The Willi Dansgaard Centenary Symposium

We invite the ice-core and climate research community to join a 3-day symposium in Copenhagen on August 29th-31st, 2022, hosted by the Ice and Climate Research Group at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen,

The Willi Dansgaard Centenary Symposium

Willi Dansgaard (1922 – 2011) was a pioneer of isotope glaciology and ice-core-based climate research. The climate agenda makes his research contributions more relevant today than ever, and ice cores remain pivotal for understanding the climate system.

The symposium consists of two parts:

  • A scientific symposium on Monday and Wednesday in the classic conference style with scientific presentations by both invited keynote speakers and participants selected based on submitted abstracts. We particularly welcome contributions within Willi Dansgaard's work areas: climate reconstructions by isotope measurements, ice-flow modelling and dating, and the study of abrupt climate change. Abstracts are welcome: Please use abstract template (Word/PDF) and submit by e-mail no later than June 1st).
  • A symposium with dual focus on Willi Dansgaard’s life and work, and highlights of recent climate research takes up the Tuesday, Willi Dansgaard’s birthday. In the afternoon, we conclude with a formal celebration session with invited participants from the Danish and Greenlandic political system, university leadership, research foundations, and Willi Dansgaard’s family, friends, and colleagues, followed by a reception and dinner.

Invited speakers include Jim White (US), Valérie Masson-Delmotte (F), Dania Achermann (D), Joel Pedro (AUS), Christo Buizert (US), Michel Crucifix (B), Peter Huybers (US), Minik Rosing (DK), and Maiken Lolck (DK).


Sunday Aug. 28th afternoon   (optional) visit to the Copenhagen ice-core facility.
Sunday Aug. 28th evening Intro talk, icebreaker with drinks and light dinner at U. Cph.
Monday Aug. 29th Scientific symposium at U. Cph., informal dinner
Tuesday Aug. 30th Symposium, formal celebration, reception and conference dinner, Eigtveds Pakhus, Central Copenhagen
Wednesday Aug. 31st Scientific symposium at U. Cph. (ends late afternoon)
Thursday Sept. 1st (optional) field trip (see below)

Abstracts, especially for the scientific symposium, are welcome: Please use abstract template (Word/PDF) and submit by e-mail no later than June 1st).

The detailed programme will appear here in due time.



If there is sufficient interest, we will organize a field trip on Thursday, visiting The White Cliffs of Møn and the sea cliffs of Stevns Klint (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to see the signs of the K/T boundary or Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, deposited 66 Myr ago).

Indicate interest at the time of registration. Additional costs estimated to maximum 100 EUR covering bus transport and meals.



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Abstracts, especially for the scientific symposium, are welcome: Please use abstract template (Word/PDF) and submit by e-mail no later than June 1st).

Links to the registration system will appear on this page before the end of June.

Registration fee for the 3-day conference including lunches, coffee breaks, and dinners Monday and Tuesday approx. 150 EUR excluding the optional excursion.

Registration for the Tuesday symposium (not including dinner) is free.




  • June 1st, 2022: Abstract submission deadline (including travel grant applications)
  • June 15th, 2022: Speaker selection communicated, registration opens.
  • August 5th, 2022: Registration deadline for scientific symposium.
  • August 28th - Sept. 1st 2022: Symposium and optional field trip (see above)



Travel grants are available for approx. 10 international Early-Career Scientists (ECS).

Travel grants are also available for 2 scientists, 2 students, and 2 educators from Greenland.

To apply, please fill in the application form for travel grants. Please use the Word file if supported on your system. Alternatively, provide the same information in another format (find the PDF version here).

Please consider also submitting an abstract: Template for abstracts  is available in Word/PDF format.

Submission deadline for both abstracts and travel grant applications is June 1st (submit by email).



Chair of the organizing committee
Sune Olander Rasmussen, 
Section for the Physics of Ice, Climate and Earth (PICE)
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Information about travel and accommodation in Copenhagen will be provided at a later stage.


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