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PAGES-INQUA joint ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)

La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile
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The second joint PAGES-INQUA early-career researcher in-person workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)", which was planned for November 2021 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile, will now be held from 20-24 November 2022.

*Update from the organizers*

After two consecutive year postponements due to the COVID19 pandemic, we have decided to organize the in-person workshop in Chile, La Serena, between 20 and 24 November 2022. Until the workshop takes place, we propose to hold bimonthly get-togethers to engage the ECR community researching past-socio-environmental systems, with lessons learned from vPASES2020.  Get-togethers will start January-February 2022. More information will be posted online here: Please contact the organizers with questions at: (workshop[dot]pages[dot]ecn[at]gmail[dot]com) or on Twitter (@pases2020), or find out more on the official PASES website.


The workshop is being organized by PAGES Early-Career Network.

Date: 20-24 November

Venue: Hybrid, onsite venue La Serena Archeological Museum

A virtual meeting took place in November 2020 in preparation for the in-person workshop.


The workshop aims to facilitate scientific exchange between early-career researchers (ECRs) from a broad range of disciplines, that work within the overarching theme of climate-environment-cultural change, which is at the core of both PAGES’ and INQUA’s missions. We welcome innovative ideas and approaches that tackle multiple hypotheses of changes where human, environment and climate interact at different temporal scales and across different geographies.

Keynote speakers

Dr Yoshi Maezumi - The Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology

Dr Catalina Gonzalez - Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

Dr Carola Flores - School of Archaeology, Universidad Austral de Chile & Center of Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA)

Financial support

A limited number of grants will be available to support ECRs in registration and/or travel, especially those coming from developing countries. 


A base registration fee of $US150 includes the workshop, coffee breaks, lunches and ice-breaker. Participants can choose to add up accommodation ($50, including double-shared room in a hostel with breakfast), excursion/dinner ($50) or both. Maximum registration fee $250.

Online participants can access the workshop contents, such as keynote talks, presentations, and discussions, remotely. Online participation is free of charge.

Important dates

23 March – 15 June 2020: Abstract submission and grant request

16 June, 2020: Workshop’s format final decision

15 July, 2020: Decision on abstract acceptance and grants

October, 2020: Registration vPASES2020 opens

9-13 November 2020: vPASES2020 dates

November 2021: Workshop PASES2021 postponed

19 August 2022: Abstract update by the selected participants (optional)

15 September 2022: Registration deadline for selected participants (payment of workshop fees)

17 October 2022: Registration for online attendees opens

16 November 2022: Registration for online attendees closes

20-24 November 2022: Workshop PASES2022


Travel to La Serena, Chile: Santiago International Airport (SCL) receives international flights from Oceania, Europe and the Americas. There are several daily flights between Santiago and La Serena at reasonable fares. Excellent ground transportation between La Serena airport and city center.

Public event

A public event revolving around the topic "Paleosciences and colonial legacies" will be held. This forum seeks, through discussions between Indigenous communities, local activists, interdisciplinary researchers, and communicators, to address what's behind the overarching message that drives current paleoscience research: "The past as the key to the present, and to the future". A series of discussions will try to answer: "Whose past?", "Whose present?", and "Whose future?".

Organizing Committee (OC)

- Xavier Benito (SESYNC, USA; PAGES)

- Ignacio A Jara (CEAZA, Chile; PAGES)

- Michela Mariani (University of Nottingham)

- Anna-Marie Klamt (Yunnan Normal University, China)

- Francesca Ferrario (University of Insubria; INQUA)

- Kimberley Davies (University College Cork, Ireland; INQUA)

- Emuobosa Orijeime (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

- Aliyu Adamu Isa (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria; INQUA)

- Giorgia Camperio (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

- Victor Merino (Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata, Argentina; PAGES)

Advisory Committee

- Dr. Marie-France Loutre (PAGES)

- Prof. Dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten (Leiden University; INQUA)

- Prof. Dr. Allan Ashworth (North Dakota State University; INQUA)

- Dr. Freek Busschers (TNO; INQUA)

- Dr. Mike Evans (University of Maryland; PAGES)

- Dr. Willy Tinner (University of Bern; PAGES)

- Dr Anupama Krishnamurthy (French Institute of Pondicherry; INQUA)

- Dr Carlos Olavarría (CEAZA)

- Ángel Durán Herrera (Archaeological Museum of La Serena)

- Dr Antonio Maldonado (CEAZA)

- Dr Claudio Latorre (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; PAGES)

Organizing institution

Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA), La Serena, Chile.

Further information

Go to the official website:

Link to the programme:

Questions about the workshop can be emailed to: (workshop[dot]pages[dot]ecn[at]gmail[dot]com)

This will be the second joint PAGES-INQUA workshop. The first, titled "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to present (iSLR18)", was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in August 2018.

Find out more about INQUA here.

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