Online registration for the OSM has closed.
You can still register at the event. The registration desk in the Auditorio de Zaragoza will be open daily.
If you have already registered online, you can view your registration here.



OSM (VAT included) Register before
1 Mar 2017 (new date)
Register before
20 Apr 2017
On site
Full rate (includes ice-breaker party, meals, coffee breaks and meeting documents) 350.00 € 450.00 € 600.00 €
Student rate* (only MSc, undergraduate or PhD students are eligible for this reduction) 200.00 € 260.00 € 340.00 €
One day 200.00 € 200.00 €

200.00 €

 *Proof of the student status must be presented on arrival, otherwise the full rate will be applicable.

Financial support

Limited financial support is available to scientists from developing countries (including BRICS countries) and early-career researchers (until ca. 5 years after PhD) to attend the OSM. Grant recipients will be selected on the quality of their abstract and its relevance to PAGES, and on their CV. Application deadline for financial support is 09 January 2017.

All information about the different financial support offered, and the actual application process, is on the OSM registration form, and should be filled out/requested when registering.


Cancellation policy

If you have registered for the OSM and need to cancel, access the cancellation policy here.



Scientists wishing to attend the OSM may present their work either as a poster or a talk.

You may submit a maximum of two abstracts. Among the abstracts submitted for a talk, a limited number will be selected for oral presentation.

Abstract submission deadline for OSM: 09 January 2017.
Application for financial support for OSM: 09 January 2017.

Notifications of acceptance/rejection, plus decisions on poster or oral presentation and financial support grants: mid February 2017.

Before you submit an abstract, please decide on which session your abstract fits best.



Presenters are requested to create their poster in portrait position with the following size: 90 cms width x 120 cms height.



Travel to Zaragoza

By plane

Zaragoza Airport: Zaragoza Airport is a small airport with limited companies and flights ( The main companies with flights to Zaragoza are: - Ryanair (with flights from Paris (Beauvais), Brussels (Charleroi), Milan (Bergamo), London (Stansted); Wizzair (with flights from Bucharest, Napona); Volotea (with flights from Mahon, Ibiza, Mallorca); Air Europa.

Zaragoza airport is located 10 km outside the city and connected to the city centre by buses which run every half an hour (every hour on Sundays) from 06:15 to 23:15.

The journey takes between 20 and 30 minutes and you will be charged €1.85 for a single ticket.

You can also take taxis (fare is around €25) that leave from just in front of the arrivals terminal. Reservation by phone: +34976757575 and +34976424242.

From Madrid Airport

From Madrid Airport to Madrid Atocha train station, you can travel by:
1. Taxi (30 minutes, around €30)
2. Train (suburban "Cercanias" train leaves from Terminal T4 and takes around 40 mins, €3). If you are in terminals T1 T2 or T3, take the free airport bus shuttle to terminal T4. With your AVE train ticket, you can get the "Cercanias" ticket for free in the automatic vending machines typing the code “CombinadoCercanías” that appears on your AVE ticket.
3. Bus (40 minutes, around €6).

From Madrid Atocha train station to Zaragoza Delicias central station:
High speed RENFE AVE trains to Zaragoza take 1 hour 30 minutes and cost around €60. Tickets are only available to purchase three months in advance of your expected travel date. More information at

Alternatively, catch a bus directly from Madrid Airport to Zaragoza Delicias central station. ALSA company runs a service between Madrid Airport Terminal T4 and Zaragoza every 2-3 hours (3 hours 45 minutes trip, single/return: €15/€26). If you are in terminals T1 T2 or T3, take the free airport bus shuttle to terminal T4.

From Barcelona Airport

From Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona Sants train station:
Take the half-hourly RENFE R2 train from T2B (if you arrive at T1 there is an airport bus which takes you to T2B station) to Barcelona Sants (20 minutes, around €4.50). With your pre-booked AVE train ticket to Zaragoza, you can get a ticket on the Rodalies suburban train to Barcelona Sants for free from the automatic vending machines.

