The Local Organizing Committee and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth´s Interior (IAVCEI) are pleased to welcome you to the 7th International Maar Conference (IMC) in Olot (Spain) in May 21- 25, 2018. The conference will include three days of scientific sessions, which will combine keynote speakers, oral presentations and posters, and an intra-meeting fieldtrip. The main theme of the 7th IMC conference is the “Role of substrate geology on eruption diversity in maars and monogenetic volcanism” that will be widely debated during the meeting. The conference will cover a wide spectrum of interesting topics related to maar-volcanoes including eruptive processes and depositional mechanisms, field and experimental studies, numerical and analogue modelling of volcanic processes, magmatic and petrogenetic aspects, geodynamic and tectonic constraints, environmental studies of maar lakes and therefore, contributions on biology, ecology, limnology, paleoclimate and lake sedimentation of maar lakes will be welcome. Finally, aspects related to hazards and the geological and cultural heritage in monogenetic volcanoes will be also considered during the 7IMC.

Since the first “International Maar Conference” (IMC), these meetings have 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 (physical volcanologists, sedimentologists, modellers, geophysicists, petrologists, etc.) with researchers from environmental and post-volcanic subjects.

The city of Olot, known as the city of volcanoes, is located at the foot of the Pyrenees Range, closer to Barcelona. This volcanic region provides a unique place for holding this multidisciplinary volcanological forum because it offers all logistic facilities for the participants. In Olot and its surroundings, volcanoes are very important so they are present in many aspects of the society, as its cultural heritage, local history, architecture, or even in the excellent cuisine.