INQUA Meetings

Meetings of the INQUA Scientific Commissions and Committees

5th Regional Scientific Meeting on Quaternary Geology Dedicated to Geohazards

9-10 November, 2017, Stavigrad-Paklenica, Croatia.

The 5th Regional Scientific Meeting On Quaternary Geology Dedicated To Geohazards will be held in Starigrad-Paklenica, Croatia, from 9-10 November 2017.

The meeting also includes the final conference of the LoLADRIA Project "Submerged Pleistocene Landscapes Of The Adriatic Sea".

Topics include geological hazards, Quaternary stratigraphy, sedimentology, limnology, modern and past glacial and perigrlacial environments, geomorphology, geoarchaeology, geoheritage and geoconservation.


Croatian National INQUA Committee, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department of Natural Sciences, Institute of Quaternary Paleontology and Geology, Slovenian National INQUA Committee, Slovenian Geological Society, Geological Survey of Slovenia and Croatian Geological Survey.

Further information Go to the official website:

TERPRO PATA Days 2017, 8th International Workshop on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology

13th - 16th November, 2017. Blenheim, New Zealand.

We are pleased to announce new dates for the 2017 PATA Days Meeting: Monday 13th - Thursday 16th November, 2017. The meeting will be held in Blenheim, at the top of the South Island, at the northern end of the Marlborough Fault System and 30 km above the southern Hikurangi subduction zone. The first full day of the meeting will be a field trip to view some of the northern fault ruptures of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. This will be followed by three days of talks and presentations at conference venues in Ward and Blenheim. Meeting attendees are advised to arrive in Blenheim by the 12th November, and to arrange accommodation in Blenheim for 5 nights (12th-17th November). There will also be an optional post-meeting field trip from Friday 17th - Sunday 19th November. The post-meeting field trip will start in Blenheim and finish in Christchurch.

More information about this event at GNS Science website

INQUA Peribaltic Symposium; TERPRO Peribaltic Working Group

August 28 -September 02, 2016. Northern and North-central, Poland (Kaszuby, Kujawy and Dobrzyń area regions).

More information on the INQUA Peribaltic Symposium is available at Next Peribaltic Symposium "Quaternary geology of north-central Poland: from the Kashubian Coast to the LGM limit" will be held between 28 of August and 2nd of September 2016, in Poland. Preliminary registration form should be sent via e-mail before the 15th February, 2016 to Damian Moskalewicz

Humans and Hazards IFG workshop

2nd July 2015 - 11th July 2015. Barnaul, Russia.

Workshop of the Humans and Hazards IFG will be organized as side meeting that coincides to the Regional Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) in Barnaul, Russia. It will include a joint INQUA-IAG session "Geomorphological Hazards in Past and Present" (July 2-4, 2015) and Intensive Field Course (IFC) for Young Geomorphologists and Quaternary Researchers in North- Eastern Altai (July 5-11, 2015) co-organized with IAG. IFC will be carried out as a 7-day field trip along the Biya, Katun' and Chuya valleys with the focus on geomorphic and sedimentary traces of the Late Pleistocene glacial outburst floods (GLOFs), methods of their identification and quantitative assessment.

AfQUA Conference

30th January - 8th February 2015. Baxter Theatre Centre, Lower Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa.

We have great pleasure in announcing the first continent-wide conference on the African Quaternary (AfQUA). We invite you to share your ideas and concerns, learn new things and develop projects from local to continental scales, and meet colleagues from across Africa and the world. The conference will include invited plenary talks on topics of particular importance, sessions with regular talks and poster sessions.


  • 30th January - 4th February 2015: Conference sessions
  • 1st February 2015: Conference field excursions
  • 5th - 7th/8th February 2015: Workshops

Important Dates

  • 15th September 2014 - abstract submission closes
  • 15th September 2014 - deadline for financial support
  • 30th September 2014 - confirmation of abstract acceptance
  • 30th September 2014 - early bird payment closes
  • 1st November 2014 - final deadline for all registrations and fee payments

More details can be found in this announcement (pdf) or through the links listed below.


Archaeology of lake settlements IV-II millennia B.C.: Chronology of cultures and natural environmental rhythms

13 - 15 November 2014, State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

International conference organized by the State Hermitage Museum, Institute of History of Material Culture (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Herzen State University will be devoted to the memory of the outstanding Stone Age researchers A. Miklyaev (1934-1993) and P. Dolukhanov (1937-2009).

Currently, the Organizing Committee has received more than 30 applications from across Europe (Russia, Byelorussia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland) and we look forward to attracting a wider circle of the Quaternary community.

Conference topics

  • Natural climatic rhythms and cultural-historical processes in IV-II mil BC.
  • Archaeological periodization and chronology of lake settlements based on absolute and relative dating methods; local and regional time scales.
  • Radiocarbon dating of archaeological artefacts and objects, comparison of different radiocarbon chronologies, criteria for estimation of their reliability.
  • Reservoir effect in radiocarbon dates of lake settlements materials.
  • Natural resources and their use.


No registration fee is required. Applications for participation containing author name and affiliation, paper title with short abstract and official invitation requests should be sent before October 1, 2015 to Andrey Mazurkevich, with copy to Vladimir Lozovski

6th INQUA International Workshop on Active Tectonics, Paleoseismology and Archeoseismology

19 - 24 April 2015, Pescina (Abruzzo, Central Italy)

We invite all scientists in the fields of earthquake geology, paleoseismology, archeoseismology, tsunami studies, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard assessment to join this event.

We will celebrate the centenary of the 1915 M7 Fucino earthquake, that has been one of the most devastating earthquakes occurred in the Apennines. The earthquake produced extensive surface faulting and left a strong imprint in the landscape giving rise to an incredibly rich seismological, geological and paleoseismological amount of studies in the last century.

Scientific sessions will be attended in the unique historical and cultural atmosphere of the Pescina village, followed by 2 days-field trip in the Fucino and L’Aquila area, retracing on the field the path of faults, landscapes, castles and ancient settlements. Moreover, a pre-congress archaeoseismic tour in Rome will be offered to all the participants.

Preliminary information is already available in the INQUA TERPRO meetings page, and at SOON a specific website dedicated to this event will be available, where you will find more detailed and updated information, including NEW RELEASE on the Participation, Travel Grants and Scientific Programme.

Download the early announcement flyer

From the Fucino 2015 Organizing Committee; Luca Guerrieri, Francesca Cinti, Alessandro M. Michetti.

The 5th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology (PATA days)

21-27 September 2014, Busan, Korea

Already around 75 scientists have registered for this meeting from around the world. Please don’t miss the last chance to visit the dynamic Korea!


  1. EQG: Earthquake Geology
  2. PAL: Paleoseismology
  3. ARC: Archeoseismology
  4. RSG: Remote Sensing and Geomorphology
  5. SEE: Secondary Effects of Earthquakes
  6. SHA: Seismic Hazard Assessment for Critical Facilities
  7. AAT: Asian Active Tectonics

Extended Deadlines

  • Registration, Payment: 20 June, 2014
  • Abstract Submission: 30 June, 2014
  • For student travel grants, deadline of application is 20 June, 2014

Contact and Information

With best wishes,

Young-Seog KIM (Chairman of the preparatory committee)

The African Quaternary: climate, environments and people

Conference and workshops 30 January – 7 February 2015

For some time now we have realized that there is a large gap between the four-yearly INQUA International Congresses and the local conferences of INQUA Members. We therefore have great pleasure in announcing the first continent-wide conference on the African Quaternary (AfQUA). We invite you to share your ideas and concerns, learn new things and develop projects from local to continental scales, and meet colleagues from across Africa and the world. The conference will include invited plenary talks on topics of regular talks and poster sessions.

