Upcoming Meetings

INQUA-SEQS 2018 Meeting: Quaternary Stratigraphy and Karst & Cave Sediments (11. – 17. September 2018, Postojna, Slovenia)

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Previous Meetings

INQUA-SEQS 2017 Meeting: Quaternary stratigraphy and hominids around Europe (11 – 15th September 2017, Tautavel, France)

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Fieldtrip: Caune de l’Arago, one of the most important Pleistocene site of Europe with the Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel, Caves of Niaux and Ariege (prehistoric paintings), Quaternary alluvial terraces, tectonics and volcanism.


The first circular will be available soon.

INQUA  provides the possibility for limited financial support to the SEQS activity in 2017  related to DATESTRA Project  (Database of Terrestrial European Stratigraphy). The support concerns only (a part of) travel-accommodation costs or registration costs and is primarily meant for Early Career Researcher (ECR, less than 8 years PhD) and Researchers from Countries with a low GDP.

If you want to make use of this opportunity for the 2017 meeting in Tautavel, France, you can ask for support by sending the application form to the Secretary of SEQS before 30 June 2017. 


INQUA-SEQS 2016 Meeting: Bridging Europe and Asia: Quaternary stratigraphy and Paleolithic human occupation in Armenia and South Georgia (3 – 11th September 2016, Armenia)

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INQUA Congress 2015: Quaternary Perspectives on Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Civilization (27 July – 2 August, 2015, in Nagoya, Japan)

SEQS-Session at  INQUA 2015 congress

Title: „Progress in European Quaternary Stratigraphy“

Outline: During the Quaternary the Earth was shaped by a changeful development of climate-driven processes. Especially since the Middle Pleistocene extensive glaciations on the Northern Hemisphere are constraint. On the base of lithostratigraphic, paleontologic and geo-chronologic evidence more and more glacial and periglacial features have been studied in detail. In this session examples from Europe should be presented but the focus is open for any investigation worldwide with relations to  Quaternary Stratigraphy of Europe.

Conveners: Wim Westerhoff (NL),  Guzel Danukalova (RUS)  & Markus Fiebig (A)


SEQS-Meeting 2014: The Quaternary of the Urals: Global trends and Pan-European Quaternary records (10 – 15th September 2014, Ekaterinburg, Russia)

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SEQS-Meeting 2013: Correlations of fluvial, eolian, deltaic and marine sequences (23 – 27th September 2013, GeoEcoMar in Constanta, Romania)

SEQS-Meeting 2012: Meeting in Sardinia, 26 – 30th September 2012

Visit the 2012 congress-website here.
The first circular is available here.

Pan-European correlations in Quaternary stratigraphy

We would like to invite you to participate in the session pan-European correlations in Quaternary stratigraphy at the XVIII INQUA-congress in Bern, Switzerland, 20-27 July 2011. Oral as well as poster presentations are welcome.

Please note that the deadline for submission is 30 November 2010. More information and guidelines for submission can be found on the programme/session pages of the XVIII INQUA-congress website.

We are looking forward to receive your contribution and meet next summer in Bern.

We remind that only the Session that will have a large number of abstract will be confirmed for the Congress. Therefore you are kindly asked to disseminate this invitation to all the people that could be interested.

For any question you may contact one of us.

Kind regards,
Mauro Coltorti (
Wim Westerhoff (

(103) pan-European correlations in Quaternary stratigraphy

Sedimentary sequences and ages of rocks form the main issues studied by stratigraphers and by studying the Quaternary this has resulted in a wealth of detailed stratigraphical schemes. The development of Quaternary stratigraphy results for a large part from the extensive mapping of Quaternary deposits that has been carried out in most European countries during the last century. Simultaneously, the extent of Quaternary research increased considerably and provided a firm knowledge of geological processes, their time and scale with considerable application to the other geological fields. Particularly important is the correlation between marine and continental deposits because some of the former provide better chronological constrains and the possibility to widespread correlation.. Quaternary sciences have also contributed substantially to our understanding of the climates in the past and the impact of climate change on the Earth’s surface in a variety of depositional environments. Quaternary stratigraphy often demonstrates a great deal of detail at local and regional scales. Litho-, bio-, and chronostratigraphy and their admixtures form in many cases a starting point for interpretation and correlation. However, (geo)morphological characteristics and paleosoil sequences also play an important role in Quaternary stratigraphy.

Within the Section on Europe Quaternary Stratigraphy (SEQS) a long-lasting tradition exists to investigate and discuss Quaternary stratigraphical interpretations and correlations. In particular the attention is concentrated on the stratigraphical setting of classical Quaternary reference sites and sequences of Europe (type sequence and type sections). An important prerequisite is the integration of the results from various (sub)disciplines, like palynology, studies on small and large mammals, sedimentology, archaeology, neotectonics, absolute dating techniques, and the Marine Isotope Stages. In addition the correlation of European stratigraphical sequences to adjacent continents is also of particular interest.

We welcome contributions on Quaternary stratigraphy from newly investigated sequences and/or classical key-reference areas. Contributions may concern local or regional scales and attempts to cross-continental correlations. Information from the marine realm and terrestrial domains is welcomed. The session aims to discuss the pan-European correlations and encourage the presentation of multidisciplinary approaches.

Other European Quaternary group meetings

The Vth International Conference on Mammoths and their relatives.

30 August – 4 September 2010

The Congress will be held in Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France, from 30 August to 4 September 2010. It will be hosted by the Département de Haute-Loire and the city of Le Puy-en-Velay.

The first circular is available here.

For meetings of national groups please see their respective websites on the Links page.

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The XXIX INQUA Congress was hold in Bern, Switzerland on 20-27.7.2011. Details of the Congress.