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About us

The Humans and Biosphere Commission fosters problem-oriented study of the effects that changes in Quaternary climates and palaeoenvironments have had on organisms (individuals, communities, species), as well as the relationships between humans and their environment. The Commission promotes innovative cross-disciplinary research and communication, notably by helping to bring together specialists in all sub-fields of palaeoecology, archaeology, geology and palaeoanthropology, including experts in the study of cultural processes, in order to understand human responses to global and regional changes. An ancillary goal is to provide a unifying framework for the exchange of information between palaeoecologists and neo-ecologists working on issues of global change. The Commission promotes interchange among specialists from any and all nations of the world, involving young scientists and those from developing countries.

Organisation: International Focus Groups (IFG's) and Projects

Important changes affecting INQUA’s organisation were introduced during the XVIth INQUA Congress in Reno, Nevada (2003) and reinforced by INQUA’s International Council at the XVIIth Congress in Cairns, Australia (2007). The Commissions initiate and nurture International Focus Groups (IFG's), non-permanent collaborations designed to address scientific issues of wide international significance. The duration of IFGs depends on their track records at meeting key scientific needs. Details of IFG's may be found on the relevant web page. If you are interested in developing an IFG, please contact the President.

Commissions also fund Projects; these are limited-scale activities, focused on very specific aims and objectives, which contribute in strategic ways to the wider aims of one or more IFGs. A list of Projects may be found on the relevant web pages; these incorporate themes that are geographically and temporally wide-ranging.They share important characteristics - they are concerned with how animals and plants adapted to changing climates and environments, and how humans or human ancestors adapted during sometimes challenging periods of climatic and environmental instability. All projects are multi-disciplinary and involve younger colleagues and scientists from developing countries.

Funding deadlines are once a year, usually at the end of January. When available, specific details of funding rounds can be found under Project and News Pages.