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Café Scientifique - August 2020

Join in for our next Café Scientifique, a free public science talk series at Globe Theatre! 

Dr Charline Lormand, Volcanologist, will be answering the question "Can volcanologists predict volcanic eruptions?". Don't miss out on this one-off opportunity to learn on a fascinating topic!  

The talk will be on Wednesday 5 August, at 7 pm. Licensed bar/café service will be available at the Globe Theatre from 6 pm.

If you wish, you can register your attendance here.

Free event, donations welcome.

About the Seminar

Charline Lormand will shed light on "Can volcanologists predict volcanic eruptions?".

Although the knowledge and the resolution of analytical instruments used in geosciences are exponentially increasing, more than 700 people have lost their lives due to volcanic disasters over the last ten years. By adopting a forensic approach, Charline’s research attempts to identify patterns from previous eruptions to help forecasting the future ones.

From the field to the lab and from the rock sample to the micrometer-sized crystal, she will introduce you to some of the techniques and the main concepts volcanologists use to get a better understanding of these catastrophic events.

 About Dr Charline Lormand

Charline is a volcanologist who has recently graduated from her PhD at Massey University. She grew up in the centre of France and decided to study geology in Clermont-Ferrand, while eating a lot of Saint Nectaire cheese!

During her undergraduate studies, she lived in Iceland for 9 months where she developed a keen interest for volcanoes. This passion has taken her to work as a guide inside an extinct volcano that was turned into a quarry after the WWII.

During her postgraduate studies, she worked on several research projects with academics in Hawaii, Italy and more recently in New Zealand. She strives to understand how volcanoes work by combining several techniques including field studies, chemical analyses of volcanic rocks and numerical modelling of processes associated with volcanic eruptions.

As part of her doctoral thesis, she collaborated with New Zealand-based and Japanese scientists to elucidate the processes occurring beneath Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe volcanoes before an explosive eruption occurs. More specifically, her research investigates volcanic crystals which record essential information used to mitigate volcanic hazards near active volcanoes. Charline is now looking for a postdoctoral position to further explore the complexity behind these events.