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10th Galileo Conference: The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities

Leeds, United Kingdom
Workshop report
Contact person
Aisling Dolan
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Working groups

Date: 23-26 August

Venue: Weetwood Hall, Leeds, UK 

We are pleased invite you to the workshop entitled "The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities" which will take place from 23 to 26 August 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom. The workshop will be organized as Galileo Conference, sponsored by the NERC UK Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme and EGU. We aim to host this in-person with virtual options.

The EGU Galileo Conferences address well-focused cutting-edge topics at the frontier of geosciences research. A limited number, typically about one hundred, internationally recognised scientists meet for 3 to 5 days to discuss and debate issues at the forefront of the discipline. The conferences are informal: the state-of-the-art is outlined in keynote presentations designed to trigger in-depth discussion of important aspects of the conference topic. Usually about 50% of the conference time is dedicated to debate and dialogue, culminating in a final round table discussion where future research directions are included. Since Galileo Conferences provide an open atmosphere for sharing the latest research results, presentations and discussions are treated confidentially, unless otherwise agreed.

Goals and topics

Understanding the sensitivity of climate to changes in levels of carbon dioxide is one of the grand challenges facing society. Intervals in Earth history, such as the Pliocene (c. 3 million years ago) offer a unique testbed to understand how climate and the Earth system could respond to increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Our Galileo conference will bring together the modelling and the data community, building on past successes to help define the direction of Pliocene research globally.

We aim to gather scientific experts from around the world to discuss the current state of knowledge and use this as a basis for moving forwards. We welcome Pliocene climate and Earth System modellers, and all those who focus on reconstructing the Pliocene using proxy records.

Scientific themes of the workshop focus on understanding the state-of-the-art in Pliocene research and will cover topics such as:

  • Climate and Earth System Sensitivity
  • Ocean conditions
  • Terrestrial climate (including vegetation)
  • Ice sheets and sea-level
  • Palaeogeography
  • Multi-model ensembles
  • Data-model comparison

Some key focuses 

  • To understand the overall outcomes and implications of the findings of the most recent Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project 2 (PlioMIP2)
  • To consider how to expand and enhance the globally distributed and orbitally-resolved synthesis of marine data that characterises the spatial and temporal variability of the Pliocene climate, which has been a product of PlioVAR
  • To discussion how the Pliocene modelling and data community can work together in defining and developing their projects moving forward (e.g. PlioMIP3 and PlioMioVAR).

Workshop format

The workshop will be delivered both in-person, with options for virtual engagement also. The programme includes oral and poster presentations plus presentations by invited speakers. A core element of the workshop will be the creation of discussion groups (moderated by discussion group leaders) with the goal of defining a future agenda for the PlioMIP3 and PlioMioVAR projects, but also understanding how these projects can best work together to enhance the collective understanding of the Pliocene climate.


Abstract Submission: 14 February - 12 May (deadline 25 March 2022 for ECSs requesting financial support – see below)

Registration: 28 March - 12 May

> Submit an abstract

Financial support for Early Career Scientists

We particularly encourage Early Career Scientists (ECS) and scientists from developing nations to apply, and there will be reduced fees for participants under these categories. Additional financial support (e.g. travel funding or fee waiver) will be available for a given number of ECS and/or scientists from developing nations.

To apply for additional financial support please submit this form by 25 March 2022 and return it to the lead conference organisers.

Organization committee

You can contact the Leaders of the workshop at any time for further information. We look forward to seeing you in Leeds (or virtually) for an exciting and productive workshop!

Dr Aisling Dolan (Co-Lead; University of Leeds  )

Dr Heather Ford (Co-Lead; Queen Mary University of London  )

Prof Alan Haywood (University of Leeds)

Prof Erin McClymont (Durham University)

Dr Babette Hoogakker (Herriot-Watt University)

Dr Sze Ling Ho (National Taiwan University)

Dr Bette Otto-Bliesner (NCAR)

Dr Wing-Le Chan (University of Tokyo)

Lauren Burton (PhD Candidate, University of Leeds)

Lina C. Pérez-Angel (PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder)

More information

For more information, visit the workshop webpage here:

For more information on the PlioMioVAR working group, visit the webpage here:

For details on abstract submission:

Contact Dr Aisling Dolan: (a[dot]m[dot]dolan[at]leeds[dot]ac[dot]uk) or Dr Heather Ford: (h[dot]ford[at]qmul[dot]ac[dot]uk) for more infromation. (a[dot]m[dot]dolan[at]leeds[dot]ac[dot]uk)

Code of conduct at PAGES-supported workshops

PAGES does not tolerate any sort of discrimination or harassment at workshops, and is committed to an open and welcoming environment for all. Should you feel uncomfortable during this workshop, please feel free to contact any of the following people:

Aisling Dolan ( (a[dot]m[dot]dolan[at]leeds[dot]ac[dot]uk)) – Female

Heather Ford ( (h[dot]ford[at]qmul[dot]ac[dot]uk)) – Female

Daniel Hill ( (d[dot]j[dot]hill[at]leeds[dot]ac[dot]uk)) – Male