Dear colleague,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth´s Interior (IAVCEI) I am pleased to invite you to the 8th International Maar Conference (8IMC), which will be held in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russian Federation, on 24-30 August, 2020. The 8IMC is a multidisciplinary congress on maar volcanoes, crater-lakes, and monogenetic volcanism. (see information below: First Circular. Second Circular.)

We hope you will consider presenting the results of your research in the next IMC.

Best regards,

Alexei Ozerov, chair of the 8IMC


Since the first "International Maar Conference" (IMC) meeting, the series has become one of the most successful discussion forums in volcanology, mainly because it provides a unique opportunity to bring together people from many different volcanological fields (geologists, physical volcanologists, sedimentologists, modellers, geophysicists, petrologists, etc.) with researchers from environmental and post-volcanic subjects. Previous IMC meetings have been held in volcanic areas that present different problems in terms of eruption dynamics, products, and landforms. The venue of the next IMC will be Kamchatka – one of the most volcanically and seismically active regions on Earth. Besides 30 active volcanoes, Kamchatka hosts more than 20 monogenetic volcanic fields located both in frontal and back-arc settings. This volcanic region provides a unique place for holding this multidisciplinary volcanological forum due to its highly active nature. We suggest making a special focus at 8IMC on the subduction dynamic and its influence on the onset and development of monogenetic volcanism and phreatomagmatism.

The conference will include five days of scientific sessions, which will combine keynote speakers, oral presentations and posters. The field trips which will be scheduled during this meeting, will allow the participants to explore the diversity of volcanic landforms of this area focusing on monogenetic volcanism and phreatomagmatism.


  • Morphology and structure of maars and monogenetic volcanoes;
  • Eruption mechanism of maars and associated volcanoes;
  • Monogenetic volcanoes: eruption dynamics, magma plumbing systems, structure, physical and petrological modeling;
  • Geochemistry and petrology of monogenetic volcanism and phreatomagmatism;
  • Volcanic hazard and risk assessment in monogenetic volcanic fields;
  • Maar lakes and environment;
  • Maars and monogenetic volcanoes in geoheritage and geoconservation.





Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS


Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences GS RAS

Commission on Volcanogenic Sediments

IAVCEI, International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior



Commission on Monogenetic Volcanism


Airport Elizovo of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is situated only 30 km from the city. It is connected to Moscow, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk by regular daily flights; during summer there are direct flights to Fairbanks, USA (once in a week); direct connection with Southern Korea airports is under discussion at the moment. August and September are high seasons in Kamchatka. It is advised to book flights well before the trip (not later than March), otherwise the price will be rather high.

Regular bus services connect Elizovo with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, taxi service is also available. A shuttle bus service from the airport will be arranged by the LOC at certain hours of the days before and after the meeting.


All those from outside Russia who would like to participate in 8IMC must plan to apply for Russian visa well in advance. An invitation letter is required for your visa application. So that we can provide the letter, please fill out the questionnaire (will be available at website of the conference soon) and send it together with an electronic copy (JPEG) of the two first pages of your passport to Oxana Evdokimova not later than April 1st, 2020.


We can offer a limited number of grants that can provide support for registration and/or partial expenses (accommodation and meals), depending of available funding and number of applications. Students, young researchers and scientists attending from developing countries are encouraged to submit their applications. Information on the application procedure will be announced soon.


Weather: August in PK is generally sunny with occasional rain and a typical daytime temperature of 18°C. A period of heavy rain is possible.

Costs: We anticipate that costs for food and lodging will be average about $120/day, but the actual prices will be known only in 2020. Local currency is Russian rubles. Dollars and euro can be exchanged to rubles at Currency Exchange in any bank offices. There are ATMs in the city. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many places.

Accommodation: Hotels “Idelveis”, “Petropavlovsk”, “Avacha”, “Arsenyev”, “Geyser”, “Chief of Kamchatka” are available. The cheapest suite fee is around $100 at the “Edelweiss” with basic facilities and is in easy walking distance to the IVS location. Hostels for cheaper accommodation are available as well. It is also possible to book the hotel in Paratunka hot springs resort area, which is situated about 70 km away from the city. LOC will organize shuttle bus from Paratunka to the conference venue at conference dates. The information about hotels and hostels is available at Early booking is highly advisable, because August is a hot season in Kamchatka.

Entertainment for accompanying persons: it is possible to take part in the marine or onland tourist excursions organized by various tourist agencies. One can climb Avacha volcano or go by boat to Pacific ocean or have a walk at Khalaktyrka - the longest black-sand beach not far away from the city. There are as well helicopter excursions to Kuril lake – largest in Asia spawning grounds of Pacific salmon and place of inhabitance of a largest population of brown bears.

Local Organizing Committee

Chair of the conference:


International Advisory Board

  • Roberto SULPIZIO / IAVCEI Secretary General
  • Károly NÉMETH / Massey University (New Zealand)
  • Xavier BOLÓS / Univesidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Secretary of the conference:



LOC Members

  • Danila CHEBROV / Kamchatka Branch GS RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Eugeny GORDEEV / IVS FEB RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Andrey KOZHURIN / IVS FEB RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Yulia KUGAENKO / Kamchatka Branch GS RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Tatiana PINEGINA / IVS FEB RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Alexander BELOUSOV / IVS FEB RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Elena KALACHEVA / IVS FEB RAS / Scientific advisor
  • Oxana EVDOKIMOVA / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Oleg BOGRAD / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Yulia MOROZOVA / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Marina BELOUSOV / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Dmitry MELNIKOV / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Sergey USHAKOV / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Ilyas ABKADYROV / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor
  • Olga KHUBAEVA / IVS FEB RAS / Logistical advisor

Scientific Committee


  • Károly NÉMETH / Massey University (New Zealand)


  • Alexei OZEROV / Institute of volcanology and seismology FEB RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Anna VOLYNETS / Institute of volcanology and seismology FEB RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Vera PONOMAREVA / Institute of volcanology and seismology FEB RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Yulia KUGAENKO / Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey of RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Alexander BELOUSOV / Institute of volcanology and seismology FEB RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Ian SMITH / The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Joan MARTÍ / Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
  • Giovanni SOSA-CEBALLOS / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
  • Gabor KERESZTURI / Massey University (New Zealand)
  • Dmitri ROUWET / Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulkanologia, Sezione di Bologna (Italy)
  • Yuri TARAN / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
  • Alison GRAETTINGER / University of Missouri (USA)
  • Mitsuhiro NAKAGAWA / Hokkaido University (Japan)

Secretary of the conference:



Abstract submission:

Abstract submission will be opened soon