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 7-11 November 2022.

*Update from the organizers 18 March 2021*

We have decided to postpone again this joint PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop by an additional year and to organize a series of virtual events (PASES virtual workspace) until the in-person workshop. The workshop was originally planned for 2020, and later postponed until 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 disruptions.

We will leverage the lessons learned from vPASES2020 to host punctated mini-events to engage the ECR community researching past socio-environmental system. More information will be soon announced. We believe this platform will help all participants to get connected and overcome the lack of training and network opportunities due to the pandemic and associated global health concerns and travel restrictions.

We would love to hear from the community and hence we ask you what kinds of virtual events you would like to see. We acknowledge the Zoom-fatigue syndrome some of you may face but at the same time going virtual offers in-person experiences to ECRs worldwide. Our collaborative and innovative virtual workspace effort will prove useful for the large interdisciplinary paleo/ECR community, as some form of online conferences are likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

Due to the two-year time lag since the initial submission process, some participants may not qualify as ECRs anymore, while new researchers become eligible. We will prioritize ECRs selected with a travel grant in the first round and give the chance to resubmit their abstracts. We will reopen the application process later in 2021 with a new set of deadlines and invite everyone to submit an application.

Please contact the organizers with questions at: or on Twitter (@pases2020), or find out more on the official PASES website.


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

This workshop was originally planned to be held from 9-13 November 2020, then postponed to November 2021.

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

Additional online meetings are being planned until the 2022 workshop can be held.

The application process will reopen later in 2021, with a new set of deadlines. Everyone is invited to submit an application.

Below is information for the original in-person meeting. Updates will be provided asap


La Serena Archeological Museum


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.

The workshop will consist of keynote talks, contributions by ECRs, and practical breakout groups in which participants will work on community-driven questions around the application of paleosciences to study socio-environmental systems. We welcome ECRs researching the social side of paleosciences with strong interests on paleoclimate and paleoecological data and models.

Invited speakers

The following "advanced" early-career scientists will give talks:

Yoshi Maezumi - Paleoecology in the Amazon Basin and the Caribbean Islands
César Méndez - Archaeology, peopling of southern South America
Eugenia Gayó - Paleoclimate and Paleoecology of the Atacama Desert
Simon Connor - Paleoecology in Caucasus, Mediterranean, and Australian regions

Important dates (updated)

9 March: Launch PASES website (
New date - 15 June: Abstract submission and grant requests close (was previously 8 May)
16 June: Final decision on workshop format
15 July: Decisions on abstract acceptance and grants
16 July: Registration opens
31 August: Registration closes
9-13 November: Workshop


Sunday 8 November
Afternoon - Arrival and registration

Monday 9 November
Morning - Opening ceremony
Afternoon - Session presentations and poster session
Evening - Ice-breaker

Tuesday 10 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations
Afternoon - Breakout group work and poster session

Wednesday 11 November
All day - Excursion
Evening - Workshop dinner

Thursday 12 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations; Breakout group work
Afternoon - Breakout group work

Friday 13 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations; Breakout group work
Afternoon - Public event and closing ceremony

Who can attend?

Conference participants will be early-career researchers who obtained or expect to receive their PhD in or after 2011 (within the first eight years after completion, at the moment of registration, being May 2020).

We especially welcome ECRs researching the social side of paleosciences with links to paleoclimate and paleoecological data and models.


Abstract submission opens 23 March and now closes 15 June (was originally 8 May). Go to the official website for details.

Submit here:

Financial support

A limited number of grants will be available to support ECRs in registration and/or travel, especially those coming from developing countries. At abstract submission, participants are asked to indicate if they require support.


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.

Registration opens 2 June and closes 15 July.


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 on Friday 13 November. 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)
- Fernanda Charqueño (CENAC, Argentina; PAGES)
- Fran Schwanck (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil; PAGES)
- 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:

Access the first circular here.

Questions about the workshop can be emailed to:

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.