Niina Kuosmanen, University of Helsinki, receives this years' scholarship to cover travel expenses for the PC XIII/IOPC IX 2012 conference in Tokyo in late August 2012.
Niina is PhD student at the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Helsinki University. She started in summer 2010. The aim of her work is to produce more fossil data from northern Europe to reconstruct the changes of the boreal forest composition from the late-glacial to the early Holocene and throughout the Holocene. Special notice is given to the Holocene vegetation dynamics at the modern western range of the Siberian larch (Larix sibirica) and the migration of the Norway spruce (Picea abies). The title of the poster is "Long-term boreal forest dynamics at the modern western range limit ofthe Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), new insights from stomata and pollen records".
The IPC XIII congress was held in Tokyo 23.-30.8. in the Chuo University. Participating to IPC meeting was very exciting and inspiring. During the meeting I met many other scientists from the field of palynology. The congress was relatively big with over 500 participants. There were many parallel sessions, so it was not possible to follow all of them. However, the most interesting sessions in my point of view were organized in different days. So, it was possible to listen to almost all talks that were most important considering my research interest or were fascinating in general. It was also useful to see different kind of talks and to get some useful pointers for my own presentations in the future.
I had a poster in session chaired by Simon Brewer and Thomas Giesecke: Ecological insights from palynological and macrofossil analysis. There were several very interesting talks in this session. During my poster presentation I got many important questions and comments about my work. I also had a chance to meet scientists whose research topics are close to mine and I had valuable discussions with them.
During the congress I had chance to meet other PhD students from different countries. It is always great to have an opportunity to make new contacts and to hear experiences from other PhD students.
I participated to one of the mid- excursion fieldtrips, which went to natural beech forest in Mt. Takao and latest Pliocene fossil forest in Hachioji west from Tokyo. Trip was well organized and we had very nice guides who were experts on botany. During the trip we got lot of information about natural forests in Japan and also about Japanese culture.
The whole trip to IPC XIII in Tokyo was very successful and I ́m very thankful to CPS to have this opportunity to take part the IPC XIII and also to visit Tokyo. The funding of 15 000 SEK were used to cover accommodation and food expenses in Tokyo and also part of the travel expenses from Helsinki to Tokyo.
Niina Kuosmanen, Helsinki