Evidence has been mounting that past climate changes played an important role in the evolution of our genus, Homo. However, identifying and quantifying the impact of climatic and environmental changes on human speciation, adaptation, migration, and cultural development has remained challenging. In this conference, we will bring together experts from various disciplines, including paleo-climate, anthropology, archaeology, ecology, climate modeling, and genomics, to advance this emerging field and to forge new collaborations.

Abstract Submission

April 1st – May 31st, 2024

Please submit your Abstract on the below link.


Invited Speakers

Pasquale Raia

Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Thomas Higham

Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

Jin-Cheul Kim

Principal Researcher, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea

Christoph P.E. Zollikofer

Professor emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Chiara Barbieri

Senior Assistant Professor, University of Cagliari, Italy

Miikka Tallavaara

Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Rieneke Weij

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, Africa

Michael Petraglia

Professor, Griffith University, Australia

Chronis Tzedakis

Professor, University College London, UK

Simon Armitage

Professor, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Hubert Vonhof

Group leader, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany

Ricarda Winkelmann

Director, Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology, Jena, Germany

Organizing Committee

Axel Timmermann

Director at IBS Center for Climate Physics

Pasquale Raia

Professor at University of Naples Federico II

Jiaoyang Ruan

Young Scientist Fellow at IBS Center for Climate Physics

Elke Zeller

Elke Zeller

PhD Student at IBS Center for Climate Physics

More invited speakers coming soon


Time | DateOct 15Oct 16Oct 17Oct 18Oct 19
09:30–10:30Welcome RemarksSession 2.1:
Concepts and Theory
Session 3.1:
Modelling Humans
Session 4.1:
Climate and Culture
Session 5:
The Anthropocene
10:30–12:00Session 1.1:
Paleo-Climate context
Session 2.2:
Modelling Humans
Session 3.2:
Human responses to abrupt change
Session 4.2:
Closing Remarks and Outlook
12:00–13:30Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
13:30–14:30Poster SessionExcursionPoster SessionPoster SessionCollaboration Cafe
14:30–16:00Session 1.2:
Paleo-Climate context
ExcursionSession 3.3:
The time-evolving human niche
Session 4.3:
Collaboration Cafe
16:00-16:30Coffee BreakExcursionCoffee BreakCoffee BreakCollaboration Cafe
16:30-18:00Session 1.3:
Speciation, Extinction, Adaptation
ExcursionSession 3.4:
Ecological Modeling
Session 4.4:
Collaboration Cafe
18:30 ~ReceptionDinnerPublic Lecture: Humans and Climate
This Schedule is Tentative.


PNU Campus Map

Pusan National University, Building 303, 2nd floor auditorium, Busan, South Korea



Registration Date: 2024. 07 ~ 2024. 09

Registration Fee: 150,000 KRW (~100 Euro)

Image credit: Climate stripes were generated through showyourstripes.info by Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading), fossil images were adapted from HCRP-UR501 and Sangiran 17 by Gerbil, Bodo by Ryan Somma, and Daka Homo by Cretan used under CC BY 3.0 and DNH-134 from Herries, A.I.R. et al. Science 2020.