Sharing the Volcano Love


We are having fun but we are not messing about

Among other things, I do research on methods to communicate and reduce volcanic risk. To do this, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and learning about whole other disciplines and their research methods; up ’til now usually in the social sciences. Its both a joy and an occasional bag of toenails(*). There is also something of an intersection here with education and engagement:

(i) As a researcher I’m academically interested in gathering evidence to enable populations at risk from volcanic activity to reduce their losses. That includes understanding the best ways for scientists to forecast and communicate that activity;
(ii) As a University Lecturer its part of my job to engage students sufficiently well that they become motivated to understand the (sometimes tricky) physical concepts and processes behind how volcanoes work;
(iii) As a human being I think knowledge and education should be accessible to all, as a human right.

All of this makes me incredibly curious about what makes people interested in volcanoes; what might motivate them to find out more, and how it shapes culture.
I’ve always wanted to talk to ‘real’ specialists about volcanoes in books and film and how that works; and to work with them on some Engagement exercises. The Norfolk Firework Volcano has provided me with that opportunity (thanks UEA Annual Fund!) and we really want to share that knowledge and interest!

This is our first ‘teaser trailer’ starting the countdown to the Big Family Fun Day done in collaboration with UEA’s School of Film Television and Media’s ‘Make@UEA’. A mix of facts and fun and just a little hint of the messianic. We will not be out-partridged by AlphaPapa!

The facts here are straight from the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program
The photographs are of Villarica (Chile) ,Tungurahua (Ecuador),Teide (Tenerife, Spain) ,Fuego (Guatemuala),Agung (Indonesia), Colima (Mexico) and Yasur (Vanuatu) and taken by Jonathan Stone and Anna and Kelby Hicks.
If you want to know why there are no volcanoes in Norfolk look here.
If you want to know more about volcanoes in film and literature the links (thus far) are embedded…. and there is more to come!

(*) arguably I’d be a more ‘successful’ academic if I focussed on just one thing and used my time to write and publish papers,papers,papers. I’d certainly have to spend a lot less time talking and explaining terminology. And speaking of defining terminology, what is ‘successful’ anyway and to whom? Never be afraid to try things that are a little bit different.

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