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The Quaternary Research Association celebrates its 50th anniversary

UCL Geography at the QRA@50 Meeting

The Quaternary Research Association celebrates its 50th anniversary

Over 300 people attended the Quaternary Research Association’s 50th anniversary celebrations, in the form of a Grand Discussion Meeting, on January 7-9th at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington.

The meeting celebrated the anniversary by identifying and discussing the key developments in quaternary science since 1964 that had increased its scope, influence and relation to 'big science' problems, and their relevance to society.

There were contributions by several UCL staff:

Professor Chronis Tzedakis launched the meeting with a lecture entitled ‘Towards a unified theory of Quaternary climate variability: the Heroic Age and the modern synthesis’.

The postgraduate poster judging panel highly commended ‘Chironomids as a proxy for reconstructing past lake water δ18O: a late glacial down-core record from Hawes Water’ by Alexander Lombino (UCL with V.Jones, J.Holmes, T.Atkinson, S.Brooks and S.Gröcke).  .

There were also four posters on diatoms and algal records in Siberian lakes, part-authored by Dr Virginia Panizzo and Dr George Swann, two recent UCL Geography graduates now working in the School of Geography at Nottingham University.

A 250-page commemorative book, The history of the Quaternary Research Association, launched on January 8th, was co-edited and partly written by Professor John Catt.  John also presented three posters at the meeting presenting a photographic record of early QRA field meetings.

See:

The history of the Quaternary Research Association, Eds. J. Catt and I Candy (ISSSN 0261 3611; ISBN 0907780873), available from the QRA Publications Secretary (Dr Ian Candy) at the Geography Department, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX.`

See also: http://qra.org.uk/meetings/92


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Chronis Tzedaki, John Catt and Alexander Lombino


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