QRA Circular Highlights (Oct 2017)

1. QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018

Data/model inter-comparison in Quaternary research

The QRA Annual Discussion Meeting 2018 will be held between Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th January 2018 at the University of Plymouth. The meeting aims to bring together researchers across the broad range of sub-disciplines within Quaternary science. This will enable the sharing of ideas, approaches to data-model inter-comparisons including dealing with uncertainties, and the dissemination of research across the discipline. There have been major recent advances in Quaternary research in both data and modelling approaches and the conference aims to highlight these. There will be an optional fieldtrip to Kent’s Cavern and Hope’s Nose raised beach on Saturday 6th January.


Stephanie Mills, Caroline Clason, Neil Roberts, Ralph Fyfe, Nicki Whitehouse, Matt Telfer, Anne Mather, Time Daley and Jessie Woodbridge

Registration and accommodation

The registration fee includes all refreshments during the meeting, an ice-breaker reception and the optional field trip. Registration is now open.

Early bird (until 31 October 2017): £140.00 (full);  £100.00 (students/unwaged).

Late booking (from 1 November 2017): £185.00 (full); £135.00 (students/unwaged).

Delegates should make their own accommodation arrangements. Hotel and B&B accommodation are available within walking distance of the conference venue; preferential rates have been negotiated with the Copthorne Hotel and the Jurys Inn (see details at qra.org.uk/adm/). A conference dinner will be held at the National Marine Aquarium (for an additional £50 per person).

Register for the ADM online via the conference registration page – please follow the link from the QRA website.

Abstract submission

Submit your abstract to Caroline Clason by 12 noon on 24 October, 2017.

2. QRA Executive Committee Nominations

Six members of the QRA Executive Committee complete their terms of office in January 2018. Following the call in the last Circular, one nomination was received for each post. There being no other candidates, a ballot is unnecessary; the nominees will therefore begin their terms of office in January 2018:

Secretary: Helen Roe (QUB)

Publications: Katherine Selby (York)

Meetings: Becky Briant (Birkbeck)

Outreach: Kimberley Davies (Plymouth)

Publicity: Tom Roland (Exeter)

Ordinary: John Hiemstra (Swansea)

3. Member Consultation: Circular

The Executive Committee seeks guidance from the membership concerning the future of the Circular. The role of this document has become diminished in recent years following the move online for most of the Association’s business. Many of the announcements and information that the Circular was designed to carry now appear on the QRA webpages and/or are distributed to members in a timely fashion via the email news-shot. Is there a continued value for the Circular as a stand-alone document, therefore? The Executive Committee seeks input from members before the issue is discussed at their next meeting in Spring 2018. Members are invited to provide written comment before the end of February 2018 by whichever means are convenient, including email (to either the President or the Secretary) and letter. There will also be an opportunity to discuss this issue at the forthcoming AGM in January. The Executive Committee will report back to the membership in due course.

4. QRA Awards

The next deadline for QRA Awards applications is 15 January 2018. In this round we welcome applications for the following schemes: New Research Workers’ Award; Quaternary Conference Fund; Quaternary Research Fund; the Bill Bishop Award; and the QRA–14CHRONO Centre Radiocarbon Dating Awards. Eligibility criteria and application procedures are detailed on the Awards webpages. For further details, please contact the Awards Officer, Adrian Palmer.

5. 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 £1000 are awarded annually. Please contact the Outreach Officer, Barbara Silva, for more details. The next deadline is 1 March 2018.

6. Calendar of QRA Meetings

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

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

September 2018

Joint QRA/GLWG Overseas Field Meeting: Glacial landsystems of SE Iceland: Quaternary applications
Venue: Reynivellir, SE Iceland
Contact: David Evans

Details: 31 August – 8 September 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 qra.org.uk or contact the Honorary Secretary: Mick Frogley, Department of Geography, Chichester 1 Building, University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QJ.

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