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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Madeleine Humphreys Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant

(12 December 2019)

Madeleine has been awarded a highly prestigious European Research Consolidator grant for her STEMMS project: Storage and eruption of mushy magma systems.

Magma is stored as crystal mush, a mixture of crystals and volcanic liquid, but this is too stiff to move and erupt. Understanding how a crystal mush can be released and erupted as magma is critical to identifying precursory signs that might signal volcanic unrest. The project will focus on how magma is mobilised before volcanic eruptions, combining crystal textures with mineral geochemistry to understand the potential triggers for eruptions.

ERC Consolidator Grants are part of the part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, designed to allow scientists to consolidate their independence by establishing or consolidating a research team in Europe. The grants are awarded in any field of research to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with between seven and twelve years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. Funding is provided for five years. This year, 301 awards were made totalling 600 million Euros, of which 100 million Euros will be spent in the UK.