IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference

01.10 - 30.10.2021  
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
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The PAGES-supported 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference originally scheduled for October 2020 will now be held in October 2021 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

*Update 6 April 2020*

Due to the current COVID-19 virus situation and the strong uncertainty of its worldwide development, the local organizing committee has decided to postpone the 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference “Ice Core Science at the three Poles” scheduled for 18-23 October 2020 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, until October 2021.
The organizing committee has also discussed other options including a remote solution. However, they think that apart from valuable scientific discussions a virtual conference cannot replace the in-person contacts and the get-together of the ice core community during coffee and lunch breaks, the conference dinner, and the excursions that have been essential for the success of the first two IPICS conferences.
The potential dates in 2021 could be 10-16 October, but confirmed dates will be advised as soon as possible. Please look for the new announcements around December 2020.

This calendar entry will then be updated accordingly.


Information below is about the 2020 meeting dates


Centre de Congrès Le Régent
Route des Mélèzes 28
3963 Crans-Montana


The Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop will be held on 18 October 2020. The 3rd Open Science Conference runs from 19-23 October 2020.


Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia.

With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger (University of Bern, Switzerland) on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice-core research in Switzerland began.

Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s.

To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice-core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is "Ice Core Science at the three Poles."

Important dates

1 January 2020: Abstract submission opens; Registration opens; Travel support applications open
30 April 2020: Deadline for abstract submission and travel support applications
1 June 2020: Abstract confirmation
1 July 2020: Early-bird registration closes
1 August 2020: Program online
1 September 2020: Online registration closes
18 October 2020: Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop
19-23 October 2020: IPICS 2020 3rd Open Science Conference

Scientific topics

- Glacial/interglacial dynamics, interglacials, and sea level
- Holocene and last 2000 year climate forcings and variability
- Progress in proxy development and interpretation
- Ice dynamics, ice sheet instability and geophysics
- High-alpine ice cores
- Ice biology, basal ice, subglacial lakes
- Pollution records
- Advances in drilling engineering and borehole observations
- Time scales and methods for ice dating
- Rapid changes and teleconnections
- Biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system – data and models
- New ice archives
- The Oldest Ice challenge, and the preservation of climatic signals in the deepest ice

For more information on the planned topics, go to:


Access the tentative conference program here:

ICYS workshop

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) is an informal, international network of early career scientists dedicated to the study of polar and alpine ice cores and ice core-related sciences.

Following the success of the workshop held four years ago at IPICS2016, a one-day ICYS workshop will be held on 18 October. It is anticipated that up to 100 early-career researchers (ECRs) will attend, with travel grants available to support those attending both the workshop and conference.

The day, themed "Communicate your science", will consist of keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions over a range of topics of science communication, and most importantly give the ECRs chance to meet their peers before a busy week of science.

Access the tentative workshop program here:

Abstract submission

The call for abstracts closes 30 April 2020 at 23:59 CET:


Registration closes 1 September 2020:

Early-bird registration closes 1 July 2020 and costs CHF 530 for students and CHF 680 for others.
Regular registration costs CHF 630 for students and CHF 780 for others.

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for the attendance of early-career researchers. The deadline is 30 April 2020. Details on how to apply are available here:

Local Organizing Committee

Margit Schwikowski, Hubertus Fischer, Thomas Stocker, Anja Eichler, Theo Jenk, Sophia Dini, Marc-André Berclaz, Doris Bühler.

Scientific Steering Committee

Ed Brook, Emilie Capron, Alexey Ekayin, Hubertus Fischer, Paolo Gabrielli, Kumiko Goto-Azuma, Amy King, Yuansheng Li, Tas van Ommen, Christine Schøtt Hvidberg, Margit Schwikowski, Barbara Stenni, Nozumo Takeuchi, Liz Thomas.

Further information

Go to the official website: