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Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)

The workshop is an initiative of the Association of Applied Geography GEOCONCEPT, endorsed by Past Global Changes (PAGES), Mountain Research Initiative and the Carpathian Convention and will be hosted in a traditional village in the picturesque region of Maramures (Transylvania). This area of Romania is well known for its ancient wood-carving culture and uniquely preserved agro-forest-pastoral landscapes and nature, as well as for its amazing food, traditional music and dancing.

In the 4th edition of this PAGES-supported meeting, we propose an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific event focusing on climate and environmental changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region since the Last Glacial Maximum. We envisage that this workshop will provide more insight into the most recent advances in paleosciences and help enhance regional collaboration in research, which is still understated, albeit significant steps have been taken in recent years.

CBPW20 can be regarded as a follow-up event on the previous PAGES-supported workshops organized by our team in 2011, 2014 and 2016, which have provided a good framework for sharing research and collaboration for further investigation of the Carpathian-Lower Danube-Balkan region.

  • Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)

Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global

To coincide with PAGES' annual SSC meeting, PAGES will host a symposium addressing various aspects of paleoclimatology for the Central and Eastern European paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental community.

Structure and program

This meeting will be open for participation to anyone from the regional past global change community. If you wish to apply for an oral presentation slot or poster space please submit an abstract (visit registration).

Key speakers will be invited and oral presentations and posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee.

Dates

Saturday 21-Sunday 22 May: SSC Meeting (for PAGES SSC and invited guests).
Monday 23-Tuesday 24 May: Paleoscience Symposium.
Monday 23 May: Conference dinner - optional.
Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 May: Field trips / Excursions (for anyone interested).

 

PAGES SSC info: http://www.pages-igbp.org/about/structure/scientific-steering-committee



Venue

Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

Venue info: http://www.usamvcluj.ro/eng

 

Sessions
Session 1: Coordinated Global change research

The purpose of this session is to present the international research platforms Future Earth (of which PAGES is a core project) and WCRP (a PAGES partner), and the activities of PAGES itself. This session is also open to other contributions relevant to the theme of the symposium.

Session 2: The climate system from a paleo perspective

This session welcomes papers about research on the dynamics of the climate system from both the modeling and proxy data point of view. It includes global or regional climate modeling, with a special focus on Southeastern Europe.

Session 3: Landscapes, biota and biosphere interactions

The focus of this session is on biotic interactions and ecosystem variability in the past. It addresses the interactions within the biosphere system (in the broad sense), between the biosphere and the climate systems, as well as their feedbacks both from an observational and a modeling point of view. Papers on vegetation history and biotic response to climate in the past, in particular at the regional level, are also welcome.

Session 4: Interactions between humans and the environment

This session covers long-term environmental changes due to (at least partly) human activities and the societal impacts of these environmental changes. Regional case studies are particularly encouraged.

Session 5: Outreach - communicating past global change research to stakeholders

This session is dedicated to the question of how paleoscience can interact and communicate with stakeholders. Case studies, where results of paleo work were used by stakeholders, are welcome.

Session 6: Thresholds and extremes as examples of PAGES’ integrative activities

This session aims to highlight activities that provide insight into the future through the study of extreme events and thresholds in the past, their early detection, assessment of risk and the probability of occurrence.

Abstract submission and registration
The abstract submission and registration portal is open (putem pune un link here).

The registration fees (200 Euro) will cover meeting entry, coffee breaks, accommodation, meals and the conference dinner. Participants will need to cover the costs of their transport.

The excursion fees is 50 Euro and will be organized in the Apuseni Mountains Apuseni Mts info: http://www.parcapuseni.ro

 

Financial support is available (see at registration).


Deadlines

Abstract submissions and applications for financial support: 1 April 2016
Symposium registration: 1 May 2016
Confirmation of attendance at conference dinner and excursions: 1 Aprilie 2016


Outreach event

An event involving the local community is being planned.

