AfQUA Conference

30th January - 8th February 2015. Baxter Theatre Centre, Lower Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa.

We have great pleasure in announcing the first continent-wide conference on the African Quaternary (AfQUA). We invite you to share your ideas and concerns, learn new things and develop projects from local to continental scales, and meet colleagues from across Africa and the world. The conference will include invited plenary talks on topics of particular importance, sessions with regular talks and poster sessions.


  • 30th January - 4th February 2015: Conference sessions
  • 1st February 2015: Conference field excursions
  • 5th - 7th/8th February 2015: Workshops

Important Dates

  • 15th September 2014 - abstract submission closes
  • 15th September 2014 - deadline for financial support
  • 30th September 2014 - confirmation of abstract acceptance
  • 30th September 2014 - early bird payment closes
  • 1st November 2014 - final deadline for all registrations and fee payments

More details can be found in this announcement (pdf) or through the links listed below.



Archaeology of lake settlements IV-II millennia B.C.: Chronology of cultures and natural environmental rhythms

13 - 15 November 2014, State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

International conference organized by the State Hermitage Museum, Institute of History of Material Culture (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Herzen State University will be devoted to the memory of the outstanding Stone Age researchers A. Miklyaev (1934-1993) and P. Dolukhanov (1937-2009).

Currently, the Organizing Committee has received more than 30 applications from across Europe (Russia, Byelorussia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland) and we look forward to attracting a wider circle of the Quaternary community.

Conference topics

  • Natural climatic rhythms and cultural-historical processes in IV-II mil BC.
  • Archaeological periodization and chronology of lake settlements based on absolute and relative dating methods; local and regional time scales.
  • Radiocarbon dating of archaeological artefacts and objects, comparison of different radiocarbon chronologies, criteria for estimation of their reliability.
  • Reservoir effect in radiocarbon dates of lake settlements materials.
  • Natural resources and their use.


No registration fee is required. Applications for participation containing author name and affiliation, paper title with short abstract and official invitation requests should be sent before October 1, 2015 to Andrey Mazurkevich, with copy to Vladimir Lozovski

April 2014

African Large Carnivores: impacts on ecosystems and humans interactions

24-27th of June 2014, National Museum of Kenya, Nairob

Abstract deadline: 24th May 2014

You are cordially invited to submit your poster or paper abstracts and attend this conferences /workshop. A first meeting is planned for the 24-27 th of June 2014, with the first two days devoted to conference papers followed by two seminar days in the lab demonstration (workshop) on taphonomical studies (from modern bone collections, especially from hyena dens), scat analysis and conservation management, especially directed toward students and young researchers. The meeting will be held at the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi. Submission of abstracts from both professional researchers and students focusing on any topic related to large carnivores are welcome. These abstracts have to be submitted latest by 24 th May2014. Kindly send them to Ogeto Mwebi, NMK Nairobi, Kenya & Jean-Philip Brugal, CNRS, France ( or; as soon as possible for compilation and drawing of a proper programme. Post-graduate students studying/planning to study large carnivores who may not have anything to present are also welcome. However, such a student has to be recommended by a senior carnivore researcher in order to confirm a student’s interest in large carnivore research and be registered.

Please note that as per our first announcement, no registration fee payment is required for you to attend this meeting.


  • 23rd June 2014 - Participants arrival and transfer to hotels
  • 24th June 2014 - Registration and scientific presentations
  • 25th June 2014 - Scientific presentations
  • 26th June 2014 - Laboratory bone taphonomic studies and scat analysis demonstrations
  • 27th June 2014 - Laboratory bone taphonomic studies and scat analysis demonstrations/final day

Important dates

  • 10th May 2014 - Final decision on participant financial support by the organising committee (Note that travel and accommodation support application form to be sent todeveloping countries needy researchers and students upon request as specified in the first call)
  • 24th May 2014 - Abstract submission closes

Event programme in pdf format

March 2014

African Large Carnivores: impacts on ecosystems and humans interactions

We are pleased to inform you about the creation of an INQUA group named African Large Carnivores: impacts on ecosystems and humans interactions. This project is under the ‘Humans and Biosphere’ commission of INQUA.

