June issue of QN is now available

The June 2017 issue of Quaternary Newsletter (no. 142) is both now available for download from the Members' Documents area of the website (login required).

In this issue we fondly remember the career of Keith Barber, we have the report of the Annual Discussion Meeting hosted by Durham in January 2017, the report from the Pollen Centenary Symposium and other group of excellent reports from awardees of the New Researchers Award Scheme and the Quaternary Research Fund. 

Have a great summer all.

Posted in QN by Abistone on 12/06/2017

QRA Circular Highlights (June 2017)

QRA Executive Committee Nominations

Six members of the QRA Executive Committee complete their terms of office in January 2018. The Executive Committee has nominated the following people to stand for election:

Secretary: Helen Roe (QUB)

Publications: Katherine Selby (York)

Meetings: Becky Briant (Birkbeck)

Outreach: Kimberley Davies (Plymouth)

Publicity: Tom Roland (Exeter)

Following a recent appeal, several well-qualified candidates expressed an interest in filling the Ordinary Member position. The Exec. were unable to select a single candidate from this pool, so a ballot will be held: details will be published in the October Circular.

Nominations proposing additional candidates for any of these six posts are invited from members and should reach the Secretary by 30 September 2017 at the latest. Candidate nominations must be supported by two existing members of at least one year’s standing. If other nominations are received, details will be published in the October Circular and the nominees added to the ballot.

Call for Nominations for QRA Medals and Honorary Membership

The QRA sponsors several prizes in recognition of excellence in the field of Quaternary research. The Lewis Penny Medal is awarded to a young or new research worker who has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the Quaternary stratigraphy of the British Isles. Our senior award, the James Croll Medal, is awarded to a member of the QRA who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the field of Quaternary science, but whose work has also had a significant international impact. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Awards webpage: the deadline is 15 September 2017.

Nominations for Honorary Membership will also be considered by the Executive Committee at their autumn meeting. Honorary Membership of the QRA is bestowed on individuals who have given distinguished and career-long service to Quaternary science and/or effective contributions to the activities and development of the QRA itself, and who are on the cusp of professional retirement or who have recently retired. Nominations are welcome from any QRA member, though we ask that the nominees are NOT informed that their names have been put forward: we want awards to be a pleasant surprise! Please make suggestions to the President, Neil Glasser, the Secretary, Mick Frogley or the Awards Officer, Adrian Palmer. A current list of Honorary Members can be found on the QRA website.

QRA Awards

The next deadline for QRA Awards applications is 15 September 2017. In this round we welcome applications for the following schemes: New Research Workers Award (NRWA), Postgraduate QRA Meetings Award (PMA), Quaternary Conference Fund (QCF) and the Quaternary Research Fund (QRF). Eligibility criteria and application procedures are detailed on the Awards webpages. All postgraduates (even those holding QRA awards) are eligible to apply for the PMAs. For further details, please contact the Awards Officer, Adrian Palmer.

QRA Outreach: Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The QRA, in association with the RGS-IBG, would like to recognise the achievements of undergraduates in Quaternary science by awarding the QRA Undergraduate Dissertation Prize (£250) for a thesis demonstrating flair and originality. This prize is open to any undergraduate enrolled at a British or Irish university; membership of the QRA or RGS-IBG is not a requirement for entry. The submission deadline is 15 September 2017; further details can be found on the QRA website. The winner will be announced at the AGM in January 2018 and the abstract of their dissertation published in an issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

QRA Outreach Fund

The QRA encourages its members and others to promote and foster engagement between Quaternary Science and a wide and diverse audience. In support, we operate an Outreach Fund from which grants of up to £750 are awarded annually. Please contact the Outreach Officer, Barbara Silva for more details. The next deadline is 1 September 2017.

Calendar of QRA Meetings

Further details about all forthcoming meetings are available from the QRA website.

September 2017

QRA/SLaCC Joint Meeting
Venue: Liverpool & Liverpool Bay
Details: 6–8 September 2017

Field Meeting: The Quaternary of the Vale of Pickering and environs

Venue: Scarborough
Contact: Adrian Palmer
Details: 11–13 September 2017

QRA Postgraduate Symposium
Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London
Details: 11–13 September 2017

Overseas Field Meeting: The Quaternary of the Yellow River and its environs
Venue: Lanzhou University, China
Details: 10–18 September 2017

October 2017

Joint QRA/GLWG Field Meeting: Glaciation of the area around Nairn and Forres, Scotland
Venue: Grantown-on-Spey
Contact: Jon Merritt
Details: 26–29 October 2017

January 2018

Annual Discussion Meeting: Data / model inter-comparison in Quaternary research
Venue: Plymouth University
Contact: Caroline Clason

Details: 3–5 January 2018


The Circular identifies key upcoming activities within the QRA. Further details can be found on the QRA website. For any enquiries regarding QRA activities please consult or contact the Honorary Secretary: Mick Frogley, Department of Geography, Chichester 1 Building, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QJ.

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QRA Emails

Every member of the QRA should receive QRA emails. If you do not receive regular QRA emails from the Publicity Officer (Bethan Davies in 2017), then please email the Publicity Officer ( to be added manually to the list.

James Croll Medal winner

The QRA is delighted to announce that, at this year's AGM, the 2016 James Croll Medal was awarded to Professor Ian Shennan (Durham).  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.

Ian is the pre-eminent Quaternary sea-level scientist of his generation.  He is internationally recognised for his outstanding contributions to sea-level research over a range of temporal and spatial scales in the UK and abroad, for his rigour and innovation in developing new approaches to observing, reconstructing and modelling sea-level and coastal change, and as an inspirational educator and communicator.  His work is widely cited and addresses topics as diverse as coastal evolution, ice-sheet history, glacio-isostasy, coastal archaeology, storms and tsunamis, land uplift and subsidence and meltwater spikes. 
Ian’s involvement in various IGCP and INQUA projects have been critical in the advancement of sea-level studies in the UK and internationally.  They helped transform it from a largely inductive science, marred by inconsistent methods and approaches that restricted national and international comparisons and synthesis, to a modern discipline founded on a commonly accepted language that now speaks to a diverse range of earth science communities. 

A full citation will appear in a future issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

2017 Honorary Members

Three new Honorary members were nominated and approved unanimously at the Annual General Meeting at Durham in recognition of their outstanding services to Quaternary science. The 2017 Honorary members are Tim AtkinsonMike Hambrey and Mike Tooley. The Association would like to extend its warmest congratulations to these new Honorary members. Full citations will be provided in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.

Tim Atkinson

Mike Hambrey

Mike Tooley

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winner

The winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2016, announced at the recent AGM in Durham, is Tom Sim (University of Leeds), for his submission entitled The environmental impact of European settlement in Australia: influences on a patterned fen ecosystem. The judges were extremely impressed with the volume of work undertaken, commenting that "the originality of the project and the depth with which the student engaged with the wider literature was near professional in standard. Tom should be extremely proud of his achievement".

Tom Sim (University of Leeds)

The abstract of the winning dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of Quaternary Newsletter.  The Association wishes to thank the examiners, Ian Candy and Ian Evans, and to acknowledge the continuing support of Catherine Souch and her team at the RGS for the administration of the prize.

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