INQUA ECR 2016 Conference and Summer School

05.09 - 08.09.2016  
Reading, UK

The INQUA ECR 2016 Early Career Researcher Conference and Summer School will be held at the University of Reading, UK, from 5-9 September 2016.

The conference theme is "Using observations and modeling to understand past climate changes."

Conference information

This five-day residential event at the University of Reading aims to bring together young researchers from the paleo-observational and climate­ modeling communities and show how their skills can complement each other.

The conference will provide participants with the ability to use modeling tools and paleo-observations to understand the dynamics of past climate changes. Participants will also present their own work through oral and poster presentations and will have a chance to network with their peers at social events.


Submit your abstracts before 5 July here:


Apply for funding to attend the conference before 5 July here:

Teaching and practical sessions

Lecture 1: Earth Systems dynamics. Instructors: Prof. Keith Shine & Prof. Ted Shepherd

Practical session 1: Idealized simulations to explore the Earth system. Instructors: Prof. Pier-Luigi Vidale & Dr. Robin Smith

These sessions will demonstrate that using models to do wacky things with the climate can be useful to understand the Earth System. Participants will experiment with climate models and study the outcomes.

Lecture 2: Palaeoclimate model applications. Instructor: Prof. Joy Singarayer

Practical session 2: Build and run an energy balance model. Instructors: Prof. Joy Singarayer & Dr. Robin Smith

These sessions will demonstrate that you can build simple models for yourself to help understand and interpret data. Participants will build their own simple model to simulate glacial-interglacial cycles.

Lecture 3: Data synthesis for data-model comparison. Instructor: Prof. Sandy Harrison

Practical session 3: Data synthesis to enhance palaeodata interpretation. Instructor: Prof. Sandy Harrison

These sessions will discuss how to conceptualise and carry out palaeodata syntheses. Participants will learn how to compile different datasets, about the issues you might face, and ways to deal with them.

Lecture 4: Model-data comparisons. Instructor: Prof. Sandy Harrison

Practical session 4: Using models to enhance palaeodata interpretation. Instructors: Prof. Sandy Harrison & Prof. Joy Singarayer

Using one or two past paper case studies , participants will explore how models can help to understand climate change mechanisms that can produce variations in palaeorecords.

Further information

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