Further, the AfQUA meetings recognise and specifically address the difficulties in communication when working in Africa. While these impediments can make things difficult for established researchers, they are even more serious for young scientists who are trying to learn their discipline and develop their careers. To help lessen these problems, we plan a series of training workshops to follow the conference. These will cover a range of topics, some practical and some academic, but all addressing skills that Quaternary scientists need to advance and express their science. We hope that these inter-Congress AfQUA meetings will become a regular feature of the Quaternary calendar and look forward to your participation.


University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Preliminary programme outline

  • 30th January – 3rd February 2015: Conference sessions;
  • 4th February 2015: Fieldtrips;
  • 5th – 7th February 2015: Training workshops.
  • Conference format: Oral and poster presentations.


Potential themes include:

  • Grant application writing;
  • Presenting your research (PowerPoint and oratory skills);
  • Presenting results (diagrams, maps etc);
  • Palaeoecological statistics in R;
  • Data-Model comparisons;
  • Age-depth modeling;

If you are interested in running a workshop, please contact us.


Further details will be provided at a later date. Please contact us if you would like to lead a fieldtrip.

Important dates

  • December 2013 – 1st announcement;
  • March 2014 – call for titles and abstracts; online registration opens
  • July 2014 – abstract submission closes;
  • early bird registration closes September 2014 – online registration closes, registration fee payment deadline.

Funding: We will be attempting to raise funds to support as many early career researchers from Africa as possible. However, these days funding bodies are more likely to fund individual applications for conference attendance. It is therefore strongly encouraged that individuals who would like to attend this conference apply for funding independently. Viable avenues for funding will be showcased on the conference’s website as well as Twitter and Facebook pages so please send us any information you may have regarding this aspect.

Anyone wishing to apply to INQUA for funding should note that funding is only available to support research projects so a project meeting should be planned to coincide with the AfQUA meeting. The deadline for these applications is 30th January 2014. Detailed information and forms are available at but, if in doubt, email Margaret Avery: Please email us ( if you are interested in participating in this initiative.

INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress meeting

December 2nd - 6th, 2013, Wollongong University, Australia

INQUA will be holding its inaugural INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress meeting December 2nd – 6th, 2013, at Wollongong University, New South Wales, Australia.

Links to registration web site and a document with details of the meeting

The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) is committed to developing the next generation of Quaternary Scientists. The INQUA Executive Committee has approved the inaugural INQUA Early Career Researcher inter-congress meeting to provide an avenue for MSc/PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers and research-active academics in the early stage of their careers (within 5 years of obtaining their PhD) to attend valuable workshops designed to assist ECRs with career development, to present their science and gain invaluable mentoring from more senior scientists.

More details can also be found on the ECR Meetings page on this site

Estimating rates and sources of sea-level change during past warm periods

PALSEA2 2013 Workshop

21st-24th of October, Rome, Italy

The aim of this workshop is to explore, discuss, and debate what the paleo record can say about rates, sources, and processes of sea-level change across a range of magnitudes and timescales during past warm periods such as the Holocene, the last interglacial period, other interglacial periods such as marine isotope stage 11, and the Pliocene optimum. We encourage diverse contributions such as evidence from geologic records, geochronological controls, and models of climate, ice sheets and glacial isostatic effects.

Abstract submission is open to any interested scientist, but participation is limited and will be by invitation based on the abstracts. The workshop will include a half-day field trip to visit Roman fish tanks used to constrain sea-level change and ice-sheet mass-balance history during the late Holocene. An optional 1-day field trip will be offered if there is enough interest to visit additional sites in the region, cost TBD (more information to follow). Some travel support will be available for early career researchers.

There will be a limited number of oral presentations to allow time for discussion. This will include several invited speakers with additional oral presentations selected from the submitted abstracts. The remainder of the accepted submissions will be designated for poster presentations, where the bulk of the scientific discussion will occur.

Limited funding is available for early career and other scientists of stated need.

