IUCliD workshop:

The 3-day interdisciplinary workshop on "Uncertainties in data analysis" will be held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, during 30 Sep and 2 Oct 2020. The workshop will consist of 5 lectures and hands-on tutorials conducted by experts from different applied fields that deal with uncertainties. The sessions are primarily intended for postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Attendees are invited to contribute to the workshop with presentations of their own research, covering uncertainties or challenging investigations in (palaeo-)climate research.

The tutorials will cover more general and some specific topics, such as applied Bayesian statistics, palaeoclimate age uncertainties, ice core uncertainties, nonlinear time series analysis, and how uncertainties in data can be modeled in a theoretical or applied sense. Invited speakers are

  • Dr. Maarten Blaauw (Queen's University Belfast, UK): modelling uncertainties in age-depth modeling and palaeo-ecological time series

  • Nadine Berner (Safety Analysis Division, GRS gGmbH, Research Center, Garching near Munich): "Localization of transitions in observations and simulations via Bayesian Inference"

  • Sune Rasmussen (Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen): "When statistics and proxy uncertainties clash: Combining uncertainties from ice cores and other climate records without harming the math (too much)"

  • Rebecca Morrison (Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, US): "Learning sparse representations of model error in coupled differential equations"

The workshop would also provide a space where researchers could get together and decide on potential future collaborations that tackle unresolved challenges related to uncertainties in data.

We will be able to cover a part of your traveling and accommodation costs. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be a combination of both physical and virtual presentations.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research is at the forefront of theoretical and applied climate change research, and has a vibrant community of scientists who contribute to its dynamic research environment.

Agenda & deadlines:

IUCliD will begin on the early afternoon of 30 September 2020 with and will conclude in the afternoon on 2 October 2020. Please aim to arrive at the venue no later than 1pm on Wednesday. Please find the agenda here, in this booklet!

Abstract submission: from now to 17 August 2020
Conference registration: from now to 17 August 2020
Hotel reservation: from now to 17 August 2020

Abstract submission:

We welcome scientific contributions to the workshop and encourage all attendees to present at IUCliD (oral presentation only), but it is not required. Abstract submission itself will be done within the registration process.

Your abstract should meet the following requirements: in English language, 250 words maximum, abstracts may not include tables and graphs. The abstract submission deadline is 17 August 2020.

You will be informed about the program until 24 August 2020 by email from the organising team.

Workshop registration & fees:

Registration for IUCliD is open from now until 17 August 2020. The registration fee includes conference attendance and beverages and lunch and has two ticket types:

registration for physical participation                              25,00 EUR

registration for virtual participation                                  free of charge

We like to make you aware of the fact that the number of virtual participants is limited and that, depending on the number of registrations, we might have to withdraw from some registration due to the priority, we will give for persons with accepted scientific contribution.

Please register here!

Bedroom booking:

Participants make their own reservation at the  B&B Hotel Potsdam. Please contact the B&B Hotel Potsdam by email and ask for the conditions for the PIK call-up allotment. The following agreement has been made:
  • Booking period: 30 September - 2 October 2020  
  • Call-up keyword: PIK
  • Rate per night and single room: 73,50 € including breakfast  
  • reservation by email: potsdam@hotelbb.com
  • Call-up allotment available until 17 August 2020

In order to avoid misunderstandings, we recommend to advice the hotel about the correct billing address in advance. You will need to settle your bedroom invoice upon arrival. 

It is helpful for the hotel to receive information about your approximate arrival time and if necessary, any other special requirement.

Before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m. the check-in takes place at a registration terminal: Call up your reservation with your reservation number and pay by credit or debit card (cash payment not possible). You will then receive your room number and the access code for your room.

Conference venue:

PIK was founded in 1992 and is a non-profit organization and is a member of the Leibniz Association

At PIK, researchers in the natural and social sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems. Researchers examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the institute.

Research at PIK is organized in four Research Departments: Earth System Analysis, Climate Resilience, Transformation Pathways and Complexity Science.


This workshop is organized by the

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research | Telegraphenberg A31 | 14473 Potsdam | Germany

Organising Team: Bedartha Goswami, Gabi Pilz and Norbert Marwan

 Contact by email: marwan@pik-potsdam.de


The workshop is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) by project MA4759/8-1