From Barcelona Sants to Zaragoza Delicias central station:
Take the high-speed train AVE to Zaragoza (1 hour 45 minutes, around €60).

Coming by train or bus

If you arrive in Zaragoza by train or by bus, you will be at Zaragoza Delicias central station (Address: Avda de Navarra, 80).

The station is connected to the city centre and the conference venue by bus and taxi services. To get to the conference auditorium, the taxi fare is around €7-8 and the bus number is Ci2 (around €1.50).

Please, remember that you have to pay cash to the bus driver. Credit cards are accepted in only a few taxis (ask in advance).

To get to the city center from Zaragoza Delicias central station, the taxi fare is around €10-12. If you want to go by bus, there are many lines that connect with many others and the tramline next to the Auditorium. For further details, check bus routes (only in Spanish) at

By car

From Barcelona to Zaragoza by car is a 300km drive and takes about 3 hours. You will spend most of the journey on the AP-2. Remember that AP roads are toll roads.

From Madrid to Zaragoza by car is a 320km journey and takes about 3 hours 15 minutes, traveling mainly on the A-2 road (no toll).



Practical information


At the event

Registration and help desk

There will be a registration and help desk located in the foyer of the OSM venue:

Auditorio de Zaragoza
Eduardo Ibarra, 3, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain (in Spanish)

Opening hours
Tuesday 9 May 18:00-19:30
Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 May 08:00-19:00

All speakers are required to load their presentations at the registration desk the day before they give their talk. Please go there the day before you present, no earlier.

There will be a "Speakers/presenters room" near the registration desk to check that the talks have uploaded successfully. Please make use of this facility, as uploading to a new system/computer can sometimes cause formatting errors.

Code of conduct at the OSM

Unless stated otherwise, taking photos or videos of scientific material and presentations is prohibited.
Copying of presentations from computers in the conference rooms is also not allowed.
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Smoking is prohibited in all closed public spaces.
Please remember to turn off mobile phones in the conference rooms.

Conference rooms

There will be four rooms used in the main OSM venue for lectures and parallel sessions, plus two rooms at the nearby Hotel Romareda will also be used for parallel sessions. Signage will lead you there.

Tourist information

A tourist information desk will also be located in the OSM main foyer. Here you can ask for assistance with public transport (see below) or for information about things to see and do in Zaragoza.



PAGES OSM/YSM 2017 will represent a tremendous opportunity to energize not only the Spanish Quaternary Community, but also the Portuguese, Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian Quaternary communities.

The theme of both meetings is "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective".

Local Organizing Committee: Quaternary Terrestrial Environments group (Pyrenean Institute of Ecology-CSIC)

Conference venue

Auditorio de Zaragoza
Eduardo Ibarra, 3, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain (in Spanish)

Visa requirements

Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid national identity document or passport.

If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements well before your travel here.

If you need more information and/or require an invitation letter, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


See here for a potential childcare service during the OSM.


Spanish is the main language spoken in Zaragoza. English, and to a lesser extent French, are spoken widely by the younger generations. Hotels and main businesses have English-speaking personnel.

Health Regulations

No international immunization is needed to visit Spain. However, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of all countries you may have to pass through on your way to Spain.


Zaragoza enjoys a Mediterranean continental climate with warm and sunny summers, severe winters, mild and moderate autumns and short springs. In May, the average temperature is around 20ºC during the day and sporadic rain is also possible.

Access the 10-day weather forecast for Zaragoza here.


Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced (e.g. from the train station to the city center will cost you around €10-12). You can flag them down in the street or contact them by phone (+34976424242 or +34976757575).

Payment by cash is the most convenient, but some taxis accept credit cards (ask in advance).

Public Transport

Most of the PAGES OSM venues are within walking distance, but if you want to use public transportation, you can choose between buses and the one tram line in Zaragoza. A single ticket costs 1,35€ per journey and is valid for one hour. Or you can buy a Bus Card beforehand. The Bus Card is 7€ (2€ for deposit and 5€ charge for trips) and valid on buses and trams.

Buses: A map with all the bus lines is available here (in Spanish). You can buy a single ticket every time you board the bus but you must pay in cash.

Trams: There is only a North – South Tram line, which is convenient because it runs through downtown and with a stop close to the OSM Auditorio (Plaza Emperador Carlos V). At the tram stops, you need to buy tickets from a ticket machine near the stop before boarding (cash or card). Remember to validate your tram ticket when entering the tram. Read more about the tram service and timetable here (in English).

How to buy a Bus Card: A Bus Card is the way to go if you are going to use public transportation everyday. If you use the card the fare is 0.74€ per journey. If you return the card to the AUZSA Customer Service Office after you have finished with it, you will be reimbursed the 2€ deposit. You can travel while you have enough balance/money on your travel card. It allows transfers within one hour. You must swipe the card in the designated electronic devices to validate it for each journey you make. Return trips on the same line are not considered as transfers. When several travellers use the same card, the time left to make a transfer will count since the first journey paid with that card.

Bus Cards can be purchased at the AUZSA Customer Service Office at the Independencia Shopping Center (Centro Comercial Independencia, Paseo de la Independencia, 24-26, 50004 Zaragoza, Floor -1) and at more than 600 points located in Ibercaja, CAI, Bantierra, Eroski, Decathlon Gran Casa, Estación Delicias, Martin Martin and newsstands. The cards can be charged at many locations identified by a Bus Card Logo. The location of the charge points can be consulted at the website Card charges can be carried out for amounts of 5€ or its multiples, up to a maximum balance of 60€. They can also be charged at the tram stops.

Rental bikes

The Cicleria ( in collaboration with the Zaragoza City Hall offer all participants in the PAGES-OSM a rental bike service really useful. You can rent a bike (mountain or urban bike) for 5 € per day (with 50€ of deposit). They will give you a locker and a map of bike paths in Zaragoza. Please, go to registration desk in the Auditorio if you are interested. More information in:
Phone: 0034 876 167 356
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Car Rental

If you do plan to rent a car during your stay, please be aware free parking is very limited in the city center and public parking areas are very expensive.

Car rental is only really recommended for excursions outside the city.


There is a variable Value Added Tax (VAT) of 10% to 21% applied to most items and services, and it is already included in most prices. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.


Normal business hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.30 and 16.30 to 20.00; however, in the city center and shopping malls, many shops remain open all day (10.00 to 21.00).

Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange

The Spanish currency is the Euro (€). All major international credit cards are accepted everywhere. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash machines accepting major international credit cards are available 24 hours in many bank offices. Banks are open from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday.


In restaurants, hotels and taxis etc, a gratuity is not included in the price. Although optional, tips are readily accepted and a general guideline is between 5% and 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of the service.

Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the amount of luggage you have, 1 to 3 Euros.

Liability and Insurance

The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or any accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the conference. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance.

Emergency services

Dial 091 for police and 112 for fire and ambulance.


Smoking is banned in all public spaces throughout Spain including conference venues, shops, restaurants, pubs and hotel bedrooms (except by request).


Organizational structure

If you need to contact any member of the organizing committees, please click on the name link, where available, to access their details.

