|IQUA NEWS & EVENTS|
The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) is a voluntary organisation of academics, amateurs, governmental and industrial partners with interest in Irish landscape change during the most recent period of Earth history (the Quaternary). Its members have diverse interests including agriculture, archaeology, climatology, ecology, engineering, geography, geomorphology, geology and hydrology.
IQUA promotes Quaternary studies through its publications, conferences and symposia, awards and field meetings. It represents a unique pool of expertise in climate and landscape change capable of providing critical information on past and present Earth surface processes. It is an ideal forum for exchange of information between scientists, managers and interest groups concerned with the many contemporary issues associated with future climate change.
|IQUA 2013 AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM||IQUA AWARDS & BILL WATTS 14CHRONO AWARDS|
IQUA's 2013 Autumn Symposium is fast approaching and will take place on Friday November 29 from 9.30am in the Geological Society of Ireland's Lecture Theatre, Beggar's Bush, Dublin 4. The symposium theme this year is "Dating the Quaternary" and features a range of speakers from Ireland and the UK who will cover the latest developments and challenges in Quaternary dating. The keynote speaker will be Prof. James Scourse, who will talk on "Annually-resolved records of marine climate change from the longest-lived animals on earth". See full details, and also the conference poster and programme.
IQUA SEPTEMBER 2013 FIELD MEETING
The weekend of IQUA's 2013 North Mayo Field Meeting took place from Sept 20-22. IQUA last visited this fascinating area in 1991, but since then several field seasons of detailed excavations, surveys and environmental work have greatly deepened our understanding of this beautiful stretch of coastline, in particular regarding the Mesolithic and Neolithic inhabitants of the area and the environmental context of their settlements. IQUA was fortunate to have leaders with the expertise of Graeme Warren, Steve Davis, Seamus Caulfield, Steve McCarron and Mike Philcox for the weekend. Click here for full details and the trip schedule, and here for a pdf of the field meeting's poster.
IQUA 2013 SPRING MEETING & AGM
IQUA is pleased to report upon a succesful Spring Meeting and AGM on Saturday the 27th of April, 2013, in the Moore Institute Seminar Room of the National University of Ireland Galway. The meeting was hosted by the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit in the School of Geography and Archaeology, and comprised a series of short talks focusing on new and ongoing Quaternary research taking place in Ireland and abroad. R egistration commenced at 9.30am and attendance was free. Prof. Michael O’Connell (Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUIG) delivered the keynote address. IQUA's AGM followed at 3pm. IQUA passes its sincere thanks to the conference organizers, Aaron Potito and Karen Molloy, for their excellent work. Click here for full details as well as the meeting's programme.
IQUA 2012 AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM
The full programme and abstracts booklet for the recent 2012 IQUA Annual Autumn Symposium is now available for download here.
The Sympoisum theme was: "Remote sensing: Applications in Quaternary Science, Archaeology and Landscape Management". For full details, see our Symposia page.
Thank you to all the participants and those who supported the symposium with their attendance.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural round of IQUA Research Awards. The awards are open to all paid up IQUA members of at least one year’s standing. They consist of four AMS radiocarbon dates sponsored by the 14CHRONO Centre of Queen's University Belfast and an additional IQUA grant for a further two radiocarbon dates, but which can potentially cover other dating methods or laboratory fees (e.g. for DNA or isotope analyses). It is envisaged that the awards will be split among two or three applicants depending on the number and strength of applications. We are also calling on IQUA's postgraduate members to apply for the Bill Watts 14CHRONO Awards. Both awards have application deadlines of October 31st, and Award winners will be announced at the IQUA Symposium on November 29th. See full details.
WICKLOW IN THE GRIP OF AN ICE AGE - VIRTUAL TOUR
IQUA is delighted to announce the availability (as of January 2013) of Wicklow in the Grip of an Ice Age - A Self-Guided Tour of the Evidence of an Ice Age in Wicklow, hosted on the excellent Our Wicklow Heritage website, developed by the Wicklow Heritage Forum as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage plan (click here for the tour webpage).
The Virtual Tour retraces the May 2012 IQUA field trip to Wicklow, led by Profs. Pete Coxon, Fraser Mitchell and Patrick Wyse Jackson, which took place as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012. The trip comprised a tour to the northern Wicklow Mountains. There was a peat coring demonstration and an explanation of why the landscape now looks the way it does, considering the forests of the last 10,000 years and their clearance, and what the future may hold. Glacial features in the landscape including glacial corries, huge glacial lake basins and other features were explored.
The Virtual Tour locates and describes each of the key stops on the trip, with references to the IQUA field guide companion to the trip, which is available to buy in print for just €7 on our Field Guides page. Arguably the highlight of the Virtual Tour is a free interactive Google Maps tour (a version can also be downloaded and opened directly in Google Earth).
We thank the efforts and support of Benjamin Thebaudeau and Wicklow County Council in the production of the Virtual Tour.