IQUA spring meeting 2021 programme and secondary teaching aid launch

Our upcoming Spring meeting is on next week on Friday the 16th.
The meeting is free to attend, and starts at 10am (zoom link below). The AGM will occur after the talks, sometime around 12:45. The programme schedule is below.
The meeting will also feature the official launch of our post primary teaching resource “Shaping the Landscape”. IQUA developed this teaching and learning resource sponsored by The Heritage Council, Geological Survey Ireland and Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. The lesson plan is the first 2nd level teaching aid for Quaternary Science in Ireland and was developed in an iterative process between teachers, geological survey staff (north and south) and IQUA committee members. The instructional aid, composed of an 8 pages of Study Notes accompanied by a 4 pages student Workbook is focused at 2nd level geography, earth science students and future undergraduates and is available to download at
Looking forward to seeing you all at the meeting. Zoom link:

IQUA symposium 2020 programme

Friday the 27th of November is our annual symposium on carbon sequestration! We have twelve speakers lined up, including a keynote by William Austin of the University of St Andrews.
The welcoming speaker, IQUA president Gill Plunkett, will begin at 10:15 and the webinar will open to attendees at 10:00.
The link to the Zoom webinar, (registration-free) is
See the programme below:


IQUA annual symposium 2020

Our annual symposium is arriving on the 27th of November. Current restrictions means it will be organised online through zoom. Further information on registration will come soon. See the flyer below for the list of our confirmed speakers..

INQUA congress 2019 video

On this historic day marking the retirement of Pete Coxon, the leading figure behind the organisation of the INQUA 2019 congress in Dublin 14 months ago, IQUA wishes to release the video that was produced and that highlights some of the great moments from this conference. Pete wishes to thank all people concerned with the build-up, plan and eventually the runnning of the Congress and associated fieldtrips to such a wonderful success. IQUA also wishes to thank our sponsors for the Congress; Science Foundation Ireland, Geological Survey Ireland, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

Informal field meetings Autumn 2020

The IQUA Fieldtrip 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic situation. Several members have kindly offered to lead informal regional field meetings for interested parties, subject to individual travel arrangements in the months of September and October. Check the descriptions of the events here and contact the relevant leader to register your interest.

Note: fieldguides will not be produced and published for these excursions.

View of Sperrins

Inaugural Eileen Reilly Postgraduate Research Award recipient

Despite our current isolation and the slow stream of IQUA related news, I am delighted to officially announce the winner of this year’s Eileen Reilly Postgraduate Research award.

Congratulations to Adrienne Foreman from NUI Galway who is currently undergoing her first year of PhD with Dr Gordon Bromley in Palaeoclimatology.

This award will allow her to expand on her research outputs and we can’t wait to hear about the results in an upcoming newsletter or spring meeting.

Best wishes to her and to you all in these troubling circumstances.

Catch up as soon as we can safely do so.

Cancellation of IQUA spring meeting and AGM 2020

Due to the ongoing sanitary crisis linked with the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the decision has been made to cancel our spring meeting and AGM due to take place on the 28th of March 2020 at Queen’s University Belfast.

Thank you for your consideration. Stay safe and we’ll let you know as soon as we organise a new event on the other side of this outbreak.

IQUA spring meeting 2020 at Queen’s Univeristy Belfast

The Irish Quaternary Association Spring Meeting 2020 will be held  at the Elmwood Building at Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday the 28th March. Registration will commence at 9:30am.

The meeting is open to all and will consist of short (20 minute) presentations on any area of new or ongoing Quaternary research. Postgraduate and post-doctoral students are especially welcome and are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to present in an informal and friendly setting. Both oral and poster presentations are invited and there will be a prize for the best postgraduate talk.

Please send abstracts of c. 200 words to Graeme Swindles, indicating poster or talk.

The meeting will be followed by the IQUA AGM on the Saturday afternoon.

There will be a small fee to pay to cover at least some of the expenses related to the meeting and to support further IQUA’s activities. The fee will be €10/€5 for members and students/concessions respectively and €20 for non-members. Payments in £GBP will also be accepted.

IQUA Symposium 2019: A Selection from INQUA _ 29th Nov 2019

This year’s symposium entitled “A Selection from INQUA” will take place on Friday the 29th of November 2019 in the Geological Survey Ireland lecture theatre in Beggar’s Bush.

The programme aims to showcase a range of talks delivered at our recent INQUA congress in Dublin on diverse subjects. It highlights talks by Irish based researchers and/or research projects about Ireland. Registration is €20/10 for full/student members and €30/15 for non-members. See schedule below. Everyone is welcome.