Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Field Meetings, Workshops and Short Discussion Meetings

Field meetings are focused on recent Quaternary findings and discoveries within the UK and Europe. Meetings usually take place over a 2-4 day period, with accommodation and travel being organised by a Field trip leader on behalf of the QRA. We also organise workshops. These can be 1 or 2 days and can have a flexible format such as a mini-conference, workshop or field day.

Joint QRA / GLWG Field Meeting to Glen Clova and Strathmore, eastern Scotland

24/10/19 - 27/10/19

Dr Wishart MITCHELL

The high plateau of The Mounth (Eastern Grampians) and the adjacent lowlands of Strathmore have been noticeably neglected in recent Quaternary research on the British-Irish ice sheet. The geomorphic record of the last ice sheet in the area reflects the interaction of ice from the western...

The high plateau of The Mounth (Eastern Grampians) and the adjacent lowlands of Strathmore have been noticeably neglected in recent Quaternary research on the British-Irish ice sheet. The geomorphic record of the last ice sheet in the area reflects the interaction of ice from the western Highlands and Gaick/Cairngorms. Spectacular streamlined bedforms show how these ice masses converged to form the lateral margin of a major ice stream that occupied Strathmore flowing north-eastwards towards the North Sea.  Glacial landsystems, particular related to meltwater activity along the Highland edge, record progressive deglaciation and unzipping between these two ice sources. Further deposits and landforms in Glen Clova reflect the active recession of the eastern Highland ice leading to extended valley glaciers and the possible formation of glacial lakes in the glen. The Mounth also has excellent evidence of the regrowth of local glaciers and icefields during the Loch Lomond Stadial (LLS) and rock slope failures (RSF) of unknown age.

The focus of the meeting is to:

  1. Explore the evidence for interaction between Strathmore and Clova ice.
  2. Explore evidence for the depositional environment and retreat of the Strathmore ice stream during deglaciation.
  3. Visit sites that show the recession of a valley glacier in Glen Clova prior to the Lateglacial period. 
  4. Examine the evidence for valley glaciers and icefields during the LLS.

Sites to include (provisional depending upon logistics and access):

  • Corrie Fee LLS moraines
  • Cairn Broadlands RSF
  • Corrie Brandy LLS moraines and RSF.
  • Glackburn Meltwater channel
  • Rottal eskers, moraines and glacifluvial deposits
  • Glenarm ‘moraine’, sections and ice dammed lakes in Lower Glen Clova
  • Kilry/ Reekie Linn drift tails and till sections
  • Coul eskers and Quarity Burn moraines and meltwater channels 
  • Drift tails and moraines in Sidlaws (optional) 

The meeting will be based at the Glen Clova Hotel and led by Wishart Mitchell, Martin Kirkbride, Simon Cook and Ailsa Guild. Details on registration can be found here: http://www.qra.org.uk/media/uploads/FINAL%20Registration%20GLWG%20QRA%20trip%20Clova%20%2025jan2019.docx

Any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Dr Wishart Mitchell.

w.mitchell@dundee.ac.uk  


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QRA Postgraduate Symposium 2019

28/08/19 - 30/08/19

The 2019 QRA Postgraduate Symposium will run from 28th-30th August 2019 at the University of York

Contact: Sophie Williams: slw55@york.ac.uk

2019 Sea Level and Coastal Change (SLaCC) / QRA field meeting

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

01/09/19 - 04/09/19

Dr Sarah WOODROFFE

The joint Sea Level and Coastal Change (SLaCC) / QRA field meeting will take place in Devon and Cornwall between Sunday 1st and Weds 4th September 2019.


Attendance is open across all career stages and to all SLaCC related disciplines (including: palaeo studies, archaeology,...

The joint Sea Level and Coastal Change (SLaCC) / QRA field meeting will take place in Devon and Cornwall between Sunday 1st and Weds 4th September 2019.


Attendance is open across all career stages and to all SLaCC related disciplines (including: palaeo studies, archaeology, modern processes and geomorphology, past and future sea-level change, coastal communities, adaptation and resilience). 


The meeting will open with an icebreaker reception at the Marine Station on the waterfront in Plymouth (1 September) before a full day of presentations at Plymouth University (2 September) and field excursion days to the South Devon and North Cornwall coastlines (3-4 September). Registration fees include the conference dinner (2 September) and attendance at an evening of presentations and discussion at a public engagement event (3 September), which will focus on what past and future sea-level change means for coastal communities in the South West.


Registration is now open now at the following link, and closes on 30th June.  Please submit abstracts before the closing date online at the same link:


https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/fifth-sea-level-and-coastal-change-field-conference-devon-and-co...

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