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.

Working Groups

There are currently two groups working under the auspices of SEQS:


INQUA-SEQS 2012 Meeting – Sardinia, September 2012

Photo taken at the Tyrrhenian Type Section on Cala Mosca, Sardinia.
Courtesy and © of Jeroen Schokker




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Call for Papers and Posters for the EGU2016, 17-22 April, 2016 Vienna, Austria

For the session entitled: Soil in Cultural Landscape -The Future is in the Past: Insights from the Cultural Soil Archive SSS3.5

Soil is an excellent archive that documents and records the environmental landscape history. Today, the anthropogenetic impact on the landscape is immense. Studying history through examination of the soil archive enables us to explore the long-term impact of ancient human activities. This enables us to build prediction models for a more sustainable future.

You are invited to submit abstracts to lecture on the subject described above. The lectures should present case studies and/or research that examine landscape history through the soil archive. We invite both field-based or modeling studies. Results and conclusions from these studies should allow for the construction of better landscape management models in the future. read more

Abstract Submission Deadline:
1st of December for early career scientists and scientists from developing countries
13th of January,13:00 CET, general submission

Link: Abstract submission



International Geochronology Summer School 2016 Switzerland

8th International Geochronology Summer School:
Dating techniques in environmental research

Date: 04 – 09 September 2016
Location: Bergün (Switzerland)
Webinfo: http://www.geo.uzh.ch/microsite/geochronology/

Topics to be covered in lectures, excursions and workshops include dating techniques such as numerical methods (radiocarbon, exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides, OSL, 137Cs, 210Pb, etc.), dendrochronology, anthracology, archaeomagnetic dating, as well as relative methods like soil weathering and Schmidt-hammer technique. See also attached flyer.

List of Lecturers:
H. Gärtner (WSL), D. Brandová (Univ. Zurich), P. Cherubini (WSL), M. Egli (Univ. of Zurich), S. Ivy-Ochs (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), I. Hajdas (ETH Zurich), D. Dahms (Univ. Northern Iowa). E. Eckmeier (LMU University of Munich), R. Kipfer (EAWAG), E. Tema (Univ. of Torino), S. Lowick (Univ. of Bern), S. Priori (CRA-ABP, Firenze), N. Dubois (EAWAG), K. Hanselmann (ETH Zurich).

The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) worldwide. Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20. The registration fee (720 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing required), half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.

Registration: http://www.geo.uzh.ch/microsite/geochronology/

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