The long term goal of this project will be to form an international carnivore researchers’ focus group that will regularly bring together young and senior researchers working on different fields of large carnivore studies both in modern and fossil record that include: taphonomy, ethology, ecology, paleontology, morphofunction, biochemical, genetics and conservation with a scientific purpose of linking pleistocenist and holocenist (see attachment and

A first meeting is planned for the 24-27th of June, with two first days devoted to talks (conference) followed by two seminar days with lab demonstration (workshop) on taphonomical studies (from modern bone collections, especially from hyena dens), scat analysis and conservation management, especially directed toward students and young researchers. The meeting would be held at the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi.

Our budget will be used to support young scientists, graduate students (PhD), early-career researchers and senior researchers from developing-countries for both travel and accommodation. Application form would be send upon request. Moreover we would be able to provide facilities and lunch for all contributors involved in the meeting.

We would like to invite you to propose contributions for the Conference, mostly oral presentations but with a possibility of people not able to attend to send a poster. We would like to share our experience in carnivore studies from multi-disciplinary approaches, and more time would be allowed for discussions. No registration fee is required but it is necessary to send ASAP your title (even provisional) and confirm your participation for our planning purposes. People who require financial support have to send us relatively quickly some information about their field of expertise. However, sourcing for other funding support is highly encouraged given that our budget is very limited.

The schedule will be:

  • Mid-March (this mail): first announcement and request for preliminary registration
  • Mid-April: 2nd announcement and details on program, and final application for funding
  • Mid-May: final registration and funding arrangement (selection and travel)
Please, feel free to disseminate this first announcement (and answer to both contacts below)

Hoping to meet you during this first carnivore’ event…

Ogeto Mwebi, NMK Nairobi, Kenya ( & Jean-Philip Brugal, CNRS, France (

January 2014

2015 INQUA Congress - Nagoya Japan

Details for the 2015 congress can be found at

Details of session proposals, formats and paper abstract deadlines can be found in the files below. Deadlines are 31st March 2014 for session abstracts and 20th December 2014 for oral and poster presentations.The deadline for financial financial support will be the 20th December 2014.

Session proposal form Word and pdf

The African Quaternary: climate, environments and people

Conference and workshops 30 January – 7 February 2015

For some time now we have realized that there is a large gap between the four-yearly INQUA International Congresses and the local conferences of INQUA Members. We therefore have great pleasure in announcing the first continent-wide conference on the African Quaternary (AfQUA). We invite you to share your ideas and concerns, learn new things and develop projects from local to continental scales, and meet colleagues from across Africa and the world. The conference will include invited plenary talks on topics of regular talks and poster sessions.

Further, the AfQUA meetings recognise and specifically address the difficulties in communication when working in Africa. While these impediments can make things difficult for established researchers, they are even more serious for young scientists who are trying to learn their discipline and develop their careers. To help lessen these problems, we plan a series of training workshops to follow the conference. These will cover a range of topics, some practical and some academic, but all addressing skills that Quaternary scientists need to advance and express their science. We hope that these inter-Congress AfQUA meetings will become a regular feature of the Quaternary calendar and look forward to your participation.


University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Preliminary programme outline

  • 30th January – 3rd February 2015: Conference sessions;
  • 4th February 2015: Fieldtrips;
  • 5th – 7th February 2015: Training workshops.
  • Conference format: Oral and poster presentations.


Potential themes include:

  • Grant application writing;
  • Presenting your research (PowerPoint and oratory skills);
  • Presenting results (diagrams, maps etc);
  • Palaeoecological statistic
  • s in R;
  • Data-Model comparisons;
  • Age-depth modeling;

If you are interested in running a workshop, please contact us.


Further details will be provided at a later date. Please contact us if you would like to lead a fieldtrip.

Important dates

  • December 2013 – 1st announcement;
  • March 2014 – call for titles and abstracts; online registration opens
  • July 2014 – abstract submission closes;
  • early bird registration closes September 2014 – online registration closes, registration fee payment deadline.

Funding: We will be attempting to raise funds to support as many early career researchers from Africa as possible. However, these days funding bodies are more likely to fund individual applications for conference attendance. It is therefore strongly encouraged that individuals who would like to attend this conference apply for funding independently. Viable avenues for funding will be showcased on the conference’s website as well as Twitter and Facebook pages so please send us any information you may have regarding this aspect.

