Alessandro Bonforte

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Sezione di Catania – Osservatorio Etneo

Alessandro Bonforte achieved the Degree in Geology in 1994. He performed a National CNR fellowship in 1997-1998 participating also to the International course on Volcanic hazard assessment, monitoring and risk mitigation at University of Azores and, in the same year, to same stages at IPGP in France. Since 1999 he started his Doctorate course, achieving the PhD in 2002, by studying the ground deformation on volcanic (Etna) and tectonic (Hyblean Plateau) environments, followed by a Research Grant from 2002 to 2003; during this period he participated to the volcanic emergencies due to Etna eruptions in 2001 and 2002-2003 and Stromboli eruption in 2002-2003.


  • 1997-1998: Fellowship CNR-IIV
  • 1998-1999: Cooperation contract CNR-IIV
  • 1999-2002: PhD University of Catania
  • 2002-2003: Research Grant INGV
  • 2003-present: Researcher INGV

Geophysicist, volcanologist. Interested in studying the geodynamics controlling volcanic and tectonic activity and the shallow and deep structure of volcanoes, such as their feeding system, structural assessment and flank instability, mainly through crustal deformation analysis by terrestrial and spatial techniques, remote sensing and integration of multidisciplinary (geophysical, geochemical, geological) data and computer modelling. Involved in all emergencies on Etna and Stromboli volcanoes.

Recent publications on international journals deal about the deformation affecting Sicilian volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Eolian islands) and measured by a multidisciplinary and integrated approach (ground and satellite techniques) and tectonic areas of eastern Sicily, modeling of the volcanic sources, comparison and integration with other multiparametric data (seismicity, gravity, geochemistry).
Since the beginning of his work at INGV he is involved in real-time surveillance in the control room, as well as in participation to external emergencies such as in El Salvador in 2014.

In 2014 he was awarded by the Lifetime Achievement Award (Premio alla Carriera) by Telethon & ConfCulture, Catania (Italia).