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Tephra: Chronology, Stratigraphy, Hazards, & Climate

Sicily, CT, Italy
Meeting Category


Dates: 8–16 September 2024
Location: Catania, Sicily, Italy
Venue: Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò l'Arena 


The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth Interior (IAVCEI) Commission of Tephrochronology (COT), Tephra Hazard Modelling (THM), and the INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial palaeoclimate records (INTIMATE) network of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), warmly invite you to join them in Catania for a week of discussions and field trips centered around tephra.

Whether you specialize in tephrochronology, tephrostratigraphy, tephra hazards, or volcano-climate interactions, this conference is made for you!

The conference will feature an icebreaker (September 8), 3 days of presentations (September 9, 10 and 12), a mid-conference fieldtrip to Etna (September 11th), and post-conference field trips (September 13-16). Registration and abstract submission will open on May 13th, and close on June 17th and July 15th, respectively.

We have dedicated funds to support attendance of early career researchers (ECRs). A special issue with the Geological Society and American Geophysical Union will welcome papers on research presented at the conference. Please find more details on the conference below.

Conference topics

  • Tephrochronology
  • Tephrostratigraphy
  • Physical volcanology
  • Tephra hazards
  • Volcanic impacts on climate

This conference does not have defined (or concurrent) sessions. We welcome any presentations based around the interdisciplinary usage of tephra. This includes but isn’t limited to: Tephrostratigraphy and Tephrochronology (classic applications, advances in geochronology, dating and correlation), Tephra and Climate (insights on volcano-climate and climate-volcano interactions), and Tephra and Volcanology (uses for constraining magnitude, frequency, hazards, ash modelling etc.)

Important dates

May 13th 2024    Abstract Submission Opens 
May 13th 2024 May 20th 2024    Registration Opens 
May 13th 2024    ECRs funding application opens 
June 17th 2024    Abstract submission closes
June 17th 2024    ECRs funding application closes
July 1st 2024    Abstract acceptance and ECR funding outcome announced
July 15th 2024    Registration closes


Please visit the website to register, submit an abstract or apply for ECR travel grants here:

Registration Fees

Full registration fee: 400€ (includes icebreaker event, cohee and lunch, and midconference field trip)
Early career researcher (ECR)* fee: 275€
Additional fee for closing dinner: 35€
Additional fee for post-conference field trips: See below

*ECR: Anyone who passed their PhD (or an equivalent) less than 8 years ago is eligible, but recognize that no one definition fits all, and will consider individual circumstances. Please note that we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 125 registrants. If you are interested, please submit an abstract and register as soon as possible.

Early Career Researcher (ECR) Travel Support Grants

Funds are available from IAVCEI and INTIMATE to subsidise the costs of selected ECRs (and for INTIMATE, those from low-income countries) travelling to and presenting at the conference. Please visit the websitefor the eligibility criteria and the application form. For further clarification please contact Danielle McLean (ECR Rep):

Please note the application deadline for Travel Grants is June 17th.

Further information

> Download the first circular
> Visit the website