Communinty. Exchange. Research

The German Quaternary Association (Deutsche Quartärvereinigung, DEUQUA e.V.) is the official union of German speaking Quaternary scientists. The aim of the Association is to support Quaternary science, to present it to the public, to intensify contacts to the applied sciences, and to provide advice to public and political authorities on issues related to Quaternary science. Furthermore, the Association supports networking among Quaternary scientists and related organizations worldwide.

E&G Quaternary Science Journal

DEUQUA publishes the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary open-access journal E&G Quaternary Science Journal twice per year.

EGQSJ publishes peer-reviewed articles and express reports, as well as thesis abstracts related to Quaternary geology, paleo-environments, paleo-ecology, soil science, paleo-climatology, geomorphology, geochronology, archaeology, and geoarchaeology focussing on, but not limited to, research from central Europe.

Pangeo-DEUQUA 2024

This year's DEUQUA meeting will be held as a joint meeting with the Pangeo as Pangeo-DEUQUA in Salzburg, Austria, from 23 to 27 September 2024. It will be held at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS), Hellbrunner Str. 34, 5020 Salzburg. Under the heading “Converging Spheres”, this conference provides an open platform for presentation of research carried out at universities, other organizations and companies.


Combining the two meetings will bring together people with some common interests and enable an exchange of ideas and allow for interdisciplinary discussions of topical issues. The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to initiate or further the collaboration of geoscientists from Austria and its neighbours. The conference motto “Converging Spheres”, therefore, refers not only to the multi-sphere technical and scientific content, but also to the bringing together of a wide range of people with a common interest in earth sciences.

The local organizers have put together a comprehensive program, which includes a range of half- and full-day, pre-and post-conference excursions in and around Salzburg. The conference itself will consist of two parallel programs: the DEUQUA meeting on Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th September, will keep the classical session format where consecutive oral contributions are welcomed on a range of topics. The ‘Landesgeologen’ of Austria and ‘Landesämter’ of Germany will be organized in a joint session within this part of the program. In addition to the classical format of these DEUQUA sessions, there will be a new conference format offered on Tuesday 24th September, where individual sessions will be initiated by invited speakers who will provide a stimulus for discussion. These plenary sessions will be on Tuesday, 24th September. On Wednesday, 25th September, 6 parallel, themed workshops will focus on poster and short oral presentations from the scientific community. In addition, other interactive formats of presentation are welcomed. The aim of these workshops is to encourage fruitful discussion. Workshop leaders will compile the main outputs of each workshop for presentation on Thursday 26th September to a wider audience. The detailed program can be downloaded as part of the second circular below.


Please visit the conference website for further details:


PhD Position, University of Gdańsk

A multiple in-situ cosmogenic nuclides approach to dating erratics within the southern fringe of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet (DatErr 2.0)


The Department of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology at the University of Gdańsk is looking for a motivated person for a PhD position within the National Science Centre SONATA BIS project.


The PhD candidate will be responsible for the analysis of glacial erratics located in the area of the maximum extent of the last ice sheet, as well as the collection and preparation of samples for  cosmogenic nuclides 10Be and 14C analysis.


The project is led by Dr. Karol Tylmann from the Geomorphological Reconstructions Laboratory,
Department of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology. Candidates are requested to send their CV,  motivation letter, references from the supervisor of their master's thesis or immediate superior, and consent to the processing of personal data to the following email address: The final deadline for submissions is August 15st at 15:00, and the competition results will be announced by August 31st, 2024.


All details are available from the PDF below.


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DFG-Schwerpunktprogramm 2361 „Auf dem Weg zur Fluvialen Anthroposphäre“

Erstes Plenartreffen zur Erforschung der historischen Entwicklung von Auen und Flussgesellschaften an der Universität Leipzig


Auf dem ersten internationalen Plenartreffen des Schwerpunktprogramms „Auf dem Weg zur Fluvialen Anthroposphäre“, das vom 17.-19. Januar an der Universität Leipzig stattfand, kamen 70 Forschende aus Großbritannien, der Slowakei, Kroatien, Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland zusammen, um sich über die Überformung und Zerstörung der Auen Mitteleuropas ein Bild zu machen und sich über die laufenden Studien auszutauschen.



