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.


Tuesday 19 June

12:00 - 13:00 Registration & Lunch SEE Foyer
13:00 - 13:10 Welcome from Alan Haywood
13:10 - 14:10 Key note speaker - Gavin Schmidt
14:10 – 14:30 Stephanie Strother - Global Vegetation and terrestrial climate of the super-warm early Eocene
14:30 - 15:00 Louise Sime
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 15:50 Natalie Lord - Investigating the role of orbital forcing on East Asian monsoons using a statistical emulator
15:50 - 16:10 James Bendle - Mid-Holocene Antartcic sea-ice increase driven by marine ice sheet retreat
16:10 – 16:40 Daniel Williamson - Quantifying spatio-temporal boundary condition uncertainty for the de-glaciation of the North American Ice Sheet
18:30 - Dinner at Vertias

Wednesday 20th

Open talks in two sessions
9:00 - 9:30 Richard Wilkinson - Statistical model data compariso
9:30 – 9:50 Peter Nooteboom - The effect of currents on dinoflagellate cysts in the ocean
9:50 - 10:10 Kira Rehfeld - Climate variability decreases globally from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene
10:10 - 10:30 Philip Aston - Is radioactive decay really exponential?
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Key Note Speaker - Sandy Harrison
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:20 Peter Ashwin - Critical transitions in a global ocean model of the Meridonal Overturning Circulation
13:20 - 13:50 Peter Hopcroft - Optimising convection with a climate model to reconcile the rainfall increase of the mid-Holocene 'Green' Sahara
13:50 - 14:50 Key Note Speaker - Anna Von Der Heydt
14:50 - 16:30 Coffee and Poster Session
18:00 - Public Lecture (Business School Western LT)
19:00 - Dinner at University House

Thursday 21st

10:00 - Networking and breakout spaces
12:30 - Lunch and departure

Keynote Speakers

The current speakers are as follows:

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.