[unav_all] East Africa Hazards Workshops (ICTP and NSF) - August 17-28 (apply by June 15)

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Wed May 27 21:55:34 MDT 2009


We seek participation in the NSF-sponsored  Workshop and Science  
Planning for the Evaluation, Monitoring and Communication of Volcanic  
and Seismic Hazards in East Africa

All US participants who seek travel support, whether invited by the  
organizing committee or applying for open, NSF-supported  
participation, must be registered through UNAVCO.  Graduate students  
and early career scientists with relevant research interests are  
particularly encouraged to apply.

Please visit the following web site to register and apply for workshop  


Meghan Miller

August 17-20, 2009 (NSF workshop and science planning); August 17-28,  
2009 (ICTP activities)
ICTP - Adriatico Guest House - Kastler Lecture Hall, Trieste, Italy

We are seeking U.S. participation for a workshop and business meeting  
that will be convened for US, African, and European scientists to  
develop and enhance plans for investigations of processes leading to  
volcanic eruptions and large earthquakes in continental rift zones,  
with emphasis on the evaluation, monitoring and communication of  
volcanic and seismic hazards in East Africa. The two-day workshop  
(August 18-19) and associated planning/business sessions (August 17,  
20) are planned to provide strategic guidance to the international  
community based on lessons learned from natural hazards in Africa and  

NSF has provided funds for US participants to travel to Trieste for  
the workshop and science-planning meeting. These will precede a two- 
week professional development course for African geoscientists  
supported by ICTP, ICSU, African Union, Royal Society/NERC, and UNAVCO  
in Trieste, Italy.

NSF funding for African scientists through in-country per diem  
expenses (Trieste, Italy) for participation in the NSF science and  
planning activities will be managed by ICTP.

The workshop goals are to establish a new initiative for cooperation  
in East Africa, to design programs to comprehensively evaluate and  
monitor the time and length scales of plate boundary and volcanic  
deformation, and to develop networks for exchange of ideas and  
expertise. In so doing, participants will augment and strengthen  
research plans, ensuring the broadest impact with future volcanic and  
seismic hazard-related projects. The science and planning results will  
feed directly into the international workshop.

Participants should be willing to actively contribute to a workshop  
report and to participate in an on-line forum prior to the August  
workshop to discuss ideas that will feed into the workshop discussion.  
The report will inform a science plan for the National Science  
Foundation regarding priorities for funding research in the East  
African Rift region.

Organizing Committee:
Cindy Ebinger, University of Rochester
Eric Calais, University of Purdue
Abdelkarim Aoudia, ICTP, Italy
Gezahegn Yirgu, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
UNAVCO PI: M. Meghan Miller

Invited speakers include: Ross Stein, Robert Tilling, Simon Carn, Andy  
Nyblade, Giday WoldeGabriel, Roger Buck

Airfare, lodging, per diem (2 days travel; 4 days participation), and  
some transportation will be offered to participants. Due to budget  
constraints, space is currently limited to approximately 14  
participants including 3-4 graduate students. NSF is particularly  
interested in supporting several early career scientists. Early career  
scientists and graduate students will be selected based on research  
related to the workshop topic and potential contributions to the NSF- 
sponsored science planning. You will be requested to provide this  
information at the time of registration.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the longer ICTP workshop,  
although NSF support is not currently available for this.

If you are currently a Graduate Student you are required to fill out  
the Registration form (link below) as well submitting an Application  
for Support (below), which includes information from your advisor.

To apply to participate in the workshop, please complete the  
registration form accessed through the link below.

Registration deadline is June 15, 2009. Acceptances and offers of  
travel support will be made by June 22, 2009.


M. Meghan Miller
President, UNAVCO
6350 Nautilus Drive
Boulder, CO  80301

Voice:  303/381-7514
By cell:  720/320-0026
Fax:  303/381-7501
meghan at unavco.org

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