We would like to invite you to
the 7th Conference on Regional Climate and Environmental Dynamics:

GEOSCIENCE IN THE CARPATHIAN AND BLACK SEA REGION
(GCBS 2023)
VATRA DORNEI, SUCEAVA COUNTY, ROMANIA, 14-17 SEPTEMBER 2023
INQUA REGIONAL MEETING

This scientific event is an initiative of the University of Suceava (Applied Sciences Doctoral School) in collaboration with the Geoconcept Association of Applied Geography, supported by the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) and endorsed by Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group-CarpClim (PAGES), Science for Carpathians (S4C) and the Carpathian Convention.

The conference will take place in a mountain resort in the picturesque region of Bucovina. This area is well known for its painted monasteries and uniquely preserved agro-forest-pastoral landscapes and nature.

In this 7th edition we propose an interdisciplinary scientific event focusing on past and current climate and environmental changes in the Carpathian and Black Sea Region since the Last Glacial Maximum. The conference aims to provide more insight into the most recent advances in geoscience and paleoscience and to support regional collaboration in research, which is still understated despite the fact that significant steps have been taken in recent years.

GCBS 2023 can be regarded as a follow-up event on the previous conferences and workshops organized by our team from 2011 to 2022 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, Holocene and Anthropocene. The goal of the conference is to bring forward multi-proxy, as well as instrumental and spatial data for climate and environmental reconstruction focusing on the Last Termination (ca 22-11.5 ka), the Holocene and the Anthropocene in the Carpathian – Black Sea Region.

Topics of interest

of GCBS 2023 include, but are not limited to, the following scientific subjects:

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Characteristics and extents of former glaciation in the Carpathians

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Lake and marine sediments as paleoenvironmental archives

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Past climate changes and vegetation history

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Sea level changes and deltaic system dynamics

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Karst and cave records as recorders of climate change

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Dendrochronology and dendroclimatology

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Geoarchaeology, geohistory and landscape archaeology

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Climate variations and fluvial dynamics

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Loess-Paleosoil complexes

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Novel climate change modeling techniques

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Human impact and pollution history

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Land-use/land-cover changes and climate – modeling and analysis

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Impact of past, current and future climate shifts on population and economic activities

Format

Hybrid (on-site and online)

The conference will bring together leading researchers and experts in geoscience and paleoscience from the Carpathian – Black Sea Region, as well as scientists from the international community.

We welcome both oral presentations (onsite or online) and posters.

The event will feature keynote lectures from well-respected scientists providing state-of-the-art overviews on topics of interest for this conference.

Keynote speakers

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.

Katrin Juliane MEISSNER is director of the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia. Katrin is interested in abrupt climate change events as well as thresholds and feedbacks in the climate system. She uses Earth System Climate Models in conjunction with palaeoclimate records to improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying climate variability and climate change, particularly in the context of terrestrial biogeochemical cycles and ocean circulation.

Liviu GIOSAN, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

Liviu Giosan is a geoscientist studying sources, transport mechanisms, transformations, and climatic and societal significance of sediments in marine and terrestrial environments. He focuses on the sedimentation and morphodynamics of deltas and continental margins. Liviu received his Ph.D. in 2001 from State University of New York at Stony Brook followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he is now a tenured Associate Scientist.

Weiguo ZHANG, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, China

Professor Zhang is currently working on evolution of river deltas (Holocene to modern process) and their management, using techniques including sedimentology, geomorphology, environmental magnetism, OSL dating, Lidar and geochemistry. Skills and expertise: Estuaries, Sediment Pollution, Sedimentology, Physical Geography, Coastal Geomorphology, Marine Geology, Environmental Magnetism, Chronology, Geochemistry, River delta, Loess Deposits, Lacustrine Sediments and Environmental Change.

Eniko MAGYARI works at Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Palaeontology in Budapest, Hungary. Her research focuses mainly on the environmental history of the Carpathian-Balkan region during the last 30,000 years. Using pollen, plant macrofossil, and multi-proxy paleoecological methods, she studies how rapid climate change events and human impact have shaped the forest and steppe environment, what was the amplitude of climate change during the last glacial termination and what are the region’s climate change characteristics. Her studies also address questions connected to the protection of Hungary’s semi-natural landscapes. She seeks baseline conditions in the lowland forest steppe environment prior to major human transformation of the land, studies natural forest composition in the mid mountains and focuses on Holocene land-cover reconstruction, tree and timberline changes in the Carpathians, and the refugial role of the Carpathian Basin for temperate and boreal tree taxa during the Last Glacial Maximum. She also applies novel ancient DNA techniques to reconstruct past vegetation from soils and lake sediments.

