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IQUA 2015 SPRING MEETING

IQUA's 2015 Spring Meeting was held on Saturday 25th April at the Department of Geography, NUIM. The meeting was open to all and consisted of short (20 mins) presentations on new and ongoing Quaternary research. The meeting was followed by the IQUA AGM. See the meeting programme.

IQUA & IRISH INQUA 2019 BID ON FACEBOOK

IQUA's is pleased to announce the creation of a new Facebook page to help better communicate with members and spread news of interesting Quaternary-related research and projects for Ireland and beyond. Check out IQUA's Facebook page, and don't forget to hit "Like" whilst you're there! On top of that, feel free to check out our new Facebook page in support of Ireland's bid to host the INQUA 2019 Congress in Dublin. The IQUA website will shortly also host a dedicated webpage outlining our bid.

IQUA 2014 FIELD MEETING

IQUA's 2014 Field Meeting was entitled "Quaternary & Culture in Limerick", and took place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September. See full details.

IQUA 2014 AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM

IQUA's 2014 Autumn Symposium take place on Friday November 28th in the Geological Society of Ireland's Lecture Theatre, Beggar's Bush, Dublin 4. The symposium theme was entitled, "Lakes: Reflections of our past", and featured a range of speakers from Ireland and the UK covering different aspects of lacustrine research. See more details.

IQUA 2014 SPRING MEETING

IQUA's Annual Spring Meeting (2014) took place on Saturday 29th March. The Meeting was free to all and was held in the School of the Human Environment, University College Cork. IQUA's AGM followed, during which we discussed and decided to undertake a bid to host INQUA in 2019 and a joint field trip with the QRA in 2015, as well as plans for 2014's Field Meeting and Autumn Symposium. IQUA also congratulates the winner of the Best Postgraduate Presentation Prize of €100, Alwyne McGeever for her presentation on bog pines in Ireland. Follow the link for further information on 2014's Spring Meeting.

IQUA ON FACEBOOK

IQUA's is pleased to announce the creation of a new Facebook page to help better communicate with members and spread news of interesting Quaternary-related research and projects for Ireland and beyond. Check out IQUA's Facebook page, and don't forget to hit "Like" whilst you're there!

DECEMBER 2013: WINNERS OF BILL WATTS 14 CHRONO AWARDS & IQUA RESEARCH AWARDS

IQUA proudly organises the Bill Watts 14CHRONO Awards, named in memory of W. A. Watts, a founding member of IQUA who passed away in 2010. The Awards are generously supported by the 14CHRONO Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. The Awards pay for a number of AMS radiocarbon dates for current postgraduate members of IQUA, with each winner describing their research and the use of their free dates in short articles in the IQUA Newsletter. Winners of the 2013 Awards were Seamus McGinley of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Alwynne McGeever of Trinity College Dublin, each awarded three dates.

We are also pleased to announce the winners of 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 designed to fund a further two radiocarbon dates, but which can alternatively cover other dating methods or laboratory fees (e.g. for DNA or isotope analyses).

The winners for 2013 were announced at the IQUA Symposium on November 29th, 2013, and were as follows: Michael Philcox of Trinity College Dublin and Karen Molloy of the National University of Ireland, Galway, were each awarded 2 dates. Steve Davis and Graeme Warren of University College Dublin were awarded 1 date, and Anthony Beese of Carraigex Ltd was awarded 1 date. Congratulations to the winners.

OCTOBER 2013: BILL WATTS 14 CHRONO AWARDS, IQUA RESEARCH AWARDS, IQUA AUTUMN SYMPOSIUM

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.

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.

SEPTEMBER 2013: IQUA 2013 FIELD MEETING, NORTH MAYO

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.

FEBRUARY 2013: IQUA 2013 SPRING MEETING & AGM

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the Irish Quaternary Association's (IQUA) Spring Meeting and AGM, to be held on Saturday the 27th of April, 2013 hosted by the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit, School of Geography and Archaeology, National University of Ireland Galway. The meeting will comprise a series of short (20 minute) talks focusing on new and ongoing Quaternary research taking place in Ireland and abroad, and is open to all.

Registration will commence at 9.30am and is free to all. Tea/coffee will be provided.  Prof. Michael O’Connell (Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUIG) will deliver the keynote address. We invite abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Postgraduate and Postdoctoral members are especially welcome as speakers at the Spring Meeting, and are encouraged to take this opportunity to gain valuable experience and feedback in a friendly, informal setting.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to: Aaron Potito (Aaron.Potito@nuigalway.ie) or Karen Molloy (Karen.Molloy@nuigalway.ie). The deadline for abstract submissions is the 5th of April 2013. The Spring Meeting will be followed by the IQUA AGM which will commence at 3.00pm.  The AGM is an important opportunity to get involved in arranging and influencing IQUA activities for the year ahead.

JANUARY 2013: 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 produiction of the Virtual Tour.

NOVEMBER 2012: BILL WATTS 14CHRONO 2012 AWARD WNNERS

IQUA proudly organises the Bill Watts 14CHRONO Awards, named in memory of W. A. Watts, a founding member of IQUA who passed away in 2010. The Awards are generously supported by the 14CHRONO Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. The Awards pay for a number of AMS radiocarbon dates for current postgraduate members of IQUA. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Awards, which go to Marian McGrath of University College Cork, Donna Hawthorne of Trinity College Dublin and Philip Stastney of the University of Reading, each awarded two dates. Marian, Donna and Philip will describe their research and their use of their free radiocarbon dates in future issues of the IQUA Newsletter. The opening of the 2013 Bill Watts 14Chrono Awards will be announced here in due course, along with application instructions.

JUNE 2012: IQUA FIELD MEETING IN ROSCOMMON & SLIGO
IQUA is delighted to announce this year's IQUA Field Meeting in Roscommon and south Sligo on September 7-9th. The Meeting will introduce the outstanding karstic landscape features of Roscommon and its rich glacial geology. It will examine turlough life and the enigmatic pitfields. It will also cover the Famine in Roscommon and explore the complex monuments near Tulsk and Rathcroghan. There will even be a chance to slip into the otherworld through Oweynagat's Cave. On Sunday, a visit will be paid to the Bricklieve Mountains of south Sligo to explore their geology and follow the exciting new work on the least known of the Irish megalithic complexes. We will find out about what was so important about the Neolithic farming economy from new high resolution pollen work in this region.

The Meeting Fee is €20/30 for IQUA members/non-members and €10/15 for student and unwaged members/non-members. This fee includes a printed field guide to the sites that will be examined in the course of the Meeting. Please arrange your own accommodation, see below for a list of possibilities. Transport: There is a train to Castlerea but transport will be by private car throughout the trip.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the IQUA Secretary, Dr. Bettina Stefanini.  

Accommodation in Castlerea:
*Tully's Hotel, small hotel in the centre of Castlerea: phone 094 962 0200
*Fallon's B&B, phone: 094 962 1183
*Armcashel B&B, www.armcashel.com phone: 094 962 0117
*Ronanae's B&B, phone: 094 962 0431
*Clonalis House is a Historic House that does B&B, http://clonalis.com/ phone: 094 962 0014


MAY 2012: WICKLOW IN THE GRIP OF AN ICE AGE
IQUA was delighted to hold a field tour to the Wicklow Mountains, which took place as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012. The trip was open to the public and involved a bus 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 tour began in the early morning of Saturday, May 19, and left from Nassau Street, Dublin. We are please to announce that a guide accompanying the trip, entitled Wicklow in the Grip of an Ice Age by Profs. Pete Coxon, Fraser Mitchell and Peter Wyse Jackson, is now available to buy in print for 7 on our Field Guides page. We thank Wicklow County Council for their kind sponsorship of the production of this volume.


APRIL 2012: IQUA SPRING MEETING & AGM

The 2012 IQUA Spring Meeting and AGM was held Saturday April 14 in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast. Prof. Paula J. Reimer of the 14CHRONO Centre delivered the Keynote Lecture. The 14Chrono Centre with its excellence in dating and isotope analysis is in many ways at the hub of Irish Quaternary research and also kindly sponsored a wine reception following the Meeting and AGM for all attendees of the meeting.

Prof. John Lowe presents Prof. Pete Coxon with the Inaugural Frank Mitchell Award


DECEMBER 2011: FRANK MITCHELL AWARD

The Irish Quaternary Association's inaugural Frank Mitchell Award for Distinguished Service to Quaternary Research & Teaching has been presented to Prof. Pete Coxon of Trinity College Dublin.

Prof. Coxon earned his BSc in Geology & Biology at the University of Sussex (1973-1976) and undertook research for his PhD in the Subdepartment of Quaternary Research in Cambridge University (1976-1979) under the supervision of Prof. R. G. West.

Prof. Coxon has been at Trinity College Dublin since 1979 where he has made major contributions to our knowledge of the evolution of the Irish landscape from the Tertiary to Quaternary periods. Amongst his many other significant contributions are his work on the geomorphology and landscape evolution of parts of the Indian Himalaya and his recent roles in both IQUA and INQUA, the International Union for Quaternary Research.

The award was presented by Prof. John Lowe of Royal Holloway (University of London) at a reception held in the Geological Survey of Ireland offices in Beggar's Bush, Dublin, following the IQUA Annual Symposium on Friday December 2nd 2011. Prof. Coxon was presented with a beautiful sculpture of bog oak by Kevin Casey. The oak itself has been radiocarbon dated to 5600 BP.


IQUA NEWSLETTER

The IQUA Newsletter is published twice a year and includes information on IQUA meetings and other forthcoming events. In addition, the newsletter provides updates on current Quaternary research activities in Ireland including postgraduate projects and recent publications. Ellen O'Carroll, the Editor, welcomes submissions on any aspect of Quaternary studies from both members and non-members.

 

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