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New subdivision of the Holocene by the ICS

Originally published by the International Commission on Stratigraphy:


ICS chart containing the Quaternary and Cambrian GSSPs and new stages (v 2018/07) is now released!


The International Chronostratigraphic Chart (v 2018/07), which contains significant updates to the Quaternary and Cambrian System, is now formally released. 

The Executive Committee of the IUGS has now ratified the proposal submitted by ICS that subdivides the Holocene Series into the Greenlandian (11,700 yr b2k), Northgrippian (8326 yr b2k), and Meghalayan (4200 yr before 1950) stages, and that these stages correspond to the Lower, Middle and Upper Holocene subseries. A speleothem collected from the Mawmluh Cave, northern India, serves as the GSSP for the Meghalayan Stage and will be curated in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.


In addition to the new stratigraphic chart provided for download below, Phil Gibbard kindly provided additional material, which can also be downloaded here:


ICS Chronostratigraphic Chart 2018-07
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ICS Holocene Press Release
HolocenePress Releas 06-25-18modpg.pdf
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PhD position at the University of Innsbruck

PhD position at the University of Innsbruck, Quaternary Research Group: Dating of rock slope failures and rock scarps using novel and classical optical dating techniques.

The University of Innsbruck (Uibk) is a striving research and teaching institution in the heart of the Eastern European Alps with a strong research focus on alpine environments and processes. As part of the Uibk´s doctoral program Natural  Hazards in Mountain Regions, we seek a PhD candidate to investigate rock fall and gravitational slope deformation processes in alpine contexts using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating techniques.

Duration: 3 years
Start: Summer 2018
Review of the applications will start April 7st and close May 19th 2018.

For details, please see the PDF below.


PhD advertisement_Uibk_OSL surface datin
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Annual German Young Geomorphologists' workshop

Dear all,

We are happy to invite you to our annual German Young Geomorphologists' workshop from May 25-27, 2018 in Stadtoldendorf close to Hildesheim. This year we rented the Waldpädagogikzentrum Weserbergland ( for our workshop. The perfect location for two days of intensive discussions and input.

As in the last three years, we decided again that the meeting will be completely in English and open for young geomorphologists from around the world. We believe the meeting will provide an ideal opportunity to present your current work, discuss problems and receive constructive feedback in a friendly and supporting environment.

- Your BSc/MSc and PhD research presented in oral, spotlight or poster form followed by extensive discussions
- Keynote lectures by Prof. Andreas Lang (Salzburg) and Dr. Peter Fischer (Mainz)
- Field trip to geomorphological highlights of the surrounding area guided by local young geomorphologists from Hildesheim

New this year! This year we will have a new presentation format: SPOTLIGHT presentations! While normal orals focus on presenting your results from more or less finished work (c. 15 min presentation + 5 min discussion), SPOTLIGHTS are a great opportunity to present specific issues you face during research, new ideas or specific questions in a very short talk, which will then be discussed in depth with the group (max. 5 min presentation + 15 min discussion).

Even though the program is quite dense, you’ll find time to get to know the other young researchers and share a beer with them! No worries!

Logistics: Workshop fee will be around 50 € including full board!!!
Registration: Please send the application form to until Friday, April 6, 2018. We will send you an e-mail until April 17 to let you know if you can participate. You can find the information, flyer and application form here:

Those of you who are not yet listed with our mailing list feel free to register (email to to receive updates on the meeting in May, information on additional activities of the Young Geomorphologists and interesting posts (job ads, summer schools, workshops, conferences etc.).

Save the date and feel free to share this information by email or advertise this workshop by hanging up the flyer!
Sorry for cross-posting! See you soon!

Cheers, the organization team
Johannes Buckel, Christian Halla, Jasmin Karaschewski, André Kirchner, Julia Meister, Simon Meyer-Heintze, Anna Schoch, Anne Schuchardt, Philipp Schulte, Anne Voigtländer

Workshop Paleosols and Climate Change

Im Rahmen des bereits angekündigten Kurses "Soils as archive for natural and cultural change" findet ein Workshop mit internationalen Gastvorträgen zum Thema "Paleosols and Climate Change" statt. Programm und Anmeldeformular befinden finden Sie unter diesem Text. Teilnehmer der Summer School sind automatisch kostenfrei registriert.

In the course of the already announced summer school "Soils as archive for natural and cultural change" there will be a workshop "Paleosols and Climate Change". It will feature a range of international guests. The program and registration form can be found below. Participants of the whole summer school are automatically registered free of charge.


Paleosols and Climate Change.pdf
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Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Mithilfe: gerne Können Sie Werbung für unsere Tagung machen - z.B. im Rahmen von Sessions auf der EGU oder indem Sie ein Poster mit der Tagungsankündigung aushängen. Unter diesem Text finden Sie dafür vorbereitetes Werbematerial zum Download.


Im Namen der Organisatoren,



Microsoft Power Point Präsentation 4.8 MB
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Open positions at Center for Research in Patagonian Ecosystems (CIEP)

The Center for Research in Patagonian Ecosystems (CIEP), a privately-held, non-profit corporation created under the Regional centers Program of CONICYT, Chile, is calling for a postdoctoral researcher position in Quaternary Palaeoecology and other positions:

  • Researcher in climatology and coordinator of the Research initiative/program “Laboratorio Ecoclimático” of CIEP.
  • Post-Doctoral researcher in climate modelling
  • Post-Doctoral researcher in Quaternary palaeoecology

Please see the PDF file below for details.


CIEP Positions.pdf
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