Workshop website

Rapid environmental changes and human impact on continental shelves

Three meetings for CMP project 1202P

  1. Workshop at GEOHAB, Roma, Italy (May 6-10, 2013)
  2. Project meeting at ABEQUA, Natal, Brazil (August 4-8, 2013)
  3. Thematic project meeting at IAS, Manchester, United Kingdom (Sept. 2-5, 2013)

Two publications related to project 1202 will be released:

A Special Issue of Continental Shelf Research entitled “Geoscience and Habitat Mapping for Marine Renewable Energy”. J. V. Barrie (Project 1202 co-leader).

A Special Issue of Geomorphology entitled "Continental Shelf Drowned Landscapes". K. M. Cohen and F. J. Lobo (Project 1202 co-leader).

Project homepage

Advances in the Quaternary of Interior Asia

SACCOM project 1308S

9th - 15th September 2013

The main goals of this meeting are to discuss the geology and faunal successions of the critical Transbaikalian sections and correlations ( The main topics to be discussed at the symposium include:
  1. Stratigraphy and correlations of global abiotic and biotic events and signals with emphasis on mid-Eurasian geological record;
  2. Pleistocene and Pliocene chronostratigraphy, interregional correlation;
  3. Paleontology and biochronology of fossil mammals and plants;
  4. Pleistocene Environmental Dynamics of Eurasia in context of the global change.

The Conference will take place at the city Ulan-Ude and the village in 'Enkhaluk' (tourist inn) on the Baikal Lake shore.The scientific sessions will be followed by field excursions on the studied Key sections displaying the main genetic types of Quaternary continental deposits of the region with abundant mammalian fossils calibrated with palaeomagnetic information.

The field work mostly on the Transbaikalian Key sites Tologoi and Zasukhino are planned to start from June 03, 2013 to prepare them to demonstrate during the excursion of the conference (13.09-14.09.2013).

Co-sponsor of the project is Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.

For more information please contact Erbajeva Margarita or

Loess and Dust: Geography-Geology-Archaeology

INQUA Loess Focus Group workshop

Geography Department, Leicester University, 10-12 September 2013

The meeting will be held in honour of Professor Ian Smalley for his outstanding contribution to loess research over more than fifty years. Ian “pioneered fundamental studies of loess origin, lithologic characteristics and depositional processes” (Dodonov and Zhou, 2008). It is a residential workshop lasting 2 days followed by a 1 day field trip to the UK's best examples of loess deposits in the SE of England. Download the INQUA Loess 2013 flyer for more details

If you wish to register please send an email to show interest:

Latin American Abrupt Climate Changes and Environmental Responses

LaACER II Workshop (PALCOMM workshop)

Natal, Brazil, 4-8 August 2013

The main goals of the workshop are capacity building, strengthening synergies between ocean, terrestrial and modeling communities, and promoting scientific deliberation on millennial-scale climate variability during the last glacial in tropical and subtropical America.

For more information contact Dunia H. Urrego.

Equatorial Eastern Africa Quaternary, Climate Change And Variability

Co-sponsored workshop with PAGES.

Nanyuki, Kenya, 23rd – 27th July 2013.

Conference circular (pdf 165kb).

Conference registration form (pdf 121kb).

The Eastern African Quaternary Research Association (EAQUA) will hold its 4th Biennial conference in July 2013. The association’s conferences brings together Quaternary scholars from eastern Africa who do not ordinarily come together with international researchers working in the region to deliberate on themes related to various aspects of Quaternary research in the region. The earlier three conferences established that there were local and regional variations in climate over the last 2000years and suggested multidisciplinary approaches for better understanding, in addition to assessing the impacts of global and climate change, vulnerability and adaptations. The status of on and off shore Quaternary research over the last 100,000 years was also discussed, elaborating on the available marine and lacustrine records, techniques and methods for Quaternary research, palaeoclimate and vegetation reconstruction as well as recent trends in climate change. The 4th Biennial conference themed “Equatorial eastern Africa Quaternary, climate change and variability” will highlight the results of concluded and ongoing research conducted the entire Qauternary period to ensure periods of the Quaternary before 100,000 years ago in tropical eastern Africa that remain inexhaustively explored, collated and shared are discussed. Conference discussions will be thematic sessions including: