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10th EPPC 2018, Dublin (Ireland), 12th-17th of August 2018

At the next European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference is going to take place in Dublin (Ireland) from 12th to 17th of August 2018. As at previous large international conferences, NECLIME members are organizing special NECLIME-related scientific session:
  • 14. Cenozoic Plant Diversity Of Tibet, Himalayas and Hengduan Mountains
    Tao Su, Zhe-kun Zhou, Lutz Kunzmann

    It is one of main targets in the current world to understand how did palaeoenvironment changes shape biodiversity in geological past. For studying this topic, fossils from areas which have both complex environment conditions and high biodiversity play a crucial role. Tibet, Himalayas and Hengduan mountains experienced dramatic uplift and formed complex topography and varieties of climates; meanwhile, Himalayas and Hengudan mountains are hotspots of biodiversity in the world nowadays. Strongly affected by monsoons the time of onset of these specific climate regimes is still a matter of debade between geoscientists and molecular biologists. ManyCenozoic floras were found from Tibet, Himalayas and Henduan mountains which potentially open windows to deep-time palaeoenvironments. All these facts make Tibet, Himalayas and Hengudan mountains predestinated as natural laboratories to test the influence and role of palaeoenvironment changes  on the formation and development of biodiversity. During recent decades, fossils from those regions attracted a lot of attentions not only to palaeobotanists, but also to researchers from other disciplines, such as geologists, and ecologists. It is time to integrate evidence from plant fossils, palaeoclimate reconstructions, geological information, and molecular data to better understand the mechanisms of biodiversity in response to palaeoenvironmental changes. This symposium will provide a platform for those who are interested in the theme mentioned above. Meanwhile, it will have broad audience from palaeontology to modern biology, and we hope this symposium will stimulate further cooperation for researchers from different disciplines.
  • 25. Cenozoic plant diversity gradients in time and space and their impact on early humans (ROCEEH/NECLIME)
    Angela A. Bruch, Alexandra-Jane Henrot, Louis François, Natalia Rudaya, Torsten Utescher

    The worldwide cooling throughout the Cenozoic and decline of atmospheric carbon dioxide had a significant impact on the evolution of biodiversity. The diversity evolution of various plant groups and functional types mirrors the differentiation of phytocoenoses existing under equable climate conditions in the earlier Palaeogene into communities thriving under steeper latitudinal temperature gradients and the development of seasonal drought in the continental interiors. Moreover, the Cenozoic era is characterized by significant uplift and hence increase in geodiversity in many regions of the globe thus producing also altitudinal diversity gradients. These changes in the structure and functions of vegetation and ecosystems also impacted the evolution of Cenozoic fauna, as well as the displacement and life habits of early humans and pre-humans communities, which make use of vegetation directly, as in the case of food and firewood, and indirectly, for example as a habitat for animal life.
    Quantitative reconstructions of palaeovegetation from data and models are thus crucial to understand the interactions between Cenozoic climate and vegetation changes, as well as their impact on early humans, their migration routes and behavioral or cultural changes since the Early Pleistocene.
    In this session, we welcome contributions on quantitative reconstructions of vegetation from proxy data and/or models at various spatiotemporal scales of the Cenozoic era, and particularly at archaeological/palaeoantropological sites relevant for the Palaeolithic expansion. This open session is organised in the framework of NECLIME (Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia, and ROCEEH (The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans,
Please find more information at the official EPPC homepage.
Registration opens in November/December 2017 and will remain open until the abstract deadline in February, 2018!

1st American NECLIME meeting, Fullerton (CA/USA), May, 2019

In mid May 2019, NECLIME is organizing for the first time a meeting in the Americas! Yusheng (Christopher) Liu is organizing this meeting at the California State University at Fullerton, California, USA, entitled "Reconstructions of the Neogene Climates in the New World: Challenges and Opportunities". The scientific frame of this meeting focuses on these topics
  • Methodology revisit: Quantitative vs Qualitative ReconstructionsNew Synthesis: NECLIME Expanding to the New World 
  • Trans-Atlantic Neogene flora and climate comparison
  • Trans-Pacific Neogene flora and climate comparison
  • Big Data and Big Picture: Neogene climates in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Quantitative vegetation reconstruction and climatically induced biodiversity patterns
  • General NECLIME topics
More information will follow in the 1st circular soon!

19th NECLIME Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg (Russia), August/September, 2019

For our 19th NECLIME Annual Meeting, we were kindly invited by Svetlana Popova and Dmitri Gromyko to meet at the Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Further details will be announced during the next year.

