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Earth Heritage Magazine Issue 50 out now

Download the latest issue of Earth Heritage Magazine here www.earthheritage.org.uk

This issue includes articles on: Genesis - Earth Heritage Fifty Years ago, 2019 INQUA Congress in Dublin, Progress in conserving our geomorphological heritage in Scotland, The Jurassic Coast Story Book and Geoconservation in Ireland. To receive email notifications of new issues please go to www.earthheritage.org.uk/subscribe

 The Quaternary Research Association is one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine (www.earthheritage.org.uk). Earth Heritage is a free to download publication produced twice-yearly by the Geologists’ Association, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Quaternary Research Association. The voluntary geoconservation sector are major contributors. Earth Heritage can be downloaded free as a pdf file from www.earthheritage.org.uk. You can also purchase a hard copy of any issue via www.geologistsassociation.org.uk/earthheritage.

 If you have suggestions for articles or news items for Earth Heritage magazine, please contact Eleanor Brown, QRA Conservation Officer (conservation@qra.org.uk)

 

QN 147 Feb 2019 now available online (member login area)

Happy New Year (it's still just January) to all QRA members. 

We have a bumper edition of the Quaternary Newsletter for the start of 2019.  QN 147 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue we have an exciting article on the East Mersia Hippo site, which is an impressive piece of undergraduate dissertation research. We also have a comment and reply on the Isles of Scilly ice cover from the previous issue. It is the time of year, following the ADM and AGM that we celebrate our medal winners - James Croll medal goes to Ann Wintle and the Lewis Penny Medal to Clare Boston. Many congratulations to both. We also recognise the contributions of Phil Gibbard as he is awarded an Honorary Membership. The abstract from the award winning QRA undergraduate dissertation is also in this issue. 

The Quaternary Research Fund reports show the varied research that our members are involved in: tephra, dung funghi, geoarchaeology, and deglacial landscapes. Our New Research Workers Awards show research in Patagonia and The Gulf Coast of the USA. 

Finally, we have reports from research meetings (SLACC, IQUA) and the retirement symposium for Phil Gibbard. 

Enjoy issue 147, and again my thanks to Val Siviter for her continued assistance in the final assembly of QN and for organising those copies that are printed and posted. 


Posted in QN by Abistone on 31/01/2019

QN146 October 2018 edition now available

QN 146 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue you will find Quaternary Research Fund and New Research Workers Award reports, which take us on a journey to North Wales, South Africa and then back up to the Italian Alps and further north to northern Norway. We have a piece by Brian John, outlining some field observations on the Isles of Scilly. There is a review of the basal topography map of Greenland, and we also have the write-up from two excellent field courses, supported by the QRA - one in the Yellow River region of China and the second in southeast Iceland. Finally abstracts from two sucessfully defended PhDs (please keep sending these in to the editor). 

Enjoy issue 146, and my thanks to Val Siviter for her continued assistance in the final assembly of QN and for organising those copies that are printed and posted. 

Posted in QN by Abistone on 09/10/2018

QRA Executive Committee Nominations

Four members of the QRA Executive Committee will complete their terms of office in January 2019.  The following positions will become vacant: TreasurerVice President, Awards Officer and Conservation Officer.

Treasurer – responsible for financial management, including financial reporting and bookkeeping.  The position would suit someone with previous budget management or bookkeeping experience.  
 
Vice President – a person of senior standing in the research community, perhaps with previous experience on the Executive Committee.

Conservation Officer – responsible for overseeing matters relating to geoconservation and overseeing the QRA Geoconservation Award.  Experience in conservation matters required.
 
Awards Officer - oversees and coordinates the QRA Standard and Special Awards. They also advise on eligibility and other queries regarding the awards.
 
Nominations for any of these four posts are invited from members and should reach the Secretary by 15 September 2018 at the latest. 
 
