ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI


Chaired by


University of VeniceDepartment of Environmental SciencesVeniceItaly


Climate and Environmental PhysicsUniversity of BernPhysics InstituteBernSwitzerland

University of Bern Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research Bern Switzeland


06 - 11 June 2009


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.
Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

There is an urgent need to predict more accurately how global climate is likely to react to increased emissions of greenhouse gases as a result of human activities. In order to predict the future, it is necessary to determine how global climate has responded during the past to natural variations in forcing factors such as changes in solar input and in the earth's orbital parameters during climatic periods similar to the present. It is well known that millennial scale oscillations have occurred over the last 8000 years, resulting in an advance and retreat of mountain glaciers. The causes for this variability are however poorly understood and a deeper knowledge of the problem requires an integrated approach through the study of several archives and above all the comparison with previous interglacials.
The difference between past interglacials, their climatic stability, as well as the interaction with polar ice sheets and with the biosphere will be addressed during this conference for a better understanding of future climate. Young scientists from European countries will be therefore exposed to an area of science of paramount importance for the society of tomorrow. The topic treated is timely and relevant, also considering the future implications of the Kyoto Protocol and end of field campaigns associated to the International Polar Year (2007-2008). This conference is based on the outstanding knowledge acquired during decades of fruitful research programs and it will go a step further in integrating European and international research groups in the field of palaeoclimatology. It will cover several complementary disciplines in the field of climate change and will also aim to involve scientists of other disciplines closely related to climate changes, such as socio-economics and politics. It is therefore perfectly suited to a large variety of researchers.

Final Programme - PDF (450 KB) Last Updated 29-May-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.


List of Accepted Posters PDF (211 KB) Last Updated 14-May-2009

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB) 

Three buses will be arranged on arrival day from Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport, to Obergurgl. The journey from the airport takes approximately 75 minutes (an hour and a half from the station).

Bus departure times - Saturday 06 June:
- from Innsbruck railway station: 15.4517.00 - 18.15
- from Innsbruck airport: 16.0017.15 - 18.30

Airport departure point: the meeting point is located just outside the small airport building. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.
Group transportation back to Innsbruck will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day, Thursday 11 June. Participants will be requested to sign up on the spot. Buses will be leaving after breakfast.

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The 150eur supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on the waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in the Registration Form

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 20 April 2009

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 04 May 2009

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation in the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 20 April700 €
Registration and payment from 21 April - 04 May800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after the official registration deadline: 04 MayPlus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-285 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)