2018 PEN Conference

The Past Earth Network will be hosting its second general conference at the University of Leeds from 19 - 21 June 2018. The conference will take place in the School of Earth and Environment and will be available to all PEN members. The conference will include key note presentations, dedicated oral sessions covering the PEN working groups (data, models, data/model comparison, forecasting), poster sessions, as well as presentations outlining the results from PEN supported feasibility studies. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss the future direction of the PEN ensuring its continued engagement in support of community efforts beyond the timescale of EPSRC funding. Financial support is available to support attendance.


The following is a preliminary schedule and subject to change. The black tie reception requires a ticket and includes a drink on arrival.

Time Tue 19 Jun 2018 Wed 20 Jun 2018 Thu 21 Jun 2018
09:30 Palaeoclimate Data Talks Data-Model Comparisons Talks
11:00 Palaeoclimate Models Talks Coffee Break
11:30 Forecasting Talks
12:00 Lunch & Registration
13:00 Welcome Talk Lunch Lunch
13:30 Invited Speakers
14:00 Poster Session Break out Groups
14:30 Invited Speaker
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Invited Speaker Coffee Break
16:00 Invited Speaker General Discussion
18:00 Alice Roberts - Lost Worlds and Ancient Journeys
19:00 Black Tie dinner

Keynote Speakers

The current speakers are as follows:

More keynote speakers are to be announced shortly

Invited Speakers

The current speakers are as follows:

More invited speakers will be announced shortly


Registration is now open. Please choose the appropriate ticket from the following list, or click the button to visit the main store page.

Abstract Submission

We are now accepting abstracts for posters and talks to be given during the conference. Please use the below link to submit your abstract. The submission period will close on 21 May, we will be in contact shortly after this date.

Financial Support

Limited financial support will be available to early career researchers and PhD Students. Details will be available soon.


There are several options for accommodation in Leeds:


The University of Leeds is well connected via trains, buses and airports, for those travelling please see the University of Leeds transport page for travel advice.


For any queries please contact the event organiser Cara Healy.