INQUA XX to be Held in Dublin, Ireland


25th – 31st. July 2019


The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) is pleased to announce that the 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) will be held in Dublin in 2019.

Following an extended and very competitive bidding process, Dublin has been selected over the other candidate cities Zaragoza (Spain) and Rome (Italy).

The congress takes place every four years, and was held this year in Nagoya, Japan, where the bids were presented. 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the congress in 2019, for a seven-day lecture programme at The Convention Centre Dublin, with further extended excursions throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK.

Catherine Dalton, President of IQUA, made this announcement: “On behalf of the IQUA committee and the IQUA membership I am delighted to welcome the successful bid to host the 2019 International Union of Quaternary Research (INQUA) Congress in Dublin. The congress will showcase the Irish landscape, promote Ireland’s research reputation, facilitate the dissemination of our research activities to a wider audience and attract world-class scientists to the country. The successful award of the 2019 INQUA Congress truly demonstrates an accomplishment far beyond what would be expected given the relatively small size of our academic community.”


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Welcoming the win for Dublin, Miriam Kennedy, Head of Business Tourism, Fáilte Ireland, emphasised that “Fáilte Ireland was delighted to support the bid for this conference through our Conference Ambassador programme which provides assistance to Irish members to bring their international association conferences to these shores. International Conferences are a key target within our plans to grow tourism in Ireland. With the average delegate worth three times more than a holidaymaker, international conferences sustain and grow tourism businesses throughout the year – particularly outside the summer season. This conference alone is worth an estimated €4.2million to the Irish economy so we were delighted to work with Pete Coxon from Trinity College to support the bid.”

Nick Waight, CEO of The Convention Centre Dublin, said “We are delighted to have been chosen as the venue for this prestigious scientific meeting and look forward to welcoming it to Dublin for the first time.”

The Quaternary Period


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The Quaternary Period spans the last 2.6 million years of the Earth’s history. The Quaternary is an interval with dramatic and frequent changes in global climate. Warm interglacials alternated with cold ice ages. Cold and warm periods and the sometimes rapid changes from one to the other have left their mark on the Irish Landscape. Irish-derived words for such features like drumlins and eskers have entered the international lexicon. The Earth is right now entering a time of unusually warm climate; significant and potentially rapid environmental changes could pose major challenges for human habitability. Quaternary paleoclimate investigations play a key role in the understanding of the possible future climate change on our planet.

International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)


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The International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) was established in 1928 and exists to encourage and facilitate the research of Quaternary scientists in all disciplines. INQUA’s basic goal is to promote improved communication and international collaboration in experimental and applied aspects of Quaternary research, in order to contribute in practical ways to an evaluation of the scale and rates of global environmental changes during the recent geological past. Please see for further information.


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The Irish Quaternary Association (IQUA) is a voluntary organisation of academics, amateurs, governmental and industrial partners with interest in Irish landscape change during the most recent period of Earth history (the Quaternary). Its members have diverse interests including agriculture, archaeology, climatology, ecology, engineering, geography, geomorphology, geology and hydrology.

IQUA promotes Quaternary studies through its publications, conferences and symposia, awards and field meetings. It represents a unique pool of expertise in climate and landscape change that is capable of providing critical information on past and present Earth surface processes. It is an ideal forum for exchange of information between scientists, managers and interest groups concerned with the many contemporary issues associated with future climate change. Please see

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