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

01.11 - 30.11.2021  
La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile
Contact person:
Organizing Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The second joint PAGES-INQUA in-person workshop for early-career researchers will be held in November 2021 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile.

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

The exact dates in November 2021 will be provided as soon as possible.

This workshop was originally planned to be held from 9-13 November 2020. A virtual meeting will now take place in November 2020 in preparation for the 2021 workshop.

*Update from the organizers, 17 June 2020*

The organizing committee has decided to postpone the PASES2020 workshop to next year (PASES2021, November 2021) and to organize a virtual meeting this year (vPASES2020, November 2020). We believe that this formula will help all participants to engage and connect, despite COVID-19 related difficulties.

We are currently reviewing the applications and will notify all applicants whether their abstract has been accepted, as well as travel grants, by 15 July 2020. We are really impressed by the quality and quantity of abstracts received.

In case an ECR is selected but he/she can’t commit to travel to Chile in November 2021, they will be invited to present their work at the vPASES2020. In addition, we will give selected participants the chance to choose if they want to participate in the virtual, in-person, or both events. The virtual event will be cost-free and open to everyone after registration. We envision this virtual event as a PASES2021 kick-off online platform that will carry on until the in-person workshop takes place next year. Forums on the website will be created to promote discussions, organization, and to set the individual projects of breakout groups.

More information about the vPASES2020 program, platform and dates will be announced shortly.

Please contact the organizers with questions at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Twitter (@pases2020)

Below is old information about the 2020 in-person meeting. Updates for 2021 will be provided as soon as possible


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 consist of keynote talks, contributions by ECRs, and practical breakout groups in which participants will work on community-driven questions around the application of paleosciences to study socio-environmental systems. We welcome ECRs researching the social side of paleosciences with strong interests on paleoclimate and paleoecological data and models.

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 (updated)

9 March: Launch PASES website (
New date - 15 June: Abstract submission and grant requests close (was previously 8 May)
16 June: Final decision on workshop format
15 July: Decisions on abstract acceptance and grants
16 July: Registration opens
31 August: Registration closes
9-13 November: Workshop


Sunday 8 November
Afternoon - Arrival and registration

Monday 9 November
Morning - Opening ceremony
Afternoon - Session presentations and poster session
Evening - Ice-breaker

Tuesday 10 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations
Afternoon - Breakout group work and poster session

Wednesday 11 November
All day - Excursion
Evening - Workshop dinner

Thursday 12 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations; Breakout group work
Afternoon - Breakout group work

Friday 13 November
Morning - Keynote and session presentations; Breakout group work
Afternoon - Public event and closing ceremony

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.


Abstract submission opens 23 March and now closes 15 June (was originally 8 May). Go to the official website for details.

Submit here:

Financial support

A limited number of grants will be available to support ECRs in registration and/or travel, especially those coming from developing countries. At abstract submission, participants are asked to indicate if they require support.


A base registration fee of $US150 includes the workshop, coffee breaks, lunches and ice-breaker. Participants can choose to add up accommodation ($50, including double-shared room in a hostel with breakfast), excursion/dinner ($50) or both. Maximum registration fee $250.

Registration opens 2 June and closes 15 July.


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.

Public event

A public event revolving around the topic "Paleosciences and colonial legacies" will be held on Friday 13 November. This forum seeks, through discussions between Indigenous communities, local activists, interdisciplinary researchers, and communicators, to address what's behind the overarching message that drives current paleoscience research: "The past as the key to the present, and to the future". A series of discussions will try to answer: "Whose past?", "Whose present?", and "Whose future?".

Organizing Committee (OC)

- Xavier Benito (SESYNC, USA; PAGES)
- Ignacio A Jara (CEAZA, Chile; PAGES)
- Michela Mariani (University of Nottingham)
- Anna-Marie Klamt (Yunnan Normal University, China)
- Francesca Ferrario (University of Insubria; INQUA)
- Kimberley Davies (University College Cork, Ireland; INQUA)
- Emuobosa Orijeime (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
- Aliyu Adamu Isa (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria; INQUA)
- Giorgia Camperio (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
- 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)

Advisory Committee

- Dr. Marie-France Loutre (PAGES)
- Prof. Dr. Thijs van Kolfschoten (Leiden University; INQUA)
- Prof. Dr. Allan Ashworth (North Dakota State University; INQUA)
- Dr. Freek Busschers (TNO; INQUA)
- Dr. Mike Evans (University of Maryland; PAGES)
- Dr. Willy Tinner (University of Bern; PAGES)
- Dr Anupama Krishnamurthy (French Institute of Pondicherry; INQUA)
- 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

Go to the official website:

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.