31 mayo / 1 junio


The Canary Islands are volcanic lands. It is maybe our island’s most relevant characteristic and also the reason why there are controversy and different oppinions about their study, control and population’s safety plans. At the same time, it represents an important touristic attraction with many possibilities waiting to be discovered.

“VULCANALIA” wants to be an educative and festive occasion to celebrate our alliance with volcanos that created the islands where we live now and where we enjoy every day unique environment and landscapes. FICMEC will offer international films screenings, where link between volcano and human being is analyzed; this complex but prolific union, not always easy and sometimes tragic. It will take place on may 31st and june 1st . After film screening the audience can participate in conferences about this issue.


“VULCANALIA” will be coordinated by Fundación Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello and will include several workshops and geologic tours guided by university professors and professionals specialized in geology and volcanology.


Día 31 de mayo


9:30h Ruta al volcán de Trevejo. Guiada por Carmen Romero
Profesora de Geografía de la Universidad de La Laguna.


17:00h Cortometraje “Fogo na boca


17:40h Coloquio “Fogo: El antes, durante y después de una erupción volcánica”
Con Floriane Chouraqui, geógrafa y directora y Samara Dionis, vulcanóloga.

Modera Juan J. Coello. Responsable de Ciencia de la Fundación Telesforo Bravo-Juan Coello


19:30h Largometraje. El Valle sin sombras

Día 1 de Junio


9:30h “Parque Geológico-Valoja (Madrid) Una experiencia participativa”
Álvaro Márquez. Profesor de Geología de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.”


10:30h Documental “Canarias, Geología sorprendente”
UDI de Geología ULL. coloquio con Ramón Casillas. Profesor de Geología de la Universidad de La Laguna.


12:30h Mesa redonda: “Turismo volcánico: riesgos y oportunidades”
Con la participación de Ramón Casillas, Álvaro Márquez, Floriane Chouraqui, Samara Dionis y Clive Oppenheimer, profesor de Volcanología de la Universidad de Cambridge (Reino Unido)

Modera Juan J. Coello.


17:00h Cortometraje. Montañas que Vomitan fuego


17:30h Coloquio con Clive Oppenheimer. “¿En el infierno? El ser humano ante el volcán”.
Modera Juan J. Coello.

19:30h Largometraje “Into the Inferno“. Werner Herzog

20:40 Diálogo del público con Clive Oppenheimer.


Samara Dionis


She holds a degree in Chemical Sciences by Universidad de La Laguna and now she is working on her doctoral dissertation in Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias about gas geochemistry in volcano systems of the Canary Islands and Cabo Verde. When she first studied the origin of this archipelago she suffered the same nightmare for years: el Teide erupted explosively and she ran away by swimming. Once she learned swimming she just had to understand the different processes behind a volcanic eruption.

Carmen Romero


Carmen Romero Ruíz (Madrid, 1956), doctor in Physical Geography by Universidad de La Laguna. At the present, she teaches geography at this university. She specialized in archipelago’s volcanic geomorphology and has focused her studies on Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife and issues related to eruptions occurred in these areas.

Documents found after Lanzarote’s conquest are the most relevant elements of her researches. Most of them preserved by national and regional archives and libraries, she has basically rebuilt the island’s main volcanic events.

Clive Oppenheimer estará en FICMEC mostrando su trabajo

Clive Oppenheimer


He has focused on magmatic processes and eruptions’ long-term effects. His research includes empirical, analytical and laboratory approaches. He has been studying Erebus forest (Antarctica) for 13 seasons and is now involved with volcanic studies in Chad, DPR (North Korea), Ethiopia, Eritrea, Indonesia, Nicaragua and United States. He studies most important eruptions and their effects on climate and society. Part of his work appears to be relevant when talking about volcanic risk assessment, so he collaborates with several volcanic institutes around the world. He produced the film “Into the inferno” (2016) with Werner Herzog and is really interested in documentary films, stablishing a nexus between volcanology, arts and humanities.

Floriane Chouraqui


She hold a BA in Geography and Environment from the University of Paris. She has also different master studies related to development and geography in developing countries. She is now doing her doctoral dissertation on Geography, more specifically, on Cabo Verde’s Fogo volcano at the University of Toulouse. In addition, she has presented several short films about volcanic phenomena.

Álvaro Márquez González


Doctor in Geology and professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), he has deeply studied Teide’s characteristics and he has also carried out other volcanic researches in La Gomera. Since 2004 he has participated in several investigations and he has directed other ones. He has focused on stability and evolution of important volcanic elements; in fact, some of his articles have been published by international magazines. He has enlarged his research area, studying volcanic phenomena also in Mexico, among others.

Ramón Casillas Ruiz


Doctor in Geological Science at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he worked as university professor in the field of petrology and geochemistry between October 1989 and March 1991. Since March 1991 till now he teaches petrology and geochemistry at Universidad de la Laguna. About his research activity we can highlight that since 1986 he has participated in many projects, some of them directed by him.

Javier Dóniz Páez


He finished his doctoral degree on Geography at Universidad de La Laguna, where he works at the present as assistant professor in Geography and Territorial Planning and Tourism degrees, as well as in Tourism master degree. He directs the geotourism functional unit Involcán. He focused his researches on two main fields: volcanic geomorphology and monogenic basaltic volcanism’s morphometry of Tenerife and geo-heritage, geotourism and geoparks in volcanic areas. His researches include data from Tenerife, Lanzarote, El Hierro, Fuerteventura and Campo de Calatrava (Ciudad Real); as well as from other volcanic spaces as Fogo, Mexico, continental Italy, among others. He has co-directed two doctoral dissertations about geo-heritage, has collaborated with national and regional projects and published more than a hundred works in different conventions, national and international magazines and several books and guides on geo-heritage and geotourism. Among his books, we want to highlight one of them related to volcanic tourism: “Canarias: productos turísticos y propuesta de itinerarios volcánicos”.