On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee,
we would like to invite you to the 5th Conference on
Regional Climate and Environment Dynamics:

Climate and Environmental Changes
in Central-Eastern Europe

Past, Present and Future


24-27 november 2022
University of Suceava
at Distance Education and Long-Life learning Office
Vatra Dorne, Romania

The conference is an initiative of the Department of Geography, University of Suceava and MINISTRY OF RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND DIGITIZATION, endorsed by Past Global Changes (PAGES), Mountain Research Initiative, Association of Applied Geography GEOCONCEPT and the Carpathian Convention and will be hosted in a traditional town in the picturesque region of Bukowina.

In the 5th edition of this Regional Climate and Environment Dynamics, we propose an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific event focusing on climate and environmental changes in the Central and Eastern Europe region since the Last Glacial Maximum. We envisage that this conference will provide more insight into the most recent advances in geosciences and help enhance regional collaboration in research, which is still understated, albeit significant steps have been taken in recent years.

Our conference can be regarded as a follow-up event on the previous our conferences organized by our team in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2021, which have provided a good framework for sharing research and collaboration for further investigation of the Carpathian-Lower Danube-Balkan region.

Timescales covered

Late Pleistocene and Holocene and Anthropocene. The goal of the conference 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 and Anthropocene climatic variability and environment dynamics in the Central and Eastern Europe.

Topics of interest

of conference include, but are not limited to, the following scientific subjects:


Characteristics and extents of former glaciation(s) in the CE Europe


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




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


Impact of current and future climate changes on population and economic activities


The conference will bring together leading researchers and experts in geoscience from the CE Europe region, and welcomes posters and oral presentations. The event will feature keynote lectures from well-respected scientists providing state-of-the-art overviews of main topics and open debates on a wide range of topics related to the regional climate and environment dynamics of the CE Europe region during the Late Pleistocene, Holocene and Anthropocene. The poster session provides the opportunity to discuss results in more detail.

Keynote speakers

Angelica Feurdean

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum & LOEWE Biodiversity
and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main,

Angelica FEURDEAN is a senior researcher at Goethe University and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center Frankfurt am Main in Germany. She received a PhD in Quaternary Geology from Stockholm University in 2004 and was subsequently awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Oxford, UK. Her research uses sedimentary archives to reconstruct past vegetation response to recurrent climate fluctuations and disturbance by fire and human impact in various ecosystems in Central and Eastern Europe, with increasing focus on boreal and arctic systems. Recent work combines fossil data with plant functional traits and statistically ecological modeling to understand the role of plant traits in ecosystem resilience to disturbance by fire.

Slobodan Marković

University of Novi Sad,

Slobodan Marković is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia where he is a leader of the Loess research group.
His main research interest includes the Quaternary stratigraphy, as well as reconstruction of climatic and environmental dynamics and relation
between paleo and recent climate. Slobodan’s additional research interests are related to geo-heritage studies and history of Earth sciences.

He is a global highly cited researcher (2020 to 2021), a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a past president of the Loess
focus group of International Union for Quaternary research (2011-2019), a member of the Commission on Stratigraphy and chronology of International
Union for Quaternary research, a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Zoltán KERN

Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences in Budapest,

Zoltán KERN works as a research fellow at the Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. The focus of his research interest is environmental and climate change in the Quaternary. He has research experience related to dendroclimatology, dendrochemistry, application of environmental isotopes, cave ice, time series analysis, and geomorphology.


School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE), University of Salford,

Simon M. HUTCHINSON works at the School of Science, Engineering and Environment (SEE), University of Salford, UK. Paleoenvironmental science necessitates an interdisciplinary approach to research. He has worked with a range of talented specialists during his career across Europe, and in China and Russia. As a postgraduate student, his introduction to sediment-based environmental reconstruction began with lake sediment studies focused on the post-industrial. However, subsequently ‘playing with mud’ has led to research in not only lacustrine, but also peat, floodplain, saltmarshes and estuarine sediments as well as bat guano; at a decadal to whole Holocene timeframe. Predominantly he focusses on abiotic proxies of environmental change and human impacts (e.g. environmental magnetism and geochemistry), but, through collaboration, has also been introduced to wider paleo work in biotic parameters. Moreover, he is currently looking at the aDNA of deposits at the cutting edge of paleoenvironmental research, and trying to use paleoenvironmental tools to tackle applied environmental management questions.