Symposium Scientific Committee

Dr Marcel Mindrescu (marcel.mindrescu@gmail.com) –Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (Local Organizer)

Dr Daniel Veres (daniel.veres@ubbcluj.ro)- Institute of Speleology, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Local Organizer)

Dr Marie-France Loutre (marie-france.loutre@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

Dr Lucien von Gunten (lucien.vongunten@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

Dr. Sherilyn Fritz (sfritz2@unl.edu)- USA (PAGES SSC Member)

Dr. Michal Kucera (mkucera@marum.de) - Germany (PAGES SSC Member)

 

Organizing Committee

Ionela Grădinaru (ionela.gradinaru@gmail.com) - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (General Secretary)

Dănuț Petrea - Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Andrei Zamosteanu - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania


  • Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020

    The workshop is an initiative of the Association of Applied Geography GEOCONCEPT, endorsed by Past Global Changes (PAGES), Mountain Research Initiative and the Carpathian Convention and will be hosted in a traditional village in the picturesque region of Maramures (Transylvania). This area of Romania is well known for its ancient wood-carving culture and uniquely preserved agro-forest-pastoral landscapes and nature, as well as for its amazing food, traditional music and dancing.

    In the 4th edition of this PAGES-supported meeting, we propose an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific event focusing on climate and environmental changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region since the Last Glacial Maximum. We envisage that this workshop will provide more insight into the most recent advances in paleosciences and help enhance regional collaboration in research, which is still understated, albeit significant steps have been taken in recent years.

    CBPW20 can be regarded as a follow-up event on the previous PAGES-supported workshops organized by our team in 2011, 2014 and 2016, which have provided a good framework for sharing research and collaboration for further investigation of the Carpathian-Lower Danube-Balkan region.

  • Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global

    August 31, 2019 – September 4, 2019


    To coincide with PAGES' annual SSC meeting, PAGES will host a symposium addressing various aspects of paleoclimatology for the Central and Eastern European paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental community.

    Structure and program

    This meeting will be open for participation to anyone from the regional past global change community. If you wish to apply for an oral presentation slot or poster space please submit an abstract (visit registration).

    Key speakers will be invited and oral presentations and posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee.

    Dates

    Saturday 21-Sunday 22 May: SSC Meeting (for PAGES SSC and invited guests).
    Monday 23-Tuesday 24 May: Paleoscience Symposium.
    Monday 23 May: Conference dinner - optional.
    Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 May: Field trips / Excursions (for anyone interested).

     

    PAGES SSC info: http://www.pages-igbp.org/about/structure/scientific-steering-committee



    Venue

    Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

    University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

    Venue info: http://www.usamvcluj.ro/eng

     

    Sessions
    Session 1: Coordinated Global change research

    The purpose of this session is to present the international research platforms Future Earth (of which PAGES is a core project) and WCRP (a PAGES partner), and the activities of PAGES itself. This session is also open to other contributions relevant to the theme of the symposium.

    Session 2: The climate system from a paleo perspective

    This session welcomes papers about research on the dynamics of the climate system from both the modeling and proxy data point of view. It includes global or regional climate modeling, with a special focus on Southeastern Europe.

    Session 3: Landscapes, biota and biosphere interactions

    The focus of this session is on biotic interactions and ecosystem variability in the past. It addresses the interactions within the biosphere system (in the broad sense), between the biosphere and the climate systems, as well as their feedbacks both from an observational and a modeling point of view. Papers on vegetation history and biotic response to climate in the past, in particular at the regional level, are also welcome.

    Session 4: Interactions between humans and the environment

    This session covers long-term environmental changes due to (at least partly) human activities and the societal impacts of these environmental changes. Regional case studies are particularly encouraged.

    Session 5: Outreach - communicating past global change research to stakeholders

    This session is dedicated to the question of how paleoscience can interact and communicate with stakeholders. Case studies, where results of paleo work were used by stakeholders, are welcome.

    Session 6: Thresholds and extremes as examples of PAGES’ integrative activities

    This session aims to highlight activities that provide insight into the future through the study of extreme events and thresholds in the past, their early detection, assessment of risk and the probability of occurrence.

    Abstract submission and registration
    The abstract submission and registration portal is open.

    You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations (4000 to a maximum of 8000 words). Use the A4 page size and font type Times New Roman, size 12 pts. Please use color figures, images and tables. Author’s affiliations and their email addresses are required. The presenting author’s name should be mentioned.

    The registration fee (200 Euro) will cover meeting entry, coffee breaks, accommodation, meals and the conference dinner. Participants will need to cover the costs of their transport.

    The excursion fee is 70 Euro and will be organized in the Apuseni Mountains Apuseni Mts info: http://www.parcapuseni.ro

     

    Financial support is available (see at registration).


    Deadlines

    Abstract submissions and applications for financial support: 1 April 2016
    Symposium registration: 1 May 2016
    Confirmation of attendance at conference dinner and excursions: 1 Aprilie 2016


    Outreach event

    An event involving the local community is being planned.

    Symposium Scientific Committee

    Dr Marcel Mindrescu (marcel.mindrescu@gmail.com) –Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (Local Organizer)

    Dr Daniel Veres (daniel.veres@ubbcluj.ro)- Institute of Speleology, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Local Organizer)

    Dr Marie-France Loutre (marie-france.loutre@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

    Dr Lucien von Gunten (lucien.vongunten@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

    Dr. Sherilyn Fritz (sfritz2@unl.edu)- USA (PAGES SSC Member)

    Dr. Michal Kucera (mkucera@marum.de) - Germany (PAGES SSC Member)

     

    Organizing Committee

    Ionela Grădinaru (ionela.gradinaru@gmail.com) - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (General Secretary)

    Dănuț Petrea - Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Andrei Zamosteanu - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania.

     

    Sponsoring Organizations



    Sources of support





Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region

Chairman:

Dr Marcel Mindrescu (University of Succeava, Department of Geography)

Deputy Chairmen:

Dr Daniel VERES (ISER and Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca)

Dr Dan PETREA (Babes-Bolyai University,Cluj-Napoca)

Scientific committee:

Scientific Secretaries:

Ionela GRĂDINARU (University of Suceava, Department of Geography)

Gabriela FLORESCU (University of Suceava, Department of Geography)

Aritina HALIUC (University of Suceava, Department of Geography)

Andrei ZAMOSTEANU (University of Suceava, Department of Geography)

Location:

UNIVERSITY BABEȘ-BOLYAI CLUJ NAPOCA, GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT, ROMANIA

Date(s):

6-9 November 2014

Topic of workshop:

We proposal an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific workshop on

changes of climate and environment in the Carpathain-Balkan region since the last glacial. The workshop aims to start collection of data and evidence from the region to produce a major synthesis. Furthermore, the workshop aims for international collaboration to promote science and researchers in the region. The workshop is a follow up on a fist PAGES-supported workshop in 2011 and should be regarded as the framework for further investigations of the hitherto neglected Carpathian – Lower Danube - Balkan region.

Timescales covered:

Late Pleistocene and Holocene. The timescale goal of the workshop is to synthesize data from multi-proxy evidences with a focus on the Last Termination (ca 22–11.5 ka) and Holocene for climate reconstruction

Overview:

The Carpathian-Balkan region is one of the main transitional climatic zones in Europe, lying at the very contact between Mediterranean and Black Sea air masses, the Eastern Steppes and Atlantic-influenced area. Thus, main questions are how climate and the environment have varied in the Carpathian-Balkan area and what is its role in the larger in the larger regional interplay.

These question have yet to be answered; whereas abundant palaeoclimatic evidence is available regarding the North Atlantic and Western Europe, in Southeastern Europe research data is at best scarce, albeit recently palaeoenvironmental research in the region became more dynamic, with local researchers establishing links with foreign scientific organisations for long term collaborations. The motivation of the event is to promote paleoscientific advances in southeastern Europe by increasing the accessibility to high level international meetings for eastern European researchers and especially by involving young researchers in that process.

The main goal is to make a significant contribution for the scientific community in the Carpathian-Balkan area, despite its economic problems, and to attract researchers from countries which are less visible on the geoscience community map, such as Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Ukraine. The presentations sessions will be ensued by roundtable discussions open to all the participants in the event, as well as archive-specific (e.g. Glaciation, paleolimnology etc.) breakout groups, which will establish database strategies and future priorities for interdisciplinary research in the region. Our objectives are:

1. to create a Carpathain-Balkan Working Group (CBWG) as a framework of collaboration in palaeoclimatic reconstruction throughout the Carpathian-Balkan countries, based on the principle “the past is key of future”

2. to create a database comprising of a number of relevant multiproxies at regional scale. Some of this work on the following archives has already been initiated:

Glacial cirques and glacial deposits from mountain areas (in charge: Marcel Mindrescu), lake sediment records, cave records proxies and river terraces.

3. to create a bridge between experienced researchers and young researchers, and to review the outcome of such collaborations initiated in 2011 in Suceava.

4. to publish the valuable contributions to the workshop in a dedicated volume of an international journal

5. to discuss a framework of possible future collaboration and synergies of the group, e.g. by initiating a joint research project by using the Horizon 2020, organizing summer schools and coordinated field research with shared field equipment, and proposing a PAGES working group on Climate change in the Carpathian-Balkan area.

We believe it is necessary to preserve the momentum we gained during the previous years by organizing similar events and persevere in creating a network of scientists interested in the Carpathian-Balkan region (from local to international scale), which still remains rather understudied, particularly in terms of its potential for climate reconstructions. We intend to take all the necessary steps to ensure that this workshop will continue in the future, by creating scientifically valuable output and further applying to obtain financial endorsement.

Relevance to PAGES Foci and Cross-Cutting Themes:

Our workshop will focus on Long-Term Climate Reconstruction and Dynamics in Southeastern Europe (Carpathian-Balkan region), comprising of several topics, such as mountain glaciation, palaeolimnology/lake sediments, cave records, vegetation history, river terraces, dendrochronology, loess and palaeosoil, sea level changes, palaeoecology, palaeobotany and climate change modelling. We strongly believe this region can provide key evidence to understand rapid climate variability in the continental interior and we envisage that the workshop will produce detailed palaeoclimatological data for i) elucidating the pattern of climate change in Southeastern Europe compared to the first-order climatic signals in the North Atlantic, and ii) provide high-quality data necessary for modeling and correlation with other records.

Planned products of workshop:

- In the long term we intend to create a regional data base of multi-proxy evidences right during the workshop and to create several working sub-groups each mentored by a recognized specialist in the respective fields (see the list of keynote speakers/mentors/lecturers).

- Our short term goal is to produce a second special issue of an international journal focused on the Carpathian-Balkan region.

- A new website dedicated to the event will be built as part of the Georeview online scientific platform (http://georeview.ro), where the new databases will be available.

- The live webcast of the workshop will also be available for any member of the scientific community interested in the workshop proceedings.

- Information on the workshop, as well as reports on its outcome and follow-up will be published in the PAGES newsletter (Pages News) and the MRI regional research networks newsletters, in S4C (Science for Carpathians), SEEmore (South Eastern European Mountain Research Network) and on the Georeview online platform.

Keynote speakers:

 

 

  • Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global

    May 23, 2016 – May 24, 2016


    To coincide with PAGES' annual SSC meeting, PAGES will host a symposium addressing various aspects of paleoclimatology for the Central and Eastern European paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental community.


    Structure and program

    This meeting will be open for participation to anyone from the regional past global change community. If you wish to apply for an oral presentation slot or poster space please submit an abstract (visit registration).

    Key speakers will be invited and oral presentations and posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee.


    Dates

    Saturday 21-Sunday 22 May: SSC Meeting (for PAGES SSC and invited guests).
    Monday 23-Tuesday 24 May: Paleoscience Symposium.
    Monday 23 May: Conference dinner - optional.
    Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 May: Field trips / Excursion (for anyone interested).

     

    PAGES SSC info: http://www.pages-igbp.org/about/structure/scientific-steering-committee


    Venue

    Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania

    University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

    Venue info: http://www.usamvcluj.ro/eng

     

    Sessions
    Session 1: Coordinated Global change research

    The purpose of this session is to present the international research platforms Future Earth (of which PAGES is a core project) and WCRP (a PAGES partner), and the activities of PAGES itself. This session is also open to other contributions relevant to the theme of the symposium.

    Session 2: The climate system from a paleo perspective

    This session welcomes papers about research on the dynamics of the climate system from both the modeling and proxy data point of view. It includes global or regional climate modeling, with a special focus on Southeastern Europe.

    Session 3: Landscapes, biota and biosphere interactions

    The focus of this session is on biotic interactions and ecosystem variability in the past. It addresses the interactions within the biosphere system (in the broad sense), between the biosphere and the climate systems, as well as their feedbacks both from an observational and a modeling point of view. Papers on vegetation history and biotic response to climate in the past, in particular at the regional level, are also welcome.

    Session 4: Interactions between humans and the environment

    This session covers long-term environmental changes due to (at least partly) human activities and the societal impacts of these environmental changes. Regional case studies are particularly encouraged.

    Session 5: Outreach - communicating past global change research to stakeholders

    This session is dedicated to the question of how paleoscience can interact and communicate with stakeholders. Case studies, where results of paleo work were used by stakeholders, are welcome.

    Session 6: Thresholds and extremes as examples of PAGES’ integrative activities

    This session aims to highlight activities that provide insight into the future through the study of extreme events and thresholds in the past, their early detection, assessment of risk and the probability of occurrence.

    Outreach event

    An event involving the local community is being planned.



    Abstract submission and registration
    The abstract submission and registration portal is open.

    http://georeview.ro/ocs/index.php/late-pleistocene-and-holocene/central-and-eastern-europe-pa/schedConf/registration

    You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations (300  to a maximum of 1000 words). Use the A4 page size and font type Times New Roman, size 12 pts. Please use color figures, images and tables. Author’s affiliations and their email addresses are required. The presenting author’s name should be mentioned.

    The registration fee (200 Euro) will cover meeting entry, coffee breaks, accommodation, meals and the conference dinner. Participants will need to cover the costs of their transport.

    Financial support is available (see at registration).



    Field trip

    The excursion fee is 70 Euro and the trip will be organized in the Apuseni Mountains. The fee will cover the costs for transportation, accommodation and meals (dinner, breakfast and snacks).

     

    The field trip is a two-day event (25 and 26 May 2016). The participants will leave the hotel in Cluj-Napoca on Wednesday morning and will travel for two days in the Apuseni Mountains (http://www.parcapuseni.ro) visiting UNESCO sites, caves with palaeoclimatological potential, gorges, karst landscapes, and enjoying traditional Transylvanian architecture and Romanian cuisine.

    In the evening of 26 May 2016, the participants will return to Cluj-Napoca.

    Those who require accommodation for an extra night in Cluj-Napoca (26 May) need to inform us in advance so that we may arrange for this service.


    Deadlines

    Abstract submissions and applications for financial support: 21 March 2016
    Symposium registration: 1 April 2016
    Confirmation of attendance at conference dinner and excursions: 1 April 2016


    Symposium Scientific Committee

    Dr Marcel Mindrescu (marcel.mindrescu@gmail.com) –Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (Local Organizer)

    Dr Daniel Veres (daniel.veres@ubbcluj.ro)- Institute of Speleology, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (Local Organizer)

    Dr Marie-France Loutre (marie-france.loutre@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

    Dr Lucien von Gunten (lucien.vongunten@pages.unibe.ch) - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland

    Dr. Sherilyn Fritz (sfritz2@unl.edu)- USA (PAGES SSC Member)

    Dr. Hubertus Fischer (hubertus.fischer@climate.unibe.ch) Switzerland (PAGES SSC Member

    Dr. Michal Kucera (mkucera@marum.de) - Germany (PAGES SSC Member)

     

    Organizing Committee

    Ionela Grădinaru (ionela.gradinaru@gmail.com) - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania (General Secretary)

    Dănuț Petrea - Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    Ionuț Cristea - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania

    Sonia Bors-Oprisa- University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

    Andrei Zamosteanu - Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania.



    Additional info on previous conferences and outputs

    The conference follows two previous PAGES-supported events which focused on climate changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region: Climate change in the Carpathian-Balkan region during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene (CBW2011 - http://georeview.ro/ojs/index.php/revista/issue/view/CBW-2011) and Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region (CBW2014 - http://georeview.ro/ocs/index.php/late-pleistocene-and-holocene/late-pleistocene-and-holocene/index).

    The most valuable contributions presented at these events were published in special volumes of the journal Quaternary International:

    - Quaternary International, Special Issue: Advancing Pleistocene and Holocene climate change research in the Carpathian-Balkan region, (Volume 293, Pages 1-282:19 April 2013) edited by Daniel Veres and Marcel Mîndrescu

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10406182/293

    - Quaternary International, Special Issue: Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region, (Volume in progress, 24 articles published online, available in print in spring 2016) edited by Marcel Mîndrescu and Daniel Veres


    PAGES website info:

    http://www.pages-igbp.org/calendar/all-events/127-pages/1524-pages-romanian-symposium

     

    Sponsoring Organizations



    Sources of support


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