September 2023 // Workshop on the High-pressure mineral physics and magmatic petrology

This inaugural workshop aims at introducing high-pressure research to master and Ph.D. students covering various fields of science, including Earth and planetary sciences, materials science, physics, and chemistry. The participants will gain familiarity with available state-of-the-art methods and how they can be applied to their research.

The workshop comprises lectures covering the basic principles of high-pressure mineral physics and magmatic petrology and hands-on training on high-pressure techniques (piston cylinder, multi-anvil, and diamond anvil cell), in situ measurements (electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and elastic wave velocity), and sample characterization techniques (EPMA, Raman, FTIR, SEM-FIB).

Organisazion by Geeth Manthilake

Wilman Navarette, Master 2 student in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences, course Magmas and Volcanoes

Wilman Navarrete is an Ecuadorian national and a Master 2 student in Earth, Planetary and Environmental Sciences, Magmas and Volcanoes. From March 16 to 23, 2023, he could take part in the International Physical Volcanology Course in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Spain, with the support of the InVolc Graduate Track. This field course was organized by Géosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN - CSIC) and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI).

Here is his experience:

"With the GT InVolc program at the Université Clermont Auvergne, I had the opportunity to take part in a physical volcanology school in Tenerife. For this second edition of the Tenerife Volcanology School 2023, it brought together PhD and Masters students from various countries around the world (Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil). We had the opportunity to observe, identify and characterize volcanic deposits. Each day was thought-provoking, with debates and group discussions.

The teacher's role was above all to advise and guide our observations and interpretations in the field. During our stay, we formed teams to explore, record and interpret the effusive and explosive eruptive history that has unfolded on the island of Tenerife over the last 12 million years.

We were able to learn about the volcanic monitoring system (thermal cameras and seismic network) at #volcan Teide. These are fundamental tools in modern volcanology, enabling us to better understand active magmatic systems and contextualize them in action plans in the event of a volcanic eruption. The aim of this approach is multi-faceted, namely the prevention of human casualties and the reduction of socio-economic, environmental and health impacts on the population."

Tenerife, March 2023
Tenerife, March 2023

Tenerife, March 2023
Tenerife, March 2023

Summer Schools
Summer School: monitoring active volcanoes on Aeolian Islands 

The aim of the school is to provide training in the monitoring of active volcanoes, the processing of field measurements and communication with the authorities (civil protection) and the public. The volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands present a variety of geological and human situations that lend themselves well to this training, with different eruptive regimes, tsunami risks and economic issues, all of which are historically attested.

Target audience: young scientists at doctorate or post-doctorate level, students or working in volcanological observatories. Twenty-five students from all over the world took part in the school, whose costs were entirely covered by the InVolc Graduate Track and the CAP 2025 I-SITE's CIR-4.

Crédits photos : Andy Harris
Crédits photos : Andy Harris - Crédits photos : Andy Harris


The Graduate Track program 'InVolc' aims to develop and support a research-integrated curriculum in the field of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University Clermont Auvergne (UCA). The Graduate Track 'InVolc' relies on the Master’s programs of the Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Clermont-Ferrand (OPGC), on the doctoral school of fundamental sciences (EDSF), on the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans (LMV), and on the Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique (LaMP). To implement its program, the Graduate Track 'InVolc' has set up the following instruments:

  • Scholarships delivered on the basis of academic excellence
  • Visiting professors program
  • Summer schools and workshops
  • Incoming visitor program for young researchers in training (Master's and Doctorate levels)
  • Support for linguistic transformation through a 'writing center' with peer tutoring
  • Internship in a research laboratory for undergraduate students

All of these instruments aim to bring students enrolled in the program into a high-level international research network.

2 Master’s programs :

Merit scholarships - Graduate Track


The Graduate Track InVolc can provide scholarships; up to 8,000 euros over 16 months.

On the basis of academic excellence, motivation and quality of the study project. The scholarships cover the first year of the Master's program as well as the first semester of the second year, until the beginning of the internship, for a total of 16 months.

How to apply? 

A specific application file must be prepared, in addition to the Master application file, which must contain the following elements:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter explaining your study plan and motivation for studying at University of Clermont Auvergne
  • Transcript of undergraduated diploma
  • Two letters of support (or at least valid e-mails) from professors of any person who worked or supervised you in a scientific or academic context 

Contact :

Calls for proposals

Ongoing calls
Closed calls
AAP Professeurs invités et visiting fellows - décembre 2022

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AAP Bourses de thèse - décembre 2022

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Internships - February 2023

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Merit scholarships - March 2023

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Steering committee

  • Tahar HAMMOUDA, Head of the InVolc Graduate Track

  • Olivier ROCHE, Director of CIR-4 (natural disasters and sustainable development)

  • Muriel LAUBIER, Head of International Relations of the OPGC School

  • Etienne MEDARD, Head of the Master STPE

  • Luc SCHOLTES, Head of the Master 3G

  • Erwan THEBAULT, Director of the OPGC

  • Denis ANDRAULT, Director of the ClerVolc program (CIR-4 - natural disasters and sustainable development)

  • Didier LAPORTE, Director of the Magmas and Volcanoes Laboratory (LMV)

  • Gilles MAILHOT, Director of the Physical Meteorology Laboratory (LaMP)

  • Yanick HEURTEAUX, Director of the Doctoral School Fundamental Sciences

  • Manon ANGELY, Administrative manager GT InVolc