QN 144 (Feb 2018) now available

The February 2018 issue of Quaternary Newsletter (no. 144) is both now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue we report the recipients of the James Croll Award and Lewis Penny Medal and the Honorary Member awarded at the AGM. There is a review of D. Evans 'Till' and the 'Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Quaternary and Ancient'. We have research reports taking us to twice to Patagonia and once to south west Scotland. There are also excellent field meeting and conference reports from: the Sea Level and Coastal Change QRA Research Group; the QRA-Glacial Landforms Working Group trip; and the Vale of Pickering field meeting. 

I hope all members are enjoying 2018. 

Posted in QN by Abistone on 07/02/2018

INQUA 2019 Dublin - Call for sessions

A call for scientific session proposals for INQUA 2019 Dublin is open, and will be open until 31 March 2018. Full details of the information needed at this stage is available on the 20th INQUA Congress website's programme themes page, along with a list of currently proposed sessions. You can also keep in touch with developments by Facebook (INQUADUB2019) and Twitter (@INQUADUB19).

Please feel free to get in touch about any aspect of this. We're working to make this a really strong and stimulating Congress, and welcome all ideas for scientific sessions that can contribute to that, in any area that touches on Quaternary research.

We look forward to receiving your session proposals, and seeing you in Dublin in 2019!

James Croll and Lewis Penny Medal winners

The QRA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 James Croll and Lewis Penny Medals, who were honoured at an awards ceremony at this year's ADM at the University of Plymouth.

The 2017 James Croll Medal was awarded to Professor Jan Mangerud (University of Bergen). The highest award of the QRA, the Croll Medal is normally awarded to a member who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the field of Quaternary science, but whose work has also had a significant international impact.

Photo credit: Marte Mangerud

The 2017 Lewis Penny Medal was awarded to Dr Stephen Livingstone (Sheffield). This Medal is awarded to a young or new research worker who has made a significant contribution to the Quaternary stratigraphy of the British Isles and its maritime environment.


Full citations will appear in a future issue of Quaternary Newsletter.


New Honorary Member

Steve Brooks (Natural History Museum) was nominated as a new Honorary Member of the Association at its Annual General Meeting at Plymouth in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Quaternary science, and in particular to Quaternary entymology.


The Association would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Steve. A full citation will be provided in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winner

The winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2017, announced at the recent AGM in Plymouth, is Carole Roberts (University College London), for her submission entitled A multiproxy study investigating ecological responses to acidification in Easedale Tarn, English Lake District, since the early 19th century.

The judges commented that the dissertation was “a beautifully worked-up study showing real quality in every aspect, from the rationale underlying the study through to the rigorous field and laboratory data collection, statistical and graphical analyses, and nuanced interpretations. Carole deserves huge credit for producing research of this quality at undergraduate level.” 


Carole Roberts (University College London)

The abstract of the winning dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter. The Association wishes to thank the examiners, Martin Kirkbride and Will Fletcher, and to acknowledge the continuing support of Catherine Souch and her team at the RGS for the administration of the prize.

New QRA Geoconservation Fund

The QRA launched a new fund for geoconservation at the 2018 AGM in Plymouth. QRA members and organisations who deliver and promote the conservation of our Quaternary geoheritage are invited to apply for the new QRA Geoconservation Award.

Grants will normally be made up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered. Awards are open to individuals and organisations to deliver conservation projects, activities and organise conservation themed events, as well as share good practice on Quaternary geoconservation.

There are two deadlines each year, 1 March and 1 September. For further information and an application form, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer:

2018 Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on Wednesday 3rd January between 16:00 and 18:00 in the Devonport Lecture Theatre located in the Portland Square Building of Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA.

Any member is welcome to attend, regardless of whether they are participating in the Annual Discussion Meeting, running 3rd - 5th January 2018.

The agenda and most of the relevant papers are now available from the Members’ Documents section of the website (login required; then scroll down to the AGM Minutes sub-section). Further papers will be added in the next few days.

QRA Sponsorship of Earth Heritage Magazine

The Quaternary Research Association is pleased to announce it is now one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine Earth Heritage Magazine is a free to download publication produced twice a year by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales, the Geologists’ Association and the Quaternary Research Association, with major contributions from GeoConservationUK and others in the voluntary geoconservation sector. The magazine is for earth scientists and students in secondary, further and higher education as well as those who work in and volunteer for geological and landscape conservation. It also aims to stimulate public interest in geological and landscape conservation matters.


The current issue of Earth Heritage Magazine is now available online and includes an article on page 14 from the QRA Vice President and Earth Heritage Editorial Board member, David Bridgland which introduces the QRA’s longstanding involvement in conservation.


