IQUA is pleased to report upon a succesful Spring Meeting and AGM on Saturday the 27th of April, 2013, in the Moore Institute Seminar Room of the National University of Ireland Galway. The meeting was hosted by the Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit in the School of Geography and Archaeology, and comprised a series of short talks focusing on new and ongoing Quaternary research taking place in Ireland and abroad. R egistration commenced at 9.30am and attendance was free. Prof. Michael O’Connell (Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUIG) delivered the keynote address. IQUA’s AGM followed at 3pm. IQUA passes its sincere thanks to the conference organizers, Aaron Potito and Karen Molloy, for their excellent work.

IQUA’s Spring Meetings, in particular, are designed to be a venue for postgraduate and postdoctoral members to gain valuable experience and feedback in a friendly, informal setting. The IQUA Spring Meeting 2013 – Programme & Map can now be downloaded, as can the IQUA 2013 Spring Meeting Poster. Our thanks to all the conference participants and attendees.

The meeting also featured an optional fieldtrip, led by Michael Gibbons, on Sunday 28th April. This focused on a range of sites, including a group of cairns on Ballyvaughan Bay, a seaweed farm visible in the inter-tidal zone on Aughinish Island (the best preserved example in the country) and a complex of midden sites on Kinvara Bay. The middens stretch over hundreds of metres and are found on both sides of Kinvara Bay (for images see pdf, 1.44mb). Some contain bone. The trip departed Galway c.10.30 and finished c.15.00 hrs.