IQUA’s Annual Spring Meeting (2014) took place on Saturday 29th March. The Meeting was free to all and was held in the School of the Human Environment, University College Cork. IQUA’s AGM followed, during which we discussed and decided to undertake a bid to host INQUA in 2019 and a joint field trip with the QRA in 2015, as well as plans for 2014’s Field Meeting and Autumn Symposium.

Here is a summary of the fascinating programme at 2014’s Spring Meeting: Peter Woodman asked whether there was life before MIS3, Margaret Browne looked at Mediterranean sea surface temperatures during the Younger Dryas. Staying marine – Mark Coughlan investigated Palaeo-archives on north-west Europ’s shelf seas and Andrea Waitz looked at Coastal peat deposits. Donna Hawthorne examined Fire and vegetation history in the Galtee Mountains and Alwyne McGeever investigated Bog pines in Ireland. Benjamin Gearey and Nora Bermingham took a closer look at Palaeoclimate from a peatland perspective while Susan Lyons studied Plant remains. Mick Corcoran examined Signs of medieval land use in Ireland and Joanna Nolan looked at a Children’s burial ground in Co Mayo.

IQUA thanks the conference organizer, Dr. Ben Gearey of UCC, for all his work towards a very sucessful Spring Meeting.

IQUA also congratulates the winner of the Best Postgraduate Presentation Prize of €100, Alwyne McGeever for her presentation on Bog pines in Ireland.

For more details, see the Meeting Timetable.