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Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020

31/08/2020 04/09/2020


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Event location

Maramures, 437290


In the 4th edition of this PAGES-supported meeting, CBPW20 proposes an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific event focusing on climate and environmental changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region since the Last Glacial Maximum. This workshop aims to provide more insight into the most recent advances in paleosciences and help enhance regional collaboration in research, which is still understated, albeit significant steps have been taken in recent years.

CBPW20 can be regarded as a follow-up event on the previous PAGES-supported workshops organized by the Carpathain-Balkan Paleoscience team in 2011, 2014 and 2016, which have provided a good framework for sharing research and collaboration for further investigation of the Carpathian-Lower Danube-Balkan region.

The timescale covered by the meeting spans the Late Pleistocene, Holocene and Anthropocene. The goal of the workshop is to bring forward data for climate reconstruction from multi-proxy studies with a focus on the Last Termination (ca 22–11.5 ka) and Holocene in the Carpathian-Balkan region.

Topics of Interest (including but not limited to)

  • Characteristics and extents of former glaciation(s) in the Carpathian-Balkan region
  • Lake sediments and peat-bog deposits as paleoenvironmental archives
  • Past climate and history of vegetation changes
  • Karst and cave records as recorders of climate change
  • Dendrochronology
  • Geoarchaeology, geohistory and landscape archaeology
  • Climate variations and fluvial dynamics
  • Loess-Paleosoil complexes
  • Recent climate change modeling techniques
  • Human impact and pollution history
  • Land-use/land-cover changes and climate – modeling and analysis


New Session: Forest Ecosystems And Sustainable Management in an Era of Global Change

Forest Session – William S. Keeton, Facilitator

Within the CBPW2020 there will be a special session dedicated to sustainable forest management,
including adaptation to climate change and continued provisioning of the forest ecosystem services
communities depend upon. This session will emphasize research in the Carpathian-Balkan forest
domain, but will take a broad approach to topics in forest ecology, science, and management
relating to global change. Talks from a range of disciplines are welcomed, particularly those
addressing the challenge of sustaining forest ecosystems into an uncertain future.

The topics of interest include:

  • forest disturbances, alteration of disturbance regimes, and associated management challenges;
  • historic and contemporary forest change with implications for ecosystem services;
  • opportunities and challenges for management of national parks;
  • forest mapping, inventories, and surveys;
  • human impacts on forest ecosystems and biological diversity;
  • Carpathian-Balkan forests and carbon storage;
  • forests and agro-pastoral / agro-touristic activities;
  • Carpathian and Balkan old growth forests;
  • forest management through time (e.g. traditional, Austrian-Hungarian, socialist, post-socialist,
  • deforestation, soil erosion, and other environmental impacts; and
  • traditional forms of forest management by ethnic groups, etc.

Forest resources in the Carpathian-Balkan domain are increasingly vulnerable both to global
change – including climate disruption, alteration of disturbance regimes, and invasive species – and
increasing pressure for exploitable natural resources. And yet the goods and services these
systems provide are critical for rural livelihoods and warrant consideration by scientists, forest
managers, and policy makers. This special session will present robust research results with the
goal of promoting strategies for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems in the
Carpathian-Balkan region, particularly in the increasingly challenging context of present and future
global changes.


Săcel village, Maramures county, Romania

Keynote Speakers

  • Angelica Feurdean
  • Zoltán Kern
  • Eniko Magyari
  • Simon M. Hutchinson
  • William Keeton
  • Petr Kuneš


Please contact the organisation by email to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Early-bird registration – 1 May 2020
Late registration – 1 August 2020

The registration fee for CBPW2020 includes: 

  • all registration costs (workshop materials),
  • coffee breaks,
  • accommodation and meals for the duration of the event.

Participants will need to cover transportation costs.


  • EUR 150 (RON 700) for early bird registration (by 1 May 2020)
  • EUR 170 (RON 800) for late registration (by 1 August 2020)

Early-career researchers (ECR) can apply for financial support for participation at CBPW2020.

Please visit the offical workshop webpage for payment instructions.

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Abstract Submission

 Abstracts will be submitted upon registration (deadlines: 1 May 2020 for early-bird registration or 1 August 2020 for late registration).

Acceptance notifications will be sent to participants after submission by email.

Abstracts will range from 1 to 4 pages (extended abstracts) for both oral and poster submissions.

Authors are advised to use the formatting settings provided in the attached abstract template.

All accepted abstracts will be published in a book of abstracts as a special issue of GeoReview Journal and will also be available online.

Further information

See more information on the official workshop website here.

 Photo by Arek Socha

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