Open workshop & conference - Aberystwyth University - 6-9th June 2017

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The objective of INTIMATE is to reconstruct past abrupt and extreme climate changes, by facilitating INTegration of Ice-core, MArine, and TErrestrial palaeoclimate records and using the combined data alongside climate models to better understand the mechanisms and impact of change.

Join us to review the latest progress in palaeoclimate science, focussed on the last glacial-interglacial cycle. Conference talks will be combined with topical breakout discussions and we invite contributions across the following four themes:

  • Development of chronological tools for the robust dating and integration of palaeo-records
  • Modelling mechanisms of past climate change and data-model comparisons
  • Tracing the propagation of past climate change in space and time
  • Abrupt climate change impacts on environments and ecosystems

Get the 2nd circular as a PDF file below or read on!


  1. Application for financial support: 2nd May 2017
  2. Payment of registration and accommodation*: 10th May 2017
  3. Abstract submission: 10th May 2017

*NB: The deadline for cancellation is 10th May 2017. Refunds are not possible after this date.

Provisional conference programme
Tuesday 6th June (evening): Early registration and icebreaker reception
Wednesday 7th June: Academic sessions all day
Thursday 8th June: Academic sessions all day; conference dinner in evening
Friday 9th June: Academic sessions end by 12.30; optional fieldtrip in afternoon

Conference organisers
Helen Roberts, Marie Busfield, Sarah Davies, Geoff Duller, Henry Lamb, Mike Walker, Joe Williams, Hollie Wynne (Quaternary Environmental Change Research Group, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University); Christine Lane (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)


Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, SY23 3DB. UK.

Conference costs
Registration (includes lunch and refreshments each day, and conference dinner):
   £105 (professional) / £85 (student/unwaged)
Optional Fieldtrip (afternoon of Friday 9th June): £15
Single Accommodation and breakfast (Pentre Jane Morgan, Aberystwyth University): £28.50 per night        

Financial support
A small number of registration waivers will be awarded to Early Career Researcher (ECR) participants, or those who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you would like to apply for this waiver, you must submit an abstract by May 2nd, with a supporting CV (max 2 pages) and a covering letter (max 2 pages) outlining:

  1. your motivation for attending the INTIMATE meeting;
  2. a justification of the need for a registration waiver.

Successful applicants will be notified ahead of the main 10th May registration deadline.

When planning your travel and accommodation please be aware that the train journey to Aberystwyth from Birmingham or Manchester takes about 3 hours. By road it takes approximately 3 hours from Birmingham, Manchester or Cardiff. Further information about international travel to and from Aberystwyth is available at this link.
The closest airports are Birmingham International and Manchester; onward train travel can be booked through National Rail. See also map here.

On the afternoon of Friday 9th June there will be an optional (recommended!) field trip to local Quaternary sites within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Dyfi National Nature Reserve - including Cors Fochno (one of the largest and best-preserved raised peat bogs in UK), and the Holocene submerged forest between Borth and Ynyslas coastal dunes.
If joining the field trip, we recommend to plan your travel home from the 10th June.

Accommodation will be available within the University at Pentre Jane Morgan (PJM) Student Village located 5 minutes walk from the conference meeting rooms, and comprising small houses for 5 or 6 people, with a kitchen to allow for self-catering if desired. The price for a single room is £28.50 per person, per night, and includes breakfast, which is served in the nearby University refectory.

Aberystwyth is a small but popular UK seaside holiday destination, with accommodation options to suit various budgets for those who prefer to make separate arrangements (e.g.; n.b. postcodes SY23 1.. & SY23 2.. are within easy walking distance of the University). Feel free to extend your stay beyond the meeting and enjoy a taste of Wales! Find tourist info for Wales here and for Aberystwyth here!

Registration Form
Available from this link.