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Day in the life of a volcanologist

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June


Event location details

Hochhauser auditorium


Speaker: Chiara Maria Petrone

Volcanic eruptions are spectacular displays of nature’s power. Beautiful as they are, they put local communities at risk and may even have global impact. Join volcanologist Chiara Maria Petrone, who studies the rocks produced during different types of eruptions to understand why volcanoes erupt sometimes in a very gentle way, and sometimes in a big blast. Her work involves travelling to a lots of volcanoes but also spending quite long time in the lab looking at the rocks under the microscope. She will take you through a journey in the hearth of several active volcanoes, including Popocatépetl volcano, one of the most active in Mexico, to discover the hidden history of their eruptive behaviour and how we can use this information to better understand the activity of these dangerous giants.

This is part of our ‘Day in the Life’ talks which are short, lively and personal stories aimed at teenagers thinking about their future careers. Take a look at the other talks in this series.

Event categories

  • Family with 12+
  • Talk