Response to volcanic eruption crises


Cancellation until further notice

In the light of current restrictions on mobility and gathering in France and around the world due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic ( The cancellation of the ANR-LAVA / EVE workshop in April 2020 is inevitable.

With France, as in many other countries from which delegates have been invited, also in lock-down for an indefinite period, we are currently unable to announce a postponement; only a cancellation of the current dates.

The ANR-LAVA project, in collaboration with the EVE project (, is preparing a workshop (by invitation only) on crisis management in case of volcanic eruption in Europe and worldwide.

The aim of the workshop is to get together as many actors in the world of mitigating, and responding to, effusive crises as possible for a 4 day long experience-sharing and brain-storming exercise (including volcano observatories and civil protection).

We plan to hold three days of presentations/discussions focusing on scientific responses to effusive crises, civil protection responses, and community expectations/perspectives. There also will be two days of field trips and one day of exercise including all participants (scientists and civil protection) on communication, decision making and expert elicitation during volcanic crise.


Book your room at Hotel le Saint-Pierre

We suggest to the participants to book their accommodation at the Hotel le Saint-Pierre, as soon as possible, to, mentioning that you are a participant of the « Volcanic eruptions response workshop ».


From Saint-Denis International airport to get to the center of Saint Pierre there are public buses (5€) are available every 2h from 8:45 to 17:30, taxis (150-200 euros) or rental cars just in front of the airport.

Other details

The workshop will mainly take place in Saint-Pierre, the main city in the south of the island (1h20 by car from Saint Denis).

The first day of the workshop will take place at La Cité du Volcan, near the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise.


Once you have book your room, please let us know and for more information: contact

Preliminary program

Saturday 18: Field trip to the South of the Island (Hazard and Risk)

08:00: Departure by bus from Saint Pierre

Visit of Le Grand brulé, 1977, 1986 and 2007 lava flows, “Notre dame des laves” church. Guided by Patrick Bachèlery and Nicolas Villeneuve.

18:00: Back to Saint Pierre

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Sunday 19: Field trip to Piton de la Fournaise

Option 1 (not hiking):

07:00: Departure by bus from Saint Pierre

Stops on the road to see various sites of volcanological interest and viewing point at Pas de Bellecombe (view of the Volcano summit); and return. Guided by Patrick Bachèlery.

17:00 Back to Saint Pierre

Option 2 (hiking):

07:00: Departure by bus from Saint Pierre

Direct drive to Pas de Bellecombe and climb to the volcano summit craters. This is at-least a 5 to 6 h hike up to 2600 m. Guided by Andrew Harris and Nicolas Villeneuve.

19:00 Back to Saint Pierre

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Monday 20: Seminars in La Cité du Volcan, Bourg Murat

Departure by bus from Saint Pierre to Cité du Volcan, Bourg Murat

Introduction to the aims of the workshop

Session 1: Volcanic crisis management in France (Observatories + Civil Protection)

In this session, the french observatory directors and civil protection actors will present the french observatories and specifically how crises management is done at Piton de la Fournaise.

Session 2: Tracking and modelling effusive eruptions

In this session, various scientists will present the tracking techniques (field and remote sensing) and modelling approaches (numerical simulations of lava flows) they use when an effusif eruption is starting at Piton de la Fournaise as well as elsewhere in the world.

Back to Saint Pierre

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Tuesday 21: Seminars in Saint Pierre (city center)

Session 3: Volcanic crisis management in Europe and around the world

Invited speakers from various observatories and/or civil protection agencies around the world (Equador, Hawaii, DRC, Iceland, etc..) will present their way of responding to volcanic crises.

Session 4: Relationship between humans and volcanoes (law, media, tourism)

This session includes presentations from a variety of specialists from law to social media subjects as well as risk perception analyses.

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Wednesday 22: Seminars in Sainte Rose

08:00: Departure by bus from Saint Pierre to Sainte Rose

Session 5: Scientists, autorities and population : Hazard posed Piton de la Fournaise eruptions

This very special session will take place in the city hall of Sainte Rose with public assembly. The population is invited to share their experience during volcanic crises (story telling about eruptions at Piton de la Fournaise) as well as authorities perspectives.

Session 6: Exercise including all participants (scientists and civil protection)

This last session will be an exercice on communication, decision making and expert elicitation during volcanic crises. We hope that all participants - scientists as well as civil protection agents - will participate.

18:30: Back to Saint Pierre

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Thursday 23: Seminars in Saint Pierre (city center)

Session 6 (continuation):

Exercise including all participants (scientists and civil protection)

This is the continuation of the exercise.

Debrief and conclusions of the workshop

19:00: End of the workshop

Updated on Jan. 17, 2020