Quaternary Science & Society: The Quaternary Research Associations Annual Meeting 2012

04.01 - 06.01.2012
New Forest, UK
Contact person:
Dr Peter Langdon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Modern Quaternary Science interacts with human society in multiple ways and this meeting draws upon this interaction. Quaternary studies of marine, lacustrine, fluvial, aeolian and glacial environments provide invaluable data for the construction and validation of climate models at a variety of temporal and spatial scales. Quaternary studies can also reveal how, and why, ecosystems are coupled to environmental change both in the past and potentially in the future.

The increasingly close collaboration between Quaternary scientists and archaeologists is providing cutting-edge information on the role of environment in the evolution and dispersal of humans across the Globe. Quaternary Science is also a key part of both the ‘Geoconservation’ and ‘Anthropocene’ debates within Earth Sciences. This discussion meeting will cover all these aspects in a range of sessions over two and a half days in the unique setting of the oldest documented forest in Europe.

Sessions include:

- Quaternary Science, Society & the climate system: centennial to millennial scales

- Using past interglacials as analogues for the current warm stage

- The Anthropocene

- Human-climate-ecosystem interactions: learning from the past

- Wetland & lake archives

- Geoconservation

- Applied Quaternary Science

- Open poster session [In addition to the advertised sessions there will be a poster session in which delegates can present posters on any of the topics listed above, or in an open category, in which authors can present any topical research within Quaternary Science].

Accommodation will be on a first come first served basis.

PAGES bursary

If entering an abstract for the session topic "Human-climate-ecosystem interactions: learning from the past"€ you might want to be considered for a PAGES funded bursary to support your attendance up to £1000. Early career researchers (PhD students and postdocs) from UK or overseas will be considered.

If interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as to why you wish to be considered (200 words max). The organizers will also take into account the relevance/quality of your abstract.

Post-meeting material

Report in Quaternary Newsletter (link)