Building on the success of the previous such initiative (see:, the 2nd INTIMATE Example training school was centered on tackling past climate dynamics in palaeoclimatological research, on implications in synchronizing records regionally, and critically assessing data in the light of better-constrained palaeoclimate master records. Participants were exposed intensively to concepts and scientific issues relevant in the study of past climate variability using lacustrine proxies, targeting particularly the expression of Lateglacial-to-MIS2 climate dynamics in central-eastern Europe in connections to investigating the long lacustrine record of Lake St Anne.

The training school took place between May 30 and June 5, 2014, at the twin volcanic craters of St Anne (currently a lake) and Mohos (click here for an overview of the area) with lectures, field applications, sediment coring and on-site laboratory work, whereas the main venue, lodging and indoors course lectures was at the nearby Hotel O3zone in Baile Tusnad.

The training school was organized jointly by Daniel Veres (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - Romanian Academy/Babes-Bolyai University, and Enikő Magyari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) MTA-MTM-ELTE Research group for Paleontology, Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary.

See the report from the training school below.

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The INTIMATE-coorganised training school "Climate Transitions" on the topics of climate theory, modeling and reconstruction was held on the Bornø field in Sweden station June 9-16, 2012. The course feature morning lectures by key specialists followed by interactive project work. More details on the training schools are available in the attached document.

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INTIMATE co-sponsored training school "The Dynamics of the last Deglaciation"
August 19th-31st 2013, Nyksund, Vesterålen Islands, Norway.

The main focus of this year's course was the understanding of the basic principles and dynamics of the last deglaciation as observed in paleoclimate archives (marine, terrestrial and ice cores). Topics included

  • atmospheric dynamics and impact of changing ice topography
  • ocean dynamics and impact of melting ice sheets
  • models of the deglaciation and importance of radiative forcing
  • paleoceanography and proxies of deglacial ocean climate and circulation
  • terrestrial paleoclimate and archives of deglacial climate change
  • ice cores and proxies of deglacial climate

Detailed information is available online at:

In the 2013 version of the course, 12 participants where supported by INTIMATE.

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Summer Training School on Dating Methods and Their Applications
Potsdam - Gliwice, 6-13th September 2012
with Introductory On-Line Course

Organized by GFZ (Potsdam, Germany) and GADAM Centre (Gliwice, Poland)
in the frame of the INTIMATE – COST Action ES0907
INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records - 60,000 to 8,000 years ago

20 participants from nine INTIMATE countries and one from a non-INTIMATE country took part in lectures, visiting laboratories and exercises in Potsdam (6-9th Sept. 2012) and in Gliwice (10-13th Sept. 2012). The teaching was carried out by scientists employed at the GFZ (Potsdam, Germany), Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark), GADAM Centre, SUT (Gliwice, Poland) and ETH (Zürich, Switzerland), who have first-hand experience in disciplines like varve-, tree-ring and tephro-chronology, ice-core data analyses, radiocarbon dating, luminescence dating, lead-210 and caesium dating, high resolution gamma spectroscopy, stable isotope analyses and the interpretation of the obtained data.

All participants were found enthusiastic and highly-motivated young scientists. They carefully listened to all lectures, asked a lot of questions during visiting labs and exercises and consult results of their own studies.

At the last day of the School, the participants were asked to express their opinion about the event. Their general impression is really positive and all think that it is worth to organize the next such school. Other remarks were as follows:

  • Meeting other young scientists and discussing with them was very important for participants;
  • Exercises and visiting labs were pointed out as the most fruitful part of the school. In the opinion of almost all participants these practical parts could be broaden in the case of organizing new school;
  • The students proposed to organize a next step of such course - in-depth course dedicated to modeling with using OxCal and Bacon software.

Organizing Committee:

Achim Brauer, Danuta J. Michczyńska, Natalia Piotrowska, Sabine Wulf
Scientific Committee:
Grzegorz Adamiec, Achim Brauer, Irka Hajdas, Gerd Helle, Susan Ivy-Ochs, Danuta J. Michczyńska, Adam Michczyński, Jacek Pawlyta, Natalia Piotrowska, Grzegorz Poręba, Sabine Wulf

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