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PAGES Newsletter February 2024

PAGES Newsletter February 2024

In the PAGES February newsletter, there is a reminder about the upcoming deadline for new working group applications, workshop support and Data Stewardship Scholarship applications. In addition, the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) applications deadline is also just around the corner. PAGES working groups CRIAS, DiverseK, Human Traces, PALSEA-Next, Planetary Boundaries and Q-MARE all have news to share about upcoming events, and updates on the group’s activities.

  1. Next deadline for new working groups and workshop/meeting support: 4 March
  2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) applications deadline: 11 March 
  3. PAGES Q&A session at EGU24
  4. Order a hard copy of PAGES Magazine: (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami science
  5. PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM): Call for sessions open 
  6. PAGES Mobility Fellowships
  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. Next deadline for new working groups and workshop/meeting support

a. The deadline for new working groups, working groups wishing to apply for a new phase, meeting and/or workshop support, and Data Stewardship Scholarships (DSS) is 4 March. The DSS applications are only open to PAGES working groups. Please remember to contact an SSC member at least two weeks prior to submission of applications. 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 Northern Hemisphere Fall 2024. > More information
b. Please note that all applications must be completed online through the relevant webform. However, the online forms will time-out after 1 hour. To avoid loss of data, we advise you to prepare your proposal offline using the relevant template (MS Word) which can be found on the page with the webforms, and then copy-paste text blocks into the webform directly. The templates and webforms for workshop/meeting support have recently been updated, so please be sure you are using the right template before submitting the data into the webform. 

2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) applications deadline 

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 is 11 March. The SSC represents a broad spectrum of disciplines and nationalities, and includes scientists at different career stages. > More information 

3. PAGES Q&A session at EGU24

a. The EGU24 will be taking place from 14–19 April 2024 in Vienna, Austria. PAGES Executive Director, Marie-France Loutre, and PAGES Science Officer, Iván Hernández-Almeida, will be attending the conference and invite all those interested in past global changes to attend a PAGES Q&A splinter meeting session. Participants are welcome to come and ask any questions about PAGES-related activities. We hope to make you more familiar with PAGES and look forward to meeting new people, and seeing “old” friends. The meeting will take place in Room 2.43 on Wednesday, 17 April, from 16:15–18:00 local time. If you have any questions about this meeting, please feel free to email us: 
b. There will be 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". > Calendar 

4. Order a hard copy of PAGES Magazine: (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami Science 

The next Special Issue of the PAGES Magazine on (Paleo)-Earthquakes and -Tsunamis coming out in Northern Hemisphere Spring 2024 will include articles combining multiple approaches to identify (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami records, precisely dating these events, and assessing the impact on the environment, and/or human societies. If you are interested in receiving a free hard copy of this issue guest edited by Katrina Kremer, Michael Strupler, Katleen Wils, Renaldo Gastineau, Tatiana Izquierdo and Iván Hernández-Almeida, please be sure to complete the online webform by 22 April. Please note that this is the only way to ensure you receive a hard copy of the magazine. > Order a free hard copy 

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

The PAGES' 7th OSM will be taking place from 21–24 May 2025 in Shanghai, China, and online. You can find out a bit more about the OSM and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) here. The Call for Sessions is open and the deadline to submit session proposals is 15 May. > More information 

6. PAGES Mobility Fellowships

In 2021, PAGES launched both an Inter-Africa Mobility Research Fellowship Program for African arly-career researchers (ECRS) and the International Mobility Research Fellowship Program for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ECRs. These mobility fellowships aim to contribute to the development of collaborative research and the promotion of paleoscience networks in the African and LAC regions. The fellowships support ECRs studying past global changes to pursue research or collaborations at another institution or lab in those regions, i.e. African ECRs in an African country to another African country, and LAC ECRs in a LAC country to another LAC country. The deadline for applications is 15 August. > More information

7. Working group news

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

The upcoming workshop "Climate and Migration: Historical and Present Perspectives" will be taking place in Brno, Czech Republic, from 3–4 June. The meeting aims to "initiate new research activities on mobility and climate, share viewpoints and experience, support new international collaborations among researchers, and define research goals. In addition, the meeting will plan the working group’s next activities and publications". The deadline for abstracts is 18 February. > Calendar

ii. DiverseK 

DiverseK has welcomed two new Steering Committee (SC) members: Laurent Marquer and Michal Slowinski. In addition, the recent DiverseK SC unanimously decided to welcome two new members to the working group at large: Dr. Wu Jing  and Dr. Xu Deke. This decision came as a result of these members’ active participation and valuable contributions to DiverseK's activities in China, including the DiverseK workshop in Beijing, May 2023. The SC members firmly believe that their expertise and dedication will greatly benefit the group and help achieve the goals more effectively.

iii. Human Traces 

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

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

The upcoming Q-MARE workshop on "Detecting, describing and disentangling pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystem" will be taking place from 2–6 September in Crete, Greece, and online. The preliminary program is now available to peruse, as well as a flyer for sharing amongst your networks. Early-career researchers (ECRs) who wish to apply for financial assistance are requested to apply by sending a short CV and motivation to by 31 March. > Calendar 

v. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA-Next)

Save the date for the first PALSEA-Next meeting which will be taking place from 26–28 August at the University of California in Santa Barbara (USA). The goals of this first PALSEA-Next meeting are "to bridge different research disciplines to address shared research questions related to the response of past ice sheets and sea level to changing climate". Abstract submission will open at the end of February and close at the end of April. Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates. Registration is anticipated to cost about 100 USD and there will be grants to cover the inscription fees and the housing costs of 20 early-career researchers. More details will be available in the next announcement. > Calendar 

vi. Planetary Boundaries Working Group 

The members of the Planetary Boundaries Working Group met online on 7 February to finalize the selected case studies and look at their contribution to the overarching theme of planetary boundaries and safe operating spaces. A postdoctoral Carnegie fellow, Sabine Prader, has joined the working group and will begin the quantitative analyses for the individual sites that researchers are willing to share. The meeting was concluded by discussing the prospects of presenting the working group's progress at the South African conference, Fynbos Forum. The next meeting will be in April 2024. The goal of the meeting is to share updates, gather case study data, and plan the next steps.

