NEW: Important Conference practical information

Ocean gateways and their dynamical circulation are prominently involved in a range of climatically relevant ocean processes such as shifting salt, heat and buoyancy between ocean basins, thereby potentially impacting convective activity in the high-latitude oceans and the stability of the ocean circulation. The opening and closure of ocean gateways also played an important role in the geological past in defining the state of the polar cryosphere, the ocean’s physical circulation and chemical inventories, and the global climate at large.

 The Ocean Gateways conference aims to bring together the ocean and terrestrial observations, climate modelling and palaeoclimate reconstructions communities to share their insights into the circulation regimes of ocean gateways, the role of wind systems in defining these regimes, the variability of the gateways circulation and their significance for ocean circulation on regional to global and modern to palaeo-time scales.


  • Steve Barker, Cardiff University, UK
  • Mira Bar-Matthews, Geological Survey of Israel, Israel
  • Arne Biastoch, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • Agatha de Boer, Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Hezi Gildor, Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University
  • Ian Hall, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Ann Holbourn, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany
  • Gregor Knorr, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Frank Peeters, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Janet Sprintall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Erik van Sebille, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Wilbert Weijer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Rainer Zahn, Autonomous University of Barcelona

 The conference seeks to stimulate dialogue between the disciplines during plenary discussions and guided round table discussions. It is a stated objective of the conference to particularly encourage participation of young scientists at the PhD and post-doctoral researcher level.

The Conference will be held on the 5-7 May at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Edmond J. Safra campus, and we invite abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

The conference organizers, the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem do not accept liability for personal health situations or personal accident, loss or damage to private property, which may incur as a result of the participation in the Ocean Gateways conference. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to arrange appropriate insurance cover.

The registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 17.




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