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PAGES Newsletter August 2023

In the August newsletter, PAGES is calling for nominations for the Early-Career Award (ECA), opening the webform to make sure you can sign up to receive your hard copy of the next PAGES Magazine on ice cores and new developments in analytical techniques, as well as reminding you about the 9th PAGES webinar on "Ethics in publishing and combatting predatory practices in science". There are also a number of calls open for speakers, nominations, contributions and registrations, spanning the whole paleoscience board.

  1. New INQUA Vice-President: Pradeep Srivastava
  2. Call for nominations for PAGES Early-Career Award
  3. Order a hard copy of Past Global Changes Magazine
  4. Next deadline for new working groups and workshop/meeting support
  5. 9th PAGES webinar on "Ethics in publishing and combatting predatory practices in science" 
  6. Working group news
  7. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
  8. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working groups' news
  9. Future Earth
  10. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
  11. Other news and opportunities 

1. New INQUA Vice-President: Pradeep Srivastava

PAGES would like to congratulate Pradeep Srivastava, a PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) member, who has been appointed as the new INQUA Vice-president, together with Kathleen Nicoll (USA), by the INQUA International Council. Pradeep is also the president of the local organizing committee of the next INQUA congress that will take place in Lucknow, India, in 2027. A recording of the INQUA2023 Closing Ceremony and General Assembly II is available to watch on YouTube here.

2. Call for nominations for PAGES Early-Career Award

The PAGES ECA honors people in the early stages of their career (PhD students and <5 years after their PhD) for their engagement both within and beyond the scientific community, for example through (but not limited to) involvement in science coordination, outreach, networking, leadership activities, development of international collaborations and for excellence in research in support of PAGES’ goals. The Award will be publicly presented by PAGES at the next Open Science Meeting (OSM) in Shanghai in 2025. Awardees will receive a certificate, invitation to present at the OSM, and a conference grant to attend the OSM (max. 2000 USD). The deadline to submit nominations is 31 October 2023. > More information

3. Order a hard copy of the next Past Global Changes Magazine

The next PAGES Magazine will focus on ice cores and new developments in analytical techniques. There will be one Science Highlight article from each DEEPICE (Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics) early-career researcher, and also contributions from the ICYS (Ice Core Young Scientists) network. The magazine is scheduled to be published at the end of October 2023. If you would like to order a hard copy, please complete the webform online by 27 October 2023. > More information 

4. New working groups and meeting support deadline 

The deadline for new working groups, working groups wishing to apply for a next phase, meeting and/or workshop support, is 11 September. Please remember to contact an SSC member at least two weeks prior to submission of the application, i.e. before 28 August. We also remind those wishing to apply for workshop support that applications should be received at least six months prior to the event to enable more wide spread promotion of the workshop/event. The next deadline for applications will be in March 2024. > More information

5.  9th PAGES webinar: Ethics in publishing and combatting predatory practices in science 

PAGES will be hosting its 9th webinar on “Ethics in publishing and combatting predatory practices in science” on 7 September at 14:00 UTC with Dr. Asfawossen Asrat Kassaye (Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana) and Dr. Ramón Feenstra (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Spain). Speaking from their experiences on research ethics in universities, and as part of international academic organizations, Dr Feenstra and Dr Asrat Kassaye will provide their views on ethical implications of current publishing models and the impact of predatory journals and conferences. > Calendar 

6. Working group news

i. Mailing lists

Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. > Details for all mailing lists 

ii. 2k Network: CLIVASH2k 

Registration is now open for the workshop by CLIVASH2k (Climate variability in Antarctica and Southern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years), a 2k Network project, and the INSTANT sub-committee on proxies and processes at the INSTANT2023 Conference on 12 September 2023. The workshop "intends to engage a broad spectrum of the scientific community working on atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions over seasonal to centennial timescales and understanding the role of sea ice and winds in Antarctic surface mass balance variability." The workshop will include short presentations and discussion sessions. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please register by filling out this form by 31 August. If you have questions, please email Dieter Tetzner: (dietet95[at]bas[dot]ac[dot]uk)

iii. Synthesizing human traces in the stratigraphic record (Human Traces)

a. The Human Traces workshop on "Pb pollution in lake sediments – creating a database for analysis of regional signals" will be taking place from 20–21 September in Liverpool, UK. > Calendar 

b. The online seminar series will be starting again on 25 September with Nicolás Zanetta presenting "The metal revolution for Sustainable Development: missing the local scale" and on 20 October Dr. Silvana Halac will talk about "Tackling the evolution and dynamics of the Anthropocene from sedimentary records in artificial lakes of Central Argentina: The water quality challenge". > All details 

iv. PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS)

The QUIGS workshop on "Interglacial Intensity" will be taking place from 19–22 September in Grenoble, France. > Calendar

7. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN

To receive a comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list.

i. Call for speakers: webinar series ‘Expanding our knowledge in the study of global changes’

The PAGES ECN Regional Representatives for Latin America are preparing to run a webinar series ‘Expanding our knowledge in the study of global changes’ which will take place in the second half of 2023. It is specifically designed for students and early-career researchers in the study of climate and global changes from their different areas. “The series aims to bring new perspectives to the study of past global changes, as well as encouraging enhanced collaboration, multidisciplinary approaches, and open science among early-career researchers. The organizers are currently seeking speakers (you, your colleagues, or your students) to address a wide number of webinar topics, e.g. Quaternary paleoecology and nature conservation and Human health and paleoenvironment: Exploring the connections, amongst many others. To find out more and to complete the form by 15 September to show your interest, read the announcement in English and Spanish here

ii. ECN Write Club

Did you know that the PAGES ECN runs a Write Club? This club is a great way to set aside non-negotiable time in your calendar for writing. Each Write Club writing retreat runs for ~two hours, and is structured according to the ‘Pomodoro’ method: 25 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free writing, followed by 5 minutes of break time. Retreats are run by facilitators in different time zones, meaning that hopefully there should be retreats available at times that work for everyone, and also include period challenges to keep it fun. For more information, and to sign up, email (writeclub[dot]pages[dot]ecn[at]gmail[dot]com).

8. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working groups' news

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following groups and has provided either financial support or endorsement for the workshops and conferences.

> Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups

> Apply for workshop or conference endorsement

> See PAGES former working groups

i. Climate Change & History Research Initiative (CCHRI)

A new paper by Haldon J and  Fleitmann D on “A Sixth-Century C.E. Drought in Arabia. New Palaeoclimate Data and Some Historical Implications'' has been published in the Journal of Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. > Access article

ii. Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics (DEEPICE) 

The 3rd DEEPICE Training School in Communication will be taking place from 4–8 September in Leissigen, Switzerland, with the aim of training early-stage researchers for a career in the academic or non-academic sector to work on climate change and glaciology. The general objective of the upcoming communication training program is to provide skills in different settings and for various purposes, including, communicating science results to the general public, to teachers and students, to science journalists and policymakers. They will gain experience in communication about climate change, in particular, climate change affecting the polar regions. > Calendar

iii. The Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP

PMIP WINGS (Web-based INteractive Global Seminars) took a Northern Hemisphere summer break and will be commencing again on 19 September at 09:00 UTC on Modeling/reconstructing (centennial scale) temperature variability with Thomas Laepple (Alfred Wegener Institute) and Qiong Zhang (Stockholm University). > Calendar  

iv. LandCover6k  

a. A new paper by Dallmeyer A et al. has been published in Climate of the Past on “The challenge of comparing pollen-based quantitative vegetation reconstructions with outputs from vegetation models – a European perspective”. > Access article  

b. Strandberg G et al. have published an article on “Did the Bronze Age deforestation of Europe affect its climate? A regional climate model study using pollen-based land cover reconstructions” in Climate of the Past. > Access article 

c. Zapolska A et al. have published their research on “More than agriculture: Analysing time-cumulative human impact on European land-cover of second half of the Holocene” in Quaternary Science Reviews. > Access article

9. Future Earth 

The next Future Earth Newsletter will go out in September. 

i. Future Earth is calling for nominations to participate in the following events, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya: CBD SBSTTA 25 (15–19 October 2023), Workshop on recently completed IPBES assessments (13 October 2023), COP15 resumed 2nd part (19–20 October 2023), 10th meeting of the COP to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CP-MOP10) (19–20 October), 4th meeting of the COP to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP-MOP4) (19–20 October). > Access nomination form 

ii. Future Earth is excited to announce the launch of its redesigned Member Portal. Join the vibrant community to share news about activities, join groups of interest, connect with sustainability professionals worldwide through the member directory, and access various resources such as the job funding opportunities board, the events calendar, and the media center. > Sign up 

iii. The Ocean Knowledge Action Network (Ocean KAN) is seeking input for topics for potential side events that can be held at the United Nations Ocean Conference pre-meeting (Costa Rica, June 2024). This pre-meeting is a stakeholder meeting one year before the main UN Ocean Conference to take place in Nice, France, in June 2025. If you would like to find out more, or share your ideas, please contact Stella Alexandrof: (stella[at]oceankan[dot]org)

10. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) 

CLIVAR > Read the July bulletin 

11. Other news & opportunities

i. Call for Abstracts: Conference on “Nordic Climate History"

From 23–24 May 2024, there will be an interdisciplinary conference on “Nordic Climate History. Learning from past experience” in Oslo, Norway. The conference asks how climatic variability impacted Nordic societies in the past and what can be learnt from these experiences. The conference is directed at researchers in all career stages, including those with backgrounds in climate science, archaeology, history, or related disciplines. Museum practitioners, climate communicators, and societal stakeholders with an interest in past climate are also encouraged to apply. > Calendar

ii. EGU - Call for Session Proposals

The next EGU will be taking place from 14–19 April 2024 at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), and will be in hybrid format. The organizing committee invites those interested to take an active part in organizing the scientific program of the conference -  they are calling for scientific sessions, Union Symposia, Great Debates, and Short Courses. The deadline for suggesting sessions is 14 September 2023. > Submit a session proposal

iii. Micropaleontological data survey

Lukas Jonkers, along with colleagues at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen and PANGAEA, are carrying out a pilot project funded by the German Science Foundation on handling data with complex semantic structure (NFDI4Earth). They invite interested participants to complete a survey designed to improve data standards in micropaleontological data. "As a community we are in the fortunate position that large amounts of microfossil data are publicly available in data repositories. This renders data Findable and Accessible. However, the remaining two aspects of FAIR data, Interoperable and Reusable remain challenging because we lack community-defined (meta)data standards and requirements. This reduces the reproducibility of research, renders synthesis cumbersome and has led to many errors in archived data sets." Read more and access the survey online here. If you are based in China, there are two alternative links you can use to complete the survey here and/or here

iv. 10th International Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR10)

Organizers of the 10th International Climate Change: The Karst Record (KR10) conference have announced that the next conference will be held on the African continent, for the first time, from 24–28 March 2025 at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. > Calendar 

v. Fourth World Congress of Environmental History

The World Congress on Environmental History will be taking place in Oulu, Finland, from 19–23 August 2024. The panels have already been approved and now they are open to paper proposals (deadline 18 September), which will be vetted by a program committee member and the two proposers. > Calendar 

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