Summer School on Magmatic Plumbing Systems and Intrusions (2010)

Volcanoes of the Earth are underlain by roots or magmatic plumbing systems that transports magma generated within the Earth’s mantle towards the surface. A large fraction of magma generated within the Earth never reaches the surface, but is rather emplaced as magmatic intrusions under volcanoes or volcanic regions. Understanding of the process of magma intrusion is fundamental for the full understanding of exposed plutonic rocks, how Earth’s crust is formed, and for comprehension of the dynamics of volcanic systems. A number of research questions related to the theme of “magmatic plumbing systems and intrusions” are debated in the scientific literature, such as the mechanical models for intrusions, depths, cooling times and more. The summer school addresses these questions, with a mixture of talks by invited speakers, presentation by participants, and field trips to relevant geological localities in eroded and active rifts of Iceland. The school is sponsored by Nordforsk and Nordvulk, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland.

The school will be opened in the evening of August 10, 2010 in Reykjavík, followed by a two day field trip from along the southern and eastern coastal areas of Iceland. The following days will include 4 days of oral and poster presentations, broken up by a one day field trip to an eroded volcanic centre. The school will end with a field trip to the active Northern Volcanic Zone of Iceland, and drive back to Reykjavik on August 20 (see programme overview and pdf brochure).

Organizing committee:
Freysteinn Sigmundsson (Nordic Volc. Centre, Inst. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Iceland)
Rikke Pedersen (Nordic Volc. Centre, Inst. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Iceland)
Christian Tegner (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Reidar Trönnes (Dept. of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology)
John Maclennan (University of Cambridge, UK)

Main contacts: Freysteinn Sigmundsson ( and Rikke Pedersen (

Costs: All participants are required to pay a registration fee of 29000 Icelandic kronas (about US $235 at present exchange rate), their travel to and from Iceland, as well as accommodation in Iceland before and after the school.

For students and post-docs based in Nordic institutions (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland) the cost of hotel accommodation and meals during the school is covered by NordForsk. Students from other countries need to cover the cost of 135000 Icelandic kronas (about US$ 1100 at present exchange rate) for hotel accommodation and meals at the venue. We encourage the applicants to seek funding for their own expenditures.

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