Heitor EVANGELISTA is a Professor at the Department of Biophysics and Biometrics at the Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil. His work focuses mainly on multidisciplinary geosciences addressing the links between the tropics and the polar regions and Quaternary paleoclimatology. Prof. Evangelista has participated in 25 scientific missions to Antarctica during his 35 years of work with the Brazilian Antarctic Program. He is also a member of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change and Antarctic Research Committee, as well an expert of the United Nation – IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and FAO on Global Climate Change Programs.

Emmanuel CHAPRON is profesor in Physical Geography at the GEODE laboratory, University of Toulouse, France.
Emmanuel does research in subaquatic sedimentary processes, glacial geomorphology, paleoseismology,
climatology and human impact on hydrosystems. Current projects are focusing on sedimentary processes in natural and artificial lakes in order to track environmental changes in mid latitude mountain ranges (Pyrenees, Auvergne, Alps, Andes, Kerguelen).

Nikolaos ZACHARIAS, School of Humanities and Cultural Resources Management at Kalamata, University of Peloponnese

Nikos Zacharias (chemical engineer, dipl. PhD) is professor at the University of Peloponnese and Director of the Laboratory of Archaeometry. His field is the use of luminescence for dating and authenticity testing of archaeological and geological materials, the analytical characterization of glasses and pottery and environmental dosimetry studies. He was worked at Bonn University, at TEI Piraeus and at NCSR Demokritos (12 years). N.Z. is author of 15 books and book-chapters and coauthored over 120 scientific communications. He is editor in archaeometry for the Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry journal, chaired 6 international symposia and has participated at 25 national and EU funded research programs.

Walter Finsinger works at the Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM), University Montpellier, France. His research interests relate to long-term environmental changes, typically on time scales ranging from >10,000-10 years. He is particularly interested in responses of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to rapid environmental changes and disturbances (e.g. climate change, land-use changes, fire disturbances). Thus, his main research interests are in Palaeoecology, Vegetation history, Biogeography, and Macroecology as reconstructed from natural archives (e.g. lacustrine sediments, peat). During the past decades, he mainly focussed on late-Quaternary vegetation dynamics and its responses to climate change, disturbances (mainly fire), and human activities in Europe.

Registration and abstract submission

For registration

please send an email including the title, authors and abstract of your presentation at mindrescu@atlas.usv.ro

For any questions and details

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

Registration dates:

Early-bird registration – 1st July 2023
Late registration – 1st September 2023

Abstract instructions:

Abstracts will be submitted upon registration (deadlines: 1st July 2023 for early-bird registration or 1st September 2023 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 following formatting settings:

  • Font: Times Roman, 12 point (text, figure and table captions, references etc.)
  • Line spacing: double-spaced
  • Page size: A4
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Paragraph indentation: 0.5 inches (or press Tab once)
  • For extended abstracts, electronic artwork and tables will be embedded in text.

All accepted abstracts will be published in a book of abstracts as a special issue of Geoconcept Journal: https://geoconcept-journal.com/index.php/geo and will also be available online.

Registration fee

The onsite conference registration fee for GCBS2023 covers:

  • registration costs (conference materials)
  • all costs for accommodation, meals, and coffee breaksfor the duration of the conference (except field trip).

Registered participants will only need to cover their transportation.

 

Amount:

On-site participants

  • EUR 60 (RON 300) for early bird registration (by 1 July 2023)
  • EUR 80 (RON 400) for late registration (by 1 September 2023)

Online participants

  • EUR 30 (RON 150) (by 1 September 2023) 

Early-career researchers (ECR) can apply for financial support for participation at GCBS 2023

The registration fee can be paid using one of the options provided below:

  1. Paypal (EUR)
  2. IBAN: RO07BTRL03404201198285XX 
    Bank name: BANCA TRANSILVANIA.
    Bank BIC/SWIFT Code: BTRLRO22
    Account holder: Marcel MINDRESCU
  3. Bank transfer (RON)
    IBAN: IBAN RO68 PIRB 3500 7469 9300 1000 
    Bank name: First Bank
    Bank BIC/SWIFT Code: PIRBROBU
    Account holder: ASOCIATIA DE GEOGRAFIE APLICATA GEOCONCEPT

On-site at arrival in Vatra Dornei (RON and EUR)

Important

Early-career researcher (ECR) grants

We offer partial or full financial support for early-career researchers (under 35) who apply to participate in GCBS 2023. The number of grants will range depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their submitted work.

Applicants for grants (covering registration fee and/or transportation costs) are required to specify their age and to submit the title and abstract of their presentation no later than 1 July 2023.

