
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.24/11/2016
PhD Opportunities List 2016
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.28/09/2016
It is with great sadness that VMSG reports the passing of Professor Jon Davidson of Durham University. Jon had been a great supporter of VMSG, and guided our Special Interest Group (SIG) as Chair (2006 - 2009), and latterly as President of one of our parent bodies, the Mineralogical Society (2012 - 2013). His calmness, wisdom, easy manner and approachability will be long remembered by all those who served on these Committees with him.
Jon began his research evaluating the sources and processes which determine the nature of magmatic rocks at arcs. He was recognized for integrating modern geochemical - particularly isotopic - methods with detailed petrology and fieldwork at subduction zones across the world, from the West Indies to Kamchatka, New Zealand and the Andes. More recently he developed techniques for isotopically fingerprinting magmatic components at the scale of individual minerals, thus fundamentally contributing to our understanding of the intricacies of processes operating within magma reservoirs themselves.
For this ground-breaking research, his contribution to magmatic and volcanic studies, as well as his services to VMSG, Jon was awarded the VMSG Award in 2014; appropriately, this our highest accolade, was presented at the 50th Year Anniversary Meeting at the world-renowned venue 'Dynamic Earth', Edinburgh. His keynote talk at this meeting was a superb example of how the complexities of igneous isotope geoscience could be delivered in an entirely accessible, entertaining and informative manner.
He will be fondly remembered by friends, research colleagues, students, and the VMSG Community.
Dr Mike Widdowson (Chair, VMSG)
A more detailed outline of Jon's many qualities and broader scientific contributions may be found at the following site:
VMSG Elections 2017
We now require help from you, the community. We have 5 candidates for 2 positions on the VMSG committee to serve from 2017-2019. Please take some time to read about their aims for their time on the committee and cast your vote.
Closing date to cast your vote is October 12th 2016 - also closing date of Early Bird registration for Liverpool 2017.29/08/2016
Liverpool 2017 Registration Open
Early Bird registration is now open for Liverpool 2017.
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.
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.
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 committee21/06/2016
Thanks to all those who have contributed. Enjoy!20/06/2016
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.
Student Bursaries Available!
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.14/04/2016
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.
- Letter of nomination, articulating how the award criteria are met, and for which contribution(s) the nominee is considered
- Curriculum Vitae
- Up to three additional letters of support
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!05/01/2016
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!
Please see the flyer below for details of the upcoming VMSG 2016 Annual Meeting in Dublin. Registration is now OPEN. Please click on the flyer or follow the link in the menu for more information.
Please see the flyer below for details of an upcoming session which may be of interest to the VMSG community. For further info please contact the named conveners.28/05/2015
National Geographic TV documentary - information on volcanism required
A map of Hell
National Geographic are producing a landmark documentary special about the history of Hell. We will explore how the concept of Hell forms a collective imagination that is constantly being reinvented and reimagined. We would like to look at where Hell appears in literature, art, history and culture and uncover the surprising ways in which the concept of Hell has shaped science, politics and society. We would like to visit some of the landscapes - particularly Volcanic - that have inspired myths and legends about Hell to learn about their real geological processes. We will be filming in Europe and the Americas this summer and would very much like to hear about expeditions taking place in these areas that might be relevant to our topic.
I have had an email exchange with Alice, and if you are interested in discussing a collaboration, or offering information then please contact her directly. We have already suggested localities in Iceland, and contacts/expeditions that may be visiting there this summer. However, in addition, she is also interested in examples from the Roman province, and the Mediterranean area with respect to the way in which the Romans and Greeks explained volcanic phenomena.
Assuming this documentary adopts a scientific approach to natural phenomenon (which we are assured it will be) then we have asked that VMSG be credited as a contributing source should it all go ahead. Individual contributors should also negotiate their own accreditation should their work be used.
Mike Widdowson - VMSG Chair27/04/2015
Student Bursaries Available!
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 2015 form) please go to the Student Bursaries page.20/04/2015
VMSG Award 2016
We are now seeking nominations for the 2016 VMSG Award. 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. The deadline for nominations is the 31st May 2015. You can find full details on the VMSG Award page.09/04/2015
Sorby Conference, Leeds
Abstract and normal registration deadlines for the Sorby Conference on Fluid and Melt Inclusions (ECROFI 23, 27-29 June) in Leeds are rapidly approaching. There are now additional details for the Short Course and Field Trip on the conference web site.
We have also obtained sufficient sponsorship to be able to reduce the cost to students of the 2 day Short Course to just £50 INCLUDING 1 nights B & B accommodation. Students must be registering for the Conference also to benefit from this rate.
We look forward to seeing you in Leeds in June!15/03/2015
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VMSG 2015 Success!
