PAGES e-news vol. 2020, no.6


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2020, no. 6


1. PAGES 6th OSM and 4th YSM updates - sessions announced
2. Call for authors deadline 30 June - Past Global Changes Magazine for Teens
3. Latest Past Global Changes Magazine - postal problems
4. Upcoming PAGES deadlines
5. Watch the PAGES/WDS-Paleo webinar
. Working Group news
7. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
8. The PAGES Early-Career Award - nominations due 30 September
9. PAGES working group meetings and deadlines
10. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
11. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

12. Future Earth updates
13. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) updates
14. Other news and opportunities

1. PAGES 6th OSM and 4th YSM updates - sessions announced

PAGES' premier science conferences, the Open Science Meeting (OSM) and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM), are held every four years. The 6th OSM and 4th YSM will be held in Agadir, Morocco, from 16-22 May 2021. The YSM will be held from 16-18 May and the OSM from 18-22 May. Regional field trips and excursions are offered after the OSM.

The Scientific Program Committee and PAGES are pleased to announce the list of planned sessions and first side meetings are now available. Abstract submission and registration opens 1 July 2020, but you are welcome to view the planned sessions and pre-register/create an account now. All details:

2. Call for authors deadline 30 June - Past Global Changes Magazine for Teens

PAGES is preparing a special magazine issue for teenagers! This issue will highlight paleoscience topics of interest to the next generation, written in an easy to understand format. The objective is to present global change from a paleo perspective. Publication is planned for February 2021.

Editors Graciela Gil Romera, Boris Vannière and Sarah Eggleston are now calling for authors, with the deadline for submissions 30 June. The opportunities for contributions are vast. All information:

3. Latest Past Global Changes Magazine - postal problems

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, postal services in some countries have been affected. Delivery of the most recent Past Global Changes Magazine "Past Plant Diversity and Conservation" cannot be guaranteed, and many copies have already been returned to the IPO.

If you have not received your hard copy of this issue and would still like one, please contact the IPO (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) when you know your country's international postal service has been restored, and we will happily send it again. In the meantime, you can access all our magazines online:

4. Upcoming PAGES deadlines

i. Applications for new PAGES working groups due 16 September: Does your heart pound of paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? PAGES' Working Groups (WGs) are temporary organizations that bring international paleoscientists together to target specific aspects of PAGES' scientific agenda. They tackle broad questions that cannot be answered by a single research team but require the integration of the wider science community. WGs provide a platform for discussion, research, and community building, and normally run in three-year phases with each phase culminating in an intermediary or final major product (e.g. synthesis article, special issue, database). All details:

ii. Applications for workshop/meeting financial support due 16 September: To obtain support, workshops/meetings must be open and international, and should encourage the participation of early-career scientists (until ca. five years after PhD) and those from developing countries (including BRICS countries). Applications should be received at least six months before the planned event date, to allow for wide promotion to the paleo community. Financial support is available for meetings classified as Open Call and Educational and also for current PAGES WGs. All details:

5. Watch the PAGES/WDS-Paleo webinar

The primary mission of the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology (WDS-Paleo) is to ensure that global paleoclimatology proxy and derived reconstruction data are maintained in a permanent archive that is easily and openly accessible to the world science community and to other users. New initiatives of the WDS-Paleo, including bulk data download and the Paleoenvironmental Standard Terms (PaST) Thesaurus of measured variables, help to make these data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, re-usable).

PAGES and WDS-Paleo held a joint webinar on 27 and 28 May to provide updates on new initiatives, both to meet new WDS-Paleo data contribution requirements and to access data more efficiently and effectively. Watch the webinar with Q&A on PAGES' YouTube channel:

6. Working Group news

i. Mailing lists: Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. Access details for all mailing lists here:

ii. Working group extensions: Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many working groups will be extended for an additional year. The extensions will be visible in the timeline information on each working group's home page. Find all the current working groups here:

iii. 2k Network: The PAGES 2k Network has proceeded in three phases: Phase 1 (2008-2013), Phase 2 (2014-2016) and Phase 3 (2017-2021). As the group is in the final period of Phase 3, 2k Network leaders would like feedback from the PAGES community on how they can help you to facilitate 2k (or broader PAGES) science now and in the future. Please take a few minutes to provide your suggestions via this survey, which should be completed by 31 July. The leaders thank you in advance:

iv. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT): a. Group leader Angela Gallego-Sala was awarded one of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grants. This five-year early-career award will allow her to work on Tropical Peatlands and the Carbon Cycle (TroPeaCC). The press release from Exeter can be found here:
b. Group member Nitin Chaudhary was awarded an early-career grant to carry forward his research on the incorporation of peatland dynamics into regional Earth System Models; he will work towards determining how peatlands-mediated feedbacks affect the regional climate. He and his colleagues have also just published a new article in Global Change Biology on peatland carbon balance and climate change:
c. Jurek Müller and Fortunat Joos have a paper in review with Biogeosciences of interest to the C-PEAT community: "Peatland area and carbon over the past 21000 years - a global process based model investigation":

v. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS): a. Group leader Sam White will give a presentation in the Future Earth Risk-KAN webinar on 18 June. See point 12 for all details.
b. The Martin Bauch et al. paper "A Prequel to the Dantean Anomaly: The Water Seesaw and Droughts of 1302–1307 in Europe" is open for discussion in Climate of the Past until 15 July. It is a product of the CRIAS workshop held in Leipzig, Germany, in October 2019.

vi. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS): Phase 2 of CVAS launched this year and plans are underway for an online seminar series to provide an overview of the current state of the research and discuss future plans. CVAS will also incorporate and build on the activities of PAGES' former working group DAPS (Paleoclimate Reanalyses, Data Assimilation and Proxy System modeling). If you were a DAPS member and are interested in following and/or contributing to the new CVAS phase, please join the CVAS mailing list. Find out more about the group, the seminar series, and join the mailing list here:

vii. Floods Working Group: On 7 May, the group held the online session "Extreme hydrological events of the Past" as part of EGU2020. The session contained 12 displays and attracted a large audience from the paleohydrology community. The talk titles and presentations can be downloaded here:

viii. LandCover6k: a. The group's 4th General Workshop, planned for 9-10 October 2020, is postponed until a future date. Given current circumstances, the organizers at the University of Pennsylvania are assessing the possibility of holding the workshop in 2021 based on university reopening and governmental safety guidelines. An interim online meeting solution is being developed for the October 2020 dates. More information will be provided when available. See point 9 for all details.
b. A paper in Land by Erle Ellis et al. introduces the first global reconstruction and mapping of anthromes and their changes across the 12,000-year interval from 10,000 BCE to 2015 CE; the Anthromes 12k dataset:

ix. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): The 2020 PALSEA meeting (joint with SERCE) "Improving understanding of ice sheet and solid earth processes driving paleo sea level change" scheduled for 14-16 September 2020 at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, USA, is postponed to 2021. The 2021 meeting will have the same scope and venue. In order not to lose contact with the community, leaders will organize a two-day virtual PALSEA Express in September 2020. Each day will be composed of three hours of virtual talks and posters. The two days will be scheduled at different times, in order to allow connections from different time zones. See point 9 for all details.

x. PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS): The September 2020 workshop in Cassis, France, will most likely be postponed to mid-2021. See point 9 for all details.

xi. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL): The report about SISAL's 4th workshop in Xi'an, China, was published in the most recent issue of Past Global Changes Magazine:

xii. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS): The postponed September 2020 workshop dates have been confirmed for 8-10 March 2021 in Aarhus, Denmark. See point 9 for all details.

7. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. Abstract submission and grant request deadlines extended: The joint PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)" is planned for 9-13 November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. The organizing committee is closely monitoring the situation with travel bans and continued concern due to the COVID-19 outbreak and spread, and is doing its best to provide opportunities for a fruitful and inspiring meeting for everyone.

Plans are underway for potential alternative arrangements if the in-person meeting doesn't happen - there could be online sessions held in November, and the in-person meeting rescheduled for 2021. Innovative virtual forums would then run until the in-person meeting takes place. Because the event will still go ahead (a final decision on the meeting format is anticipated to be made by 16 June), we still encourage abstract submissions. Abstract submission and grant request application deadlines have been extended to 15 June. See point 9 for all details.

ii. Webinar online: The 8 June 2020 webinar, in Spanish, by Dr Marco Aquino (postdoctoral researcher, Maynooth University) is now available on the ECN YouTube channel. He talks about his new R package for age-depth modeling using 210Pb:

iii. The Early Pages Blog: a. Many aspects of modern life depend on effective communications between satellites and receivers here on Earth. But these vital communications can be interfered with by forces beyond our control. Chukwuma Anoruo explains the complex interactions between the Sun and the Earth, what goes on in the ionosphere during geomagnetic storms, and why research into this field is essential:
b. Early-career researchers (ECRs) are often affected by precarious employment, frequent moves, and an unsure future. This renders ECRs especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read 12 stories by ECRs in which they share their thoughts, concerns, and a glimpse into their lives during the global crisis:

iv. Join the Write Club! The PAGES ECN Write Club holds regular online writing retreats for ECRs from all over the globe. They meet to write in a time-structured way, with the moral support of fellow ECRs. Especially in times when most people are working from home, creating non-negotiable time slots dedicated to writing can bring much needed structure into daily life. To sign up or for more information, email: ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

v. Apply by 17 July to join the SCOR Executive Committee: The call for applications for an Early-Career Scientist (ECS) to join the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Executive Committee (EC) is open. The ECS in the SCOR EC will help reach the broader early-career community and involve it in SCOR activities. The ECS will have the same responsibilities as other EC members, with a term of appointment of two years. Applicants should be no more than 10 years from PhD, not counting time for family leave, and should be affiliated with an ocean science organization, institution, or government agency. More information and application form here:

vi. To receive a more comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list:

8. The PAGES Early-Career Award - nominations due 30 September

PAGES recently announced a biennial Early-Career Award (ECA) for excellence in collaborative scholarship, including research, communication, outreach, leadership, networking, community service, and international collaboration.