Auen sind globale Brennpunkte früher menschlicher Eingriffe und hochsensibler sozio-ökologischer Wirkungsmechanismen. Sie sind besonders dynamische Landschaften und Kernzonen des Kultur- und Naturerbes Europas. Sogenannte „fluviale Gesellschaften“ haben die mitteleuropäischen Auen wegen ihrer hohen Nutzungsvielfalt und -kapazitäten und den damit einhergehenden Maßnahmen der Landgewinnung und Risikominimierung radikal verändert. Diese menschengemachte Überprägung kann teils so stark sein, dass ehemalige Auenräume nicht mehr als solche zu erkennen sind. Die acht Teilprojekte des DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms analysieren innerhalb des Förderzeitraums dieses Zusammenwirken von Gesellschaften und vorindustriellen Auen Mitteleuropas aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven und in ausgewählten Regionen Mitteleuropas.



Foto 1: Mitglieder des Schwerpunktprogramms auf dem Plenartreffen, Foto: Victor S. Brigola
Foto 1: Mitglieder des Schwerpunktprogramms auf dem Plenartreffen, Foto: Victor S. Brigola
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PhD position in Melbourne

(International CNRS – UoM joint PhD)


PhD Thesis Project: DesertLakes-4D - Numerical modelling perspective on hydro-sedimentary dynamics in drylands lakes: what does it take for wind-driven hydro-sedimentary processes to shape the shorelines of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre?


Summary: We are looking for a PhD student to work on a fully funded project on investigating climatic and hydro-dynamic controls on littoral landforms around dryland lakes through a combined numerical modelling and field-based approach is available. The project is part of a joint PhD project between University of Melbourne and CNRS. It will be primarily based at the University of Melbourne (Australia) with a minimum 12-month stay at the Université de Strasbourg (France).


Skills required: The successful candidate for this PhD project will have good skills in numerical modelling of lake or coastal processes (e.g. DELFT3D) and affinity to field work, ideally with a sedimentological and/or geomorphological focus in coastal environments. All candidates are expected to show interest in dryland landscapes and should be open to acquiring new methodological skills through their PhD. As study sites are located in Central Australia, a good level of experience and/or willingness to organize and conduct field work in remote areas will be of additional advantage.


Further details:

  • The successful candidate will be based at University of Melbourne with a minimum twelve-month stay at the Université de Strasbourg
  • Applications close: 15 May 2024
    Please note that applications will close once a suitable candidate is identified. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. 
  • Anticipated start date: 1 December 2024
  • Contact Details:  Dr Jan-Hendrik May, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne (

All details are also available from the PDF available for download below.



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DGGM 2024 – Legacies and emerging fields in Geomorphology

9th to 12th October 2024, Leipzig


Dear colleagues,
We warmly invite you to the 50th annual meeting of the German Society for Geomorphology at Leipzig University. The conference is dedicated to the entire research spectrum on geomorphological archives, forms and processes at all possible spatial and temporal scales. Highly welcome are conceptual and methodological contributions to legacies and emerging fields in gravitational, aeolian, fluvial, periglacial, glacial, karst and coastal geomorphology, taking into account tectonic, climatic, biological or anthropogenic forcing parameters. This also considers emerging topics and interdisciplinary perspectives in geomorphology towards an anthropogenic world as well as shifting environmental and planetary boundary conditions.
We particularly call on early-career scientists to actively participate in submitting poster and oral contributions. In addition, we are offering a choice of two field trips on Saturday, October 12, 2024. One field trip goes to the Mansfelder Land and addresses subrosion as georisk and the resulting archive potential. The second field trip goes to the Weiße Elster floodplain and focuses on the Holocene fluvial geomorphodynamics and human activity.
The Ferdinand von Richthofen Gold Medal will be awarded at the 50th annual meeting of the German Society for Geomorphology on Thursday, October 10, 2024 at 5 p.m. The medal is awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of geomorphological research. The DGGM General Assembly will then take place at 6 p.m. as part of the annual conference.

We look forward to your participation in Leipzig 2024 and remain with best regards.

Oliver Sass (DGGM chairman)

Christoph Zielhofer, Djamil Al-Halbouni (Leipzig Coordinators)

All details are also avilable from the PDF file available for download below.



1. Zirkular DGGM 2024 Leipzig.pdf
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