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We are pleased to confirm that the 14th International Paleolimnology Symposium will be held between 18-21 June 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. This will be a special joint Symposium between the IPA and IAL. For more information on the Symposium, visit here.

For any prospective groups thinking about organising a symposium these guidelines may be of use.


At each Symposium three awards are given among the IPA community. These are:

1. The IPA Lifetime Achievement Award
The major award of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) is the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is a medal presented by IPA to the winner(s) at the international symposia. The award was initiated in 2008. Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators are asked to submit a one-page letter of nomination and a full CV of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Chair of the IPA Executive.

The following criteria are taken into account when choosing the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award winner(s):

1. Contributions to paleolimnology (judged by their papers, programs, inventions, students supervised, etc.);
2. The impact they have made on our science globally;
3. The extent to which they have promoted the use/value of paleolimnology in the wider field of science (e.g. by publications in peer-reviewed, non-specialist science journals);
4. Their contribution to the wider societal understanding of environmental change;
5. Whether this is the appropriate meeting for recognition or, given the merits of other nominees, whether recognition should be deferred until a future meeting. Historically, the award was given to individuals who have reached retirement age, though many such retirees continued to be active.

The winner is presented with a medal at IPS, is invited to deliver a talk at a special awards session at the IPS, and is encouraged to publish their talk (i.e. a summary of their career and reflections) in the Journal of Paleolimnology. IPA will cover IPS registration costs as well as reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

2. IPA Early Career Researcher Award
The IPA Early Career Researcher Award, which was initiated in 2018, will be presented at our International Paleolimnology Symposia (IPS) to the successful nominee who defended her/his PhD thesis within the past 10 years. Allowances will be made for parental leave or other similar issues that may affect career advancement. Selection criteria will be based on contributions to paleolimnology, which may include, but are not necessarily limited to: academic excellence and publications, presentations at conferences and other venues, public outreach, leadership, and/or service contributions to the broad paleolimnological community.
Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators will be asked to submit a one-page letter of nomination and a full CV of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Early Career representative on the IPA Executive. The winner will be presented with a certificate from IPA and will be invited to give a plenary address at the International Paleolimnology Symposium (IPS). IPA will cover IPS registration costs as well as reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

3. IPA Outstanding Service Awards
The IPA Outstanding Service Awards, which were initiated in 2012, were designed to honour those who have enabled the advancement of paleolimnology through their dedicated, effective and sustained support for our research community.
Following a call for nominations from the Chair of IPA, nominators will be asked to submit a one-page letter of nomination describing the service of the nominee. The selection committee will be chaired by the Chair of the IPA Executive. The winner(s) will be presented with a certificate from IPA and will be invited to say a few words at the IPS awards ceremony.


So far there have been 14 International Paleolimnology Symposia around the world. Details on where they were held and the IPA awards that were given can be found below:

  • 14th Symposia: 18-21st June 2018
    Hosted by: Stockholm University
    Location: Stockholm, Sweden
    Information on all awards from the Symposium can be found here and obituaries can be found here.

  • 13th Symposia: 4-7th August 2015
    Hosted by: Lanzhou University
    Location: Lanzhou, China
    Information on all awards from the Symposium can be found here and obituaries can be found here.

  • 12th Symposia: 21-24th August 2012
    Hosted by: ECRC UCL & University of Glasgow
    Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    http://paleolim.org/ips2012
  • Information on all awards from the Symposium can be found here as well as the obituary of Eugene F. Stoermer read at the Symposium by John Smol.

  • 11th Symposia: 15-18th December 2009
    Hosted by: Instituto de GeofĂ­sica U.N.A.M, Mexico
    Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Information on all awards from the Symposium can be found here
  • 10th Symposia: 25-29th June 2006
    Hosted by: University of Minnesota & Museum of Science, Minnesota
    Location: Duluth, Missesota, USA
    http://www.geo.umn.edu/paleolim10/
    photos from this meeting are posted on webshots.com
  • 9th Symposia: 24-28th August 2003
    Hosted by: Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU), University of Helsinki & Geological Survey of Finland
    Location: Espoo, Finland
  • 8th Symposia: 20-24th August 2000
    Hosted by: Department of Biology, Queen’s University
    Location: Kingston, Canada
  • 7th Symposia: 28th August – 2nd September 1997
    Hosted by: Joint German and Swiss colleagues
    Location: Heiligkreuztal/Riedlingen, Germany
    http://www.indiana.edu/~diatom/int7.mtg
  • 6th Symposia: 1993
    Location: Canberra, Australia
    Published: JOPL 11(3) and JOPL 12(3)
  • 5th Symposia: 1989
    Location: Ambleside, UK
    Published: Hydrobiologia 214
  • 4th Symposia: 1985
    Location: Ossiach, Austria
    Published: Hydrobiologia 143
  • 3rd Symposia: 1981
    Location: Koli, Finland
    Published: Hydrobiologia 103
  • 2nd Symposia: 1976
    Location: Mikolajki, Poland
    Published: Polskie Archiwum Hydrobiologi 25
  • 1st Symposia: 1967
    Location: Tihany, Hungary
    Published: Symposium on Paleolimnology