Annual Discussion Meeting (ADM)

Annual Discussion Meetings are usually held over 2 to 3 days in early January. They are centred on a key scientific theme and draw national and international interest, with keynote speakers from around the world. In recent years themes have included; The Quaternary of Britain; The Last British Ice Sheet; Isotope and noble gas analysis; The Palaeolithic Occupation of Europe; Land-Ocean Correlation; and Constructing Quaternary Chronologies.

Annual Discussion Meeting (ADM)

Annual Discussion Meetings are usually held over 2 to 3 days in early January. They are centred on a key scientific theme and draw national and international interest, with keynote speakers from around the world. In recent years themes have included; The Quaternary of Britain; The Last British Ice Sheet; Isotope and noble gas analysis; The Palaeolithic Occupation of Europe; Land-Ocean Correlation; and Constructing Quaternary Chronologies.

QRA ADM 2019, Chester: Environmental Change: pace, magnitude and impact

University of Chester (main campus)

03/01/19 - 05/01/19

Dr Graham P WILSON

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Event organisers and contact details


Graham Wilson (graham.wilson@chester.ac.uk);

Katharine Welsh (k.welsh@chester.ac.uk);

Amanda Williams; Dale Tromans; Philip...

Event organisers and contact details


Graham Wilson (graham.wilson@chester.ac.uk);

Katharine Welsh (k.welsh@chester.ac.uk);

Amanda Williams; Dale Tromans; Philip Marren.

The 2019 ADM coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the formal adoption of the name ‘Quaternary Research Association’ at the 1969 AGM in Aberystwyth. Professor Frank Oldfield (University of Liverpool and former QRA President) will mark the occasion with a specially-invited talk.

Scientific Themes

  • Rates of change (e.g climate, sea-level, ecosystem, sediment flux)
  • Impacts of change (climate, anthropogenic) at various spatial scales, specifically system response to change
  • Record correlation to establish leads and lags across a range of temporal scales
  • Methodological advances in quantifying rates and magnitudes of environmental change

We invite contributions which detail the latest research into the pace, magnitude and impact of Quaternary environmental change as recorded in terrestrial and marine depositional sequences and in geomorphic records. We also invite contributions which focus on record integration and system simulation. This may include work which combines sources of evidence (e.g. documentary, archaeological), particularly in relation to human impacts and debates surrounding the concept of an ‘Anthropocene’, as well as the development and application of computer models (e.g. climate, catchment, GIA) and statistical models.

The 2019 Annual Discussion Meeting at Chester aims to provide a platform to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and integration, as well as opportunity to discuss emerging challenges and to keep abreast of developments in different parts of the discipline.

Keynote and specially invited speakers 

Dr Niamh Cahill (University College Dublin); Professor John Dearing (University of Southampton); Professor Phil Hughes (University of Manchester); Professor Christine Lane (University of Cambridge); Professor Gina Moseley (University of Innsbruck); Professor Frank Oldfield (University of Liverpool); Professor Maria Fernanda Sanchez-Goñi (EPHE, PSL; Université de Bordeaux) and Dr Rachel Smedley (University of Liverpool).

Conference payment and abstract submission deadlines

  • Monday 19th November 2018 (midnight): Abstract deadline.
  • Friday 23rd November 2018 (midnight): QRA member Early Bird / Unwaged and student registration and payment deadline.
  • Friday 30th November 2018 (midnight): Final registration and payment deadline, including for the optional Conference Dinner and on-site accommodation. 

Conference fees and options


Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Quaternary Research Association member price list

Please ensure that you include your membership number where requested.

  • Early Bird full conference*: £150
  • Standard full conference: £190
  • Student / unwaged full conference*: £100
  • Early Bird day-rate*: £85
  • Standard day-rate: £105
  • Student / unwaged day-rate*: £60

* QRA member Early Bird & student / unwaged deadline: 23/11/18 (midnight).

Non-member price list

  • Standard full conference: £230
  • Student / unwaged full conference: £120
  • Standard day-rate: £125
  • Student / unwaged day-rate: £70

Final payment deadline (including for the optional conference dinner and on-site accommodation): 30/11/18 (midnight).

Accommodation fees and options

On-site accommodation in Astbury House (http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/23183) is available for Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th January. The cost of the en-suite accommodation, including breakfast, is £30 per night. Alternatively, delegates may choose to stay in Chester city centre (15-20 minute walk) where there is a wide range of accommodation options (please see https://www.visitcheshire.com/chester).

Conference dinner

The 2019 QRA ADM Conference Dinner will take place on the evening of Friday 4th January at Chester Cathedral. The cost of the dinner will be £38 per person. This includes a wine reception, a choice of a two-course menu with table wine and water, and a set desert. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase (cash bar).

Fees, booking and Abstract Submission


Please see the Chester 2019 QRA ADM website:

https://www1.chester.ac.uk/departments/geography-and-international-development/about-us/events

We hope to see you in Chester!

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