Official Language

 

The official language of the conference is English. Translation facilities will only be provided by request or for other planned events/visits involving the local community.

Publication

 

As regards the publication of relevant contributions presented at GCBS 2023, we have established an agreement with the Quaternary journal (WoS) to publish a volume dedicated to this region.

Based on our experience from previous conferences and workshops, we expect that, provided a sufficient number of high-quality contributions are submitted for the conference, we will be able to publish a special volume with Quaternary International. We have had a successful collaboration with QI in the past which enabled us to publish three volumes comprising contributions to our scientific events.

Special requests

Participants who have specific dietary restrictions or requirements are kindly asked to communicate this upon registration.

We would like to inform you that we provide accommodation in twin rooms. Participants who prefer to occupy a single room will pay a supplementary accommodation fee. However, we do not encourage this due to the limited number of rooms available at the venue.

If supplementary rooms are necessary, we will make arrangements with hotels located in the vicinity. However, these costs are not included in the registration fee and will be paid separately.

How to get there

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

Centrul de Pregatire si Formare Continua Vatra Dornei, Universitatea Suceava 

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

13 September 2023 Arrival and check-in
14 – 16 September 2023 Presentations and field activity
17 September 2023 Check-out and departure

Further information

concerning the detailed program of the conference, the field trip costs and other details of interest will be included in the Second Circular or provided on request by email as soon as they are available.

Detailed information regarding the accommodation arrangements per rooms will be provided by email.

Conference Organizing Committee

Chairman

Marcel MINDRESCU
Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania, and Geoconcept Association of Applied Geography
+40 742 051 475
mindrescu@atlas.usv.ro

Vice Chairmen

Laura BOURIAUD
Forestry Department, University of Suceava, Romania.
laura.bouriaud@usm.ro

 Ionut-Alexandru CRISTEA
Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania.
icristea@atlas.usv.ro

 Gabriela FLORESCU
Department of Geography, University of Suceava, Romania.
gabriela.florescu@usm.ro
 

Representative of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Office

Aritina HALIUC
aritinahaliuc@gmail.com

Secretary

Ionela GRADINARU
Geoconcept Association of Applied Geography, Romania
ionela.gradinaru@gmail.com

Scientific Committee

Angelica FEURDEAN
Department of Physical Geography, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. angelica.feurdean@gmail.com 

Enikő K. MAGYARI
Department of Environmental and Landscape Geograpgy, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. eniko.magyari@ttk.elte.hu

Liviu GIOSAN
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA.
lgiosan@whoi.edu

Weiguo ZHANG
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, (East China Normal University), China. wgzhang@sklec.ecnu.edu.cn

Laura BOURIAUD
Forestry Department, University of Suceava, Romania.
laura.bouriaud@usm.ro

Marie-France LOUTRE
Past Global Changes (PAGES), Bern, Switzerland.
marie-france.loutre@pages.unibe.ch

Emmanuel CHAPRON
Toulouse-Jean Jaurès University, Department of Geography, France.
emmanuel.chapron@univ-tlse2.fr

Heitor EVANGELISTA
Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
evangelista.uerj@gmail.com

Slobodan B. MARKOVIĆ
Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. baca.markovic@gmail.com

Nikolaos ZACHARIAS
Laboratory of Archaeometry, University of the Peloponnese, Greece.
zacharias@go.uop.gr

 Sjoerd J. KLUIVING
Faculty of Humanities, Department Art and Culture, History, Antiquity, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.
s.j.kluiving@vu.nl

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

Zoltán KERN
Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
zoltan.kern@gmail.com

Ian EVANS
University of Durham, United Kingdom.
i.s.evans@durham.ac.uk

Natalia GERASIMENKO
Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
n.garnet2@gmail.com

Bogdan RIDUSH
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
bridush@gmail.com

 Juliana NOGUEIRA
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic and Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
junogueira@id.uff.br

Mihai NICULIȚĂ
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Department of Geography, Romania.
niculita.mihai@gmail.com

 Joanna ZAWIEJSKA
Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland.
zawiejska.joanna@gmail.com

 Aritina HALIUC
University of Suceava, Department of Geography, Romania.
aritinahaliuc@gmail.com

Gabriela FLORESCU
University of Suceava, Department of Geography, Romania.
gabriela.florescu@usm.ro

Hakan YIGITBASIOGLU
Ankara University, Turkey.
yigitbasioglu@gmail.com

Piotr KŁAPYTA
Jagiellonian University, Poland.
woytastry@gmail.com

Emil GACHEV
South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Bulgaria.
e_gachev@yahoo.co.uk

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