8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN

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ECN webinar announcements

If you have ideas for a webinar and want to organize it for the PAGES ECN, please reach out to the webinar cluster: For an overview of past webinars, visit the website

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

In the February bulletin, readers can find information on a call for papers for the upcoming PAGES CRIAS working group workshop, a number of upcoming events and new publications. > Bulletin 

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

a. After requesting those interested to participate in PeatQuest, a global survey that aims at identifying the types of questions at the forefront of peatland science and management, the group has shared that they have received over 600 questions from approximately 300 respondents. However, they have found that some country respondents are underrepresented, including the USA, Canada, and Indonesia. The group would like to encourage respondents from these countries, in particular, to submit their questions. The new deadline is 16 February. > Participate in the survey 
b. The virtual peat pavilion at COP28 is available for viewing. > Visit the virtual pavilion 

iii. Varves WG

The 13th online seminar which took place on 18 January with Dr. Chris Halstead on “The new North America Varve Chronology: History, calibration, and chronological applications” is available to watch on the Varves YouTube channel. > Watch recording 

iv. Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP

The next PMIP WINGS (Web-based INteractive Global Seminars) will be taking place on 21 February at 09:00 JST - Japanese Standard Time (00:00 UTC) with Dr. Gabriel Pontes (CCRC and ACEAS of the University of New South Wales, Australia) on ‘ENSO sensitivity to background states: lessons from a multi-climate analysis’ and Dr. Yasuto Watanabe (Meteorological Research Institute of Japan Meteorological Agency) on ‘Drivers of the 41-kyr glacial cycles during the early Pleistocene’  > Calendar 

10. Future Earth 
i. Read the January newsletter 

ii. Funding Opportunities with upcoming deadlines 
Please consider applying for the various open funding opportunities (deadlines have been extended) available on the Future Earth platform: PEGASUS 5.1.1: ‘Take-it-Further’ Grants Program (deadline 15 February) - Contact:; PEGASUS 6: Risk, Response, and Responsibility Research Program (deadline 15 February) Contact: and; Cross-Cutting Initiatives Grant Program (next deadline 31 March); Inclusivity and Diversity Participation (ongoing deadline).

iii. Sustainability Research & Innovation/ Sustainability Science Days  (SRI/SSD2024)
Registration for the SRI/SSD2024 is now open. The event will take place in Helsinki and Espoo in Finland, and online, from 10–14 June. The deadline for early-bird rates has been extended to is 30 March. > Register 

iv. Tipping points discussion series
This online series, convened by AIMES, Future Earth, Earth Commission and WCRP "aims to advance the knowledge about tipping points, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. It supports efforts to increase consistency in treatment of tipping points in the scientific community, develop a research agenda, and design joint experiments and ideas for a Tipping Point Modelling Intercomparison Project (TIPMIP)." The next event will take place on 22 February from 15:00–16:30 UTC (Online) on "Sea Ice" with presentations by Dirk Notz (University of Hamburg) and Marilyn Raphael (University of California). It will be moderated by François Massonnet (UC Louvain). > Register 

v. Future Earth French hub annual report

In 2023 the French hub of Future Earth produced its annual report in a new format in order to be able to share it with the extended community, and thus better communicate their objectives and activities. The report can be found at the link here

11. Other news & opportunities

i. Mountain Research Initiative 
Newsletter January 2024

ii. SCAR Open Science Conference 2024
The SCAR Open Science Conference 2024: "Antarctic Science: Crossroads for a New Hope" will take place from 19–23 August in Pucón, Chile. The conference aims to not only advance our understanding of Antarctica, "but also, on discussing its interface with critical issues like the climate crisis and its global impacts." The deadline for workshop proposals is 29 February, and for abstracts is 4 March. > Calendar  

iii. LinkedEarth
“Over the past 8 years, LinkedEarth has aimed to facilitate the work of paleoclimatologists through the development of data standards, software and computational narratives, as well as training activities (in-person and online). Many of these innovations were driven by PAGES data synthesis projects, most notably PAGES 2k and its descendants (Iso2k, CoralHydro2k)”. The LinkedEarth team is now looking for input from the paleoscience community on how useful the LinkedEarth tools have been in the past, and where you would like to see LinkedEarth going in the future. They encourage you to please take a moment to complete the form, and to share this link with your network. > Go to form 

iv. ESO - European School on Ostracoda
The PAGES-supported European School on Ostracoda (ESO) is organizing a five-day course from 18–22 March in Patras, Greece. The course is designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of ostracod taxonomy, (paleo)ecology, biodiversity, geological history, and applied biostratigraphy. It is specifically aimed at young scientists and industrial professionals engaged in micropaleontology, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, biology, and environmental applications. Registration is still open. > Details 

v. INTIMATE Colloquium
The INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial records) Colloquium will be taking place from 7–8 May at GFZ-Potsdam (Germany). On 7 May, there will be a farewell to celebrate Varves WG colleague Achim Brauer before retirement. Register for the colloquium. If you wish to present your work, or would like further information/ details, please contact and

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