1. The 2nd ‘An INTIMATE Example’ Research - Training School and Workshop in paleoclimatology for early stage researchers, 30th May – 5th June 2014, Lake St Anne, Transylvania, Romania
We organized within the frame of our project 2nd ‘An INTIMATE Example’ Research - Training School and Workshop in paleoclimatology for early stage researchers, enrolling graduate students and early stage researchers that studied palaeoclimate teleconnections across Europe and the North Atlantic! INTIMATE (http://cost-es0907.geoenvi.org/), at the time a COST funded network of scientists working together to reconstruct past climates (60-8 ka BP) through the INTegration of Ice core, MArine, and TErrestrial palaeoclimate records, is a well-known scientific initiative in palaeoclimate research.
Building on the success of the previous such initiative, the training school has been centered on tackling past climate dynamics in palaeoclimatological research, on implications in synchronizing records regionally, and critically assessing data in the light of better-constrained palaeoclimate master records. Participants have been exposed intensively to concepts and scientific issues relevant in the study of past climate variability using lacustrine proxies, targeting particularly the expression of Holocene, Lateglacial and MIS2 climate dynamics in central-eastern Europe in connections to investigating the long lacustrine record of Lake St Anne. The students also had the opportunity (through invited lectures) to acquire knowledge that is transferrable across a range of INTIMATE related science including ice, marine, and speleothem, or terrestrial research. Fostering collaborations and integration of research provided an added value to the training curricula through the follow-up research projects in which motivated participants will design and lead investigations, as well as the joint publication of their results.
We benefited from the attendance of 26 PhD students registered at several European universities and 10 invited lectures experts in various fields – please follow link for detailed information on trainees and trainers.
The INTIMATE-related research has a strong focus on providing high-resolution chronologies and robust multi-proxy records, with data routinely combined in climate models to better understand the mechanisms and impact of past climate change. We proposed a training package focusing on past climate dynamics with special emphasis on past climate variability archived in terrestrial settings (primarily lacustrine sediments), including:
• Challenges of dating, comparing and synchronizing records across different
• How to relate ecological data to climate parameters for being used as
• How to build species-environment transfer functions and analyse palaeo-proxy data using R
• How to quantify past biomass-burning rates, detect past fire episodes, and investigate the impact of fires on ecosystems
• New biogeochemical approaches in palaeolimnology and palaeoclimatology
• How to integrate your reconstructions with published data and in climate model simulations following the highest scientific standards such as the INTIMATE protocols
• How to design a research project that contributes new data and ideas to the palaeocommunity
The training package encompassed a mixture of lectures, data discussion, planning and scoping exercises, field sampling and laboratory protocols and analysis, exercises on promoting joint research initiatives, participant presentations, and discussion sessions.
Key speakers and lecturers
On-site lecturing has been provided by leading experts (click on name for link) from the INTIMATE community, with strong expertize in palaeoclimate and palaeoecological proxies (including on lacustrine sediments), data acquisition, data integration, and chronological modeling:
- Christine Lane, University of Manchester, UK
- Norbert Kühl, University of Bonn, Germany
- Sune O. Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Achim Brauer, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany
- Simon Blockley, Royal Holloway London, UK
- Richard J. Telford, University of Bergen, Norway
- Walter Finsinger, Université Montpellier 2, France
- Mihaly Braun, Atomki Debrecen, Hungary
- Eniko Magyari, MTA-MTM-ELTE, Hungary
- Daniel Veres, Romanian Academy, Romania
For more information, please consult the summer school report: http://cost-es0907.geoenvi.org/attachments/article/112/2nd%20INTIMATE%20Example%202014-final%20report.pdf
2. Co-organisation of the international conference: 2nd International Workshop ‘Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region (CBW2014)’, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 6-9 November 2014
For detailed information please consult the conference webpage:
and the GeoReview Special Issue 2014: “Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region” (192 pages, ISSN2343-7391, Editura Stefan cel Mare University Press; Editors: M. Mindrescu si I. Gradinaru)
3. Co-editing the volume “Climate change in the Balkan-Carpathian region during Late Pleistocene and Holocene”, volume 415, Pages 1-356 (10 September 2016), ISI Quaternary International. Editors: Marcel Mindrescu. The volume brings together the scientific contribution from the conference 2nd International Workshop ‘Late Pleistocene and Holocene climatic variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region (CBW2014)’, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 6-9 November 2014
For detailed information please consult: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/10406182/415
4. Organizer of the scientific session P.30 - Paleoclimate and paleoenvironment during the last glacial cycle in East-Central Europe at the congress XIX INQUA Congress “Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization, 26 July-2 August 2015, Nagoya, Japan, (Convenors: Magyari, E., Veres, D).
5. Organizer of the scientific session CL1.06/GM6.9 Narrowing the gap: palaeoenvironment and human interaction during Late Quaternary (Convener: D. Veres; Co-Conveners: A. Timar-Gabor, U. Hambach, M. Anghelinu, F. Lehmkuhl, S. Markovic, W. Chu) within EGU General Assembly, Viena, April 2016.
For detailed information please consult the conference webpage:
6. Organizer (M. Mindrescu si D. Veres) of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) steering committee meeting (PAGES SCC - http://www.pastglobalchanges.org/about/structure/scientific-steering-committee) workshop in Cluj-Napoca, 20-21 May 2016, and also the conference “Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global”.
For detailed information please consult the conference webpages: