Themes and Challenges for Volcano Science Work in Developing Countries: IAVCEI General Assembly, Portland, Oregon, United States - Friday 18 August 2017
During the IAVCEI 2017 conference in Portland, U.S. an open invitation meeting was held to gather volcano scientists working in a developing country context. With a focus on discussing common challenges and barriers to understanding and mitigating volcanic risk in developing countries and coming up with strategies to encourage the scientific community to incorporate these considerations in their work. This included discussion of how IAVCEI could improve the support for this part of the community.
Key questions that were raised during the meeting include
1. Is there a need to create a formalised mechanism to support networking and the sharing of resources between scientists working in a developing country context (should this be formalised within the IAVCEI framework); are you willing to form a community of practice for volcano work in a developing country context?
2. What would it be good to see happen within such a community to support scientists in the developing country context?
3. Are there some mechanisms and organisations already in place that can be leveraged to support work in developing countries, what else can be done?
4. What are the key actions or next steps for the group?
The following document presents a summary of the discussions at the meeting and represents the views of ~20 participants to shape the development of this group and activities for the future.