Eighth International Workshop on Volcanic Ash (IWVA-8)


Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2023 | Rotorua, New Zealand

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in collaboration with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) and other partners, is convening the Eighth International Workshop on Volcanic Ash (IWVA-8) at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua, New Zealand on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2023.

Workshop Information and Official Announcement

The main objective of the workshop is to demonstrate the worldwide progress made in supporting the scientific and technological advancement within the International Airways Volcano Watch (IAVW) over the past 10 years or more and to highlight where gaps and other limitations in capacity and capability still prevail. The IAVW was established in the 1980s by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with the assistance of WMO and other partners and has become a mature, worldwide system comprising meteorological, volcanological, and geological services, and other facilities and services with the objective to support continued safe and efficient aviation operations on the ground and in the air whenever and wherever volcanic eruptions are occurring and/or whenever and wherever volcanic ash clouds and gases are present in the atmosphere.  

Responding to the evolving needs of the aviation industry, the workshop will also look to chart a path for scientific and technological advancement through this decade and beyond, thereby helping to inform the further development of the work plan of WMO Services Commission (SERCOM) Standing Committee on Services for Aviation (SC-AVI) Advisory Group on Volcanic Science for Applications (AG-VSA). 

The intended workshop audience includes meteorological and volcanological scientists, researchers and operational personnel including service providers from volcanic ash advisory centres and State volcano observatories as well as aviation users including flight crew, airport and airspace managers, and airframe, engine and avionics original equipment manufacturers. 

The workshop will comprise a blend of introductory keynote addresses, research and industry presentations including national and regional case studies, and panel discussions with opportunities for audience interaction. Subject to expressions of interest and logistical considerations, a poster session may also be convened.

The workshop is an in-person only event and will be conducted entirely in English.

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Provisional Programme (subject to change)

Saturday 4 February 2023 (morning and afternoon):

  • Relevant outcomes of sessions of the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly, 
  • Airframe/engine/avionics susceptibility developments and industry needs, 
  • State volcano observatories and volcanic ash advisory centres reporting of highlights since IWVA-7 (2015) and foreseen challenges and opportunities up to 2030, and 
  • The next generation of volcanic hazard services for aviation including quantitative volcanic ash and sulphur dioxide forecast information services. 

Sunday 5 February 2023 (morning only):

  • Agreement of key outcomes and recommendations arising from IWVA-8 to help inform the further development of the work plan of WMO’s Advisory Group on Volcanic Science for Applications. 

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Official Announcement and Call for Abstracts

To see WMO's official announcement and call for abstracts, please click on the following links: English | French | Spanish | Russian | Chinese | Arabic

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To submit an abstract for the IWVA-8 workshop, please complete the Abstract Submission Form AVAILABLE HERE not later than 16 November 2022.

The AG-VSA, referenced above, will select papers for oral presentation or (if convened) poster presentation, taking into account the abstracts received. Authors of short abstracts selected for oral presentation or, if applicable, poster presentation will be duly notified soon after the deadline date.

Note, the acceptance of a short abstract for oral presentation will still require you to register for attendance at the workshop. The non-acceptance of your abstract does not prevent you from registering for the workshop. 

WMO may consider providing limited financial support to cover travel and/or subsistence allowance for early career scientists and participants from developing countries who are selected to present papers or (if convened) posters. A request for financial support should be clearly indicated at the time of Abstract Submission.

Guidelines for submission of abstracts

The following is intended to provide guidelines for the submission of short abstracts for the workshop. All submitted short abstracts must conform to the following guidelines. Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in the rejection of your submission. 

A short abstract MUST:

A)    Be written in English only. Non-English language submissions will be rejected.
B)    Include the title of the presentation, the name of the lead author (and co-authors as appropriate) and affiliation plus contact information (email and telephone).
C)    Indicate whether the submission is intended for oral presentation or poster presentation. 
E)    Not exceed 300 words.
F)    Not contain figures, tables or other graphics/illustrations.
G)    Indicate whether you are seeking WMO financial assistance to attend the workshop if your short abstract is accepted for oral presentation or (if convened) poster presentation.
H)    Be submitted not later than 16 November 2022. Any submissions after this date may not be considered. 

In the event that your abstract is selected, further guidelines will be supplied to you in advance of the workshop (format, duration, etc.).

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Preceding IAVCEI Scientific Assembly 

The IWVA-8 workshop will be preceded by an IUGG International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) Scientific Assembly 2023 at the same location (Rotorua Energy Events Centre) from Monday 30 January to Friday 3 February 2023. Information on the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly is available here. Details on other workshops that are proposed to be convened before (pre-) and after (post-) the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly are available here.

Several of the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly sessions are being convened with input from WMO and relevant outcomes will then be carried forward to the IWVA-8 workshop for further consideration. In addition, it is anticipated that the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly with provide aspects such as disaster risk reduction and multi-hazard early warning systems will form key considerations of these sessions.

The president of SERCOM, Mr Ian Lisk, will serve as the lead coordinator of WMO’s input to the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly and then the moderator of the IWVA-8 workshop.

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  • To attend the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly (30 January to 3 February 2023) and the IWVA-8 workshop (4 and 5 February 2023), please REGISTER HERE not later than 13 January 2023.
  • To attend the IWVA-8 workshop only (4 and 5 February 2023), please register by sending an email to iavcei2023@confer.co.nz with copy to aviation@wmo.int not later than 13 January 2023.

Please note, to support the convening of these events there is a registration fee of NZD 250 per day (including 15% government sales tax) to attend the IAVCEI Scientific Assembly and a registration fee of NZD 105 total (including 15% government sales tax) to attend the IWVA-8 workshop. The registration fee, including cancellation and refund policy, is administered entirely by IAVCEI. WMO possesses no liability in this regard.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact the WMO Secretariat via email: aviation@wmo.int

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