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VICS 5th workshop: Moving forward by looking back

Aarhus, Denmark
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Felix Riede
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The Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) working group workshop "Moving forward by looking back" in Aarhus, Denmark, has been postponed.

*The dates used above for this calendar entry are just a placeholder. The confirmed month and dates will be announced as soon as possible.*

The venue will remain the same.

This workshop was originally planned for 30 September to 2 October 2020 then rescheduled for 8-10 March 2021.

*Update from VICS leaders February 2021*

Although the in-person workshop is postponed until further notice, a series of webinars will be held throughout 2021, starting 26 February at 15:00 UTC. Gordon Woo and Amy Donovan will be the speakers. All details.

Updates will also be announced on the VICS Twitter account.

The information below was for the March 2021 event. New details will be provided asap.


Moesgård Museum and Aarhus University.


This is an open workshop for a maximum of 75 participants. At the same time as the workshop, Moesgård Museum will host a special exhibition focussed specifically on past and future volcanism and its human impacts.

The organizers are committed to setting up possibilities for remote participation, including streaming presentations online and accepting questions from online viewers. More information will be provided closer to the time.


The VICS working group aims to:

- coordinate improved reconstructions of volcanic radiative forcing,
- enhance our understanding of volcanically-induced climate variability by engaging a wide range of paleoclimate specialists, and
- deepen our understanding of societal impacts of, and human responses to, volcanic eruptions, especially within the emerging framework of compound events.

This fifth VICS workshop will extend our range of interests deeper into the past, as well as into the future.

The interdisciplinary purpose of VICS relies on the expertise of scientists and scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including those in the fields of volcanology, atmospheric chemistry, ice-core science, high-resolution paleoclimate reconstructions, climate modeling, archaeology and anthropology, and history.

The workshop organizers will therefore also invite contributions from a number of ongoing international projects with relevant areas of interest, including especially GVP, INTAV (International Focus Group on Tephrochronology), the Climate History Network, VolMIP, PMIP and the PAGES 2k Network.


- Summarising the current state of volcanic reconstructions, associated climate forcing, and societal impacts. This will include updates from the many national and international funded projects that have recently been initiated, thanks in part to the visibility and community fostered by VICS.
- A further expansion to themes related to Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate variability, drawing on evidence from archaeology, pollen analyses, textual sources as well as new climate simulations, building ties with other PAGES working groups including CRIAS, PAGES 2k Network and PEOPLE 3000.
- New results from CMIP6 and PMIP4 related to volcanic eruptions and climate in model simulations.
- Articulating the perspectives of VICS with Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Network on Extreme Events and Emergent Risks.
- Continued development of strategies to engage stakeholders and the general public concerning volcanic hazards and disasters. A lecture will be given during the meeting that will be open to the public.

Confirmed participants

Felix Riede, Matthew Toohey, Francis Ludlow, Kevin Anchukaitis, Michael Sigl, Allegra LeGrande, and Celine Vidal.

In addition to the continued participation of the affiliated scientists previously involved in the previous four working group meetings, we intend to invite and support the attendance of keynote speakers and ECRs spanning the fields of interest of VICS.

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for the attendance of early-career researchers and scientists from developing countries. Details on how and when to apply will be made available as soon as possible.

Registration, abstracts and deadlines

Details on how and when to register will be made available as soon as possible.


The workshop program will be available as soon as possible.


This workshop marks the approximate mid-point of the second phase of VICS. It will continue the theme of extending the focus of VICS to the deeper past, while also marking time to consolidate activities and initiate final synthesis products. The meeting will continue to foster collaboration and cooperation between the many national and international funded activities that have benefitted from the VICS community.

Planned products

- Past Global Changes Magazine workshop report
- Online popular science media report in
- Danish national newspaper article

Outreach event

This workshop will provide unique opportunities for outreach due to its association with the Apocalypse Then! | Apocalypse Now? exhibition at the Moesgård Museum. We plan a public lecture to engage with the public. More details will be provided as soon as possible.

Stakeholder engagement

As with past VICS meetings, this workshop will continue to build ties between different natural and social science disciplines and with science communicators. The workshop will further foster engagement with other scientists and science-policy specialists through its explicit linkage to Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Network on Extreme Events and Emergent Risks.

Further information

Contact workshop organizer Felix Riede, Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University: