General Overview

PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports research which aims to understand the Earth’s past environment in order to obtain better predictions of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability. We encourage international and interdisciplinary collaborations and seek to promote the involvement of scientists from developing countries in the global paleo-community discourse.


> Former co-chair Hubertus Fischer explains the role of PAGES in this short (1:30) YouTube video.

PAGES' scope of interest includes the physical climate system, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem processes, biodiversity, and human dimensions, on different time scales - from the Pliocene to the recent past.

Over 5000 scientists from more than 125 countries currently subscribe to PAGES. We encourage all interested scientists to get involved and contribute to our initiatives, participate in the workshops we support, and publish PAGES-relevant products. PAGES also organizes travel stipends for Guest Scientists.


The PAGES universe

Our science structure (the triangle in the middle of the circle) defines the scientific scope of our activities and addresses the key components of the Earth system through the themes climate, environment, and humans.

PAGES itself is not a research institution. Research activities are not prescribed by PAGES committees nor by the International Project Office (IPO). Rather, we maintain the required flexibility in our budget and structure to respond to 'bottom-up' initiatives that arise from the community.

The agreed-upon PAGES' vision is implemented primarily through community-devised working groups. In addition, integrative activities bring together working group members and researchers from the broader environment to collaborate on specific issues.

Supporters and Partners

Founded in 1991, PAGES was funded by the US and Swiss National Science Foundations until 2016. From 2017-2018, it was funded by the US National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Sciences. From 2019, it is funded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences. It is supported in-kind by the University of Bern, Switzerland.

PAGES is a core project of the global sustainability science program Future Earth, and was previously a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) until its closure at the end of 2015. PAGES also has a scientific partnership with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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PAGES aims to engage relevant stakeholders in its activities at a number of levels. Increasing stakeholder engagement is a critical goal of our parent organization, Future Earth, as it works to ensure knowledge is generated in partnership with society and the users of science.

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Organizational structure

PAGES is overseen by a Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) comprised of members chosen to be representative of the major techniques, disciplines and geographic regions that contribute to paleoscience.

Under the direction of the SSC, the staff at the small International Project Office (IPO) in Bern, Switzerland, carry out the day-to-day running of the PAGES program.

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Get involved

There are many ways you can learn more and get involved!

Create a profile in our People Database and subscribe to receive free copies of PAGES Magazine and other updates.

Subscribe to the mailing list of any of our working groups to get updates on the group's activities. The mailing list links are on their webpages.

Read the Get Involved webpage for other opportunities to be active in the PAGES community.