QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018
  • University of Plymouth

  • University of Plymouth

  • University of Plymouth

  • Optional field trip to Kents Cavern and Hope's Nose

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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

Keynote speakers

  • Chris Clark (Sheffield)
  • Marie-Jose Gaillard-Lemdahl (Linnaeus)
  • Roland Gehrels (York)
  • Marie-France Loutre (Bern)
  • Susan Ivy Ochs (ETH Zurich)

Organising committee

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)

  • Conference dinner: National Marine Aquarium (includes tour) on Thursday 4 January 2018 (Click here to book for the dinner only)
  • 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 reservations.plymouth@millenniumhotels.com 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'.

Field trip (Saturday 6 January)

For those keen to explore the Quaternary history of the South West, we will be running an optional field trip to Kents Cavern prehistoric cave site near Torquay, followed by a coastal walk to explore the interglacial raised beach deposits at Hope’s Nose.

  • We will be departing Plymouth at 09:00 and returning to Plymouth at 16:30 (via Newton Abbot railway station at 15:30).

If you would like to take part in this field day please notify the conference organisers by sending an email to QRA2018@plymouth.ac.uk.

Photo competition

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 has been extended to Thursday 30 November 2017.

Further enquiries to: QRA2018@plymouth.ac.uk

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