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Discover why volcanoes matter as Steve Sparks FRS talks to Jim Al-Khalili OBE


Steve Sparks discussed his fascinating career studying volcanoes, one of the most dynamic phenomena on earth.

Steve’s work has contributed to our understanding of volcanoes and provides insights into why curiosity-driven research is so important to society.

Steve has been involved in disaster response in Montserrat, aviation emergencies over Iceland, radioactive waste in Japan and mining for copper in the remnants of ancient volcanoes, and he continues to advise and instruct governments on disaster risk reduction.

In June 2015 Steve Sparks was presented with the 2015 Vetlesen Prize, along with prize money of $250,000 for his pioneering work.

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