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10th European Palaeobotany & Palynology Conference

Dublin, Ireland
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The 10th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 12-17 August 2018.


The majority of events will be held at:
University College Dublin
O'Brien Centre for Science
UCD Science Centre (East)
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland


The disciplines of palaeobotany and palynology are integrative and multidisciplinary by nature. As a community we are constantly seeking new tools and techniques to answer both long-standing and new questions. Palaeobotanists and palynologists demonstrate a strong history of partnership with disciplines that are outside our core biological and geological fields of research such as with chemistry, physics, maths and computer science. Our community have been early adopters of state-of-the- art technology in visualization, experimentation and chemical analyses to name but a few.

The theme for EPPC 2018 "A Multidisciplinary Science" seeks to highlight multi- and inter-diciplinarity in palaeobotanical and palynological research, past, present and future. We aim to showcase disciplinary diversity in palynological and palaeobotanical research through themed and open sessions, via demonstrations of new technology platforms in a dedicated exhibition space and during post-conference field excursions.

Draft program

Sunday 12 August: Registration & Welcome Reception 18:00-20:00, Venue TBA
Monday 13 August: Opening Ceremony 9.00-11.00, UCD O’Reilly Hall
Scientific Sessions 11.30-18:00, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Tuesday 14 August: Scientific Sessions 9.00-18:00, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Wednesday 15 August: Scientific Sessions 9.00-12.00, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Mid-Conference Excursion 13:00-18.00, Botanic Gardens / Dublin / Wicklow
Thursday 16 August: Scientific Sessions 9.00-17:00, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Conference Dinner & Reception 19:00-Late, Guinness Store House
Friday 17 August: Scientific Sessions 9.00-16:00, UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
Saturday 18–Tuesday 21 August: Post-Conference Field Trips leaving 8:00 from UCD. Locations TBA


Abstract submission closes 31 January 2018:

PAGES session


Special Session 6: Quantitative pollen-based reconstructions of plant cover for environmental and archaeological research
Organizers: Marie-José Gaillard, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden; Furong Li, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden; Ralph Fyfe, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK

Models of the pollen-vegetation relationship and approaches/methods for reconstruction of past plant cover in quantitative terms have been developed, tested and applied over the last two decades. However, it is only in recent years that these models/methods and related software are made more flexible, efficient and widely accessible, and they are tested and used more broadly. Such reconstructions have already been shown to be useful in the study of scientific questions/hypotheses for which estimates of past plant cover in absolute values (in % cover of an area of known size or in m2/m2) at large or small spatial scales are required. Questions related to vegetation-climate interactions and human versus climate impacts on terrestrial vegetation and plant diversity (past, present and future) are especially in need of such information from the past. Given the increasing number of such studies, it would be most valuable to gather together scientists working with these model approaches and applying them to test specific research questions. Contributions from all parts of the world dealing with model/method development for pollen-based reconstructions of plant/vegetation cover and their application in Late Quaternary environmental research will be welcome. Hypothesis testing to understand processes involved in climate-vegetation-human interactions in the past and formulate lessons from the past for present and future environmental challenges will be of particular interest.

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