PAGES-INQUA joint ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)

09.11 - 13.11.2020  
La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile
Contact person:
OC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The second joint PAGES-INQUA workshop for early-career researchers will be held from 9-13 November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile.

The workshop, titled "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)", is being organized by PAGES Early-Career Network.


La Serena Archeological Museum


The workshop aims to facilitate scientific exchange between early-career researchers (ECRs) from a broad range of disciplines, that work within the overarching theme of  climate-environment-cultural change, which is at the core of both PAGES’ and INQUA’s missions. We welcome innovative ideas and approaches that tackle multiple hypotheses of changes where human, environment and climate interact at different temporal scales and across different geographies.
The workshop will include five days of oral and poster presentations by ECRs and breakout groups in which participants will work on community-driven scientific questions.

Invited speakers

The following "advanced" early-career scientists will give talks:

Yoshi Maezumi - Paleoecology in the Amazon Basin and the Caribbean Islands
César Méndez - Archaeology, peopling of southern South America
Eugenia Gayó - Paleoclimate and Paleoecology of the Atacama Desert
Simon Connor - Paleoecology in Caucasus, Mediterranean, and Australian regions

Important dates

9 March: Launch PASES website (
16 March: Launch 2nd circular
23 March: Abstract submission and grant requests open
8 May: Abstract submission and grant requests close
31 May: Decisions on abstract acceptance and grants
2 June: Registration opens
15 July: Registration closes
9-13 November: Workshop

Tentative program

Monday 9 November
Morning - Registration and Opening session; Afternoon - Presentations - Session 1; Evening - Ice-breaker

Tuesday 10 November
Morning - Presentations - Session 2; Afternoon - Presentations - Session 3

Wednesday 11 November
Morning - Presentations - Session 4; Afternoon - Social event/field trip; Evening - Workshop dinner

Thursday 12 November
Morning - Breakout group work; Afternoon - Breakout group work

Friday 13 November
Morning - Breakout group work; Afternoon - Breakout group presentations

Who can attend?

Conference participants will be early-career researchers who obtained or expect to receive their PhD in or after 2011 (within the first eight years after completion, at the moment of registration, being May 2020).

We especially welcome ECRs researching the social side of paleosciences with links to paleoclimate and paleoecological data and models.


Tentative costs are $200. This includes conference and field trip participation, coffee breaks, lunches, and four nights’ accommodation including breakfast in a shared-room hostel at walking distance of the venue.

You will need to pre-register your interest in the meeting indicating: discipline, region of expertise, timescale, type of archive and scientific question(s) you would seek to address during the breakout groups activity.

Please fill out this form* to pre-register by 30 January 2020:

*This is not the final registration form for the workshop. That will be launched by March 2020.

Financial support

A limited number of grants will be available to support ECRs in registration and/or travel, especially those coming from developing countries. Decisions on grants are scheduled for May 2020 in time to book flights and arrange a visa if needed.


Travel to La Serena, Chile: Santiago International Airport (SCL) receives international flights from Oceania, Europe and the Americas. There are several daily flights between Santiago and La Serena at reasonable fares. Excellent ground transportation between La Serena airport and city center.

Organizing Committee (OC)

The committee consists of ECRs from PAGES and INQUA:
Xavier Benito (SESYNC, USA; PAGES), Ignacio A Jara (CEAZA, Chile; PAGES), Fernanda Charqueño (CENAC, Argentina; PAGES), Fran Schwanck (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil; PAGES), Victor Merino (Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata, Argentina; PAGES), Francesca Ferrario (University of Insubria; INQUA), Kimberley Davies (University College Cork, Ireland; INQUA HABCOM), Aliyu Adamu Isa (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria; INQUA HABCOM), Anna-Marie Klamt (Yunnan Normal University, China; PAGES), Michela Mariani (University of Nottingham, UK), Giorgia Camperio (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Ronald Lloren (ETH Zurich, Switzerland).

Advisory committee

Prof Thijs Van Kolfschoten (Leiden University, The Netherlands; INQUA), Dr Freek Busschers (INQUA), Dr Marie-France Loutre (PAGES), Mike Evans (PAGES), Willy Tinner (PAGES), Dr Anupama Krishnamurthy (French Institute of Pondicherry, India; INQUA HABCOM president), Dr Carlos Olavarría (CEAZA), Ángel Durán Herrera (Archaeological Museum of La Serena), Dr Antonio Maldonado (CEAZA), Dr Claudio Latorre (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; PAGES).

Organizing institution

Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA), La Serena, Chile.

Further information

Access the first circular here.

Questions about the workshop can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This will be the second joint PAGES-INQUA workshop. The first, titled "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to present (iSLR18)", was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in August 2018.

Find out more about INQUA here.