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Book Launch - Observing the Volcano World

20 September 2018, 4:30 pm–6:30 pm

Observing the Volcano World - Springer 2018

STS's Dr Carina Fearnley is one of the editors of the new collection 'Observing the Volcano World: Volcano Crisis Communication'. The department will hold a launch for the book on Thursday 20th September.

This event is free.

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Carina Fearnley – Department of Science and Technology Studies.


Lecture Theatre 1.03
Malet Place Engineering Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom

Observing the Volcano World.

This open access book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanic crisis research, the goal being to establish ways of successfully applying volcanology and to identify areas that need to be addressed for future progress. It shows how volcano crises are managed in practice, and helps to establish best practices. Consequently, the book brings together over 100 authors from all over the globe who work with volcanoes, ranging from observatory volcanologists, disaster practitioners and government officials to NGO-based and government practitioners to address three key aspects of volcanic crises.

First, the book explores the unique nature of volcanic hazards, which makes them a particularly challenging threat to forecast and manage, due in part to their varying spatial and temporal characteristics. Second, it presents lessons learned on how to best manage volcanic events based on a number of crises that have shaped our understanding of volcanic hazards and crises management. Third, it discusses the diverse and wide-ranging aspects of communication involved in crises, which merge old practices and new technologies to accommodate an increasingly challenging and globalised world.

The information and insights presented here are essential to tapping established knowledge, moving towards more robust volcanic crises management, and understanding how the volcanic world is perceived from a range of standpoints and contexts around the globe.

This book is available for free via Open Access. Visit the Springer Website for more information.

Did you miss the launch? You can watch the recording on Youtube now:

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Event Schedule

Location:     UCL, Bloomsbury

Malet Place Engineering Building

Lecture Theatre 1.03

(Reception held in Lecture Theatre 1.20)


16:30              Welcome and Book Overview presentation 

17:00              Discussion panel on Volcanic Crisis Communication – State of Art

17:30              Q&A session

18:00              Reception with refreshments and nibbles


We are delighted to announce the discussion panel members:
•    Professor Jenni Barclay - School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
•    Dr Richard Gordan - Director of the Bournemouth University Disaster Management Centre, Bournemouth University
•    Dr Richard Bretton - University of Bristol
•    Dr Chris Kilburn - Director of the UCL Hazard Centre, UCL


About the Speaker

Carina Fearnley

at UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

Carina Fearnley is an Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies at University College London in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She has a background in Geology and Mining, studied at Imperial College London (BSc and MSc) and completed an exploration geologist internship with the mining company Rio Tinto. Following her studies, she worked in the London financial sector for three years in investment banking and stock brokering before completing her Ph.D. studies at UCL at the UCL Hazard Research Centre.