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Dear colleagues, 

We are delighted to welcome this year’s joint Pangeo-DEUQUA conference to one of Austria’s most historic and attractive cities, Salzburg. This is the third time that Salzburg will host Pangeo; the two previous meetings having been held in 2002 and 2012. We hope that it will again bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, research scholars and practitioners to exchange and share their experiences and research results on a range of aspects of earth science.
The upcoming joint Pangeo-DEUQUA conference will take place on 23rd to 27th September 2024. It will be held at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS), Hellbrunner Str. 34, 5020 Salzburg. Under the heading “Converging Spheres”, this conference provides an open platform for presentation of research carried out at universities, other organizations, and companies.

This year the Pangeo meeting is being held jointly with the biennial German Quaternary Association (DEUQUA) meeting. The DEUQUA is the main Quaternary research society for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and its meetings are alternatively held in these three countries. Its focus is on the Quaternary period, but DEUQUA meetings offer a broad forum on related topics including earth surface processes and climate change. As such, combining the two meetings will bring together people with some common interests and enable an exchange of ideas and allow for interdisciplinary discussions of topical issues. The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to initiate or further the collaboration of geoscientists from Austria and its neighbours. The conference motto “Converging Spheres”, therefore, refers not only to the multi-sphere technical and scientific content, but also to the bringing together of a wide range of people with a common interest in earth sciences.

We have put together a comprehensive program, which includes a range of half- and full-day, pre-and post-conference excursions in and around Salzburg. On Monday 23rd September, there will be two full-day workshops specifically aimed at students and earth science teachers respectively. The conference itself will consist of two parallel programs, the DEUQUA and Pangeo program. The DEUQUA will largely keep the classical session format while the Pangeo will be held in a workshop format: Individual sessions will be initiated by invited speakers who will provide a stimulus for discussion. These plenary sessions will be on Tuesday, 24th September. On Wednesday, 25th September, 6 parallel themed workshops (incl. 1 DEUQUA WS) will focus on poster and short oral presentations from the scientific community. In addition, other interactive formats of presentation are welcomed. The aim of these workshops is to encourage fruitful discussion. Workshop leaders will compile the main outputs of each workshop for presentation on Thursday 26th September to a wider audience.