The PAGES ECA honors people in the early stages of their career for their engagement both within and beyond the scientific community, for example through (though not limited to) involvement in science coordination, outreach, networking, leadership activities, development of international collaborations, and for excellence in research in support of PAGES' goals.

The first Award will be publicly presented by PAGES at the 2021 Open Science Meeting (OSM) in Agadir, Morocco. Nominations close 30 September. All details:

9. PAGES working group meetings and deadlines

i. ACME:
Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database
Venue: TBA
Dates: TBC

ii. C-PEAT:
Tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services workshop
Bangkok, Thailand
March 2021 (dates TBC)
Deadlines: TBA

iii. CRIAS:
State of the Art of Historical Climatology in International Perspective
Hong Kong
25-26 September 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: 19-20 March 2021
Abstract deadline: 31 July

iv. C-SIDE:
Integrating sea-ice proxies, model simulations, and complementary records of glacial-interglacial climate change
Bordeaux, France
May 2021
Deadlines: TBA

v. CVAS:
Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison
Heidelberg, Germany
3-6 December 2020

vi. ECN:
PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)
La Serena, Chile
9-13 November 2020
Abstract submission and grant request deadline: 15 June (new date)

vii. LandCover6k:
4th General Workshop: New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9-10 October 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA

viii. PALSEA:
a. PALSEA Express meeting
Two days in September 2020
More information will be provided as soon as possible

b. Improving understanding of ice-sheet and solid-Earth processes driving paleo sea-level change
Palisades, NY, USA
14-16 September 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA in September 2021

ix. PEOPLE 3000:
Understanding long-term human-environment feedback loops through the integration of archeology, paleoclimate and ecological mode
Arica, Chile
31 August to 5 September 2020

Assessing the role cave monitoring data can play in improving climatic interpretations from speleothem records
Jerusalem, Israel
9-13 November 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA
in 2021

xi. QUIGS:
Glacial Terminations: processes and feedbacks
Cassis, France
22-24 September 2020
Update: Most likely to be postponed
New dates: Mid-2021

xii. VICS:
Moving forward by looking back
Aarhus, Denmark
30 September to 2 October 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: 8-10 March 2021

Deadlines: TBA

10. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following workshops and conferences and has provided either financial support or an endorsement.

i. Environmental histories and interdisciplinary perspectives on resilience in the tropical Andes
Bogotá, Colombia
6-7 August 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 11-12 February 2021

ii. The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School
Grindelwald, Switzerland
23-28 August 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: end of August 2022 (dates TBC)

iii. Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)
Sacel, Maramures, Romania
31 August to 4 September 2020
Early-bird registration deadline: 31 July (new date)

iv. IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape"
San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
21-25 March 2021
Update: Postponed
New dates: 20-24 March 2022

v. Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress
Brisbane, Australia
New dates: 12-15 June 2021
Deadlines: TBA

vi. Synergy between palaeo-scientists, ecologists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar
Venue TBC, Madagascar
4 days in June or July 2021
Deadlines: TBA

vii. Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)
Innsbruck, Austria
12-15 July 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 11-14 July 2021
Deadlines: TBA

viii. IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
Crans Montana, Switzerland
18-23 October 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 10-16 October 2021
Deadlines: TBA

11. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. CarpClim: The newly endorsed Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim) will hold a workshop from 31 August to 4 September 2020, supported by PAGES. Early-bird registration closes 31 July (new date). See point 10 for all details.

ii. IPICS: The PAGES-supported 3rd International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science Conference scheduled for 18-23 October 2020 in Crans Montana, Switzerland, has been postponed until October 2021. The potential dates in 2021 could be 10-16 October, but confirmed dates will be advised as soon as possible. See point 10 for all details.

iii. PMIP: The planned June PMIP4 Meeting in Nanjing has been rescheduled for 23-30 October 2020:

iv. Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups here:

