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“Diverse knowledge systems for fire policy and biodiversity conservation”

September 4 - September 7


Organizers: Daniele Colombaroli, Jay Mistry, Alice Milner, Boris Vannière (GPWG)

PAGES ECN/GPWG-ECR Representatives: Carole Adolf, Donna Hawthorne


We are happy to announce that our next Focus Group workshop will take place at Royal Holloway University of London, between 4 and 7 September 2018, hosted by the Centre for Quaternary ResearchDepartment of Geography.

The main focus of this workshop is to foster collaboration between Quaternary Science and more applied disciplines (Biodiversity Conservation, Forest Management, Climate impacts), by bringing together palaeoecologists, human geographers, modern ecologists and stakeholders.

The workshop is co-funded by PAGES, the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), and the Chrono-Environnement laboratory (CNRS – Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté). This is the 3rd of our yearly Focus Group events which, together with our cross-cutting initiatives, tackle global challenges related to Future impacts of fire regimes on Earth, by assessing the spatial and temporal variability of fire from Past records.

Here you can find additional information on how to apply (Deadline for applications: 11 May, please by email to: daniele.colombaroli(at)rhul.ac.uk).

Additional info on our Twitter account: @diverse_K

Confirmed speakers: Elizabeth Jeffers (University of Oxford), Bibiana Bilbao (Simon Bolivar University), Paul Sinnadurai (Brecon Beacons National Park Authority), Gillian Petrokofski (University of Oxford), Christopher Carcaillet (EPHE France), Evan Larson (University of Wisconsin).

Tentative schedule

Monday 3rd September

16.00-18.00         Arrival of Participants and Ice Breaker

Tuesday 4th September

09.00-09.30         Welcome by RHUL GEOG and the GPWG (Daniele, Jay, Alice, Boris)

09.30-10.30         Plenary talks by UK government department representative for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) + “Palaeoecology-informed” and “Community-owned” keynote sessions

10.30-11.00         3-min short introductions by GPWG representatives (Mitch, Anne-Laure, Boris), PAGES ECN-GPWG (Carole, Donna) & all participants.

11.00-11.30         Coffee Break

11.30-12.30         3-min short introductions (continued)

12.30-13.00         Policy brief structure and set-up of the 4 working groups

13.00-14.00         Lunch

14.00-16.00         1st Breakout session: “state of the art” and identification/prioritization of conservation and fire policy challenges by stakeholder-driven research

16.00-16.30         Tea Time

16.30-17.30         Group report (1-4) + Plenary Discussion

18.00-…                1st Social Dinner (TBD)


Wednesday 5th September

09.00-09.30         Introduction and goals for the 2nd day, ECR sub-group planning

09.30-10.30         2nd Plenary Session (12 min+3 min Q/A): regional case-studies and evidence-informed approaches to science-policy dialogue

10.30-11.00         2nd Breakout session: compilation of the available evidence, knowledge gaps and contribution by palaeo-informed and community-owned research

11.00-11.30         Coffee Break

11.30-13.00         2nd Breakout session (continued)

13.00-13.30         Lunch break

13.30-14.30         Group report (1-4) + Plenary Discussion

14.30-18.00         Visit to Chobham Common – the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. Guided-discussion on fire risk and lowland heath conservation priorities

18.00-…                2nd Social Dinner (Horseshoe)


Thursday 6th September

09.00-09.30         Introduction and goals for the 3rd day,

09.15-11.00         Set-up of the working groups/3nd Breakout session: “best-practices “, evidence-based recommendations, and science-policy knowledge exchange

11.00-11.30         Coffee Break

11.30-13.00         3rd Breakout session

13.00-13.30         Lunch break

13.30-14.30         Group report (1-4) + Plenary Discussion

14.30-16.00         Thematic discussions, writing teams and ECR sub-group

16.00-16.30         Tea Time             

16.30-18.00         Plenary Discussion and wrap-up

18.00-…               Free Pub Night


Friday 7th September

9.30-11.00           Thematic discussions, writing teams and ECR sub-group

11.00-11.30         Coffee Break

11.30-13.00         Plenary Synthesis, future plans, action items by group-leaders & deadlines

13.00-13.30         Lunch break and Conclusion of the Workshop


We look forward seeing you in September!



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