Themes 2023 
International conference - November 15-17th 2023, Venice

Long-term trends, abrupt shifts and extreme events in oceanic and atmospheric variability: a scientific and philosophic discussion

Since 2014, THEMES brings together climatologists, ecologists, oceanographers, and modelers to discuss the present state of knowledge and the opportunities for progress about measuring, modelling and predicting the evolution of Earth environments. THEMES aims at paving the way towards improved cooperation between the different groups active in the climatological, atmospheric, oceanographic and ecological investigation of our Planet.
The 2023 edition will be dedicated to the memory of our colleague Wolfgang Roether. For this reason, we organized the dedicated symposium The era of the Mediterranean: in memory of Wolfgang Roether on November 14, 2023 with contributions focused on the Mediterranean oceanography and climatology. All the participants to the THEMES conference are more than welcome to attend this event. 

Scientific Commitee
  • Angelo Rubino, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • Davide Zanchettin, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • Sara Rubinetti, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany 
  • Paola Malanotte Rizzoli, MIT, Cambridge, USA
  • Miroslav Gačić, OGS, Trieste
  • Francesco Pausata, UQAM Montreal, Canada
  • Matthew Lachniet, UNLV, Nevada, USA
Organising Committee
  • Sara Rubinetti, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Davide Zanchettin, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice
  • Angelo Rubino, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice
  • Matteo Mastropierro, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice
  • Francesco de Rovere, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice
  • Michele Gnesotto, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice
  • Carlotta Dentico, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice


Invited speakers

file pdfMichael Mcphaden, NOAA Federal, USA
"Causes and consequences of the 2020-23 triple dip La Niña"
109 K
file pdfStefano Pierini, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy
"On the multistability and excitability paradigms in climate dynamics"
22 K
file pdfAndrea Zhok, UNIMI, Italy
"Scientific truth and democratic politics. Some considerations about the public debate on climate change"
100 K

Scientific symposium in memory of Wolfgang Roether

The symposium will take place on November 14th, 2023 at the same location of THEMES2023 conference. Participation is free of charge and no registration is required.

file pdf2022 edition
17-18th November 2022. "Oceanography and Climatology during the Pandemics: Threads Cut, Weaves to be Re-tied and New Horizons"
431 K
file pdf2019 edition
27-29th November 2019. "Monitoring, modelling and predicting our changing ocean and atmosphere: concepts, methods, applications and opportunities"
336 K
file pdf2018 edition
28-30th November 2018. "Oceanic and atmospheric variability, from long-term trends to abrupt shifts"
655 K


The workshop will be held at Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Dorsoduro 3825/e, 30123 Venice - 1st floor

The city of Venice is a World Heritage Site, and does not require much presentation.

How to move around Venice

If you come by plane, there are two bus services that link the Marco Polo airport to the cities of Venice and Mestre: ACTV  and ATVO.

Both services depart from the airport outside arrivals, and have the same cost.


Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics