New ECR Chair!

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In July 2019, the Quaternary community gathered in Dublin for the XX Inqua Congress. Two years later, we are halfway to the next congress, to be held in Rome.

We are pleased to announce that a new Chair of the Early Career Researchers (ECR) committee has been elected: Nivedita Mehrotra from the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (Lucknow, India) Representative of the Palcom Commission, will take the role of Chair of the ECR Committee.

The Covid-19 outbreak hit few months after the Dublin congress and, since then, our lives drastically changed. The ECR community was badly hit and the lack of networking events disproportionately affected early career scientists. Online meetings and events, including some organized by the Inqua Commissions, tried to overcome the restrictions related to the pandemic.

The past two years demonstrated the critical role of scientific knowledge and collaboration in tackling health, social and environmental challenges. The ECR committee is constantly working to promote the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities for Quaternary scientists worldwide. In this sense, we are happy to introduce the multi-year project “The Spotlight”, aimed at highlighting researched published on Quaternary International (the Inqua journal) by scientists in the early stages of their career or from developing countries. Stay tuned!


Nivedita Mehrotra and Francesca Ferrario

New and outgoing ECR Committee Chairs