This 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.
Sessions will be arranged around topics and it is envisaged that these will include both data and modelling presentations, which will encourage and provide opportunity for discussion and initiate collaboration. We welcome the submission of abstracts on topics that use a data approach, a modelling approach or that integrates both approaches. Therefore, if you are engaged in, or interested in learning more about, data-model intercomparison in the field of Quaternary Science, we would encourage you to attend.
Proposed scientific themes
- Intercomparisons between climate modelling and palaeoclimate reconstructions
- Glacial system modelling and glacial geomorphology
- Long-term ecology, ecological processes and biodiversity
- Human/environment interactions including refining and testing models of anthropogenic land cover change
- Palaeohydrology and long-term landscape evolution
- Past and future sea-level change
- Chris Clark (Sheffield)
- Marie-Jose Gaillard-Lemdahl (Linnaeus)
- Roland Gehrels (York)
- Marie-France Loutre (Bern)
- Susan Ivy Ochs (ETH Zurich)
Dr Stephanie Mills, Dr Caroline Clason, Professor Neil Roberts, Professor Ralph Fyfe, Dr Nicki Whitehouse, Dr Matt Telfer, Professor Anne Mather, Dr Tim Daley, Dr Jessie Woodbridge.
Logistics (indicative, details to follow)
- Abstract submission deadline: 12:00 noon on 24 October 2017
- Registration: Early bird until 31 October 2017
- Conference meal: National Marine Aquarium (includes tour) on 4 January 2018
- Accommodation: Hotel and B&B accommodation available within walking distance of the conference venue. Events University of Plymouth have negotiated discounted accommodation at Jury’s Inn.
For rooms at the Copthorne Hotel Plymouth costing £74.00 per night (inclusive of breakfast, car parking, Wi-Fi and VAT), please email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote reference ‘University of Plymouth’.
For rooms at the Jurys Inn Hotel costing £76.00 per night for single occupancy or £86.00 per night for a double/twin room (inclusive of breakfast), please use their online booking system and quote booking reference JIPLYM030118.
- Optional field trip (Saturday 6 January) to Kent’s Cavern and Hope’s Nose raised beach
We invite all attendees of the QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018 to submit up to three photos on the theme of Quaternary Science to our photo competition. The photos will be judged by a panel at the University of Plymouth, and the shortlisted images (including the winner) will be on display throughout the conference. We look forward to seeing your submissions! Please email all photo submissions to QRA2018@plymouth.ac.uk. The deadline for photo submissions is 31 October 2017.
Further enquiries to: QRA2018@plymouth.ac.uk