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The Willi Dansgaard Centenary Symposium
From Monday 29 August 2022
To Wednesday 31 August 2022
Location Copenhagen, Denmark

We invite the ice-core and climate research community to join a 3-day symposium in Copenhagen on August 29th-31st, 2022, hosted by the Ice and Climate Research Group at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.

Willi Dansgaard (1922 – 2011) was a pioneer of isotope glaciology and ice-core-based climate research. The climate agenda makes his research contributions more relevant today than ever, and ice cores remain pivotal for understanding the climate system.

The symposium consists of two parts:

  • A scientific symposium on Monday and Wednesday in the classic conference style with scientific presentations by both invited keynote speakers and participants selected based on submitted abstracts. We particularly welcome contributions within Willi Dansgaard's work areas: climate reconstructions by isotope measurements, ice-flow modelling and dating, and the study of abrupt climate change.
  • A symposium with dual focus on Willi Dansgaard’s life and work, and highlights of recent climate research takes up the Tuesday, Willi Dansgaard’s birthday. In the afternoon, we conclude with a formal celebration session with invited participants from the Royal Family, the Danish and Greenlandic political system, university leadership, research foundations, and Willi Dansgaard’s family, friends, and colleagues, followed by a reception and dinner.

Invited speakers include Jim White (US), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (F), Dania Achermann (D), Joel Pedro (AUS), Christo Buizert (US), Michel Crucifix (B), Peter Huybers (US), Minik Rosing (DK), and Maiken Lolck (DK).

Submit an abstract and travel grant application

Abstract submission deadline is June 1st. A template for abstracts will be available from this page around May 1st together with an application form for travel grants.


The symposium and travel grants are supported by a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, and is supported and co-organized by the VILLUM Foundation IceFlow projectThe ChronoClimate project, and the TiPES Horizon 2020 project.

Monday 29 August 2022

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