Anyone wishing to apply to INQUA for funding should note that funding is only available to support research projects so a project meeting should be planned to coincide with the AfQUA meeting. The deadline for these applications is 30th January 2014. Detailed information and forms are available at but, if in doubt, email Margaret Avery: Please email us ( if you are interested in participating in this initiative.

April 2013

DIG – 1st Workshop on DInaric Glaciation: Early/Middle Pleistocene glaciations of NE Mediterranean, Starigrad-Paklenica, 2nd - 5th May 2013

Recently documented extensive Pleistocene glaciations of the eastern Mediterranean (Dinaric Alps) bring new perspective of its geological history and climate change. The 1st DIG Workshop is focused on several unique key-locations in Northern Dalmatia, and Southern Velebit Mt., which represent only a part of well-preserved Pleistocene sediments in the region of eastern Adriatic islands, coast and adjacent mountain range – the coastal Dinarides of Croatia. The three main topics for discussion are:

  1. Sedimentology of moraines on carbonate bedrock - problems and perspectives
  2. Proglacial lacustrine sediments and their response to climate forcing
  3. Fossil ice-marginal sedimentary bodies and processes

correspondance to: Ljerka Marjanac

January 2013

Update: Eastern African Quaternary Climate Change and Variability: a View from the Highlands. Nanyuki, Kenya, 23rd – 27th July 2013

The 4th Eastern African Quaternary Research Association (EAQUA) conference in Kenya initially scheduled for February has been moved to 23rd to 27th July 2013. This is to allow our members and other interested participants to take part in the PAGES Congress in Goa, India. We will therefore be holding a back-to-back meeting with East African Association for Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology (EAAPP).

Conference circular (pdf 165kb).

Conference registration form (pdf 121kb).

October 2012

Geochronology of Upper Paleolithic sites before/ during/ after the LGM in Northeast Asia at the Tokyo Metropolitan University, 30 November 2012

We are pleased to invite all researchers who are interested in this project, to participate in this year's Workshop on Geochronology of Upper Paleolithic sites before/ during/ after the LGM in Northeast Asia. The purpose of this workshop is to review geochronological evidence of Upper Paleolithic sites before/ during/ after LGM across Northeast Asia. Participants will come from Russia, United States, Mongolia and Japan.

Date: 30 November 2012

Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo (Japan)

Information and timetable (pdf)

September 2012

Funding announcement for 2013

The deadline for funding applications for INQUA - Projects, International Focus Groups (IFG's) and skills funding - will be the end of January 2013.

All applications must be submitted via the relevant Commission, so all Hab Comm applications must be submitted by the 24th January 2013 to to allow sufficient time applications to be checked and forwarded to the Secretary General by the 31st January 2013.

Please feel free to contact the President (, one of the Vice Presidents, Prof Yan Zhao or Dr Luis Borrero or Secretary Dr Mike Akaegbobi well in advance of the final deadline for further advice and guidance. We particularly encourage prospective applicants of International Focus Groups (IFG's) to make early contact with us.

Details of funding available can be found here, together with applications forms and guidance at We look forward to hearing from you soon and encourage you to consider making an application for funding.

Earliest occupation of north-west Europe

A special issue titled 'The environment and chronology of the earliest occupation of north-west Europe' has just appeared in Quaternary International (Volume 271, 31 August 2012). In the last two decades much has changed in research on the early hominin occupation of north-west Europe, including developments in dating methods, the discoveries of a series of surprisingly early sites through new fieldwork and a range of new research questions. In order to address these questions, a robust chronology and understanding of past environments is required. This special issue gives an up-to-date review of knowledge of the chronology, environment and archaeology of this region. The broader geographical context is also represented, focusing on central and eastern Europe and south Russia, where relatively long stratigraphical sequences provide the opportunity to build a robust chronology and make correlations that support chrono-stratigraphic schemes elsewhere in Europe. In addition, the volume provides new perspectives on the occupation history and adaptations of the earliest occupants. This special issue is based on the proceedings of an international conference held in the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden in 2009, and was supported by a grant from INQUA as part of Project Number 0902.

