PAGES Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) 5th Workshop

“Moving forward by looking back”

22nd-24th May 2023, University of Bern, Switzerland and online

Organisers: Michael Sigl and Peter Abbott, Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern


Scope and Themes

The PAGES VICS Working Group aims to use an interdisciplinary approach to (1) coordinate improved reconstructions of volcanic radiative forcing, (2) enhance our understanding of volcanically-induced climate variability, and (3) deepen our understanding of societal impacts and human responses to volcanic eruptions. We will address these issues at the 5th VICS workshop and extend their range deeper into the past and future.

Selected workshop objectives:

  • Summarise the current state of volcanic reconstructions, associated climate forcing and societal impacts.
  • Integrate new ice-core reconstructions of volcanic activity and radiative forcing, covering the past 60,000 years, into assessments of natural climate variability and volcanic risk.
  • Expand the themes of VICS drawing on evidence from archaeology, palynology and textural sources.
  • Introduce new results from CMIP6 and PMIP4 model simulations related to volcanic eruptions and climate impact.
  • Development of strategies to engage stakeholders and the general public concerning volcanic hazards.

Workshop sessions:

  • Volcanology and hazards
  • Climate and volcanic proxies
  •  Observations and models
  • Human impacts in history and archaeology

Keynote Speakers

Eliza Cook (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Sebastian Guillet (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Helen Innes (University of St Andrews, UK)
Lara Mani (University of Cambridge, UK)
Lauren Marshall (University of Durham, UK)
Lee Mordechai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Ingar Mørkestøl Gundersen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Mukhamad Nagainul Malawani (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
Alice Paine (University of Oxford, UK)
Charlotte Pearson (University of Arizona, USA)
Christian von Savigny (University of Greifswald, Germany)
Thomas Sheldrake (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Sönke Stern (University of Auckland, New Zealand)


The workshop will be held in a hybrid format with physical and online participation possible. The workshop will feature invited talks, oral and poster presentations.

Key Dates

15th January 2023 – Call for abstracts and registration open
15th February 2023 – Abstract submission, travel grant application deadline
28th February 2023 – Notification of abstract acceptance and presentation type, notification of travel grant awards
31st March 2023 – Registration deadline
15th April 2023 – Release of programme and abstract booklet


Please direct any questions you have to Peter Abbott ( and we will deal with them ASAP.

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