Thank you to all who made it to Norwich for VMSG 2015, the meeting was a huge success, topped off with a wonderful night to remember at Carrow Road for the VMSG dinner. Congratulations to all the winners of awards, especially Prof. Jenni Barclay - this year's VMSG Award recipient, a worthy awardee.
Here's to VMSG 2016 in Dublin! Check back for details later in the year.01/01/2015
New VMSG Committee
Thank you to all who voted in the recent election. We are pleased to announce our new committee for 2016 will be headed by Mike Widdowson (Hull), with Richy Brown (Durham), Victoria Smith (Oxford), Janine Kavanaugh (Liverpool), Seb Watt (Birmingham) and Tom Pering (Sheffield) being other new members to the committee this year. We will strive to carry forward the VMSG into new and exciting adventures in 2016. Keep an eye out for activities and other news on all the social media feeds and through the website.09/11/2014
VMSG Committee Elections
We have several positions on the VMSG committee becoming vacant in January. Please see the hustings document introducing those members of the community wishing to stand for election, and the details of how to vote.
All VMSG members are eligible to vote in all elections including students, so please let us know who you want to be elected. Click here to cast your vote. The deadline for voting is midnight 30th November 2014.22/10/2014
2nd Jóannes Rasmussen Conference
Please see the flyer for information regardging the upcoming 2nd Jóannes Rasmussen Conference to be held in the Faroe Islands 5-7th May 2015.
For more information visit the conference website.03/10/2014
Deep Earth Processes conference report
Sponsorship provided by the Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group funded a thematic session on 'Surface constraints on deep mantle processes' at a recent conference on 'Deep Earth Processes: windows on the workings of a planet' (Geological Society of London, 15th-16th September, 2014). This session featured an invited presentation on 'Relating the chemistry and structure of the deepest mantle to the geochemistry of mantle melts erupted at the surface' by Matt Jackson (UC Santa Barbara).
The conference also included thematic sessions on the core, transition zone, upper mantle, volatiles and mantle dynamics and brought together scientists from across the Earth Sciences community. The oral and poster presentations generated a series of lively discussions on our current understanding of the nature and composition of Earth's deep interior and highlighted areas for future research. Invited speakers included: John Hernlund (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Chris Ballentine (University of Oxford); John Brodholt (University College London); Arwen Deuss (University of Cambridge); Dan Frost (Universitat Bayreuth); Peter van Keken (University of Michigan); Mike Kendall (University of Bristol); Graham Pearson (University of Alberta) and Dan Shim (Arizona State University). The donation of funds by learned societies such as the Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group was vital to ensuring the success of this international, multi-disciplinary conference and the convenors (Sally Gibson, Saskia Goes, Simon Redfern & Mike Walter) are grateful for this support.27/09/2014
VMSG Award 2015
We are now seeking nominations for the 2015 VMSG Award. 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. The deadline for nominations is the 31st October 2014. You can find full details in the atttachment here.27/09/2014
In January our Chair (Andy Saunders), Treasurer (Mike Widdowson) and Secretary (Kate Dobson) all reach the end of our terms on the VMSG committee. Madeleine Humphreys, Becky Williams, Adrian Jones and Jen Truby also step down.
We are therefore seeking several new members for the committee. Specifically a treasurer (max 5 year term), two ordinary members (3 year term), and a student representative (1 year term). Mike Widdowson has agreed to take over as Chair, and Richy Brown has volunteered to take over from me as Secretary. The specific committee roles we need to fill include promotion of VMSG field trips and production the VMSG newsletter, but being a member of the committee does not take a lot of time, and is a fantastic way to support the VMSG community.
We are one of the largest and most vibrant of the Special Interest Groups and we are keen to maintain the enthusiasm and collegiate spirit of this research community. If you are interested in standing for any of these positions please contact myself or any of the other members of the committee for more information about what the different roles entail. The deadline for nominations is 31st October 2014, and if posts are contested electronic elections will take place during November.19/08/2014
VMSG 2015 - Norwich
VMSG 2015 will be held in Norwich on 5th - 7th January. Hosted by UEA at OPEN, a wonderful city centre location. Visit the VMSG 2015 - Norwich mini-site for further information on registration and abstract submission deadlines.12/08/2014
VMSG 'Burning Questions'
Dear VMSG Members,
As part of the re-organisation of the Geological Society, the GS Science Committee has requested that each Special Interest Group of the Society constructs a list of its main scientific questions.
The VMSG Committee has drafted what it thinks are the 'burning issues' (available to download here) but we are well aware that (a) no list can be truly representative and (b) that lists have a short life span. However, I encourage you to look at the list and send me any questions/topics that you feel should be included. Feel free to re-word any of the existing topics!
Deep Earth Processes Meeting 2014
VMSG is proud to show its support for the Deep Earth Processes Meeting 2014 to be held 15th - 16th September at Burlington House, the home of the Geological Society.
