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QRA@50: Quaternary Revolutions
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 at 09:00 - Thursday, 9 January 2014 at 22:00 (GMT)
An Annual Discussion Meeting to celebrate 50 years of the Quaternary Research Association
Jointly organised with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Date: Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 January 2014
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London
Organising committee: Dan Charman (Exeter), James Scourse (Bangor), Antony Long (Durham), Danielle Schreve (RHUL), John Catt (RHUL), Catherine Souch (RGS-IBG), Tom Hill (NHM), Danni Pearce (Worcester)
Co-sponsors: Wiley-Blackwell, C3W (Climate Change Consortium of Wales)
About the conference
The QRA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. Since the foundation of the Association in 1964, Quaternary science has developed rapidly and become much more integrated with other areas of the environmental sciences, contributing to far-reaching debates on the Earth system and its relationship with past and future human development and society. There are some key developments in Quaternary science that have been particularly important in increasing its scope, influence and thinking in relation to ‘big science’ problems and their relevance to society. The meeting aims to celebrate the QRA’s 50th anniversary by identifying and discussing these ‘revolutions’ to assess their impact on our understanding of the Earth’s past and future.
Speakers will discuss each of the ten themes covering the full range of Quaternary science, reviewing major scientific ‘revolutions’, examining the current state of the art and looking forward to future developments. Each theme session will include a discussion slot and associated posters. We hope this will appropriately celebrate the 50th anniversary and stimulate discussion. The event is for postgraduates and early career scientists and anyone who wants a wide ranging update on past, present and future of the hot topics in Quaternary science.
A reception to launch a new book on the history of the QRA and its contribution to the development of Quaternary science, edited by John Catt and Ian Candy, will be held part way through the meeting.
Complete the online form to submit an abstract for a poster (MSWORD). Please note, oral presentations are by invitation only, there are no open oral presentation sessions taking place. Delegates are allowed to submit more than one poster abstract. Please send your completed form to QRA2014@rgs.org. The deadline for abstracts is 1 November 2013.
Poster abstracts based on any aspect of Quaternary science are encouraged, but we particularly invite contributions that address the theme of ‘Quaternary Revolutions’. Please note, the conference poster boards will accommodate posters up to A0 in size.
The registration fee includes all lunches and other refreshments during the meeting including the drinks reception. The conference dinner is limited to a capacity of 100 and will cost £35. Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation; see a list of local hotels, guest houses and accommodation.
Participants are encouraged to register early, taking advantage of lower rates for bookings before 21 November 2013. The QRA normally offers a limited number of awards to postgraduates to attend the Annual Discussion Meeting at reduced cost. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, and in recognition of the training value of the meeting, we are offering this to all postgraduate QRA members.
Early bird (1 August until 20 November 2013): £150 (full), £75 (QRA Postgraduate members)
Late booking (21 November to 15 December 2013): £175 (full), £90 (QRA Postgraduate members)
On the day £200 (or £75 a day)
Conference dinner on 8 January 2013 (please book early as numbers are limited): £35