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PAGES Newsletter December 2023

PAGES Newsletter December 2023

The December newsletter has many exciting announcements, including the Early-Career Award recipient for 2024, as well as the African and South American and Caribbean Fellowship Awardees for 2024. There is also a reminder that the Call for Sessions for the OSM in Shanghai, China, in 2025 is open, with a link to the brand new website. We also congratulate some working groups on being awarded an additional phase and highlight a range of interesting upcoming workshops. 

  1. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year - PAGES IPO closed
  2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
  3. PAGES Early-Career Award recipient: Oana Dumitru
  4. PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM): Call for sessions open
  5. PAGES Mobility Research Fellowship Programs
  6. Past Global Changes Magazine fall 2024
  7. Working group news
  8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
  9. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working groups' news
  10. Future Earth
  11. Other news and opportunities 

1. Happy holidays and Happy New Year - PAGES IPO closed

PAGES would like to wish the entire paleoscience community happy holidays and a very happy new year to those who will be celebrating. May 2024 be one of peace, and we wish you, your families and loved one’s, a happy and contented start to 2024. The PAGES IPO will also be closed from 22 December 2023 until 3 January 2024. Please bear with us if you are waiting for a reply to something in that time. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and EXCOM 

i. Congratulations to Zhimin Jian
Congratulations to Professor Zhimin Jian who has been elected Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). > Visit the CAS website

ii. Farewells and Welcomes
PAGES says thank you and bids farewell to Zhimin Jian, Co-Chair and EXCOM member. Shiling Yang will replace Zhimin Jian as EXCOM member starting 1 January 2024. Liping Zhou will replace Zhimin Jian as Co-Chair starting 1 January 2024. PAGES also says thank you and farewell to Emilie Capron, who will be rotating off the SSC at the end of this year. To both Zhimin and Emilie, we thank you for your dedication and wish you the very best. PAGES welcomes Natasha Barlow, Yair Rosenthal and Yan Zhao to the SSC from 1 January 2024. We look forward to working with you. The PAGES early-career network (ECN) has extended Juliana Nogueira’s tenure for another year.

iii. Become a PAGES SSC member
PAGES holds an annual call for applications from scientists to serve on its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). Scientists who serve on the SSC normally do so for a period of three years, with the potential of renewal for an additional term. The next deadline for applications will be on 11 March 2024. The SSC represents a broad spectrum of disciplines and nationalities, and includes scientists at different career stages. > More information 

3.  PAGES Early-Career Award recipient: Dr. Oana Dumitru

PAGES is delighted to announce that Oana Dumitru has been selected to receive the PAGES Early-Career Award (ECA) for her exceptional efforts as an early-career researcher. The ECA honors people in the early stages of their career for their engagement both within and beyond the scientific community. Oana's expertise in geochronology and geochemistry applied in paleoclimatology to improve knowledge on past global sea level within an interdisciplinary framework was especially recognized by the ECA Committee. > Read more 

4.  PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM): Call for sessions open

i. The PAGES' 7th OSM will be taking place from 21–24 May 2025 in Shanghai, China, and online. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) opened the Call for Sessions on 1 December 2023. The deadline to submit session proposals is 15 May 2024. > More information 

ii. The OSM & YSM website is also now live with further information about the upcoming event. > Visit the website 

5. PAGES Mobility Research Fellowship Programs

i. The next deadline for the mobility fellowship programs for Africa, as well as for South America and the Caribbean, will be on 15 August 2024. > More information 

ii. Congratulations to the following early-career researchers (ECRs) on being awarded a mobility fellowship for Africa in 2024: Andriantsilavo Hery Isandratana Razafimanantsoa, Asmae Baqloul, Haftom Berhane Taezaz, Kelvin Fella and Yacoub Abdallah Nassour. You can find out more about the fellows here

iii. Congratulations to the following ECRs on being awarded a mobility fellowship for South America and the Caribbean in 2024: Claudia Fontana, Constanza Belén Márquez Gajardo and Luciano Federico Varela Renda. You can find out more about the fellows here.

6. Past Global Changes Magazine fall 2024

Are you interested in scientific drilling applied to paleosciences? We are pleased to announce that the PAGES Magazine scheduled for the Northern Hemisphere fall of 2024 will focus on achievements of scientific drilling on different aspects of paleoscience. The issue will contain contributions about paleoclimate, paleoceanography, ecology and evolution of life from continental or ocean drilling records. The issue will be organized jointly with the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP), the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) and the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC), as well as IODP-China. More information will follow as this becomes available. > Access past issues 

7. Working group news

PAGES would like to congratulate CVAS , Floods WG , Human Traces and PALSEA on successfully being granted a new working group phase, and DiverseK on being granted an extension. Join the group mailing lists to stay up to date on the plans that each group has for their next phase.

i. 2k Network 

The 2k Network is planning a workshop and meeting in the UK in late August/early September 2024. Sign up to the 2k Network mailing list for updates and news. 

ii. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS)

CRIAS will be hosting its 6th workshop on "Climate and Migration: Historical and Present Perspectives" in Brno, Czech Republic, and online, from 3–4 June 2024. If you are interested in attending, please send an abstract and a short CV by 18 February 2024. > Calendar 

iii. Human Traces 

The next webinar in the Human Traces webinar series will take place on 22 February 2024 with Prof. Antony Brown (The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø University Museum): “From Lakes to Soils: Using SedaDNA to Track the Human Past”. > Calendar 

iv. Pliocene and Miocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales (PlioMioVAR)

Preprint available by Burton LE et al. on “The role of atmospheric CO2 in controlling patterns of sea surface temperature change during the Pliocene” in Climate of the Past. > Access the preprint 

v. Planetary Boundaries 

Members of the group met online on 1 December 2023 to finalize the conceptual diagram that links planetary boundaries to time-series data and set standardized case study hypotheses to make predictions more robust and comparable.  They concluded the meeting by outlining the statistical approaches to be undertaken, and charting the progress of the position paper. The next meeting will be in February 2024. The goal of the meeting is to share updates, finalize the position paper and plan the next steps. For more information, please contact Lindsey Gillson: and Kelly Kirsten:

vi. Disentangling climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems (Q-MARE)

The group is organizing a workshop on “Detecting, describing and disentangling pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystem” which will be taking place from 2–6 September 2024 in Crete, Greece, and online. This will be the last workshop (synthesis) in the working group plan, and it will address the third objective of Q-MARE: How can data from different sources be combined to inform environmental conservation targets and model marine ecosystems? > Calendar 

8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) 

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

Webinars available on the ECN website

All PAGES ECN webinars are now available to watch and follow on the ECN webpage. In addition to some great introductory videos on what the PAGES ECN is, and does, it includes the full list of webinars with titles such as “Mentoring to stimulate international collaborations”, “14C Laboratories and what they can do for ECRs” and “Publishing a Scientific Paper”, amongst many others. There are also links to a number of other webinars series. > Visit the webinars page 

9. 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 History Network (CHN) 

The December bulletin of events and publications in climate history are available to read online here

ii. Carbon in Peat on Earth through Time (C-PEAT)

a. PeatQuest
This initiative took shape during a workshop in May. The aim is to find the priority questions in peatland research. Using a collaborative research prioritization approach, the group is asking the peatland community what you think are the most crucial peatland research questions. These will then be ranked so that a priority list can be published to help guide peatland stakeholders "by suggesting future projects and showing important research topics and priorities for the next decade and beyond." The team is led by Alice Milner, Michelle McKeown, Monika Ruwaimana, Angela Gallego-Sala and Julie Loisel. Please feel free to share the survey among your contacts. > Access the survey by 12 January 2024 

b. MathPeat
The MathPeat Network, led by Matteo Icardi and David Large, has recently been funded by the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK) and is now officially underway. They are seeking people interested in joining this new group, with emphasis on early-career researchers. There will be monthly seminars and some workshops. More information can be found on their website

