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 Marren.

Scientific...

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.

Scientific Themes

  • Rates of change (e.g. climate, sea-level, ecosystem, sediment flux)
  • Impacts of change 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

Rationale and Scope


Quantifying the pace, magnitude and impacts of environmental change are overarching themes in Quaternary research, allowing insights into system behaviour and interconnectivity, and fundamentally informing the effective management and stewardship of the natural environment. Impressive advances have been achieved across the discipline. For example, our understanding of the magnitude and regional expression of millennial-scale climate oscillations has improved as the geographical range and quality of proxy records has grown, whilst various methodological advances have permitted magnitudes of change to be more precisely quantified. Advances in chronology have led to increasingly precise quantification of pace, or rates, of change, whilst improved detection of cryptotephras has facilitated correlation between more distal marine, ice and terrestrial records, allowing further insights into system leads and lags. Detailed studies at the catchment scale reveal the potential for complex and non-linear impacts on systems as a result of environmental disturbance, with implications for effective management. Indeed, identifying the onset of profound and pervasive human impacts on the functioning of the Earth system is currently the focus of widespread debate surrounding the proposed recognition and definition of the ‘Anthropocene’.

We invite contributions which detail the latest research into the pace, magnitude and impact of 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. The Annual Discussion Meeting at Chester aims to provide a platform to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and integration, and an opportunity to discuss emerging challenges.

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 Maria Fernanda Sanchez-Goñi (EPHE, PSL; Université de Bordeaux) and Dr Rachel Smedley (University of Liverpool). 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.

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. Wine and water will also be provided with the meal. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase (cash bar).

Conference payment and abstract submission deadlines


Friday 2nd November 2018 (midnight): Abstract deadline (notification of oral / poster presentation acceptance will be provided by Friday 9th November 2018).

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. 

For further details, abstract submission and booking information

Please use 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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