INQUA Executive Committee Meeting 2017

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Every year the INQUA Executive Committee (EC) meets to make business decisions and meet Quaternary scientists in Member countries. The second Intercongress EC meeting took place from 3rd to 8th of March 2017 in Budapest (Hungary). We are very grateful to our host Dr. Enikö Magyari from the Dept. of Physical and Applied Geology, Eötvös Loránd University.

Participants of the meeting and hosts in front of Eötvös Loránd University:

Back row (from left): Alessandro Michetti (Italy, TERPRO), Atte Korhola (Finland-PALCOM), Mauro Coltorti (Italy –SACCOM), Brian Chase (France, S-G), Ildikó Vincze (host), Pete Langdon (U.K. – HABCOM), Thijs van Kolfschoten (the Netherlands, VP);

Front row (from left): Craig Sloss (Australia – CMP), Lyudmila Shumilovskikh (Germany, ECR), Enikö Magyari (host), Margaret Avery (R.S.A., Past President), Franck Audemard (Venezuela, VP), Ashok Singhvi (India, VP), Ilona Pál (host), Allan Ashworth (U.S.A., President), Guo Zhengtang (China, VP)

The general business meeting included international relationships of INQUA, progress in renewing the INQUA webpage, reports on the work of the Commissions, reports from Quaternary International and Quaternary Perspectives, evaluation of new grant proposals, decision on the Shackleton medal, INQUA Congress 2019 preparation.

Host Enikö Magyari addressing the business meeting of the INQUA EC

Important news is that a combined IUBS-INQUA application has been awarded a 300,000 euros grant for three years by ICSU. “Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU)” will develop education and science communication modules for future generations, empowering citizen actions to better equip and identify appropriate solutions for sustainable and equitable development.

This year, 38 high quality proposals were submitted to INQUA. Of these 29 were successful. This means that more than 40 INQUA supported meetings and workshops will take place during 2017. Five nominations for the Shackleton medal were evaluated. The winner will be announced soon on the INQUA webpage and in the INQUA Newsletter Quaternary Perspectives.

On the last day, Prof. Peter Coxon as Chair of the local organising Committee gave a report via Skype about progress in preparation for the INQUA Congress 2019.

On Sunday, the President of the Hungarian Quaternary association Enikö Magyari organized a scientific meeting “Quaternary Research in Hungary” in the Hungarian Natural History Museum.

Introduction to the meeting on Quaternary Research in Hungary by the President of Hungarian Quaternary Association Enikö Magyari

Senior scientists and ECRs presented their results in the wide range of Quaternary science: speleothems, dendrochronology, radiocarbon dating, luminescence dating, cosmogenic nuclides, tectonics, loess and paleosols, dust, palaeoecology.

INQUA Executive Committee with Hungarian Quaternary scientists in the Natural History Museum

After the meeting, Mihály Gasparik provided a guided tour in the Pleistocene vertebrate collection of the museum.

Mihály Gasparik presents the Pleistocene vertebrate collection of the museum to the meeting participants

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lyudmila shumilovskikh

I am palaeoecologist, working with pollen, botanical macroremains, dinoflagellate cysts and fungal spores in marine and terrestrial sediments. I finished my PhD in 2013 in University of Göttingen (Germany) on vegetation, environmental and climatic reconstructions of the Black Sea region during the last 135 ka, had a post-doc position in Aix-en-Provence (France), working on paleoenvironment of Sassanian frontiers in northern Iran and Georgia. Now I am back to Göttingen (Germany) as researcher. My study areas are located over Eurasia with main focus on the region of Minor Asia and Middle Asia. My special interest is non-pollen palynomorphs (NPP) and their indicative values for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. I am ECR representative of PALCOMM since 2012, Editor of the INQUA newsletter Quaternary Perspectives since 2014 and Chair of the INQUA ECR Committee since 2015.

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