IQUA convened session at CIG 2018

This year IQUA has convened a session at the upcoming Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG) taking place in Maynooth university from the 10th to the 12th of May 2018 ( Below are the details of the session and information about abstracts submissions (deadline: 30th of March 2018).

The Irish Quaternary: Exploring Landscape Change Over The Last 2.6 Million Years
Martha Coleman, Maynooth University; Alwynne McGeever, Trinity College Dublin

To tie in with the recent release of Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies and the approaching INQUA2019 conference to be held in Dublin this session will consider how the Irish landscape changed during the most recent period of Earth’s history; the Quaternary. The Quaternary refers to the last 2.6 million years. Quaternary studies are multi-disciplinary in nature and provide a critical long-term perspective that offers fascinating insights about the early Irish landscapes and culture. Research in this area includes the study of on and offshore glaciation and deglaciation in Ireland, reconstructing landscape development, quantifying past climate change and extreme weather events, uncovering the arrival and development of human civilisation and visualising the expansions and declines of Irish flora and fauna populations over time. This session will highlight the vast range of ongoing Irish research that provides unique insights into climate and landscape change over the last 2.6 million years, providing critical information on past and present Earth processes from a uniquely Irish perspective.

Although this session is convened by the Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) we welcome relevant research/researchers from outside Ireland also. The wide scope of this session of study accommodates a diverse range of topics and invites papers from:

  • Archaeology
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geomorphology
  • Geology
  • Hydrology

To be part of this session, please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to and by 16 March 2018.

South-west Donegal over the weekend of the 15th – 17th of September, 2017

This year we enjoyed a beautiful few days in Southwest Donegal. Yet another very well attended IQUA fieldtrip with 35 attendees making the trek northwest.

IQUA members at Cloghanmore Portal Tomb

A packed agenda meant that a few sites had to be dropped but we still managed to see the Derryness submerged forest, Inishkeel, Cloghanmore Court Tomb, a Station and Souterraine at Turas Colmcille, and the spectacular Sheskinmore Nature Reserve.

The IQUA committee wish to thank all the speakers.

Thanks in particular to Malcolm and Ellen for organising such a memorable weekend.

***Please note that there will be a delay in releasing the finalised Southwest Donegal Fieldguide while we add in few additional papers***

IQUA Spring Meeting 2018 – ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’

As indicated before Xmas we plan on having the IQUA Spring Meeting in the Hunt Museum, Limerick on April 21st

Our spring meeting is generally focussed on postgraduate research – so we would like to invite members who would like to make a presentation (oral or poster) to let me know.  We are also planning on a few new initiatives this year, the first of many in the lead up to INQUA 2019 (

To this end we plan on adding a selection of talks celebrating key Quaternary Scientists to the Spring Meeting programme (including Frank Mitchell, Sydney Mary Thompson, Bill Watts, Valerie Hall and Robert Lloyd Praeger).  These talks will subsequently form the core of a booklet to be published by IQUA.

We would like to invite IQUA members to contribute short papers on OTHER Quaternary Scientists to this booklet.

Please send your suggestions to or by April 1st 2018.

Deadline for submissions of papers will be June 30th  2018.



IQUA Symposium 2017: Drainage in Glacial Landscapes

The IQUA Symposium 2017 “Drainage in Glacial Landscapes” which will be held on Friday the 24th of November

in the GSI lecture theatre. Registration from 9:30am.
To whet your appetite, here are some teasers for tomorrow’s talks – it certainly looks like it will be a fascinating day!

John Lowe explores the difficulty of timing the Younger Dryas readvance in the Scottish Highlands.

Susan Hegarty revisits the late glacial meltwater channels in county Kilkenny.

Robbie Meehan will try to untangle the Rathcroghan Uplands landscape from county Roscommon. Non-glacial drainage in glacially moulded landscape.

Jasper Knight reviews the eskers from North-Central Ireland.

Ro Charlton reveals the glacial influence of Holocene drainage in the Shannon basin.

Mike Philcox reviews the story of the Glacial Lake at Blessington.

Anthony Beese describes a late-glacial boulder deposit in Tipperary.

Robert Devoy and Pete Coxon join forces to unpeel the interglacial sequences of the lower Lee estuary.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Back flyer Iqua symposium 2017
Front flyer Iqua symposium 2017

IQUA 2017 Bill Watts and Research awards winners

From left to right: Catherine Dalton (president), Michelle Curran, Martha Coleman, Anthony Beese and Benjamin Thébaudeau (secretary).

With a bit of delay from our official annoucement at the symposium, here are the winners from our annual awards:
Bill Watts awards:
Martha Coleman, MU,
Niamh Millward, UCD,
Michelle Curran, NUIG.

Research awards:
Ros Ó Maoldúin,
Anthony Beese,
Rosie Bishop, UCD.

Congratulations to all the winners an many thanks to our sponsor, 14Chrono at Queen’s University Belfast.