Workshop on Active Volcanism & Continental Rifting

26th ECGS Workshop on Active Volcanism & Continental Rifting, with special focus on the Virunga (North Kivu, DR of Congo) took place on November 19-21, 2007

Poster AVCOR

AVCOR 2007 Presentations
Presentation Title PDF
Vittorio Bosi: Civil protection organization in volcanic emergency PDF icon
Cindy Ebinger: ResearchTime and Length Scales of Extension and Magmatism in the East African rift system PDF icon
Gerald Ernst: Research & Monitoring at Oldoinyo Lengai, NW Tanzania: Review of Recent Advances PDF icon
Sandra Heleno: Discrimination between tropospheric effects and crustal deformation in SAR interferograms of Fogo volcano, Cape Verde Islands (1993 – 2006) PDF icon
Romain Meyer: Crustal-mantle interaction processes during a continental rift phase and its rift to drift evolution PDF icon
Ferdinand Richard: Lake Natron (Tanzania) Earthquake of 17th July 2007: First Report PDF icon
Dmitri Rouwet: He-C-N isotope systematics of dissolved gases in Lake Nyos and Monoun (Cameroon, Western Africa) PDF icon
Geoff Wadge: Temporal and spatial analysis of the eruptions of Nyamuragira PDF icon
Pierre Wandji: The Mount Manengouba, a mio-quaternary horst stratovolcano of the Cameroon Volcanic Line (Central Africa): new volcanic successions, geochemical evidence and isotopic data PDF icon

Download the AVCOR-07 Program (with Poster description) as a PDF document PDF icon

Scope of the workshop

The 26th edition of the multi-disciplinary ECGS workshops is dedicated this year to Continental Rifting and Volcanology.

The workshop is co-organized by the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS), the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the National Museum of Natural History (NMHN).

ECGS logo Africa Museum Logo MNHN logo

The workshop intends to bring together scientists from different disciplines (geology, volcanology, geodesy, geodynamics, seismology…) to share their knowledge and discuss the complex relationships between continental rifting and magmatism. It will also dedicate specific attention to the use of modern modeling approaches and state-of-the-art observational techniques such as remote sensing, radar interferometry, GPS, geochemistry etc.

Nowadays, seismic tomography, geochemical studies of erupted magmas and degassing areas, or numerical methods for modeling ground deformation increasingly contribute to portraying rift and magmatism in 3D, from surface morphology down to processes at depth, not to mention the composition of volcanic plume and its chemistry. Volcanoes are no longer studied as isolated objects but considered from root to plume as part of a global system including with environment, population health and socio-economical impacts.

Special attention will be given to volcanic activity in the Western branch of the East African Rift (EAR) dominated by the Nyamulagira and Nyiragongo volcanoes (North Kivu, DRC). Contributions related to continental rifting or rift magmatism generally are most welcome and encouraged.



  • N. d’Oreye, National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg
  • F. Kervyn, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium

Scientific Committee / Invited Speakers

  • E. Calais, Purdue Univ., USA
  • C. Ebinger, Univ. of Rochester, USA
  • G. Ernst, Univ. of Ghent, Belgium
  • F. Lukaya, Goma Volcanological Observatory, RD Congo
  • E. Mbede, Univ. Dar Es Salam, Tanzania
  • N. Pagliuca, Ist.Nat. di Geof. E Vulacnologia, Italy
  • D. Tedesco, Univ. of Napoli 2, Italy
  • T. Wright, Univ of Leeds, UK
  • G. Yirgu, Univ. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Local Organizing Comittee

  • E. Buttini, NMHN / ECGS, Luxembourg
  • C. Galassi, ECGS, Luxembourg
  • F. Kervyn, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
  • N. d’Oreye, National Museum of Nat. History, Luxembourg

With the support of

  • The Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research
  • The Council of Europe (EUR-OPA)
  • The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI)
  • The United Nations, Volc. Risk Management Unit (PNUD/ UNOPS)
  • The National Museum of Natural History, Lux. (NMNH)
  • The Royal Museum for Central Africa, B. (RMCA)
  • The European Space Agency ESA
  • UNESCO/IGOS-Geohazards

Dead lines

  • July 31, 2007 Abstract submission deadline and Early Bird registration deadline
  • August 31, 2007 Authors notification
  • October 15, 2007 Upload deadline for Poster Printing Service
  • November 19, 2007 Sessions start at noon
  • November 21, 2007 Sessions end in late afternoon
  • February 2008 Manuscript submission
  • May 2008 Proceedings publications in ‘Cahiers bleus de l’ECGS’

Tentative Program

Sessions will be composed of one invited keynote lecture (30min + 10min
discussion) followed by talks of 15min + 5min discussion. Authors will be given 3min (one slide) for the presentation of their posters. Posters will be displayed in the lobby and available through the meeting. Conventional material will be at your disposal (projectors etc..).

For smooth transitions, speakers are requested to upload their presentation on
the organization computer at least during the break before the session.

The workshop will discuss the following aspects:

  • geodesy, ground deformation measurements and modeling
  • volcanic plume, rock and water geochemistry
  • geology, geomorphology, geophysical and structural aspects
  • seismology, volcano monitoring (remote sensing, ground based techniques…)
  • stratified lakes stability and degassing
  • hazard and risk assessment: lava and volcanic flows, environmental (crops, drinking water,…) and health related impacts…


Max dimensions: will be provided soon.
Mounting material will be supplied at the conference room.
Printing service: Accepted file format: eps, pdf, tiff or jpeg.
Charges must be paid and file should be uploaded before October 15th 2007.


Required for program selection. Abstract volume will be distributed at workshop registration.


Due: July 31, 2007

  1. Length: maximum 2 pages including figures.
  2. Margins: DIN A4, 2.54 cm top/bottom margins / 3.17 cm right/left margins
  3. Font: Title: Arial 12 Bold, centered
  4. Authors and affiliation: Arial 9 (For oral presentation: underline the speaker)
  5. Text: Times New Roman 12
  6. Color: will be printed in black and white
  7. Format: MS-Word, RTF, EPS or PDF


The proceedings will be published within 12 months after the meeting in the “Cahiers du Centre Européen de Géodynamique et de Séismologie”.

For previous volumes, see here.

Abstracts submitted should not exceed 5 pages. Color figures will be printed at no charge. One volume will be sent to every participant at no charge.
Tentative deadline for submission: February 2008 (will be confirmed during the
workshop). Format and guidelines will be distributed to the authors during the workshop.

Special issue

Contacts are taken for publication of the conference and related full papers (up to typically 20 journal pages) in a special issue of Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. More details will be provided later.

Pre-Meeting Field Trip

A two-day field trip led by Dr. G. Ernst (Univ. Ghent, B) is planned to the Eifel
Volcanic Field (Germany) if the number of participants is sufficient.

Participants will leave Luxembourg by coach on Friday November 16 afternoon and return to Luxembourg on Sunday November 18 by late evening. Travel conditions will include lodging in Youth Hostels and light (sandwiches) lunches. A 350.- EURO fee is requested that include lodging and meals from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, transportation from Luxembourg to Eifel (Germany) and field trip road book.

For non-European resident, please check that your visa allows traveling to
Germany as well. Consult the appropriate embassies in your country or see for instance (Schengen visa).
See tentative program on the registration form.