The organizing committee is closely monitoring the situation with international travel restrictions and continued concern due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tentative programme PASES2022 (November 2022, dates TBD)
Day 1 November
AfternoonArrival/ Registration
Day 2 November
MorningOpening ceremonyKeynote and session presentations
AfternoonSession presentationsPoster session
Day 3 November
MorningKeynote and session presentationsSession presentations
AfternoonBreakout group
Poster session
Day 4 November
All dayExcursion
Day 5 November
MorningKeynote and session presentationsBreakout group
AfternoonBreakout groupBreakout group
EveningWorkshop dinner
Day 6 November
MorningKeynote and session presentationsBreakout group
AfternoonPublic eventClosing ceremony

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 11th, 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 the next day (Thursday) 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 Friday November 13th. 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.