The inaugural PAGES Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) workshop will be held at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, NY from June 6-8, 2016. The principal goals of the workshop are to (1) summarize the state of knowledge about radiative forcing from volcanic eruptions, (2) compare methods of studying and modeling climactic responses to radiative forcing and assess their consistency, (3) discuss the integration of historical documentary evidence with paleoclimate data and climate models, and (4) define future goals of the VICS working group based on the interests of the scientific community and potential stakeholders. For those interested in participating, abstracts can be submitted between March 18 and April 1 at https://conferences.geomar.de/event/VICS2016. Based on the level of interest, participants will be assigned either an oral or poster presentation. Limited travel support will be available for young scientists or researchers from underrepresented regions.