International Volcano Science Meeting in Portland

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Join volcano scientists from around the world during scientific meeting and associated public event in Portland.

1,200 scientists from 40 U.S. states and 49 nations are participating in the IAVCEI 2017 Scientific Assembly at the Oregon Convention Center, jointly organized and hosted by Portland State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Central Washington University, and the University of Idaho.

IAVCEI, the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, represents the interests of individual scientists and scientific organizations that conduct research in volcanology, mitigate volcanic disasters, and conduct research in closely related disciplines.

The conference program will cover the complete range of research interests, from distant volcanoes around the world in Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Italy, and Antarctica, and even other planets in the solar system, to the details of the Earth's interior chemistry, volcanic ash hazards, the use of lidar to study Newberry Volcano in Oregon, under-sea volcanoes, historical eruptions in the 17th century, and a practical understanding of the environmental and societal impacts of eruptions on communities.

Credentialed members of the news media are invited to (1.) attend the IAVCEI 2017 meeting at no cost, but must pre-register by August 10th using instructions below, and (2.) attend a public event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, associated with the scientific conference, where three internationally renowned scientists will publically share their experiences studying and responding to volcanic eruptions.

snow-covered Mt. Hood volcano on the horizon overlooking tall building in city of Portland

Mount Hood dominates the skyline outside Portland, Oregon on a clear day. A major eruption of Mount Hood would pose a great hazard to the regional economy. (Credit: Ed Ruttledge, U.S. Geological Survey. Public domain.)


Internationally recognized volcano scientists from 49 nations and 40 U.S. states.


1. Scientific professional meeting about volcano science.

2. Public evening event: “OMSI Science Pub: Nature’s Fury: Living with Active Volcanoes.”


1. Scientific Conference: August 14 to 18, 2017

2. Public event at OMSI: Monday, August 15, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


1. Scientific Conference: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.

2. Public event: OMSI, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1450 SE Water Ave. Portland Oregon.


1. Free registration for members of news media to attend the meeting is required by COB on August 10. Email to Martin Streck or call 971-727-5212 to register. Please include a copy of news media credentials and expected arrival time.

2. No registration is necessary for the public OMSI Science Pub, but OMSI questions can be addressed to John Farmer.


More information about the IAVCEI conference is available online, as well as information on the public event at OMSI.