About the QRA

The Quaternary Research Association is an organisation comprising archaeologists, botanists, civil engineers, geographers, geologists, soil scientists, zoologists and others interested in research into the problems of the Quaternary. The majority of members reside in Great Britain, but its membership is international, including most European countries, North America, Africa and Australasia.

The QRA was founded in 1964 as the Quaternary Field Study Group and its name was changed to the Quaternary Research Association in 1968. Today the QRA has a membership of over 1000, with a large and thriving postgraduate student membership. The QRA has an active meetings programme, including the Annual Discussion Meeting each January, field meetings, usually held in April and May or September and the annual Postgraduate Symposium. Members receive the Quaternary Newsletter and Circular three times a year, which contain short research papers, reports on meetings, abstracts, reviews and news on forthcoming meetings, events and a range of other information. The QRA also publishes field guides to accompany its field meetings and a series of technical guides which provide up-to-date coverage of technical developments in the field. The Journal of Quaternary Science, founded in 1985, is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Association. The Association also operates a number of grants schemes to support research by its members and also administers the Bill Bishop Award (for a postgraduate researcher) and the Lewis Penny Medal, which recognizes an outstanding early career scientist.

The QRA is a registered charity (262124).