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

The second of the biannual newsletters has been published by DEEPICE. It announces some upcoming events, including the DEEPICE 4th annual meeting and Beyond EPICA Science meeting. There is also an update of the DEEPICE PhD projects, amongst many other items. > Access the newsletter 

iv. The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) 

The ICDP invites scientists from upcoming scientific drilling projects to apply for the ICDP Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling taking place from 12–17 May 2024 at the Geocenter KTB in Windischeschenbach (Germany). The course is recommended for early-career researchers, including master and doctorate students and postdocs involved in the running of upcoming scientific drilling. Deadline for application is 1 January 2024. > More information 

v. LandCover6k 

A new paper has been published by Li F et al. in Frontiers in Plant Science on “Evaluation of relative pollen productivities in temperate China for reliable pollen based quantitative reconstructions of Holocene plant cover”. > Access the article 


The recording of the VARVES WG seminar with Saija Saran on "Seasonal signal in varve structures - lessons learned from Finnish records" is available to watch on the VARVES YouTube channel. > Watch

vii. Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) 

The PMIP-carbon team is organizing a 1-day hybrid workshop planned back-to-back with EGU (either 14 or 20 April 2024). "The CMIP7 phase will be starting soon and there seems to be a window of opportunity for protocol papers next year. In order to extend activities associated with the multimodel comparison of coupled climate-carbon simulations during the last glacial cycle, we would like to write a GMD-type protocol paper focusing on key questions and guidelines specific to the carbon cycle. A few potential recommendations have been mentioned in Lhardy et al. Paleoceanography, 2021, and Bouttes et al. PAGES, 2021, but we think a larger community consultation is needed in order to: (1) define key scientific questions and experiments to be prioritized during the CMIP7/PMIP5 phase; (2) assess feasibility of various simulations; discuss challenges, barriers and facilitators, in view of reaching the best compromise between a shared experimental design and maximum inclusiveness for models of various complexity; (3) establish a long-term strategy to extend the PMIP-carbon project to target various periods and the role of different ESMs components (e.g. permafrost, sediments, river inputs, etc.). If you are interested in participating in this event (either in-person or online), please contact the PMIP-carbon team or fill in your name and info in the table of (potential) participants". > Access table

 10. Future Earth 

i. Read the November newsletter 

ii. Deadline extended for the SRI/SSD2024 Call for Contributions 
The deadline has been extended to 20 December 2023 due to demand and the busy season. Submissions from diverse groups working "to accelerate sustainability transformations, including those from the research sector, government, business, and civil society" are welcome to submit a contribution. The Call also invites proposals for the SRI2024 Satellite Event in Africa. > Details 

iii. First National Nature Assessment (NNA1) by the US Global Change Research Program
In coordination with the US Department of the Interior, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is seeking author nominations and scientific/technical inputs for the First National Nature Assessment (NNA1). The USGCRP Public Contribution System will accept author nominations until 4 January 2024. The scope of NNA1 is "to assess the status, observed trends, and future projections of America's lands, waters, wildlife, biodiversity, and ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including connections to the economy, public health, equity, climate mitigation and adaptation, and national security". > Details 

iv. Funding Opportunities 
Please consider applying for the various open funding opportunities (PEGASUS 5.1.1: ‘Take-it-Further’ Grants Program - deadline 15 February 2024,  PEGASUS 6: Risk, Response, and Responsibility Research Program - deadline 15 February 2024, Cross-Cutting Initiatives Grant Program - deadline 31 March 2024, Inclusivity and Diversity Participation - ongoing deadline). > Further information 

v. Sign the COP28 statement
Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme have convened a statement from scientists around the world in response to comments regarding fossil fuel phaseout pathways at COP28. Read the full statement here

vi. Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Calls
The second external review of two IPBES assessments is currently in preparation: "The second draft of the chapters and the first draft of the summary for policymakers of the thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessment) will be open for external review from 20 November 2023 to 14 January 2024 (8 weeks); The second draft of the chapters and the first draft of the summary for policymakers of the thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity (transformative change assessment) will be open for external review from 4 December 2023 to 28 January 2024 (8 weeks)." > More information 