Mariana Filipova-Marinova

Department of Natural History, Varna Regional Museum of History,

Professor Mariana Filipova-Marinova used to work in the Natural History Museum of Varna (Bulgaria) since 1967, immediately after her graduation in Botany from Sofia University, Bulgaria. Her research is in the field of Quaternary Palaeoecology, Palynostratigraphy, Palaegeography and Palaeoceanography, Botany, Ecology and Environmental Protection of the Bulgarian Black Sea area. She works on spore-pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs analyses of marine and lacustrine sediments since 1970. In 1985, Mariana Filipova defended her PhD thesis on Palaeoecology of the Black Sea coastal lake Shabla-Ezeretz. In 2007, she defended her DrSciBiol thesis on Quaternary Palynostratigraphy of the Bulgarian Black Sea zone. Mariana Filipova was also Associated Professor of Botany in Varna Technical University (1991-2000) and Professor of Pharmaceutical Botany in Varna Medical University (2009-2015). She was Head of the Natural History Museum in Varna from 2007 to 2016. She is author and co-author of 109 full-length research papers, including 56 papers with Impact Factor or Rank, and participated in more than 100 symposia all over the World, including 3 INQUA Congresses: Moscow (1982), Reno (2003) and Cairns (2007, key-note speaker). Her H-index is 16. Mariana Filipova is author and co-author of more than 150 ecological reports since 1996 as an expert of Biodiversity with a License from the Ministry of Environment and Waters of Bulgaria. She collaborates with more than 60 researchers on more than 20 research projects, including 2 projects, financed by the International Geological Correlation Program of UNESCO: Project 158 B Palaeohydrological changes in the temperate zone in the last 15000 years (In collaboration with Prof. Bjorn Berglund, Department of Quaternary Geology, University of Lund, Sweden (1980 – 1990) and Project 521 Black Sea-Mediterranean corridor during the last 30 ky: Sea level change and human adaptation (In collaboration with Prof. Valentina Yanko-Hombach, Avalon Institute of Applied Science, Canada (2005 – 2009). She organised 2 international conferences in Varna at 2005 and 2008 and was elected as Member of the Executive Board of the European pollen monitoring program in 2005. Prof. Mariana Filipova is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Oceanology – Varna, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 2011.

Special Guest

Heitor Evangelista

Department of Biophysics and Biometrics at Rio de Janeiro State University

Physicist with Master in Space Geophysics and PHD in Nuclear Biosciences. Actually Professor at the Department of Biophysics and Biometrics at Rio de Janeiro State University-Brazil.
Work in multidisciplinary Geosciences thematics evolving the links between the Tropics and the Polar Regions. Has experience in the area of Paleoclimatology in the Quaternary.
Have participated in 25 scientific missions to Antarctica during 35 years of work at the Brazilian Antarctic Program.
Member of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change and Antarctic Research Committee. Currently is an Expert of United Nation – IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
and FAO on Global Climate Change Programs.

Registration and abstract submission

For registration

please contact us by email at mindrescu@atlas.usv.ro

For any questions and details

please contact us by email at mindrescu@atlas.usv.ro.

Registration dates:

22 November 2022

Abstract instructions:

Abstracts will be submitted upon registration (deadline: 22 November 2022).

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 GeoConcept Journal and will also be available online.


for organizers

Distance Education and Long-Life learning Office Vatra Dornei, University of Suceava

Centrul de Pregatire si Formare Continua Vatra Dornei, Universitatea Suceava 

Strada Parcului 2, Vatra Dornei 725700, Suceava county, Romania.
Coordinate: 47.3418816, 25.3574445

Official Language


The official language of the conference is English. Translation facilities will only be provided for a planned event involving the local community.



Based on our experience from previous conferences, we expect that, provided a sufficient number of high-quality contributions are submitted for our conference, we will publish a dedicated volume in a Web of Science journal. We have already made an agreement in this regard with Journal of Environmental Humanities.

Further information concerning the conference, the detailed scientific program will be included in the Second Circular, available on 21 November 2022 via email and on conference website: https://geoconcept.ro/climate-and-environmental-changes-in-central-eastern-europe-past-present-and-future/

Preliminary program

20 November 2022Registration and abstract acceptance
21 November 2022Second Circular
24 November 2022Arrival at venue (for organizers)
25 November 2022Conference (presentations: day 1)
26 November 2022Conference (presentations: day 2)
26 November 2022Departure (for onsite participants)



Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania, Department of Geography, mindrescu@atlas.usv.ro


Department of Geography, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, icristea@atlas.usv.ro

Department of Geography, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, gabriella.florescu@yahoo.com

Aritina HALIUC
Department of Geography, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, aritinahaliuc@gmail.com


Asociatia de Geografie Aplicata Geoconcept, Romania,

Scientific Committee

Angelica FEURDEAN, Goethe University, Germany, angelica.feurdean@gmail.com

Enikő K. MAGYARI, HAS-NHMUS Research Group for Paleontology, Budapest, Hungary, emagyari@caesar.elte.hu

Simon HUTCHINSON, University of Salford, School of Environment & Life Sciences, United Kingdom, S.M.Hutchinson@salford.ac.uk

Ian S. EVANS, University of Durham, Department of Geography, United Kingdom and University of Suceava, Department of Geography, Romania, i.s.evans@durham.ac.uk

Sorina FĂRCAȘ, Institute of Biological Research in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, soryna001@yahoo.com

Zoltan KERN, Institute for Geochemical Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, zoltan.kern@gmail.com

William KEETON, Forest Ecology and Forestry at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, USA

Petr KUNEŠ, Department of Botany, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Gabriela FLORESCU, Department of Geography, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, gabriella.florescu@yahoo.com

Aritina HALIUC, Department of Geography, “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania, aritinahaliuc@gmail.com