20th INQUA Congress

25.07 - 31.07.2019  
Dublin, Ireland

The 20th INQUA Congress will be held from 25-31 July 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.


The Convention Centre Dublin


The scope of the INQUA2019 Congress will range across all areas of Quaternary research.

Climate change, sea-level rise, ice ages, human evolution, the migration of peoples, cultures, plants and animals, and the formation of the landscape and habitats of today are all subjects that elicit passion and interest among the public. The little-known term that incorporates all these scientific strands is 'The Quaternary'.

The Quaternary is a geological period, which began 2.6 million years ago and is characterised by ice-ages: cycles of colder, glacial conditions in mid- to high-latitudes interspersed with the warmer 'inter-glacial' periods in which we live today. It is the period during which humans evolved and includes the whole history of our species. In fact, so influential have humans become to the Earth’s processes that geologists have proposed a new geological sub-division for the latter years of the Quaternary – the Anthropocene – which is distinguished by the unmistakeable imprint of human activities on the geological record such as the extinctions caused by humans and evidence of nuclear energy and plastic production.

Call for sessions

The call for scientific session proposals for INQUA 2019 Dublin closes 31 March 2018.

Full details of the information needed at this stage is available here, along with a list of currently proposed sessions:

Important dates

31 March 2018: Deadline for proposals for scientific submissions
July-August 2018: Abstract submission opens
26 September 2018: Online registration opens
9 January 2019: Abstract submission deadline
27 March 2019: Close of early-bird registration
29 April 2019: Deadline for author registration for inclusion in final programme
22 July 2019: Online registration deadline
25 July 2019: Onsite registration opens

Further information

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Proposed PAGES sessions

Below is a list of proposed sessions from PAGES groups and key people. This list could change once the final sessions are announced.

2k Network: a. Development of regional to global climate databases and reconstructions spanning the late Holocene (Steven Phipps, Lucien von Gunten, Oliver Bothe)
b. CLIVASH2k: Holocene Climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere (Liz Thomas)
c. PALEOLINK: Bridging the gap between proxies/reconstructions and simulations in the late Holocene period (Juan José Gómez-Navarro, Patrick Ludwig, Oliver Bothe)

Aquatic Transitions: Lake systems in the Anthropocene (Nathalie Dubois, Keely Mills, Émilie Saulnier-Talbot)

C-PEAT: Peatland dynamics through time: from low to high latitudes (Graeme T. Swindles, Paul J. Morris, Angela Gallego-Sala, Matthew J. Amesbury)

EcoRe3: Resilience, stability and abrupt change in long-term ecological records (Alistair Seddon, Michael Shawn Fletcher, Kathy Willis)

Floods Working Group: Palaeohydrology and Fluvial Archives - hydrological extreme and critical events (HEX)
Jürgen Herget, Bonn University, Germany; Alessandro Fontana, Padova University, Italy; Becky Briant, University of London, UK; Lothar Schulte, University of Barcelona, Spain.

Palaeohydrology addresses all components of the water cycle, although in practice most of the previous research has been focused on river channels and discharges, especially geomorphological and stratigraphic indicators of previous floods. Fluvial archives and landforms like river terraces and stacked fluvial sediments, alluvial fans, or lacustrine successions, tree-rings, speleothems and historical documents provide information of previous environmental conditions, including specific events and episodes. Hydrological events are defined by magnitudes higher (flood) or lower (drought) than a critical threshold, including extreme events of significantly differing magnitudes. Events may be unique or clustered in time and can significantly mark the landscape, e.g. by terrace formation. In the session, a multi-disciplinary approach will be applied by bringing together scientists from different disciplines for exchanges about: Extreme hydrological events, addressing the spatial and temporal patterns of extremes in different world regions using multi-archives and multidisciplinary perspectives. Collation and presentation of results from research on palaeohydrology and fluvial archives. Human perception, resilience and response. For Holocene and historical events, consequences such as abandonment or shifting of settlements are important to assess the impact of floods or droughts and their magnitude and duration. New methods and techniques, integration of data from different archives and Quaternary river evolution, such as remote sensing, geochronology, modelling, numerical simulation, geochemical and isotopic analysis.

The session is organised in cooperation of the groups of Global Continental Palaeohydrology GLOCOPH, Fluvial Archives Group FLAG, forming the INQUA International Focus Group HEX and the PAGES Flood Working Group.

GPWG2: A new age of Paleofire research: insights from the past and challenges for the future (Donna Hawthorne, Anne-Laure Daniau, Olivier Blarquez, Boris Vannière)

GloSS: Global Soil an Sediment transfer in the Anthropocene (GloSS) (Thomas Hoffmann and Veerle Vanacker)

LandCover6k: a. Upscaling palaeoecological, archaeological and historical records of land-use and land-cover change to the globe for earth system modelling and sustainable land-system management (Marie-José Gaillard, Andria Dawson, Esther Githumbi)
b. Do species move, adapt or die? Exploring past biodiversity, ecological change and community dynamics in the fossil record (Nicki Whitehouse, Helen Roe and Alejandro Ordonez)

PALSEA: a. Into the Ice Age: Exploring the distribution and volume of ice sheets during past glaciations (Jeremy Shakun, Anders Carlson, Tamara Pico)
b. Mapping and interpreting sea-level change through time and space (Nicole S Khan, Jacqueline Austermann, Roland Gehrels, Benjamin P Horton)

PEOPLE 3000: Global Perspectives on Climate-Human Population Dynamics During the Late Holocene (Erick Robinson, Jacob Freeman, Steinar Solheim, Adolfo Gil, Claudio Latorre)

QUIGS: The Last Interglacial and interglacial comparisons: local records and global signals (Martin Head, Eric Wolff)

VICS: Climatic and Human Impacts of Volcanism during the Quaternary (Francis Ludlow, Michael Sigl, Céline Vidal)

Sessions from PAGES Scientific Steering Committee members

1. Plio-Pleistocene environmental change and human origins (Asfawossen Asrat, Henry Lamb, Frank Schäbitz)

2. Geoscience for Sustainable Futures (Keely Mills, Peter Gell, Émilie Saulnier-Talbot)

Side-meetings and workshops

1. EcoRe3 will hold its final meeting during the conference. More information to come.

2. PALSEA will hold the first meeting of phase 3, from 21-23 July.