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Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

 Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

The Volcanic Margins Research Consortium (VMRC) provides the petroleum industry with training and research expertise in volcanology, sedimentology and structural geology of volcanic margins. The consortium comprises academic staff at the universities of Durham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leicester and CASP, and industry partners involved in the development of hydrocarbon prospects in the North Atlantic Igneous Province and the Faroes-Shetland Basin.

Training takes place during workshops, in the laboratory and on field courses and each industrial partner has the opportunity to fund PhD projects through the member universities.

VMRC Leader: Richard Brown


VMRC workshop on core logging of volcanic sequences

VRMC Drillcore Workshop will run from 14-16th March at British Geological Survey Core Store, Keyworth.

(24 Jul 2015)

New VMRC webpage

Over the next months we will be transitioning across to a new VMRC webpage for the Phase II Round.

(26 Sep 2014)

Upcoming VMRC Events

Fieldtrip to Fife to examine interbedded lava-sedimentary sequences 31st Oct - 4th November.

(26 Sep 2014)

VMRC Events 2013

Iceland Fieldtrips 1-7th July/7-13th July

Two trips examining lavas and sediments in a modern rifted volcanic setting. Led by Brian Bell and Davie Brown (Glasgow University).


VMRC Round-up meeting (6-10th September)

2.5 day fieldtrip on Skye followed by 1-day workshop with presentations on VMRC research during Phase 1. Committee meeting on the 10th.



(18 Apr 2013)

VMRC students present their work

VMRC students have been busy presenting at national and internation conferences, including AGU (San Francisco), PETEX (London) and VMSG (Bristol). Timothy Watton and Clayton Grove have recently had their work published (see sign-in area)

(20 Dec 2012)

Website undergoing facelift

Apologies for any inconvenience while we update the website. All documents and teaching materials will now be password protected. log-in details will be sent around shortly. Thanks

(20 Dec 2012)

VMRC Research Away Day 8th August

Research away day to be held at Birmingham University on the 8th August

(20 Jun 2012)

Updated information on Columbia River fieldtrip

Please see sign-in area for second flyer on Columbia River fieldtrip, which contains updated and new information. This will shortly be mailed out to interested parties.

(6 Jun 2012)

Nick Schofield wins best paper award from APPEA

Congratulations to Nick Schofield who has won best paper from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association for his paper entitled "Seismic analysis of igneous systems in sedimentary basins and their impacts on hydrocarbon prospectivity: examples from the southern Australian margin". See document sign-in area.

(21 May 2012)

VMRC Event Calendar added to sign-in area

(2 May 2012)

VMRC student bios updated

(2 May 2012)

Columbia River fieldtrip flyer available in sign-in area

(1 May 2012)

Workshop lectures available now

All lectures for the VMRC workshop on Volcaniclastic Rocks are now available online in the sign-in area.

(28 Feb 2012)

Upcoming Volcaniclastics Workshop

Upcoming Volcaniclastics Workshop 11-13th January 2012

Course outline and logistical information on Events Page in the sign-in area

(3 Nov 2011)

VMRC Summer Bulletin in Members Area

Round-up of VMRC news now available as a pdf in the Sign-in Area.

(19 Sep 2011)

Volcaniclastics Workshop 11-13th january 2012

The next class-based VMRC workshop will take place in Durham from the 11-13th January, 2012. Keep a look out here for updates.

(15 Aug 2011)

Contact Details

Volcanic Margins Research Consortium
Department of Earth Sciences
Durham University,
Science Labs,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1592
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 2301