NECLIME Annual Meeting 2017

  September, 18th to 24th, 2017, Yerevan, Armenia
 
The 18th Annual Meeting of the NECLIME was organized at the Botanical Institute of the National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan, Armenia, from September 18 to 24, 2017. Thanks to the dedication of our hosts, Ivan Gabrielyan and Astghik Papikyan, the perfectly organized meeting was a great success.
On a three-day post-conference field trip, the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of Armenia was introduced to the participants. 28 colleagues from 12 countries joined the conference, which included two key note lectures (Anush
Nersesyan: Vegetation of Armenia; Ivan Gabrielyan: Palaeobotany of Armenia), 15 oral and 10 poster
contributions. The contributions were arranged in the following topical sessions:
  • The environmental history of the Caucasus – flora, fauna, vegetation and climate
  • Plant biodiversity in time and space
  • Climate data from non-plant proxies: vertebrates, insects and geochemical proxies
  • Early human environment
  • General topic of NECLIME
The Caucasus represents an important key area exemplifying the evolution of biodiversity and changes in
biogeographic patterns and was an important refuge area for “Tertiary” relicts throughout the late Neogene and
Pleistocene cooling. Therefore, a 4-day-excursion was organized following the meeting to visit sites of great interest for fossil and modern vegetation as well as cultural sights of Armenia.

More details about the contributions and the discussion of the meeting, the abstract volume and field trip guide as well as the report are available for download.

Find more information about a the organization, topics, schedule and travel information for Yerevan and the field trip of the meeting in the 1st circular and 2nd circular and the 3rd circular.

In the context of the NECLIME conference, a three-day workshop was organized by ROCEEH (The Role of
Culture in Early Expansions of Humans, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) prior to the meeting, that introduced young scientists from Georgia and Armenia into quantitative techniques of palaeoenvironmental
reconstructions developed in NECLIME.

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