July 2012

Download the July 2012 newsletter (pdf: 172kb)

Palaeo50, a horizon scanning workshop, at the Oxford Long-term Ecology Laboratory on 13th-14th December, 2012

Palaeo50 aims to identify the 50 most important questions in palaeoecology and highlight key areas of a new research agenda. We are hoping for an international response, from palaeoecologists, ecologists and policy makers, who are interested in understanding the biotic responses to environmental change from annual to geological timescales, and the applications of this knowledge for ecosystem management. We are asking that members of the community submit the questions that they think palaeoecology needs to answer by 31st October 2012, by following the link at our website, Examples of the types of questions that we are looking for are provided on the submission page. These questions will be debated at the workshop, whittled down to a list of 50, and submitted as a co-authored manuscript for publication. All contributions will be acknowledged, but there is option to remain anonymous if you prefer to do so.

June 2012

Rapidly Changing Large Lakes and Human Response, a QuickLakeH workshop 5th-11th January 2013

We invite participants to a multidisciplinary workshop and fieldtrip on the coast of the Caspian Sea to discuss problems caused by rapid water level changes in large lakes, such as the Caspian Sea, the Aral Sea, the Dead Sea, the Beysekir Lake and other large lakes in Turkey.

Main objectives

  • To understand what are the driving forces behind the rapid lake level changes
  • To demonstrate that lakes are amplifiers of climate change and that they should be used as alarm bells of regional dramatic changes.
  • To establish how environmental changes have affected humans, how they responded and how they recovered if they did, by studying the past.
  • To foster research on fast lake level changes based with strong chronological controls.
  • To present the end users with a larger and more complete picture of possible future changes by highlighting how fast lakes have changed in any region. This will help in preparing better mitigating measures.
  • Impact on population around the lakes now and in the historical/archaeological past, e.g. the more humid Sassanid period, and the Gorgan wall built to stop invasions from the north, now partially below water
  • Ecological and environmental impacts of the lake level changes, e.g. on caviar fisheries
  • Download circular

The Eastern African Quaternary Research Association 4th Biennial conference

The Eastern African Quaternary Research Association (EAQUA) will hold its 4th Biennial conference in February 2013. The association’s conferences brings together Quaternary scholars from eastern Africa who do not ordinarily come together with international researchers working in the region to deliberate on themes related to various aspects of Quaternary research in the region. The earlier three conferences established that there were local and regional variations in climate over the last 2000 years and suggested multidisciplinary approaches for better understanding, in addition to assessing the impacts of global and climate change, vulnerability and adaptations. The status of on and off shore Quaternary research over the last 100,000 years was also discussed, elaborating on the available marine and lacustrine records, techniques and methods for Quaternary research, palaeoclimate and vegetation reconstruction as well as recent trends in climate change. The 4th Biennial conference themed “Equatorial eastern Africa Quaternary, climate change and variability” will highlight the results of concluded and ongoing research conducted the entire Qauternary period to ensure periods of the Quaternary before 100,000 years ago in tropical eastern Africa that remain inexhaustively explored, collated and shared are discussed. Conference discussions will be thematic sessions including:

  • Late Pleistocene-Holocene climate variability
  • Quaternary Rainfall variability and human
  • Habitat and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of pre-historic sites (palaeobotany, isotopes, fauna, sedimentology)
  • The Quaternary fossil and archaeological record of eastern Africa
  • Climate and Global change
  • Eastern African Quaternary geology
  • Highland biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Heritage Resouce management for sustainable Development

May 2012

INQUA now has an Early Career Facebook Account - click here

INQUA XIX Congress

The XIX INQUA Congress will be held in Nagoya, Japan, July 27-August 2, 2015. Details about the Congress, including registration, accomodation, fieldtrips, scientific sessions, events, and abstract submission details will be found at the INQUA website or by email using the links below.

Links for further information:

February 2012

Call for Papers

Palynological Association of Nigeria (Pan), 5th International Conference/Exhibition, 22nd-25th April 2015, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. Palynology: Meeting Aerial and Subterranean Challenges in the 21st century.


  • Erratic global climatic regime: insight from paleopalynolgy
  • Pollinosis in Nigeria: contribution of palynology in its management
  • The significance of palynomorphs in medicinal and nutritional uses of honey
  • Palynology of marginal basins of Nigeria;
  • Palynology and sequence stratigraphy of Nigerian basins
  • Bomb explosion and forensic palynology.

Please send abstracts to: and

July 2011

New commissioners elected at INQUA 2011