General information

Chile’s borders have been fully open to international travelers for more than a year now, and a close-down of Chile’s international entrance during this year seems therefore highly unlikely. All necessary information regarding entry requirements to Chile can be accessed online. Nonetheless, we are closely monitoring the local and international COVID circumstances, with the aim of keeping the PASES community healthy and safe.

We will organize a hybrid workshop where keynote talks and presentations would be broadcasted to a wider audience, with ample opportunities to participate and access content remotely. Nevertheless, speakers will be those early-career researchers (ECRs) who were selected (i.e., accepted abstract and travel grants) in the original 2020 PASES workshop (November 2020).

Programme PASES2022 (20-24 November 2022)

Sunday 20th
AfternoonArrival/ Registration
Monday 21st
MorningKeynote talk #1
AfternoonPresentations and discussions
EveningOutreach talk
Tuesday 22nd
MorningKeynote talk #2
AfternoonPresentations and discussions
EveningOutreach talk
Wednesday 23rd
All dayExcursions & Workshop dinner
Thursday 24th
MorningPublic Forum: science and indigenous knowledge
AfternoonBreakout groups activity (TBD)

Breakout groups

In the breakout groups, participants will work on science related questions, keeping in mind potential future collaborations and output in the form of peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Each breakout group will be comprised of 5-7 people. They will address community-driven topics obtained from a questionnaire we conducted between August 2019 and January 2020 (over 140 responses) to obtain the most pressing questions that participants are interested to seek around the application of paleosciences to study socio-environmental systems. Participants will address pillars of collaboration: who understands the system? who brings (ask/defines) the question? who has (understand) the methods? More detailed information will follow when participants are selected.


On Wednesday November 23rd, the workshop excursion and dinner will take place. A bus will depart from La Serena to Fray Jorge National Park, 60 km south of the city. Once there, workshop participants will get to know an iconic rural landmark which is a relict, fog-fed forest located in the middle of the desert. After having lunch in our way out of the forest, we will spend the afternoon visiting the astonishing pre-Columbian rock art gallery of the Valle del Encanto archaeological monument.

The workshop dinner will be on the same in a local winery. There will be a guided tour with wine tasting. Finally, we will enjoy the local astronomy by gazing at the visible celestial bodies.

Public event

A public event revolving around the topic “Indigenous knowledge and paleosciences for the future” will be held on Thursday November 24th. This forum seeks, through discussions between Indigenous communities, local activists, interdisciplinary researchers, and communicators, to address what’s behind the overarching message that drive current paleoscience research: “The present is the key to the past, and to the future”. A series of discussions will try answer: “Whose past?”, “Whose present?” and “Whose future?”

Outreach activities

In order to make a tangible contribution to the local community of La Serena, CEAZA will organize different outreach activities in which the workshop participants will have the opportunity to explain their work to the public in an informal setting. Outreach activities will include talks and conversations with students at elementary and high schools, and with board members of non-profit organizations, non-governmental institutions, and indigenous parties, all located in La Serena and rural areas of the greater Coquimbo Region. CEAZA’s outreach staff members will contact interested ECRs to set the venues and arrange times and transportation.