IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference

10.10 - 15.10.2021  
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
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The PAGES-supported 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference (originally scheduled for October 2020) will be held from 10-15 October 2021 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.


Centre de Congrès Le Régent
Route des Mélèzes 28
3963 Crans-Montana


The Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop will be held on 10 October. The 3rd Open Science Conference runs from 11-15 October.


Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia.

With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger (University of Bern, Switzerland) on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice-core research in Switzerland began.

Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s.

To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice-core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is "Ice Core Science at the three Poles."

Important dates

1 January 2021: Abstract submission opens; Registration opens; Travel support applications open; Hotel bookings open
30 April 2021: Deadline for abstract submission and travel support applications
1 June 2021: Abstract confirmation; Travel award confirmation
1 July 2021: Early-bird registration closes
1 August 2021: Program online
1 September 2021: Online registration closes
10 October 2021: Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop
11-15 October 2021: IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
16 October 2021: Post-conference excursion

Scientific topics

- Glacial/interglacial dynamics, interglacials, and sea level
- Holocene and last 2000 year climate forcings and variability
- Progress in proxy development and interpretation
- Ice dynamics, ice sheet instability and geophysics
- High-alpine ice cores
- Ice biology, basal ice, subglacial lakes
- Pollution records
- Advances in drilling engineering and borehole observations
- Time scales and methods for ice dating
- Rapid changes and teleconnections
- Biogeochemical cycles in the Earth system – data and models
- New ice archives
- The Oldest Ice challenge, and the preservation of climatic signals in the deepest ice

For more information on the planned topics, go to:


Access the tentative conference program here:

Keynote speakers

- Ayako Abe-Ouchi, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
- Nerilie Abram, The Australian National University
- John Higgins, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
- Zhengtian Lu, University of Science and Technology of China
- Joel Pedro, Physics of Ice, Climate, and Earth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
- Trevor Popp, Physics of Ice, Climate, and Earth, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
- John Priscu, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
- Catherine Ritz, Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Grenoble
- Michael Schulz, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
- Sarah Shackleton, Princeton University
- Heather Stoll, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich
- Lonnie Thompson, School of Earth Sciences and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University
- Ilka Weikusat, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven

ICYS workshop

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) is an informal, international network of early career scientists dedicated to the study of polar and alpine ice cores and ice core-related sciences.

Following the success of the workshop held four years ago at IPICS2016, a one-day ICYS workshop will be held on 10 October. It is anticipated that up to 100 early-career researchers (ECRs) will attend, with travel grants available to support those attending both the workshop and conference.

The day, themed "Communicate your science", will consist of keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions over a range of topics of science communication, and most importantly give the ECRs chance to meet their peers before a busy week of science.

Access the tentative workshop program here:

Abstract submission

The call for abstracts closes 30 April 2021 at 23:59 CET:


Registration closes 1 September 2021:

Early-bird registration closes 1 July 2021 and costs CHF 530 for students and CHF 680 for others.
Regular registration costs CHF 630 for students and CHF 780 for others.

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for the attendance of early-career researchers. The deadline is 30 April 2021. Details on how to apply are available here:

Local Organizing Committee

Margit Schwikowski, Hubertus Fischer, Thomas Stocker, Anja Eichler, Theo Jenk, Sophia Dini, Marc-André Berclaz, Doris Bühler.

Scientific Steering Committee

Ed Brook, Emilie Capron, Alexey Ekayin, Hubertus Fischer, Paolo Gabrielli, Kumiko Goto-Azuma, Amy King, Yuansheng Li, Tas van Ommen, Christine Schøtt Hvidberg, Margit Schwikowski, Barbara Stenni, Nozumo Takeuchi, Liz Thomas.

Further information

Go to the official website: