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IQUA Autumn Symposium, 2013


IQUA's 2013 Autumn Symposium took 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 was "Dating the Quaternary" and featured a range of speakers from Ireland and the UK who covered the latest developments and challenges in Quaternary dating. The keynote speaker was Prof. James Scourse, who spoke on "Annually-resolved records of marine climate change from the longest-lived animals on earth".

Other speakers included Dr. Graeme Swindles, Dr. Gill Plunkett, Prof. Colin Ballantyne, Beatrice Kelly, Dr. Evelyn Keaveney, Dr. Maarten Blaauw, Dr. Matt Telfer and Prof. Ron Pinhasi. See the conference poster and programme.

IQUA thanks Gill Scott of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, for her lead in organizing this year's Autumn Symposium.


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.

IQUA's Spring Meetings, in particular, are designed to be a venue for postgraduate and postdoctoral members to gain valuable experience and feedback in a friendly, informal setting. The full 2013 Programme can now be downloaded, as can the Spring Meeting poster. Our thanks to all the conference participants and attendees.

The meeting also featured an optional fieldtrip, led by Michael Gibbons, on Sunday 28th April. This focused on a range of sites, including a group of cairns on Ballyvaughan Bay, a seaweed farm visible in the inter-tidal zone on Aughinish Island (the best preserved example in the country) and a complex of midden sites on Kinvara Bay. The middens stretch over hundreds of metres and are found on both sides of Kinvara Bay (for images see pdf, 1.44mb). Some contain bone. The trip departed Galway c.10.30 and finished c.15.00 hrs.

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