EUCOP6: call for session proposals

The 6th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP6) will be held in Puigcerdà (Catalonia, Spain), 18-22 June 2023. This IPA Regional Conference on Permafrost aims to cover all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level in a changing world. This call aims to promote the interaction amongst researchers as well as stakeholders, socio-economic, political and cultural actors, commonly engaged to address the societal challenges of permafrost in a warming world.

We are pleased to announce the call for session proposals, which must be submitted by April 20, 2022.

Each session can be organized by two or three co-conveners (i.e., those sending the session proposal). We encourage international and gender balanced convener boards. At least one convener should be a young researcher (i.e., a member of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network, PYRN), but the board of a given session cannot be composed of students and their respective or former supervisors. The conveners will be responsible for the selection of abstracts and for the organization of oral or poster presentations.

Please email your session proposals to with the following information:

  • Session title
  • Names, affiliations and emails of the conveners
  • Summary (10-15 lines)

Inspired on the conference main theme “Permafrost in a changing world” and the research developments exposed during the last permafrost conferences, the following general themes denote the diversity of research to be discussed in the conference:

  • Alpine permafrost
  • Circumpolar permafrost
  • Permafrost paleoenvironments
  • Periglacial geomorphology
  • Infra-periglacial geomorphology
  • Forest/ice/snow cover on permafrost
  • Permafrost biogeochemistry
  • Permafrost microbiology
  • Permafrost & ecosystems changes
  • Biodiversity in permafrost landscapes
  • Fire & permafrost dynamics
  • Critical zone
  • Permafrost & climate change
  • Carbon cycling & climate feedbacks
  • In-situ & remote observation techniques
  • Modeling
  • Planetary permafrost
  • Natural hazards
  • Risks on permafrost-affected slopes
  • Foundation engineering & infrastructure on permafrost
  • History of permafrost engineering & research
  • Socioeconomic & cultural dynamics
  • Permafrost & planetary health
  • Education & outreach

Those themes are, by no means, restrictive and we especially wish to favor a transdisciplinary, holistic and systemic vision of the questions that the permafrost community faces. Following the decision of the International Scientific Committee/Local Organizing Committee (ISC/LOC), the accepted sessions will be announced by May 20, 2022. The decision will be based on the inherent scientific interest and quality of the session proposal, the potential to attract participants, the thematic overlap, and the number of available slots at the conference.

The call for abstracts for the accepted sessions will be open from September until December 2022. After that date, depending on the number of abstracts submitted to each session, the ISC/LOC may propose to merge, modify or cancel sessions.

We are looking forward to receiving your session proposals for EUCOP6.

By Sergi Pla, Olga Margalef & Oriol Grau, on behalf of the LOC.

Note: “A young researcher is defined as early in their career and is any individual currently enrolled as a post-secondary student or having completed their most recent post-secondary degree within the last six years.” (PYRN Bylaws: Membership, Article V, Section II).