Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Conference 2020
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    Crowne Plaza Hotel, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2HJ

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The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group - a joint special interest group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland and the Geological Society of London - are delighted to announce their 56th annual meeting will be held in Plymouth between 7-9 January 2020.

This is a 2.5 day meeting and registration will include attendance at the meeting, access to posters and talks, lunch (7 and 8 January), mid-morning and afternoon refreshments. The conference dinner is included in the registration fee.

The conference venue is the Crowne Plaza hotel on Plymouth Hoe.

Symposia include:

1. Processes at plate margins (J Barclay and M Harris)

2. Magma storage and transport (M Edmonds and A Morris)

3. Timescales and rates of magmatic processes (C Petrone and P Cole)

4. Intraplate magmatism (M Harris and S Gibson)  

5. Monitoring and forecasting (J Hickey and J Johnson)

6. Hazard, risk and communication (J Phillips and I Manzella)

7. Research in Progress (P Cole and A Peach) 

Keynote speakers include:

  • VMSG award winner Professor David Pyle, Oxford University  
  • Professor Kathy Cashman, University of Bristol: ‘From magma storage to eruption: New questions for a new decade’
  • Dr Mike Cassidy, University of Oxford: ‘Explosive or Effusive? Investigating the controls of volcano eruptive style’
  • Dr Johan Lissenberg, University of Cardiff: ‘Magma processing in the lower oceanic crust'
  • Professor Costanza Bonadonna: ‘Integrating hazard, exposure and vulnerability for risk assessment and management: the case study of Vulcano island, Italy’

The abstract deadline is Friday 22 November.


Venue: Sustainability Hub, Kirkby Lodge, University of Plymouth

A half day workshop entitled ‘Communicating volcano science using narratives and storytelling’ will be held at the University's Sustainable Earth Institute, from 14:00 on 9 January (immediately after the meeting). The workshop will be led by Professor Iain Stewart and Professor Jenni Barclay (UEA). The workshop is free of charge but is strictly limited to 40 participants. 

More information will be added to this page as details are confirmed.

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Thinking about attending VMSG (7th-9th January 2020) in Plymouth? Wondering if this is the right event for you? 

The VMSG welcomes offers of oral and poster presentations from all those working in relevant disciplines. 

We aim to provide a supportive environment where all in the community are welcome and valued, and are keen to promote balance in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, geographical location, physical ability, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and others. Our interest is in the science, and in your work.


Great Western Railway offer

We have partnered with Great Western Railways (GWR) to offer delegates attending the conference discounted return train fares to Plymouth. These reduced rates can save you up to 60% on the cost of travel with the GWR Network Area ONLY. Please note you will only be able to book a return from the same station. 

Travelling to Plymouth

Information can be found on the University's Getting here pages.


Accommodation at Crowne Plaza Plymouth

We have negotiated a preferential rate with Crowne Plaza Hotel who have the following accommodation options to choose from:

  • £85.00 B&B per person per night based on double occupancy
  • £95.00 B&B per person per night based on sole occupancy.

All preferential rates offered are valid until 26 November; after this date there is no guarantee these rates can be honoured.

Delegates can access this rate by booking via the following link: https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect

Alternative accommodation

There are a number of alternative accommodation options available – find a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation across the city.

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