NECLIME working group meeting/workshops

Extended NECLIME workshop, Sofia (Bulgaria), 25th to 28th of September 2018

From 25th to the 28th of September 2018, an extended NECLIME workshop will be take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organized by Dimiter Ivanov and his team. This extended workshop focuses on "Climate and vegetation evolution in the Paratethys and Eastern Mediterranean". It is organized in association with the 9th meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs“, the 4th meeting of the NECLIME working group on "Taxonomy of macrobotanical records in Eurasia" and the NECLIME working group "On Fossil woods". Scientific tropics proposed are
  • Palaeobotanical records (micro/macro) of the Central and Eastern Paratethys
  • Reconstructing vegetation and climate dynamics from palaeobotanical records(micro/macro) – taxonomical basis and methodological standards – vegetation modeling
  • Higher resolving reconstructions - time series and their analyses
  • Plant diversity patterns in pollen records
  • Application of digital data on plant distribution in biodiversity reconstruction
  • Neogene climate and vegetation gradients from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Eastern and Central Paratethys
  • Aridification trends and large scale changes of palaeovegetation patterns - evidence from plants and vertebrates
  • Plio-Pleistocene Transition – evidence from the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, andsurrounding lacustrine basins
  • Multi-proxy approaches in continental palaeoclimate reconstruction
  • Evolution and dynamics of lacustrine systems
In the frame of the given regional focus we invite contributions on vegetation-climate interactions, plant and animal migration and evolution, driving mechanisms, development of open landscapes, evolution of wetlands, and climate change and variability in time and space. Furthermore, we encourange the exchange between macro- and micropaleobotanists as well as colleagues from other working groups, digital data on plant distribution, detailed and high-resolution records, and Neogene stratigraphy of the plant bearing horizons in Central and East Asia to join our exteneded workshop in Sofia. Colleagues working on Neogene mammals are also kindly invited to contribute, and to share their recent results and new ideas.

Please, find more details about the registration and abstract submission in the 1st circular.
To register, please fill out the registration form and send it to Dimiter Ivanov (dimiter" or dimiter"at" or Vladimir Bozukov (vladimir.bozukov"at"

The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been extended until June 30th 2018; an new circular containing more information will be distributed at the beginning of June!

Past NECLIME meeting

NECLIME meeting 2017, Yerevan, Armenia

NECLMIE meeting 2016, IOPC/IPC, Salvador, Brazil

NECLIME meeting 2016, Lucknow, India

NECLIME meeting 2015, Madrid, Spain

NECLIME meeting 2014, Izmir, Turkey

NECLIME meeting 2014, EPPC, Padova, Italy

NECLIME meeting 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia

NECLIME meeting 2012, Sofia, Bulgaria

NECLIME meeting 2012, IOPC/IPC, Tokyo, Japan

NECLIME meeting 2012, Nanjing, China

NECLIME meeting 2011, Bucharest, Romania

NECLIME meeting 2010, Kunming, China

NECLIME meeting 2010, EPPC, Budapest, Hungary

NECLIME meeting 2009, Izmir, Turkey

NECLIME meeting 2008, IOPC/IPC, Bonn, Germany

NECLIME meeting 2007, Bratislava, Slovakia

NECLIME meeting 2006, EPPC, Prague, Czech Republic

NECLIME meeting 2005, Sofia, Bulgaria

NECLIME meeting 2004, Iraklion, Greece

NECLIME meeting 2003, Blaubeuren, Germany

NECLIME meeting 2002, Crakow, Poland

NECLIME meeting 2001, Prague, Czech Republic

Past NECLIME working group meetings/workshops

Joint meeting of the NECLIME working groups "Taxonomy of the macrobotanical records of Eurasia" 

and the "Taxonomy of Neogene Palynomorphs"

The 2nd joint workshop was was held in in Brno (Czech Republic) from November 16th-17th, 2017. The organizing committee of Nela Doláková, Dimiter Ivanov, Boglárka Erdei, Torsten Utescher, Marianna Kováčová and Šárka Hladilová lead the attendees though a diverse program as outlines in 1st circular.
A report will follow soon!

The 1st joint workshop took place from the 1st to 4th of October 2012 in Sofia (Bulgaria).
Find more information in the1st circular,  2nd circular and in the scientific program.
report of the discussion is available for download.