12. Future Earth updates

i. Risk-KAN Webinars: The Learning from the Past (past4future) Working Group of Future Earth's Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk-KAN) invites you and interested colleagues to two upcoming webinars.
a. 18 June 2020 at 13:00-14:00 UTC. "Past climate change and extreme events” involves two PAGES community members. Blas Valero Garcés will present "Can we risk to forget the past?: Past Global Changes (PAGES) initiatives for understanding risks" and Sam White will present "Learning from Histories: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges". All details:
b. 24 June 2020 at 7:00-8:00 UTC. "Climate Endgame: Understanding Worst-Case Warming" will be presented by Luke Kemp from CSER Cambridge, UK. All details:

ii. The inaugural Future Earth and Belmont Forum Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2020) planned for 14-17 June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia, has now been rescheduled to 12-15 June 2021. All accepted sessions will be automatically rolled over into the new Congress program, so you will not need to submit a new proposal. For those who have submitted applications for Popcorn Sessions and Demonstrations, you are invited to re-submit your proposal in the near future. See point 10 for all details.

iii. Read the Mountain Research Initiative May Newsletter:

iv. Read the Global Land Programme May Newsletter:

v. Read the Earth System Governance Fourth Newsletter:

13. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) updates

i. Call for nominations for WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) Membership: The World Climate Research Programme is calling for (self-)nominations for membership of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) from social and economic scientists. The deadline for nominations is 15 July. All details:

ii. Call for CMIP IPO: WCRP is calling for proposals to host a dedicated project office to support Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) activities and its overall coordination. The deadline for proposals is 31 August:

iii. Read the CLIVAR June Bulletin:

14. Other news and opportunities

i. Zoom seminar hosted by Long-term Ecology Group: "LakePulse network: First Canada-wide assessment of lakes" on 11 June from 12:00-13:00 UTC. Professor Irene Gregory-Eaves (Department of Biology, McGill University) will present a 45-min seminar followed by 15 mins for Q&A on the preliminary research findings from the LakePulse NSERC-funded network that is assessing the current biotic and abiotic conditions in 633 Canadian lakes relative to pre-industrial conditions. Research findings from this network are already providing a much-needed perspective on the spatio-temporal changes of lake aquatic ecosystems in Canada, a country that is a key steward of a significant proportion of global inland waters. Meeting ID: 823 7622 2604. Password: 936918. Zoom link:

ii. Global Consultations on Open Science: Are you a scientist, a publisher, a science policy maker or someone with experience and interest in Open Science? Your input is important. To build a global consensus on Open Science, the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science relies on an inclusive, transparent and consultative process involving all countries and all stakeholders. The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science, and point to concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data with proposals for action to bring citizens closer to science, and commitments for a better distribution and production of science in the world. The process of drafting the Recommendation is regionally balanced, highly inclusive and collaborative. It involves multiple stakeholders and is expected to lead to the adoption of the Recommendation by UNESCO Member States in 2021. The survey can be completed online in several languages. The deadline for submitting inputs is 15 June. All details:

iii. Virtual Palaeoscience: ViPs (Virtual Palaeoscience) is a community-led project to create a shared archive of online palaeoscience teaching resources both as a short-term COVID-19 response and for longer-term enhancement of learning, accessibility and outreach. The Project Team consists of Jane Bunting, Simon Hutchinson, Kim Davies, Nicki Whitehouse and Des McDougall. Following a successful launch meeting in May 2020, the project is setting up working groups to find, evaluate, and bring together existing materials in a single web resource and to create a range of new materials to meet specific needs. In August, these new resources will be presented at a virtual workshop and plans for longer-term projects, including the creation of multi-faceted virtual landscapes, will be developed. All details on how to be involved:

iv. New research seminar initiative: PERCS (Paleo EaRly Career Seminars) is a weekly seminar series that promotes and features work by early-career researchers working in the broad field of "Pal(a)eo" sciences (e.g. -ntology, -ecology, -oceanography, -climate). A PERCS seminar takes place on Zoom, and consists of a live streamed short (~30 min) seminar followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity for small group discussion and networking with other attendees using break-out rooms. Talks will be (mostly) weekly, on Tuesdays, and will start from 23 June. All details:

v. Deadline extended - Expressions of interest to host the WDS IPO: World Data System (WDS) is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Science Council (ISC; formerly ICSU). The WDS International Programme Office (WDS-IPO) was created in March 2011. Since then, it has been hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan. The current agreement ends on 31 March 2021 and, in light of this, ISC and the WDS Science Committee (WDS-SC) invite Expressions of Interest from interested parties to host the WDS International Programme Office from April 2021.

Expressions of Interest should be completed and sent by 31 July by using this online form: or by sending the form in the Call (, pages 5–7) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that it is not expected for potential hosts to have precise details in place by this deadline; rather, they should state their interest and what they may be able to offer. In this regard, partial hosting solutions are of interest and will be considered. Contact the WDS-IPO with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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