This international meeting seeks to draw together the latest ideas and results from geophysicists, geochemists, mineral physicists, geodynamicists and petrologists to identify the processes shaping the inaccessible depths of our planet and examine how they are manifested at its surface. The conference aims to enhance interaction across sub-disciplines and rationalise the latest observations -- be they clues revealed in the compositions of mantle melts, diamond formation, seismological nuances, or atomistic scale predictions. There will be a series of keynote and invited talks, and there is a call for abstracts (closing date May 30th 2014).
Pint of Science!
Watch out for geological themed "Pint of Science" events near you this May... we already know that VMSG members will be giving public lectures on volcanic and magmatic research in Bristol, Oxford and Manchester, so check out the pubs in your area.
R.A. Howie Memorial Award
The Mineralogical Society has set up a new award designed specifically for young researchers who have produced significant papers within 3 years of their PhD (or during). The MinSoc is now actively looking for nominations. For more information, download the nomination outline. More information can be found at the MinSoc Website.10/02/2014
VMSG 2014 Round-up
A huge thank you to the organisers and delegates of VMSG 2014! Edinburgh was the biggest VMSG meeting yet spanning 3.5 days of activities in the stunning settings beneath Arthur's Seat. The meeting began with the Hallimond Lecture given by Sally Gibson: "Continental rifting & magma exotica". Jon Davidson was awarded the VMSG award for 2014, and an award lecture on "Interrogating crystals to understand magma systems" provided the highlight of an exciting and diverse conference. Steve Sparks was also awarded the VMSG 50th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award. This was celebrated with his lecture "Integrating disciplines, models experiments and observations to understand volcanic processes".
As usual, the quality of student presentations was excellent, with the 'Bob Hunter prize for best student talk' awarded to Shelly Tyson (Lancaster) and the 'Geoff Brown prize for best student poster' awarded to Luke Hepworth (Keele). Congratulations to the award winners!
Volcanic and Magmatic Related PhD Opportunities!
Are you looking for a volcano related PhD in 2014? The VMSG student representative has been busy compiling a list of all available projects in the forthcoming year. Check out the PhD Opportunities page for the list and further information.
If you have a PhD available which is not on the list please let the student representative know, either by email or on twitter.29/10/2013
VMSG Committee Members Needed!
VMSG are seeking two new ordinary members of the committee and one student representative. Being on the committee is an excellent way to become involved with and contribute to the VMSG community to help shape our future direction. Being a committee member only involves attending two committee meetings a year, one of which is held immediately before the Annual Meeting. All other committee business is conducted by email.
The ordinary members positions last for 3 years. Nominations should be submitted in the form of a short (1/2 A4) outline about yourself and why you want to stand, and include the names of willing members of the VMSG community who are happy to propose and second your nomination. All nominations should be sent to the Secretary (Kate Dobson) no later than Friday 15th November, 2013. Should there be more than two nominees, then an e-mail election by VMSG members will take place.
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 contact Kate Dobson with a short (1/2 size A4) outline about yourself and why you want to stand. This position is open to all senior (3rd or 4th year) PhD students that have attended at least one VMSG meeting. The student representative can only be a successful if they are 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, and 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. The deadline for these nominations is the 15th November.
Petition to Save The Sky at Night!
The Sky at Night is facing the axe after 56 years on television. The BBC confirmed yesterday that discussions are currently ongoing over the future of the show, which is scheduled to run until the end of the year. Sky at Night has had several volcanologists appear over the years, and many VMSGers will have enjoyed this programme over the years - especially the extra-terrestrial volcanism angle.
VMSG 2014 Registration Open!
The conference takes place in Edinburgh from 5-8 January and celebrates the 50th anniversary of VMSG meetings. Highlights this year include:
- Extended programme of talks and posters
- Keynotes from Jon Davidson, Steve Sparks, Sally Gibson, Iain Stewart
- Venue at foot of Arthur's Seat
- Dinner and ceilidh in Our Dynamic Earth
- Optional fieldtrip to Arthur's Seat (Sunday 4th Jan)
- Optional microanalysis workshop (Thursday 9th Jan)
16 Sep - Registration opens
04 Oct - Early-bird registration closes
01 Nov - Registration closes
01 Nov - Abstract submission closes
Membership of either GeolSoc or MinSoc are accepted. Please have numbers ready during registration. Registration fee includes venue, abstract book, Conference Dinner, lunch and coffee+cakes on three days.
Fieldtrip and Microanalysis workshop
Please register interest for these at registration and we will contact you with further details. The format of the microanalysis workshop will be determined by who/how many register interest. Its aim is to take advantage of many current and potential users of the facilities being together in Edinburgh.