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IBS Conference on Climate and Human Evolution

Geumjeong-gu, 26, South Korea


Date: 15–19 October
Location: Busan, South Korea
Venue: Pusan National University, Building 303, 2nd floor auditorium, Busan, South Korea


Evidence has been mounting that past climate changes played an important role in the evolution of our genus, Homo. However, identifying and quantifying the impact of climatic and environmental changes on human speciation, adaptation, migration, and cultural development has remained challenging. In this conference, we will bring together experts from various disciplines, including paleo-climate, anthropology, archaeology, ecology, climate modeling, and genomics, to advance this emerging field and to forge new collaborations.

Invited speakers

Pasquale Raia (Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
Thomas Higham (Professor, University of Vienna, Austria)
Jin-Cheul Kim (Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea)
Christoph P.E. Zollikofer (Professor emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Chiara Barbieri (Senior Assistant Professor, University of Cagliari, Italy)
Miikka Tallavaara (Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Rieneke Weij (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, Africa)
Michael Petraglia (Professor, Griffith University, Australia)
Chronis Tzedakis (Professor, University College London, UK)
Simon Armitage (Professor, Royal Holloway University of London, UK)
Hubert Vonhof (Group leader, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany)
Ricarda Winkelmann (Director, Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Jena, Germany)

Organizing committee

Axel Timmermann (Director at IBS Center for Climate Physics)
Pasquale Raia (Professor at University of Naples Federico II)
Jiaoyang Ruan (Young Scientist Fellow at IBS Center for Climate Physics)
Elke Zeller (PhD Student at IBS Center for Climate Physics)


For the full program, please visit the website:

Abstract submission

Deadline: 1 April – 31 May 30 June 
Please submit your Abstract via the link here


Registration Date: July 2024 ~ September 2024
Registration Fee: 150,000 KRW (~100 Euro)

Further information

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