To receive email notifications of new issues, please follow the instructions on the Earth Heritage Magazine homepage. If you have suggestions for articles or news items for Earth Heritage Magazine, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer

October QN (no. 143) now available

The October 2017 issue of Quaternary Newsletter (no. 143) is both now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue we fondly remember the career of John Hollin and the support to the QRA community from Mary Penny. We have an article exploring tephra in Greeland ice cores and three excellent reports on research funded by the QRF, involving Early Pleistocene cave sediments, palaeo-ice stream corridors in Scotland and the sedimentary architecture of kame sediments from the NW of England.  The reports this issue cover field meetings held in Kent and also the Northern Pennines and meetings discussing speleothems, stable isotopes and the write-up of the Postgraduate Syposium.  Annual Discussion Meeting hosted by Durham in January 2017, the report from the Pollen Centenary Symposium and other group of excellent reports from awardees of the New Researchers Award Scheme and the Quaternary Research Fund. 

I hope that these autumnal days are treating everybody well. 

Posted in QN by Abistone on 10/10/2017

QRA Circular Highlights (Oct 2017)

1. QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018

Data/model inter-comparison in Quaternary research

The QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018 will be held between Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th January 2018 at the University of Plymouth. The meeting aims to bring together researchers across the broad range of sub-disciplines within Quaternary science. This will enable the sharing of ideas, approaches to data-model inter-comparisons including dealing with uncertainties, and the dissemination of research across the discipline. There have been major recent advances in Quaternary research in both data and modelling approaches and the conference aims to highlight these. There will be an optional fieldtrip to Kent’s Cavern and Hope’s Nose raised beach on Saturday 6th January.


Stephanie Mills, Caroline Clason, Neil Roberts, Ralph Fyfe, Nicki Whitehouse, Matt Telfer, Anne Mather, Time Daley and Jessie Woodbridge

Registration and accommodation

The registration fee includes all refreshments during the meeting, an ice-breaker reception and the optional field trip. Registration is now open.

Early bird (until 31 October 2017): £140.00 (full);  £100.00 (students/unwaged).

Late booking (from 1 November 2017): £185.00 (full); £135.00 (students/unwaged).

Delegates should make their own accommodation arrangements. Hotel and B&B accommodation are available within walking distance of the conference venue; preferential rates have been negotiated with the Copthorne Hotel and the Jurys Inn (see details at A conference dinner will be held at the National Marine Aquarium (for an additional £50 per person).

Register for the ADM online via the conference registration page – please follow the link from the QRA website.

Abstract submission

Submit your abstract to Caroline Clason by 12 noon on 24 October, 2017.

2. QRA Executive Committee Nominations

Six members of the QRA Executive Committee complete their terms of office in January 2018. Following the call in the last Circular, one nomination was received for each post. There being no other candidates, a ballot is unnecessary; the nominees will therefore begin their terms of office in January 2018:

Secretary: Helen Roe (QUB)

Publications: Katherine Selby (York)

Meetings: Becky Briant (Birkbeck)

Outreach: Kimberley Davies (Plymouth)

Publicity: Tom Roland (Exeter)

Ordinary: John Hiemstra (Swansea)

3. Member Consultation: Circular

The Executive Committee seeks guidance from the membership concerning the future of the Circular. The role of this document has become diminished in recent years following the move online for most of the Association’s business. Many of the announcements and information that the Circular was designed to carry now appear on the QRA webpages and/or are distributed to members in a timely fashion via the email news-shot. Is there a continued value for the Circular as a stand-alone document, therefore? The Executive Committee seeks input from members before the issue is discussed at their next meeting in Spring 2018. Members are invited to provide written comment before the end of February 2018 by whichever means are convenient, including email (to either the President or the Secretary) and letter. There will also be an opportunity to discuss this issue at the forthcoming AGM in January. The Executive Committee will report back to the membership in due course.

4. QRA Awards

The next deadline for QRA Awards applications is 15 January 2018. In this round we welcome applications for the following schemes: New Research Workers’ Award; Quaternary Conference Fund; Quaternary Research Fund; the Bill Bishop Award; and the QRA–14CHRONO Centre Radiocarbon Dating Awards. Eligibility criteria and application procedures are detailed on the Awards webpages. For further details, please contact the Awards Officer, Adrian Palmer.

5. QRA Outreach Fund

The QRA encourages its members and others to promote and foster engagement between Quaternary Science and a wide and diverse audience. In support, we operate an Outreach Fund from which grants of up to £1000 are awarded annually. Please contact the Outreach Officer, Barbara Silva, for more details. The next deadline is 1 March 2018.

6. Calendar of QRA Meetings

Further details about all forthcoming meetings are available from the QRA website.

October 2017

Joint QRA/GLWG Field Meeting: Glaciation of the area around Nairn and Forres, Scotland
Venue: Grantown-on-Spey
Contact: Jon Merritt
Details: 26–29 October 2017


January 2018

Annual Discussion Meeting: Data / model inter-comparison in Quaternary research

Venue: Plymouth University
Contact: Caroline Clason

Details: 3–5 January 2018

September 2018

Joint QRA/GLWG Overseas Field Meeting: Glacial landsystems of SE Iceland: Quaternary applications
Venue: Reynivellir, SE Iceland
Contact: David Evans

Details: 31 August – 8 September 2018


The Circular identifies key upcoming activities within the QRA. Further details can be found on the QRA website. For any enquiries regarding QRA activities please consult or contact the Honorary Secretary: Mick Frogley, Department of Geography, Chichester 1 Building, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QJ.

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