The 2nd International Workshop on Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate variability in the Carpathian-Balkan region took place on 6th and 7th November in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Many scientists from Romania, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Canada, the UK and Germany got together to present and discuss their current research on Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate changes. Also members of the B1 and B2 projects of the CRC 806 couldn't miss it. From the RWTH Aachen University Prof. Frank Lehmkuhl and PhD student Janina Bösken, and from the University of Cologne Prof. Michael Staubwasser and Post-Doc Christina Puscas attended the conference.

The RWTH Aachen team presented ongoing and finished work from their loess sections in the Balkans. Namely, results from Doroshivtsy, Semlac, and Romanesti-Cosava from the first phase of the CRC, and first findings from Orlovat and Stalac from the second CRC phase were shown. The structure of the workshop focused on paleo-climatic research within various fields in the Carpathian-Balkan region and led to several discussions about research outcomes, similarities and differences. There were interesting presentations concerning problems in quartz OSL dating (Timar-Gabor et alii), millennial scale age modeling based on mineral magnetics (Ulrich Hambach et alii), and vegetation response to climate warming during the Late Glacial Maximum (Magyari et alii), among others. Furthermore, the conference was a great opportunity for establishing new international relationships and deepening existing contacts. In my opinion, this workshop was very successful and I am looking forward to future projects.

 

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