26.08 - 29.08.2018  
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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INQUA and PAGES will conduct a four-day conference for early-career researchers, titled "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future (iSLR18)", in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 26-29 August 2018.


Utrecht University, campus 'De Uithof'


For this conference, the definition of an early-career researcher (ECR) is those who have obtained or expect to obtain their PhD in 2010 or later.

The workshop will be limited to 75 participants. The selection procedure will be based on the quality of the abstract (250 words max.), topic of the participant's research, a brief CV (one page) and a short statement of motivation why the participant wants to attend (100 words max.).


The conference aims to facilitate scientific exchange between ECRs from a broad range of disciplines working with sea-level change.

The conference will include two days of oral and poster presentations by ECRs, invited keynote lectures, a one-day field trip to the Rhine delta and Holland coastal plain with conference dinner, and a public 'Science and Society' evening session.


Day 1, 26 August: Day - Arrival; Evening - Ice-breaker.
Day 2, 27 August: Day - Lectures and poster presentations; Evening - 'Science and Society' public event.
Day 3, 28 August: Day - Field trip 'Delta and Coast'; Evening - Conference dinner.
Day 4, 29 August: Day - Lectures and poster presentations; Evening - Departure from Utrecht.

Conference sessions

# Session title Keynote
Invited ECR
1 Past sea-level changes
Sea-level histories from the Late Quaternary to present day: trends, components and reconstruction techniques
Rohland W. Gehrels Nicole Khan
2 Submerged landscapes
Drowned continental shelves: past human responses to environmental changes
Fraser Sturt Claire Mellett
3 Recent and future sea-level changes
20th century sea-level change (models and observations), contributions to sea-level change, future projections (21st century and beyond)
Marta Marcos Roelof Rietbroek
4 Mitigation, adaptation and coastal impacts
Coastal management, planning, subsidence, extreme sea levels, waves, impacts and adaptation
Carles Ibáñez

Sanne Muis

For a full description of the sessions, see


Abstract submission and grant request: *NEW DEADLINE TUESDAY 1 MAY 00:00 (UTC +1)*
Decision on abstracts and grants: Thursday 10 May.
Registration opens: Friday 11 May.
Registration deadline (via Utrecht University event registration service, TBA): Friday 25 May 00:00 (UTC+1).


*UPDATE: NEW DEADLINE TUESDAY 1 MAY* Submit abstracts here:


Registration opens 11 May and closes 25 May 2018. Information to come.

Conference fees

Conference and hostel shared-room accommodation: 250 EUR
Conference only (book own accommodation): 170 EUR

Conference fees includes the conference and field trip, coffee breaks, lunches, ice-breaker, public event and conference dinner on Tuesday.

Financial support

A limited number of grants will be available to support travel and/or conference fees. At abstract submission, participants are asked to indicate whether they require support. The outcome of the grant selection will be communicated to participants by 30 March 2018.

The maximum amount of support for travel is 150 EUR within Europe and 750 EUR outside Europe. Grants will be transferred after the conference, after submission of completed reimbursement forms (to be handed out at conference) and receipts of costs.


Excellent train connections between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Utrecht Central station (35 minutes, every 15-30 minutes). Excellent international train connections within Europe.

Organizing committee, consisting of ECRs

Dr. Aimee Slangen (NIOZ), Dr. Kay Koster (TNO), Dr. Robert Barnett (University of Exeter; PALSEA; PAGES), Dr. Xavier Benito (University of Nebraska-Lincoln; PAGES), Dr. Bas de Boer (IMAU; Utrecht University) and Eduardo Alarcón (Central University of Venezuela; INQUA).

Advisory committee

Prof. Dr. M. van Kolfschoten (Leiden University; INQUA), Prof. Dr. A. Ashworth (North Dakota State University; INQUA), Dr. M.-F. Loutre (PAGES), Dr. F.S. Busschers (TNO; INQUA), Dr. K.M. Cohen (Utrecht University; INQUA-NL), Dr. W.Z. Hoek (Utrecht University; INQUA-NL), Dr. P. Stocchi (NIOZ), Dr. W. van der Wal (Delft University of Technology), Dr. M.P. Hijma (Deltares) and Dr. R.S.W. van de Wal (IMAU; Utrecht University).

Further information

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