During the last decades, the enhancement or development of additional and complementary techniques and proxies besides palynology to the palaeoecological research has helped to improve the accuracy of the interpretations obtained. For instance, the analysis of phytoliths and non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs) has been crucial in environments where palynomorphs are rare or not well-preserved, as is it the case of archaeological sites. Moreover, the increased in the number of proxies used, has allowed to increment the number of inferred environmental drivers involved in the long-term dynamics of a given ecological community, which results essential in study areas where autoecological information is limited.

This informal international meeting is aimed at people who work with different subfossil remains in sedimentary archives from lakes, wetland sediments, brackish and marine water bodies, outcrops and archaeological sites. The workshop has been split into two thematic sections (of two and a half days each), allowing the possibility of attending only to phytoliths or NPPs workshop days, or attending to the entire event. The complete workshop will thus consist of five days of plenary talks with teaching purposes (phytoliths), oral and poster presentations (NPPs), microscopy sessions (both), and a round table on the last day on forming a working group and funding opportunities (NPPs).

Regarding NPPs contributions, talks from a wide range of topics are welcome, and we encourage particularly early career researchers (including Masters and PhD students) to present their results.

We have scheduled two afternoons of microscopy session that will take place in Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), in Barcelona. We strongly encourage to bring your own slides and material, for tutorial purposes and discussion.

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