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Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group


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The VMSG exists to promote and advance the study of physical volcanology, igneous geochemistry and petrology, volcano geophysics and related subjects by:

  • stimulating wider interest in volcanic and magmatic processes
  • facilitating the exchange of information between members of the Group and with others working in similar fields of interest 
  • convening meetings, workshops, seminars and field visits on themes of interest to Group members 
  • publications 
  • encouraging research, teaching and practical application.

The minutes of the latest AGM may be found on the VMSG website.

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VMSG Student Bursaries

The Volcanic & Magmatic Studies Group runs two bursary schemes for student researchers to attend & present at conferences & international workshops. 

Bursaries are awarded up to a maximum of £300The next deadline is 1 June for the bursary period 1st August - 31st January.



Dr Mike Widdowson (Hull)


Dr Richie Brown (Durham)


Dr Vicky Smith

Student Rep

Tom Pering (Student Rep)

Web editor

Peter Marshall (OU co-opted)

Ordinary members

  • Sue Loughlin (BGS)
  • Lorraine Field (BGS)
  • Chiara Petone (NHM
  • Craig Magee (Imperial)
  • Janine Kavanagh (Liverpool)
  • Sebastian Watt (Birmingham)
  • Kate Dobson (LMU, Munich)