IQUA Bill Watts, Research and new Valerie Hall awards 2021 – Call now on

IQUA is proud to launch our new award: The Valerie Hall award  for the best student or early-career researcher-led paper published by an IQUA member.

The Award is for early career researchers or postgraduate students who have written a top-quality research publication that puts Irish Quaternary science on the international stage. We hope that the award will help encourage early career researchers to consider a career in Quaternary research. One award of €250 will be given on an annual basis. Papers can be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, or other IQUA members. Nominations should be sent in writing (no more than 100 words of justification) to the IQUA secretary (Graeme Swindles – for review by the IQUA executive committee before the 15th of November. The nominated paper should be attached to the email. The paper must be in the general area of Quaternary studies but does not have to be focussed on Ireland.  This award is in memory of Professor Valerie Hall, who passed away in 2016. Valerie was a highly esteemed Quaternary scientist from Belfast. She began her career in botany and palynology but made a truly international mark in the field of distal tephrochronology. She was particularly supportive of PhD students and early career researchers.

The 2021 call for both the Bill Watts 14Chrono Awards and the IQUA Research Awards is now on with a deadline for application on the 15th of November.


These awards are designed to cover radiocarbon dates or laboratory fees, for instance those incurred in DNA or isotope analyses.


The Awards pay for a number of AMS radiocarbon dates for current postgraduate members of IQUA.

See our awards page for futher information and application form.