Workshop on taxonomy of Neogene palynomorphs

The 7th workshop took met at the 29th and 30th of November in Bratislava (Slovak Replublic) kindly organized again by our colleague Marianna Kováčová.
Topics include correlation between different regions in Europe, coal deposits as archives as well as updates of the nearest living relative lists. Next to presentations, round table discussions, a session for in depth discussion at the microscope is planned. Find more information within the first circular and the report of the workshop.

The 6th workshop was organized at the Polish Geological Institute in Warsaw (Poland) from November 26th to 27th, 2015 by Barbara Slodkowsa. More information is available in the  final program of the workshop, the book of abstracts and the summary of the discussion.

The 5th workshop was held directly following the NECLIME Annual Meeting 2014 in İzmir and took place from the 22nd to the 25th of October in Küthaya (Western Anatolia, Turkey). It was organized in Kütahya/Dumlupınar University by Serkan Akkiraz, including field trips to the Seyitömer and Tunçbilek subbasins and Küthaya. Find a summary of the discussion in the report of the workshop while more information about the organization and schedule is still available in the program and the 2nd circular.

The 4th workshop was kindly organized by Marianna Kováčová at the Department of Geology and Paleontology of the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia). It took place from the 11th to 13th of June 2013.
Find more details about the scientific focus and the schedule in the 1st circular and the the 2nd circular.
The summery of the presentations and discussions of this workshop is now online.

The 2nd workshop took place in Cracow (Poland) on the 14th and 15th of June, 2011. For more information, please read the workshop-report or download the abstract volume. For viewing some pictures, please visit the working group's page at "groups".

The 1st workshop of this working group was held in Sofia (Bulgaria) on May, 18th, 2010 at the Institute of Botany/Bulgarian Academy of Science. 
Program and summary can now be viewed online!

Workshop of the NECLIME working group on "fossil wood"

This was the first workshop of the working group, which took place from 5th to 8th of June 2013. It was organized by Jakub Sakala and Vladimir Gryc at the Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of Mendel University (Brno, Czech Republic). Find more information about the schedule in the 1st circular. Details about the presentations and the discussion is summarized in the working group's report.

Taxonomy of the Neogene macrobotanical record of Eurasia

1st meeting of this working group was in Budapest (Hungary)at the Natural History Museum, on the 24th of May, 2011 organized by Boglárka Erdei and Torsten Utescher.  
Program and report are available for download.
1st pre-meeting of the working group of taxnomy of macrobotanical records of Eurasia (Frankfurt/Germany, 17th of March 2010).
Program and summary of the discussion

Digital data on plant distribution

The 4th workshop was organized at the Unité de Modélisation du Climat et des Cycles Biogéochimiques, Université de Liège (Belgium) from May 30th to 31st, 2017. Get further details within the 1st circular, the 2nd circular and the 3rd circular.
A report and summery of the discussion will follow soon.

The 3rd workshop took place in Stratton Audley (Oxfordshire, UK) from the 20th to 22nd of November, 2015.
Main focus of the discussion was the role of CO2 on paleoclimatic reconstructions.
The outline and report of the workshop can be downloaded here, and more details can be found at the working group's page at "groups".

The 2nd workshop was held on the 15th of Dezember 2012 in Stratton Audley (Oxfordshire, UK).
First information is online at the working group's subsection at "groups".

The 1st meeting and workshop of this NECLIME group was on January 13th, 2010, in Frankfurt (Germany).
summary of the discussion

Detailed and high-resolution records

In the first workshop, which has taken place from the 11th to the 13th of April, 2011, at the Natural History Museum Vienna, the group was introduced into MATLAB by Martin H. Trauth (University of Podsdam).

Past NECLIME associated meetings/symposia

International Symposium, Dresden, April 2015

This sympsoium was held in Dresden (Germany) between the 2nd and 6th of April, 2016, and follows the progress on creating a project to study the history of the Yunnan biodiversity hotspot as a NECLIME-associated international large project.  The symposium was hosted and organized by Lutz Kunzmann and colleagues with great engagement, and obtained financial support from Dresden Technical University and Senckenberg which is gratefully acknowledged.
Find more details here.

Sino-German sympsium "The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot", Kunming, August 2015

This symposia was held in Kunming (Yunnan, China) in August 2015 in order to discuss the outline for a NECLIME-associated international project named "The Yunnan Biodiversity Hotspot – its history and future threats". It was funded by the Sino-German Center (GZ1200) and kindly organized by our members Zhou Zhe-Kun and Volker Mosbrugger.
Project outline and discussion reports are available here,