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The newly-renamed Section on European Quaternary Stratigraphy – previously the Subcommission on European Quaternary Stratigraphy (SEQS) – is a constituent body of the International Union of Quaternary Research (INQUA), Commission on Stratigraphy and Geochronology (SACCOM). The SEQS is a group devoted to the study of the Quaternary Period in Europe, the last 2.6 million years of Earth's history. This inter-disciplinary group is concerned with the Quaternary stratigraphy of Europe. It provides a forum for Quaternary scientists to discuss and establish stratigraphical investigations and classification throughout the European continent, one of the most significant and densely investigated regions of the World.
It seeks to achieve this through the organisation of regular meetings, publications and publicity. In addition a network of Working Groups with a specific mandates are established under the auspices of the Subcommission.
The SEQS exists to promote and co-ordinate international co-operation and integration by:
- the establishment and publication of a European geological time-scale for the Quaternary,
- the unification of regional and national chronostratigraphical nomenclature,
- the promotion of stratigraphical methods, and the dissemination of stratigraphical knowledge,
- the evaluation of new stratigraphical methods and their integration into a multidisciplinary stratigraphy, and
- the definition of principles of stratigraphical classification, terminology and procedure and their publication.
The SEQS scientific activities are carried out through projects, websites, publications and meetings, particularly through close co-operation with local sister national organisations, as well as through collaboration with other organisations.
There are currently two groups working under the auspices of SEQS:
- EQMAL – European Quaternary Malacologists
- EuroMam – the European Quaternary Mammal Research Association
INQUA-SEQS 2012 Meeting – Sardinia, September 2012
Photo taken at the Tyrrhenian Type Section on Cala Mosca, Sardinia.
Courtesy and © of Jeroen Schokker
- New officers appointed for SEQS at Bern INQUA Congress (July 2011).
- Now published (1 February 2011) – The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time? Theme Issue 'compiled and edited by Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz, Alan Haywood and Mike Ellis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A369, 835-1112.
- Renaming of the SEQS. Following the INQUA requirements, a vote of the voting members of SEQS – the organisation has been renamed the 'Section on European Quaternary Stratigraphy' from 1 January 2010.