Annual Bruno Martinelli Travel Grant


Aim of Fund , About Bruno , Donating to the Fund , Applying to the Fund , Previous Recipients

Aim of the Fund

The Bruno Martinelli Fund was founded in 2001 to continue the support of scientific and personal exchange which Bruno encouraged. It is used for international meeting/workshop travel grants to young researchers or graduate students from Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Each year, travel grants will make it possible for one or more fellows to attend and present a paper on a volcano-related topic at an international conference and workshop.

About Bruno

We especially remember two things about Bruno Martinelli:

He thought that we cannot make worthwhile predictions about a volcano's activity without thoroughly understanding the processes which occur inside it. He also believed that to make progress in understanding volcanoes, or any other scientific topic, exchange and discussion between scientists is essential.

After he started working with volcano scientists in South America, Bruno 'put his money where his mouth is'. He encouraged his colleagues there to attend and make presentations at meetings outside of Latin America. There, he thought, they would be exposed to new ideas in research and methods. At the same time, they would have the chance to make and develop contact with other scientists to initiate new cooperative projects. In many cases, when his Latin American colleagues could not find funds, Bruno paid for their travel from his own funds.

Donating to the Fund

If you would like to make a donation to the Bruno martinelli Fund, donations can be made to the AGU, where the fund is administered, by cheque, money transfer or over the internet by credit card.

Over the internet - go to

Enter the amount you wish to donate, choose 'Fund Drive', select 'Martinelli Fund' and enter details as requested.

For a cheque, please make it payable to the AGU and send it to:

Joanna Tahar
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

Into the Memo space write: 'Martinelli Fund'.

You will recieve an acknowledgement from the AGU, however you donate and the donation is tax deductable in the USA and may be in other countries. Contact Joanna Tahar ( with questions.

Applying to the Fund

Applications are invited from young scientists and graduate students from Latin American or Caribbean countries who are actively involved in volcano research or monitoring.


  • Must be from Latin American or Caribbean countries
  • Must activiley involved in volcano research or monitoring
  • Must be under the age of 30
  • Must still be studying or have received a PhD in the last 5 years
  • The fund will provide some travel support for attending an international conference, meeting or workshop on volcanic processes. The applicant must expect to cover some of the expenses from other sources.

    Application form

    Previous Recipients

    The first grant was awarded in 2003. It went to support travel of one volcanologist to the 2003 meeting of the Working Group of which Bruno Martinelli was Secretary, "SEISMIC PHENOMENA ASSOCIATED WITH VOLCANIC ACTIVITY".

    MEETING DATES: September 24 - 29, 2003

    MEETING LOCATION: Pantelleria, Sicily

    MEETING THEME: Seismic Signals Related to Volcanic Unrest

    For information about the workshop, see the Working Group's web-page:

    The workshop is a forum for discussing current seismic research on the renewal of volcanic activity.Scientific contributions are invited on volcanoes characterized bypersistent activity such as Mt. Etna and Stromboli and on temporarily quiescent volcanic regions with a focus on earthquake-volcano interactions.

    The recipient of this grant was:

    Alex Garcia-Aristizabal, Ecuador

    He presented a paper on:

    'Seismic unrest a Cotopaxi Volcano (Ecuador): An overview of the increasing activity'.

    He writes about his experience:

    "I heard more new ideas about volcanic processes and how to analyse data in the week of the workshop, than in all my previous experience. Also, I met and spoke with scientists about collaborating on projects on our Ecuadorian volcanoes. On a personal level, the people I met were great and the discussions inspiring. Receiving the grant from the Martinelli fund was a fantastic opportunity for me. I believe that it has opened new doors for my future research."