||The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and the United
States Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce the Volcano
Observatory Best Practices Workshop, to be held September 11 - 15, 2011 in
Erice, Italy (web link), under the aegis of IAVCEI, WOVO,
and GEO. The objective is to develop synergy among national volcano
hazards programs and their observatories globally, so as to more rapidly
and broadly advance the field. The theme of this workshop, which may
become the first in a series of best practices meeting, is short-term
eruption forecasting. Experiences of what works and what does not will be
shared and discussed. The workshop will feature a few invited talks by
selected speakers. Other contributions are intended as poster
presentations. Participants will begin the development of a guide to best
practices in forecasting, which will subsequently be published.
Applications in the form of a statement of interest are due April 1.
Acceptance is constrained by size and the need for global representation,
but all who apply can provide input for the best practices document.
Graduate students with a strong interest in volcano risk mitigation are
especially encouraged to apply. More information is available here.