11. Other news & opportunities

i. Mountain Research Initiative  
> Newsletter November

ii. The global and multidisciplinary research project Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS
> Newsletter December 

iii. 22nd Swiss Climate Summer School
The PAGES endorsed Swiss Climate Summer School will be taking place from 1–6 September 2024 in Grindelwald, Switzerland, and will be held under the theme "Climate Change: From the Dawn of the Anthropocene to Options for the Future". The course will cover topics on "Current climate change: What is detected and attributed? Past climate change: How unusual is the present? The science-policy interface: Has it worked? Many futures ahead: What options remain?". The summer school is open to PhD students and postdocs. Deadline for applications is 15 January 2024. > Calendar

iv. 35th International Geographical Congress (IGC)
The 35th IGC will be taking place from 24–30 August 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. The theme of the congress is “Celebrating a World of Difference”.  The call for abstracts is now open and will close on 12 January 2024. > Calendar

v. Beyond-EPICA Oldest Ice Core (BE OI) seminar series: Southern ocean circulation and biogeochemistry across the MPT
The next online seminar in the EU Beyond-EPICA Oldest Ice Core (BE OI) project, with co-chairs of the BE OI Climate and Carbon Cycle feedback Consortium, will take place tomorrow, 14 December 2023. This seminar will cover "Southern ocean circulation and biogeochemistry across the MPT" with Heather Ford (Queen Mary University of London) talking about "The mid-Pleistocene Transition Thermohaline Circulation Crisis" and Alfredo Martinez-Garcia (MPI for Chemistry, Mainz) on "The Southern Ocean Biological Carbon Pump across the Middle Pleistocene Climate Transition". > Calendar 

vi. EGU General Assembly 2024
The EGU24 will be taking place from 14–19 April 2024 in Vienna, Austria. The call for abstracts closes on 10 January 2024. There are a number of PAGES sponsored, endorsed and working group sessions taking place, including CVAS on "Climate Variability Across Scales", Floods WG on "Flood trends in cultural riverine landscapes. Reconstruction and simulation of temporal and spatial patterns of past floods, atmospheric variability and human action", SISAL on "Speleothem and karst records - Reconstructing terrestrial climatic and environmental change", QUIGS on "Glacial/Interglacial variability over the last 1.5 Myr", and VICS on "Volcano-climate impacts and the stratospheric aerosol layer". If your PAGES working group is hosting a session, please do let the PAGES IPO know via email (, so we can add your session to the calendar. > Calendar 

vii. Tephra workshop
The IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior) will be organizing an international conference from 8–15 September 2024 in Catania, Sicily. The three themes include: Tephrostratigraphy and Tephrochronology, Tephra and Climate, and Tephra and Volcanology. > Calendar 

viii. paleoCAMP - Paleoclimate Training in Climate Archives, Models, and Proxies
paleoCAMP is a 2-week summer school for graduate students in paleoclimatology, hosted at a rotating location in the American West. The next paleoCAMP will take place at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, a University of California facility, from 18 June – 1 July 2024. Applications are now open and those interested must apply by 12 January 2024. > Calendar 

ix. Pal(a)eoPERCS webinar series
Specifically designed to showcase the research of early-career researchers in paleontology, ecology, oceanography, climate, etc., Pal(a)eoPERCS (Pal(a)eo EaRly Career Seminar is a virtual seminar series which is live streamed, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. The next seminar will be taking place on 30 January 2024 with Parth Shah on "Late Holocene climate reconstruction from the southern Arabia: A tale of two monsoons and two lakes". > Calendar 

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