TRACE Volumes 2018 and beyond

The board of the Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR) has recently discussed the future of the proceedings of the annual TRACE conferences. To keep on publishing the common TRACE-Volumes as an independent series is no longer attractive especially for the young participants of the conference who are under increasing pressure to publish in international ISI listed/peer-reviewed publications.

Given the high quality of oral and poster presentations in recent years from the Association membership including Master- and PhD-students at TRACE conferences, representatives of the ATR-board and the Editor-in-Chief of Dendrochronologia, Paolo Cherubini, have agreed to transfer the TRACE-Volumes to appear annually as special issue of Dendrochronologia.
The new TRACE-Volumes, starting with the proceedings of the TRACE 2018 conference in Greifswald, Germany (23 – 28 April 2018), will be published as full papers (detailed instructions will follow) in the special issues “TRACE 20XX” in Dendrochronologia and will be subject to the same review and editorial scrutiny as standard papers in the Journal.

The members of the ATR-board are expressing their gratitude to Paolo Cherubini for his willingness to support the proceedings of our conference in this way which we hope will not only strengthen the training and visibility of ATR science for early- and established researchers, but strengthen and raise the global profile of Dendrochronologia across the field of tree-ring research.

Workshop ‘Individualistic Growth Response’-network

From 6th to 9th of February 2018, 19 members of the Individualistic Growth Response network (IGR) from 11 countries participated in a workshop held at Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Netherlands. The aim of the workshop was to obtain a first insight into the IGR data-network and outline further research avenues. It was organized by WUR staff members Allan Buras (initiator of IGR) and Ute Sass-Klaassen, and financially supported by the Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR).

ATR IGR workshop Feb 2018
Workshop participants at Wageningen University

2018: a year full of activities!

In 2018, numerous ATR-supported/-related events will take place, including:

  • a workshop on the Quantification of growth divergence, Wageningen University (the Netherlands), February 7-9.
  • tree-ring related sessions at EGU 2018, like BG2.23  and CL1.07, Vienna (Austria), April 8-13.
  • the TRACE 2018 conference, Greifswald (Germany), April 24-27. Register online at:!
  • the international conference Wood formation and tree adaptation to climate, Orléans (France), May 23-28. Find more info here.
  • the WorldDendro conference, Bhutan, June 2-22. For ATR members, five grants of 300 Euro are offered to participate in the conference; find information on how to apply here.
  • 5th International Training School in Quantitative Wood Anatomy using ROXAS, San Vito (Italy), June 25-29. Register here.
  • a summer school on Tree rings, climate, natural resources, and human Interaction, Cheryomushki – Khakassia (Russia), August 12-24. Register at:
  • the 29th dendroecological field week, Lonjsko Polje (Croatia), September 9-16. More info here.

…and many more!

28th European Dendroecological Fieldweek ﹣ a student experience

From September 10-17, 2017, the 28th European Dendroecological Fieldweek took place in the Vosges Mountains, France.
Edina Merdan, one of the participants that received financial support from ATR, tells about her experience here.

ATR-supported summer school ﹣ a student experience

From September 25-29, 2017, a highly succesfull international summer school “From xylogenesis to dendroecology: dendrochronology, quantitative wood anatomy and stable isotopes” took place in Naples, Italy.
Anna Dinella, a Ph.D.-student that received financial support from ATR, tells about her experience here.

International Summer School 2017, Naples, Italy
International summer school “From xylogenesis to dendroecology: dendrochronology, quantitative wood anatomy and stable isotopes”

New website of ATR

The Association for Tree-Ring Research has a new website, which was designed to enhance the user experience and to support mobile viewing.