Conference host

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, Spanish National Research Council (IPE-CSIC)
Av/ Montañana 1005
50059 Zaragoza
Phone: +34 976369393
Fax: +34 974363222


Local Organizing Committee

Blas Valero-Garcés, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Ana Moreno, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Penélope González-Sampériz, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Graciela Gil-Romera, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
José Mª García-Ruiz, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Juan Ignacio López-Moreno, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Jesús Julio Camarero, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Pilar Utrilla, University of Zaragoza (Prehistory), Zaragoza, Spain
Lourdes Montes, University of Zaragoza (Prehistory), Zaragoza, Spain
Rafael Domingo, University of Zaragoza (Prehistory), Zaragoza, Spain
Carlos Sancho, University of Zaragoza (Geology), Zaragoza, Spain
Gloria Cuenca, University of Zaragoza (Geology), Zaragoza, Spain


OSM Scientific Program Committee

Hubertus Fischer, University of Bern, Switzerland
Sheri Fritz, University of Nebraska, USA
Marie-France Loutre, PAGES IPO, Switzerland
Lucien von Gunten, PAGES IPO, Switzerland
Janet Wilmshurst, Landcare Research, New Zealand
Liping Zhou, Peking University, China
Pascale Braconnot, LSCE, France
Hugues Goosse, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Yusuke Yokoyama, University of Tokyo, Japan
Blas Valero-Garcés, IPE-CSIC, Spain
Ana Moreno, IPE-CSIC, Spain
Penélope González-Sampériz, IPE-CSIC, Spain


YSM Scientific Program Committee

Graciela Gil-Romera, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain
Rafael Domingo, University of Zaragoza (Prehistory), Zaragoza, Spain
Marie-France Loutre, PAGES IPO, Switzerland
Katrin Meissner, University of New South Wales, Australia
Janet Wilmshurst, Landcare Research, New Zealand
Ilham Bouimetarhan, MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Germany
Maria Eugenia de Porras, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas, Chile
Keely Mills, British Geological Survey, UK
Adriana Mehl, National University of La Pampa, Argentina



About Zaragoza

Zaragoza is known as a professional venue with the charm of a small town. The capital of the Aragón region is the most populated city (700,000 inhabitants) in the Ebro Valley.

Enjoy strolling through the historic streets and be amazed by the hidden spots waiting to be discovered. We have drawn up a list of sights that you can't miss: churches, monuments, bridges, natural spaces ... all laden with history and the dynamism of a modern city.

Zaragoza is also known for its simple and nutritious cuisine, characterized by the use of local fruit and vegetables and good, affordable wines.

Zaragoza is a well connected city, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona (both with international airports). A high-speed train service runs frequently during the day, connecting Zaragoza with Madrid (1 hour 15 minutes) and Barcelona (1 hour 30 minutes). Traveling in Spain is easy and affordable. Read more about traveling to Zaragoza here.

Access the 10-day weather forecast for Zaragoza here.


OSM venue

The OSM will be held at the Auditorio de Zaragoza (C/ Eduardo Ibarra, 3), in the centre of town.

For more information about travel to Spain and Zaragoza, click here.

More practical information about the city can be found here.


Traveling to the OSM venue

Trams run from the city center to the OSM venue every five minutes. Please make allowances for increased numbers using the service during the OSM.

At 12.8 kilometres long, Line 1 of the Zaragoza Tram crosses the city from the southernmost point to the northernmost, going through the centre and the Old City. Read more about public transport and Bus Card options in Practical Information. Read more about the tram line and timetable here (in English).

Alternatively, if you have time and feel like enjoying the outdoors, it takes about 30 minutes to walk from Plaza de España in the city center to the OSM venue. Follow the tram line! Easy!


About the region

This corner of the world provides a case study for the complexities of climate, biological, geological and human processes during the Quaternary in "boundary" regions, where synergies, feedbacks and interconnectivity are essential parts of global dynamics.

The strategic geographic location of the Iberian Peninsula, where continents meet and oceans and seas converge, provides exceptional opportunities to investigate the dynamics of climate, environmental and human evolution in frontier regions during the Quaternary.

The Iberian Peninsula has long been a cultural bridge between Europe and Africa, playing an important role in human evolution and migrations. It also constitutes an essential link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, acting as a main player in all land-ocean interactions at these mid latitudes.

This region offers numerous examples of past and present global challenges faced by societies and how paleoscience may guide us to a better common future.