Every four years, thousands of members of the Quaternary research community come together for a week long conference. The conference showcases the broad spectrum of Quaternary research, with talks and posters spanning palaeoclimate, terrestrial lakes, coastal processes, technological advances in chronology development and palaeoecology, to name but a few.

The CQR tends to be well-represented at INQUA, and this congress was no exception, with CQR staff and PhD students presenting a total of 21 posters, 15 orals and leading one workshop.

Conference highlights

The congress was opened by the leading human rights activist, first female President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson foundation for Climate Justice, Mary Robinson. Mary gave a rousing and empowering talk about how we can and must do better to address the challenges that society faces from Climate Change and global inequality. This was a fitting beginning to a congress that aims to develop understandings of how the climate changed in the past, so we might know what to expect in the future.

This outstanding opening talk was then followed (after a well-earned lunch) by an engaging talk by Eric Wolff of the University of Cambridge, who gave the audience a brief history of ice core research, before discussing new and exciting developments, with a tantalising insight into current and future drilling programmes that will take ice core research into new (and deeper!) directions.

Each day there was one plenary held and one longer talk given by academics who had been recognised for research excellence. There were too many brilliant talks to detail them all here, but topics ranged from Beringian megafauna (Beth Shapiro) to the Southern Ocean (Helen Bostock). The talks were engaging, novel and underline how quickly the techniques for reconstructing the past are advancing.

Contributions from the CQR

Alongside all of the brilliant posters, presentations and networking trips to the pub, there was also a lot of CQR science presented over the week – here are a few action shots from of some of them!

Conferences like INQUA also provide a great opportunity for networking, catching up with colleagues, and the famous MSc Quaternary Science graduates photo!

This conference in particular saw many a trip to the pub across the road (the Ferryman) with lots of new connections and friends made over the course of the week… it’s fair to say that the whole of the CQR is already looking forward to INQUA 2023 which will be held in Rome!

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