Candidate nominations must be supported by two existing members of at least one year’s standing.  Details of the nominees will be published in the October Circular.  If more than one person is nominated for each post a ballot will be arranged
 
If you would like to know more about the roles please contact the Secretary (secretary@qra.ac.uk)

Earth Heritage Magazine Issue 49 out now

Download the latest issue of Earth Heritage Magazine here. This bumper issue includes announcements about The Ice Age in Worcestershire and The new QRA Geoconservation Fund and articles on Replicas fossils at Joint Mitnor Cave; Geological interpretation at Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron; Scotland’s Dynamic Coast and The Farnham river terrace staircase. To receive email notifications of new issues, please go to http://www.earthheritage.org.uk/subscribe/ (NB existing subscribers please re-register to confirm your agreement to the new data protection policy). If you have suggestions for articles or news items for Earth Heritage magazine, please contact Eleanor Brown, QRA Conservation Officer (conservation@qra.org.uk)

The Quaternary Research Association is one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine http://www.earthheritage.org.uk/. Earth Heritage Magazine is a free to download publication produced twice a year by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales, the Geologists’ Association and the Quaternary Research Association, with major contributions from GeoConservationUK and others in the voluntary geoconservation sector. The magazine is for earth scientists and students in secondary, further and higher education as well as those who work in and volunteer for geological and landscape conservation. It also aims to stimulate public interest in geological and landscape conservation matters.

QN145 June 2018 edition now available

QN 145 is now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue you will find the write-up of the excellent Annual Discussion Meeting, hosted by the University of Plymouth at the start of 2018, alongside an overview of the international Palaeochronology-building workshop. The Quaternary Research Fund and New Research Workers Award reports demonstrate a wealth of research being supported by the QRA, taking us, Geographically, from Northumberland to the museums of Florence and Chilhac, with stops in the Isle of Skye, the Falkland Islands, Belize, Nepal, South Africa, western Antarctica and the Seychelles. We also fondly remember the contributions of Martin Aitken, John Sissons and John Catt. 


I hope the skies are as blue with you as they continue to be in Manchester. 


Posted in QN by Abistone on 12/06/2018

QN 144 (Feb 2018) now available

The February 2018 issue of Quaternary Newsletter (no. 144) is both now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).


In this issue we report the recipients of the James Croll Award and Lewis Penny Medal and the Honorary Member awarded at the AGM. There is a review of D. Evans 'Till' and the 'Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms: Quaternary and Ancient'. We have research reports taking us to twice to Patagonia and once to south west Scotland. There are also excellent field meeting and conference reports from: the Sea Level and Coastal Change QRA Research Group; the QRA-Glacial Landforms Working Group trip; and the Vale of Pickering field meeting. 

I hope all members are enjoying 2018. 





Posted in QN by Abistone on 07/02/2018

INQUA 2019 Dublin - Call for sessions


A call for scientific session proposals for INQUA 2019 Dublin is open, and will be open until 31 March 2018. Full details of the information needed at this stage is available on the 20th INQUA Congress website's programme themes page, along with a list of currently proposed sessions. You can also keep in touch with developments by Facebook (INQUADUB2019) and Twitter (@INQUADUB19).

Please feel free to get in touch about any aspect of this. We're working to make this a really strong and stimulating Congress, and welcome all ideas for scientific sessions that can contribute to that, in any area that touches on Quaternary research.

We look forward to receiving your session proposals, and seeing you in Dublin in 2019!

James Croll and Lewis Penny Medal winners


The QRA is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 James Croll and Lewis Penny Medals, who were honoured at an awards ceremony at this year's ADM at the University of Plymouth.

The 2017 James Croll Medal was awarded to Professor Jan Mangerud (University of Bergen). The highest award of the QRA, the Croll Medal is normally awarded to a member who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the field of Quaternary science, but whose work has also had a significant international impact.


Photo credit: Marte Mangerud


The 2017 Lewis Penny Medal was awarded to Dr Stephen Livingstone (Sheffield). This Medal is awarded to a young or new research worker who has made a significant contribution to the Quaternary stratigraphy of the British Isles and its maritime environment.

 


Full citations will appear in a future issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

 

New Honorary Member


Steve Brooks (Natural History Museum) was nominated as a new Honorary Member of the Association at its Annual General Meeting at Plymouth in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Quaternary science, and in particular to Quaternary entymology.

 

The Association would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Steve. A full citation will be provided in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

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