Topical Science Meetings are built around a core of parallel and joint science workshops of PAGES Working Groups that are particularly relevant to the subject of a respective Topical Science Meeting. To add further value, impact and visibility, the workshops can be complemented with outreach, public, networking, engagement, and educational components. A Topical Science Meeting will typically involve approximately 100 participants, global and local, and stretch over three or more days.

Schedule and Elements

Each Topical Science Meeting has an individual design, but will typically run over three days to one week, including:
- Parallel workshops, focusing on each Working Group’s science goals (ca. 2 days)
- Cross-Working Group breakout sessions or joint workshop(s), including preparation of joint outcomes, such as a position statement
- A networking event for interaction between local researchers and the Working Groups (e.g. poster, plenary, discussion or skill development sessions)
- a day or evening for outreach activities, such as a public symposium
- field trips or excursions

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Schematic example schedule of the structure of a Topical Science Meeting, with a mixture of working group-specific (green) and of joint cross-topical (orange) elements.


Based on past experiences, we estimate the size of each Working Group workshop to accommodate 20-40 participants. Moreover, additional participants from the local community and stakeholders should be invited. Therefore, depending on the number of Working Groups involved, a Topical Science Meeting could attract between 60 and 150 attendees in total.