Dear Friends of the IPA and fellow permafrost enthusiasts,

The third PAST Gateways International Conference and Workshop 2015, co-sponsored by the IPA will be held in Potsdam, Germany, on May 18-22, 2015.


PAST Gateways (Past Spatial and Temporal Gateways) is an IASC-endorsed network, with the scientific goal to understand and reconstruct Arctic environmental changes, during the period preceding instrumental records and across decadal to millennial timescales. The focus of the six-year programme is on the nature and significance of Arctic spatial and temporal gateways, with an emphasis on the transitions between major Late Cenozoic climate events such as interglacial to full glacial and full glacial to deglacial states, as well as more recent Holocene fluctuations.

Themes of conference:

1. Growth and decay of Arctic Ice Sheets;

2. Arctic sea-ice and ocean changes;

3. Non-glaciated Arctic environments including permafrost change.

4. Holocene Arctic environmental change

Deadline for abstract submission: March 15, 2015
We can not guarantee that abstract submissions later than March 15 will be included into the Abstract Volume.

Looking forward seeing you in Potsdam.

Best regards,
Hanno Meyer and Colm O'Cofaigh

Local Organizers:
Meyer, H.; Hubberten, H.-W.; Schwamborn, G.; Opel, T.; Schirrmeister, L.; Diekmann, B.; Fritz, M.; Lenz, J.; Fritzsche, D.; Guenther, F.; Schollaen, K. (AWI Potsdam); O'Cofaigh, C. (University of Durham, chairman of PAST Gateways)

PAST Gateways Steering Committee
H. Alexanderson, C. Andresen, L. Bjarnadottir, J. Briner, A. de Vernal, G. Fedorov, M. Henriksen, N. Kirchner, R. Lucchi, H. Meyer, C. O’Cofaigh (Chairman), R. Noormets, K. Strand, and R. Urgeles