About the QRA

We are an organisation comprising archaeologists, botanists, civil engineers, geographers, geologists, soil scientists, zoologists and others interested in research into the problems of the Quaternary.

The QRA was founded in 1964 as the Quaternary Field Study Group and became the Quaternary Research Association in 1968. Today, the QRA has an international membership of over 1000 people, with a large and thriving postgraduate student body.

The QRA has an active meetings programme, including the Annual Discussion Meeting, field meetings, and the annual Postgraduate Symposium. The organisation publishes the Quaternary Newsletter, Field and Technical Guides and the Journal of Quaternary Science is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Association. The QRA and its members undertake activities that promote the geoconservation of Quaternary sites and museum collections.

Read the QRA policy on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I).

New QRA Administrator sought

After many years of service to the QRA our administrator, Val Siviter, will be retiring at the end of this year. We are therefore looking to appoint a new administrator. This is part-time and equates to two days a week. If you are interested in this opportunity or know someone who would be suitable for this, more information including a summary of the main duties and how to apply can be found here. The closing date is 17:00, 5th September 2022.

The Association operates a number of grant schemes to support research activities by members, especially new researchers and postgraduate students. It also recognises outstanding contributions to Quaternary studies through a series of prizes.

For more about the Quaternary Period see our What is the Quaternary? page.

QRA News

October 2021 edition of QN available online...

The latest edition of QN for October 2021 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required via members area).

June 2021 edition of QN available online...

The latest edition of QN for June 2021 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required via members area).

February 2021 edition of QN available online...

The latest edition of QN for February 2021 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required via members area).