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PhD student presents at Volcanoes Conference in Chile

Volcano Chile Wednesday 7 December 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship student Alessandra Lotteri was invited to Puerto Varas in Chile to present a paper at the 9th Cities on Volcanoes Conference.

Cities on Volcanoes played host to some of the most eminent world figures in pure and applied volcanology, and featured studies ranging across the world from the Caribbean to New Zealand.

Presentations demonstrated the importance of tackling issues of volcanic hazard vulnerability, using perspectives from both the physical and social sciences. Participants were drawn from disciplines ranging from geology and geophysics, to geography, sociology and psychology, and demonstrated the benefits of multi-disciplinary dialogue in seeking to reduce hazard vulnerability and to boost resilience.

Spread over five days, the conference featured presentations, poster sessions, field excursions and more informal discussion. Alessandra Lotteri presented her research on ‘Population dynamics: the changing spatial pattern in hazard vulnerability and resilience in the Azores’ as both a poster and 15-minute oral presentation. Her work was well received and she established a network of international contacts across a range of disciplines.

Alessandra said: “Memories of the conference are of inspiring projects, inspiring talks and, most importantly, inspiring people with a passion for their research and for disaster reduction. The long term benefits of this meeting are important, not only in terms of my PhD, but also for hazard research more generally within Liverpool Hope.”

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