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 (

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 (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 (

The Quaternary Research Association is one of the partners and sponsors of Earth Heritage – The Geological and Landscape Conservation Magazine 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 Chrisdarvill 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 Chrisdarvill 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.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize winner

The winner of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for 2017, announced at the recent AGM in Plymouth, is Carole Roberts (University College London), for her submission entitled A multiproxy study investigating ecological responses to acidification in Easedale Tarn, English Lake District, since the early 19th century.

The judges commented that the dissertation was “a beautifully worked-up study showing real quality in every aspect, from the rationale underlying the study through to the rigorous field and laboratory data collection, statistical and graphical analyses, and nuanced interpretations. Carole deserves huge credit for producing research of this quality at undergraduate level.” 


Carole Roberts (University College London)

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

New QRA Geoconservation Fund

The QRA launched a new fund for geoconservation at the 2018 AGM in Plymouth. QRA members and organisations who deliver and promote the conservation of our Quaternary geoheritage are invited to apply for the new QRA Geoconservation Award.

Grants will normally be made up to £1000, although larger requests will be considered. Awards are open to individuals and organisations to deliver conservation projects, activities and organise conservation themed events, as well as share good practice on Quaternary geoconservation.

There are two deadlines each year, 1 March and 1 September. For further information and an application form, please contact the QRA Conservation Officer:

2018 Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association will take place on Wednesday 3rd January between 16:00 and 18:00 in the Devonport Lecture Theatre located in the Portland Square Building of Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA.

Any member is welcome to attend, regardless of whether they are participating in the Annual Discussion Meeting, running 3rd - 5th January 2018.

The agenda and most of the relevant papers are now available from the Members’ Documents section of the website (login required; then scroll down to the AGM Minutes sub-section). Further papers will be added in the next few days.

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