IQUA annual symposium 2022

We are delighted to be returning to an in-person event. This year’s Autumn Symposium will be held on Friday, 2 December at Maynooth University. The event is organised by Helen Shaw and Nick Scroxton of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS) and Department of Geography at Maynooth. The theme of the symposium is Research from the past – Impact for the future.

Although registration is at the meeting we would appreciate it for our planning if you could let us know if you intend to come in the form at
There won’t be facilities to handle card payments so would appreciate if you would bring cash.

Location: The symposium is being held at Maynooth University in the TSI building (Building 30 on the map), Room 1.25 (up the stairs to the end of the corridor). A map of Maynooth campus is here 

Getting here: Maynooth campus is easily accessible by train from Dublin and on the Sligo line to the west, as well as various bus services to nearby towns and the airport.

Parking: Parking on campus is limited, there are pay and display car parks listed on the map (Colour coded in blue), but they do tend to fill up quite early in the morning.

Lunch: We have reserved a table at Pugin Hall (number 16 on the map) and we hope that you will join us for lunch and discussions. Lunch is a self-service canteen style with hot and cold choices, vegetarian and (usually) vegan options. Please bring separate funds for lunch, as this is not provided as part of the registration. There are other options, from supermarket sandwiches to coffee shops and restaurants in the town, if you prefer.

Programme timings and sessions (Full programme to follow)

09:00-9:30 Registration
09:00-10:30 Session 1: Irish Quaternary
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:45 Session 2: Sea-Level
Keynote by Jason Kirby, Liverpool John Moores University
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:45 Session 3: International Quaternary and Impacts
15:45-16:00 Close and IQUA awards and prizes

IQUA annual symposium 2021

Due to the high incidence rate of COVID19 and difficulties in securing a suitable venue capable of supporting a hybrid event, this year’s Autumn Symposium will again be online. The event will be held via Zoom (details to be confirmed) on Friday, 26 November. We invite short talks (15 minutes) on the symposium theme of abrupt climate change. Please send abstracts (100-200 words) to no later than 18 November.

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..

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.

IQUA November 2018 Symposium: Ireland’s Offshore Quaternary Records

The Irish Quaternary Association wish to welcome you to their upcoming symposium “Ireland’s Offshore Quaternary Records” on Friday 23rd November in the Geological Survey Ireland, Dublin. Nine speakers from Ireland and the UK will talk about recent updates in our understanding of the Quaternary marine sediments around Ireland, with the keynote talk given by Heather Stewart of the British Geological Survey. Registration is from 9:30am on the day, with more details included on the flyer.
A drinks reception will follow where award winners of the IQUA Research Award and Bill Watts 14CHRONO awards will be announced.
There is also an associated outreach event: INFOMAR survey vessel RV Keary will be in Grand Canal Dock on Thurs 22nd and Friday 23rd and members of the public are invited to take a tour.

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