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.


Registration is now open! Please register at


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Universitätsprofessur Physische Geographie FU Berlin

mit Schwerpunkt Geomorphologie und Erdoberflächensysteme

Bereich: Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Besoldungsgruppe: W 3 oder vergleichbares Beschäftigungsverhältnis
Kennung: FU-W3-Physische-Geographie

Bewerbungsende: 04.04.2024

Die Professur integriert neue quantitative Forschungsansätze in der Geomorphologie und den Erdoberflächensystemen und deren Interaktion mit der Anthroposphäre vor dem Hintergrund des Globalen Wandels (u. a. Klimawandel, Landnutzungsänderungen, Bevölkerungswachstum, Migration). Eine enge und interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Disziplinen aus der integrativen Erdsystemforschung - den Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften, Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften - wird erwartet; in den Verantwortungsbereich der Professur fällt der Lehr- und Forschungsbetrieb im Labor der Fachrichtung Physische Geographie.


Vertretung des o.g. Faches in Forschung und Lehre

gem. § 100 BerIHG


Weitere Anforderungen:

  • durch exzellente Publikationen nachgewiesene Forschungsleistungen auf dem Gebiet der Physischen Geographie mit Schwerpunkten in Geomorphologie und Erdoberflächensystemen auf verschiedenen Raum- und Zeitskalen
  • Erfahrungen in der Einwerbung und Durchführung von Drittmittelprojekten, auch in interdisziplinären Projekten
  • universitäre Lehrerfahrung (bevorzugt in einem internationalen Kontext) insbesondere im Bereich der Allgemeinen Physischen Geographie mit Schwerpunkt Geomorphologie in der Bachelor- und Masterausbildung
  • sehr gute Sprachkenntnisse in Deutsch oder Englisch, die zur Durchführung von Lehrveranstaltungen in der jeweiligen Sprache befähigen


Detaillierte Informationen unten als PDF zum Download und natürlich bei der FU Berlin.



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Short course: Measuring time – optical dating in earth sciences and archaeology

Luminescence dating is an important tool for studying the Quaternary. Classical luminescence dating dates when a grain of sand was last exposed to sunlight and subsequently buried, enabling researchers to address many questions in areas of Earth and environmental sciences as well as archaeology. Additionally, the versatility of the luminescence signal allows for novel questions to be addressed – from soil mixing rates to geological uplift rates to sediment provinancing to dating of geological and archaeological rock surfaces.


This course will provide an introduction to the principles and potential applications and limitations of optical dating. The many potential applications of luminescence methods will be discussed through case studies. Practical insights into OSL sampling in field contexts, sample preparation and environmental dose rate determination will be provided. After the course, the student will understand the principles, limitations, and potential applications of luminescence dating, be capable of critically assessing method-based scientific papers and has basic knowledge about correct OSL sampling in geological and archaeological contexts. 


Short course in English (2.5 hours equivalent, 5 ECTS points) 

Date: 24th of June – 28th of June, 2024 

University of Innsbruck, Department of Geology 

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer


Interested students may register for the course via the University Innsbruck VIS online tool (LV 800.713 – VU Measuring time) or via an e-mail to until 31st of March. Detailed information is also available from the PDF for download below.



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LoessFest 2024

June 19-22, Mainz, Germany

Registration deadline: March 15, 2024!

Dear loess friends and colleagues,

200 years after the introduction of the term „loess“ into the scientific literature by Karl Caesar von Leonhard 1823/24, we would like to invite you to celebrate this anniversary in the frame of the LoessFest 2024 in Mainz, Germany sponsored by the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. We look forward to intensive discussions and exchange during one day of presentations and posters and two days of field trips.


Important dates:

January 30, 2024      Opening of registration and abstract submission.

March 15, 2024         Deadline for registration and abstract submission.

June 19, 2024           Coming together and icebreaker.

June 20, 2024           Oral and poster presentations with key notes in the morning 

                                  and evening.

June 20, 2024           Conference Dinner.

June 21-22, 2024     Field trips to important loess sites (Middle and Upper Rhine, Wetterau)


Please note that the number of participants for field trips is limited. The conference fee will include all catering costs and field trip logistics. Further information including registration forms and costs are available on the conference website and from the PDF below.



Organizers: Peter Fischer, Markus Fuchs, Frank Lehmkuhl, Pierre Antoine.



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Pangeo-DEUQUA 2024

Pangeo-DEUQUA 2024
23 to 27 September 2024, Salzburg Austria


Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the PANGEO scientific meeting co-hosted by DEUQUA!


The conference will take place on September 23rd to 27th, 2024 in Salzburg, Austria. It will be held at the Department Environment and Biodiversity of the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS), Hellbrunner Str. 34, 5020 Salzburg. Under the heading “Converging Spheres” this conference provides a platform for presenting research carried out at universities, organizations, and companies.


Like the PANGEO meeting, the German Quaternary Association (DEUQUA) meeting is held every second year. DEUQUA is the main Quaternary research society for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and its meetings are held across various sites of these three countries. Focusing on the Quaternary period, the DEUQUA offers a broad forum on related topics including earth surface processes and climate change.


The idea of this meeting is to stimulate interaction between experts from different geoscientific disciplines. Our motto "Converging Spheres" should not only refer to the scientific content but also to the geoscientific community. Apart from classic lecture sessions, the scientific program comprises six workshops, each covering a broad geoscientific range intended to address all aspects of applied and basic geoscience research. Each workshop topic is associated with a keynote/impulse lecture presented to the plenary on Tue, 24th. Workshops on each topic will then be moderated by the convenors on Wed, 25th. Contributions will comprise posters and short presentations but can be organized flexible by convenors, ideally giving much room for discussion.


An extensive excursion program and pre-conference workshops will frame the conference program (in progress). For further information please visit our website, where we will host further information and news including registration fees. Conference language: English and German.


We look forward to welcoming you in Salzburg!


The Scientific and Organizing Committee of PANGEO / DEUQUA 2024



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