International Meeting on Paleoclimate: Change and Adaptation

17.06 - 19.06.2019  
Coimbra, Portugal
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The PAGES-endorsed International Meeting on Paleoclimate: Change and Adaptation will be held from 18-19 June 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal. A field trip will be held on 17 June.

It will provide a forum for young and senior scientists to present their work and discuss their ideas with colleagues in all disciplines of the Earth, space, human and social sciences.


Geosciences Center and Department of Earth Sciences
University of Coimbra
Rua Sílvio Lima, Pólo II, Edifício Central
3030-790 Coimbra


This meeting is open to about 100-150 participants, and is not exclusively designed for geologists but also for researchers from (paleo)environmental sciences.


Climate is the planetary response of the atmospheric circulation to its changing composition, to the solar system configuration, to the Earth’s rotation and to the oceans’ and continents’ distributions. It displays, as a result, a restless moving pattern, expressed at a global scale by subsiding and uplifting convection cells.

These changes have long been recognized and documented in geologic objects of all ages. In many rocks, different geologic features, fossil fragments and imprints, prehistoric remains and historic reports, there is a climate signal that can be analyzed and interpreted.

All that information should be gathered in order to learn more about past climate changes. Lessons from the past support the view that deep change is the rule, not the exception, even where no reference is available, due to strongly contrasting extremes, chaotically defined by the whole ensemble of extra-planetary, external, and internal geodynamic controls.

Science-based knowledge is crucial to face current challenges, which are focus for research within the UNESCO chair on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles and the UNESCO chair on Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape Management, both partners in this international meeting.


The goal is to stimulate an observational attitude and to promote an open discussion on paleoclimatic signals in order to improve our look at the present and to ground future perspectives.

Research topics

T1 - Paleoclimates in the Solar System: external forcing and divergent evolutions
T2 - Climate changes in geological time: lessons to learn
T3 - Climate memory in the geological record
T4 - Climate changes and human adaptations throughout the Quaternary
T5 - Climatic events and human-environment interactions in the Holocene


Overview: Two days of lectures (18 and 19 June 2019), and one-day for the field trip to the Estrela Aspiring Geopark (17 June 2019).

More information to come, when available, on the official website:

Confirmed speakers

- David Grinspoon, Planetary Science Institute (USA)
- François Djindjian, University of Paris (France) and President of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences

Field trip

A field trip to Estrela Aspiring Geopark will be held on 17 June:

Abstract submission

Researchers are invited to provide a short abstract via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 19 March 2019, following the template format here:

Accepted abstract submissions will be announced by 19 April 2019.

Manuscript submission

Author(s) may also submit a larger manuscript, along with short abstract. All accepted manuscripts will be published in a Special Issue of Geosciences called "Paleoclimate: Changes and Adaptation" before the meeting.

Every abstract/manuscript should present unpublished work. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2019.

Further details here:


Registration is secured via payment of the appropriate registration fee. There is no waiving of registration fees.

Early Bird Rates (Price before 30 April 2019)

- Student – 30 €
- Non-student – 150 €
- Fieldtrip – 80 €

Regular Rates
- Student – 50 €
- Non-student – 200 €
- Fieldtrip – 80 €

The registration fee includes workshop registration, materials and coffee breaks.

For those who want to continue the paleoclimatic discussions or not, come and enjoy a relaxing moment at the meeting dinner (50 €).

Registration must be done by completing the form here:

Further information

Go to the official website:

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