Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)

31.08 - 04.09.2020  
Sacel, Maramures, Romania
Contact person:
Marcel Mindrescu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The PAGES-supported Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020) will be held from 31 August to 4 September 2020 in Sacel, Maramures, Romania.


Pensiunea Lacramioara
Sacel village, Maramures county, Romania

Sacel, located in northern Romania, is at the meeting point of Rodna Mountains National Park and Maramures Mountains Natural Park. The venue is close to an international airport (Cluj-Napoca, two hours) and very accessible to potential participants from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries such as Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia etc.


This open, international workshop, for up to 100 participants, is for researchers (young and senior) from or working in the countries pertaining to the Carpathian and Balkan areas. Aside from scientists from the region, the workshop is open to and welcomes foreign researchers based in other countries, in order to support exchanges of ideas, connectivity and potential collaborations. Our concept is to make this event as accessible as possible to the regional scientific community – academics, experienced researchers and young researchers sharing interests for the themes and objectives of the workshop.


We propose an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific workshop tackling the climatic and environmental changes which have occurred in the Carpathian-Balkan region since the Last Glacial Maximum, including the human impact documented at various timescales.

The CBPW2020 workshop will provide the context for presenting scientific results synthesized from multi-proxy data with a focus on the Last Termination and Holocene, as well as on the Anthropocene, including climate and environment reconstruction and human impact.

The timescale covered by the meeting spans the Late Pleistocene, Holocene and Anthropocene.

The Carpathian-Balkan region is one of the main transitional climatic zones in Europe, lying at the contact between Mediterranean and Black Sea air masses, the Eastern Steppes and Atlantic-influenced area. Thus, the main questions are how climate and the environment have varied in the Carpathian-Balkan area, what is its role in the larger regional and continental interplay and how the local and regional variabilities relate to the continental scale.

These questions have yet to be answered to an adequate degree. Whereas abundant paleoclimatic evidence is available regarding the North Atlantic and Western Europe, in CEE research data is still scarce, although in recent years paleoenvironmental research has become more dynamic in the region, with local researchers establishing links with foreign scientific organizations for long-term collaborations which yield increasingly relevant data.

In this context, the workshop is envisaged as an organic continuation of three previous workshops organized by our team with the support of PAGES (in 2011, 2014 and 2016), which yielded the publication of three special volumes of Quaternary International dedicated to this area and comprising the most valuable scientific contributions presented in the workshops.

The last meeting was in 2016, therefore we believe that this is an appropriate timeframe for launching a new call for the latest contributions in the Carpathian-Balkan area in order to preserve the momentum gained with the previous workshops, which helped launch several successful research collaborations which yielded valuable results.


The main objectives we intend to achieve include:

- strengthening the Carpathian Working Group (CarpClim) as a framework of collaboration in palaeoclimatic reconstruction throughout the Carpathian-Balkan countries
- creating a bridge between experienced researchers and young researchers, and to review the outcome of such collaborations initiated during the others workshops
- publishing the most valuable contributions presented in the workshop in a special volume of an international journal (e.g. Quaternary International) in order to support and promote the research carried out in this region
- discussing a framework for future collaborations and synergies of the group, e.g. by initiating joint projects using the financial tools provided by the European Union (such as the TERRANOVA project, already in progress, which is focused mainly on training 15 PhD students for paleoenvironmental investigations using state-of-the-art methods, techniques and novel scientific paradigms)
- exploring possibilities for organizing summer schools and coordinated field research with shared field equipment and with experienced researchers from different countries
- approaching, within a newly introduced section of the workshop, the topic of vegetation and climate change in the Carpathian-Balkan region, particularly considering the sensitive backdrop of advanced deforestation in the Romanian Carpathians and its complex impacts in the context of current environmental changes. This objective is the main reason for selecting the venue in the forested area of the Northern Romanian Carpathians, at the meeting point of two protected areas, which offers the chance to explore this topic on site, along with the opportunity to visit several sites used for paleoclimate reconstructions, some of which are currently threatened by human activities.


Our motivation for organizing this workshop in this form is to promote paleoscientific advances in CEE by increasing the accessibility to high-level international meetings for Eastern European researchers, by involving young researchers in that process, and by providing an opportunity for establishing useful links and collaborations and developing new ideas for joint research. The scope of the proposed workshop coincides with the objectives of the newly established PAGES-endorsed working group CarpClim.

CEE is a fragmented and diverse area in terms of administration, politics, economics, as well as research policies and priorities, with countries facing various challenges which also affect the scientific communities. Against this background, we firmly believe that support is needed in order to keep this working group and network alive, united and growing.

The workshop will focus on long-term climate and environmental variability and dynamics in the Carpathian-Balkan region, comprising several topics of interest, such as mountain glaciation, paleolimnology/lake sediments, cave records, vegetation and climate, palynology, floods and paleofloods, dendrochronology, loess and paleosoil, sea-level changes, paleoecology, paleobotany, and climate change modeling.

Confirmed speakers

Keynote speakers:

- Didier GALOP, CNRS, Toulouse Univ, Geode, France
- Angelica FEURDEAN, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum & LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
- Eniko MAGYARI, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Paleontology, Budapest, Hungary
- Marek KRAPIEC, University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, Cracow, Poland
- Simon HUTCHINSON, University of Salford, UK
- Natalia GHERASIMENKO, University of Kiev, Ukraine
- Slobodan B. MARKOVIC, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
- Mariana FILIPOVA-MARINOVA, Museum of Natural History, Varna, Bulgaria

Early-career researchers (ECRs):

- Dr. Gabriela FLORESCU, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
- Dr. Edyta ŁOKAS, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry, Kraków, Poland
- Dr. Aritina HALIUC, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
- Dr. Viorica NAGAVCIUC, National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Dr. Alina IONITA, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Department of Paleoclimate Dynamics, Bremerhaven, Germany
- Dr. Carmen BADALUTA, Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences MTA, Budapest, Hungary and Stable Isotope Laboratory, Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania
- Dr. Árpád BIHARI, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hertelendi Laboratory of Environmental Studies, Buapest, Hungary

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for the attendance of early-career researchers and researchers from developing countries. Details on how to apply for this support will be made available as soon as possible.

Abstract submission

Details on how and when to submit abstracts will be made available as soon as possible.


Details on how and when to register will be made available as soon as possible.

Outreach event

In regards to the plans to engage with the local/regional community and the general public, we intend to contact and invite to this meeting representatives of institutions and stakeholders which could benefit from being more aware of past and present climate and environmental changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region, including administrations of national and natural parks from the Carpathians and Balkans (Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria etc.), local and international NGOs, Ministry of Environment, National Administration of Protected Areas, local administrations from villages of the Rodna and Maramures Mts area, and academics and students from regional universities (Sighetu Marmatiei, Bistrita, Suceava, Cluj-Napoca) etc.

After the presentation sessions are closed, the invited attendees will participate in a roundtable discussion which will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss with scientists about current and envisaged dynamics and effects of climate and environmental changes on various ecosystems of interest (forests, alpine landscapes etc.), human activities, water resources etc., and to review potential solutions for sustainable management in the Carpathian-Balkan region. After the meeting, a press statement will be made comprising the main results and ideas presented at the workshop, along with envisaged dynamics and recommendations for sustainable management.

Further information

Contact the workshop organizer Marcel Mindrescu, University of Suceava, Romania: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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