Young Scientists Meeting


Registration will start at 14:00 local time. It will also be possible to set up posters from 14:00 local time.


Sunday, 18 May

Monday, 19 May

Tuesday, 20 May







Welcome words

and practicalities

Flash talks



Flash talks




Poster session



Coffee/tea break

Coffee/tea break



Poster session

Poster session



Invited talk

Breakout group



Breakout group









Panel discussion


Registration starts

Panel discussion


Set up posters

Breakout group


Breakout group


Poster session


Poster session

Coffee/tea break


Coffee/tea break

Poster session


Poster session



Breakout group





Speed dating


Transfer to OSM








Ice breaking party/Social event

(incl dinner)


Social event

OSM ice breaking party

Invited Talk

Speaker: Yassine Ait-Brahim

Short Bio: Yassine Ait Brahim obtained his PhD in 2016 from University Ibn Zohr (Morocco) in collaboration with IRD (France) and the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He joined the International Water Research Institute (IWRI) of University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in November 2021, after five years of international postdoctoral research experience in China, Switzerland, and Canada. Yassine specializes in isotope geochemistry, hydrogeology, and paleoclimate, with a focus on speleothem records from North Africa. He has been heavily involved in PAGES' SISAL (Speleothem Isotope Synthesis and Analysis) working group.

Title: Delving into North Africa's past: Speleothem-Paleoclimate Research (and the Role of PAGES)
Mini Abstract:
North Africa is an interesting region for paleoclimate research due to its sensitivity to climate change, rich natural archives like speleothems, and its influence on human civilization. The region offers insights into global climate dynamics, Sahara desertification, and past marine conditions, making it a crucial area for understanding Earth's climate history and addressing current climate challenges. I will review the paleoclimate studies that have been carried out in North Africa, with a focus on speleothem records, on multiple timescales and discuss how PAGES (through its network, working groups, and financial support) helped to achieve some of our key results.

Breakout groups

# Title Moderator(s) Description
1 Navigating Interdisciplinary Research Challenges TBC Solving complex problems facing our world often requires recourse to interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinary research involves integrating knowledge and methods from two or more disciplines. It comes with challenges and benefits. Amongst these challenges are communication barriers, resource allocation, evaluation and recognition, integration of diverse perspectives, and risk of superficiality.
In this breakout group we will discuss the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary research in past climate and environment reconstruction. We will also have room to share experiences about collaborating with researchers from different disciplines and how it enhances the overall understanding of Earth system changes.
2 Mentorship and Networking Opportunities TBC How can early-career paleoscientists access effective mentorship and valuable networking opportunities? Join us to explore effective strategies for establishing strong mentorship programs and utilizing professional networking to foster collaboration and support career growth. Discover resources to connect with experienced researchers and peers. Let's brainstorm actionable solutions together to empower the next generation of paleoscientists.
3 Exploring Opportunities: Funding Strategies and Career Advancement in Paleoenvironmental Research TBC Researchers spend precious time writing grant proposals, and not all of them get approved. In particular, researchers in the early stages of their career might find it more challenging to secure research grants. In this group we will explore different strategies to improve the odds of securing funding (from writing to identify alternative sources of funding).
4 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Building Confidence TBC Imposter syndrome describes the ongoing sense of inferiority in the face of accomplishments and competence. Many early-career scientists, despite their hard work and efforts, often feel that they know less, and that they are not capable enough. But in fact, over the years, they have acquired enough skills to contribute further to their development. In this breakout group, we will discuss this matter and exchange experiences on how to overcome imposter syndrome. By the end, participants will be equipped with effective strategies to gain confidence in their academic journey.
5 Adapting to Remote and Collaborative Work Environments TBC The COVID-19 crisis strongly disrupted our work habits. Nowadays, many researchers continue to work, at least partly, from home. This breakout group will explore how these new habits impact research. Amongst the many challenges, we will look at communication with peers, colleagues, advisor(s), and/or with other researchers; difficulty of organizing and prioritizing work; lack of support to avoid difficulties in research; and technological issues. Efficient adjustment to these challenges may also come with benefits. Given the changing landscape of work environments, we will discuss strategies for effective remote collaboration, virtual conferences, and maintaining work-life balance.
6 The Scientific Publication. What is its Future and how did it all start? TBC In this breakout group, we will explore the history of academic publication and what will come in the future. We will explore important topics such as challenges and changes with the peer review process, Open Access, and financial assistance for researchers in developing countries.
7 Manuscript Preparation and Submission Strategies TBC Preparing your first (or even second!) first-author publication can be a daunting prospect. How do you go about turning your data and/or results into a journal article? How do you decide where to submit your work? Who should be on the author list? We will discuss strategies for the best ways to present your work, as well as tips for the manuscript planning, writing, and preparation process. We will also discuss what happens after submission: what are the best ways to approach paper rejection, and how to most efficiently address reviewer comments.
8 Community Engagement and Indigenous Perspectives in Paleoenvironmental Research TBC This session will explore the vital role of engaging with local communities and incorporating Indigenous knowledge in paleoenvironmental research. Participants will discuss effective methods for community collaboration, communication, and the respectful integration of Indigenous perspectives to enhance the richness and relevance of research outcomes. The aim is to foster collaborative approaches that acknowledge and value diverse community insights in the study of past environments.
9 The Future of Research. What do you need? What do you expect from PAGES? TBC This breakout session focuses on exploring the key requirements and anticipated outcomes that young paleoscientists seek from PAGES. These may include the need for improved data-sharing, funding opportunities, networking events, and collaboration with experts in the field, the expectation for the development of innovative research methodologies, the promotion of diversity and inclusivity in the scientific community, and the dissemination of research findings to policymakers and the broader public. Participants in this discussion may also express challenges they encounter, and their hopes for PAGES.
10 Promoting Diversity and Inclusion TBC PAGES’ geoscientists will play key roles in addressing the grand challenges of the twenty-first century, but this requires our field to address its past when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Geosciences, along with many other physical sciences, are amongst the worst in terms of diversity. The geosciences are often cited as a ‘hostile’ environment for people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, people who have disabilities, and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Reasons cited include the lack of role models, with the persistence of the stereotype of a geoscientist as a ‘white man with a beard’, accessibility to the natural environment, and the colonial history of the geosciences. PAGES is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community. In this session we will explore these topics and develop actions to break down the barriers to historically under-represented groups.

Poster Sessions

  1. It is compulsory for every YSM participant to present a poster of their research.
  2. This poster can be, but does not have to be, the same poster that is presented at the Open Science Meeting (OSM).
  3. Participants will be expected to assess a few (number to be determined) peer posters and provide feedback on these posters.
  4. There will be a poster prize at the end of the YSM.

* The exact size of the posters will be provided to participants in due time.

Flash Talks (white in table above)

Flash Talks are where participants are expected to present their poster in 2-3 minutes to the audience. There is no Q&A session during, or directly after, these talks. Questions can be asked and answered during the poster sessions.

It is voluntary to give a Flash Talk, but compulsory to attend.