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.

Summer School

Historic and prehistoric landslides in the northern Italian Alps. Implications for new hazard maps in mountainous areas

30 June - 5 July 2019 – Trento and Veneto regions (NE Italian Alps)

Who? The 5-days traveling Summer School is open to 25 young researchers worldwide (PhD-students & Post-Docs)
Where? During the School we will visit several of the most important landslide sites of the NE Italian Alps: Lavini di Marco, Termeno, Molveno, Marocche di Dro, Mt. Peron, Vajont, Tessina, etc.
What? The following themes will be discussed with lectures and field visits:

  • Control of failure by bedrock faults and fractures
  • Interpretation of emplacement dynamics from geomorphological, sedimentological and stratigraphic evidence
  • Isotopic dating for reconstruction of timing and sequence of events
  • Instrumental survey and monitoring
  • Numerical runout modelling

How much? The total cost including transport, full accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner is 350€ for each participant. Deadline for application: May 15th 2019 For detailed information and application form, please visit the website or download the flyer below.

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PhD position Bremen

Arbeitsgruppe GEOPOLAR (Universität Bremen) sucht Doktorand*in

An der Universität Bremen ist am Institut für Geographie im Fachbereich 08 (Sozialwissenschaften) zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt unter dem Vorbehalt der Stellenfreigabe die Stelle einer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin / eines wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters im Bereich Physische Geographie Entgeltgruppe TV-L 13 (75 %) zu besetzen. Diese Stelle ist auf 3 Jahre befristet.

Zugeordnet ist die Stelle der Professur für „Physische Geographie mit dem Schwerpunkt Geomorphologie und Polarforschung, GEOPOLAR“ ( Dort ergeben sich vielfältige Arbeitsmöglichkeiten durch internationale und interdisziplinäre Kooperationen in einem forschungsintensiven Umfeld.

Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Anschreiben, Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse, einseitige Zusammenfassung der Masterarbeit, Motivationsschreiben) senden Sie bitte bis zum 31. März 2019 und unter Angabe der Kennziffer A213/18.


Alle Details entnehmen Sie bitte dem zum Download bereitstehenden PDF.

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Quaternary Geochronology Session @ GeoMünster 2019

CONVENERS: Tibor Dunai (Köln), Ralf Hetzel (Münster), Frank Preusser (Freiburg)

Understanding and quantifying the processes that modify and shape the surface of the Earth requires the determination of accurate dates and rates. Thus, the improvement and development of existing and new dating methods is essential for a better understanding of Earth`s surface processes and their relation to climate and tectonics. Currently employed geochronological methods include, for example, exposure and burial dating with cosmogenic nuclides, luminescence, radiocarbon, and paleomagnetic dating. This session invites contributions on developments and applications of all dating methods relevant to decipher Late Cenozoic landscape evolution, climate change, and active tectonics.

The keynote speakers Georgina King (Lausanne) and Vincent Godard (Aix-Marseille) will give talks on luminescence thermochronometry and the use of 36Cl in carbonate landscapes. Interested participants are invited to visit the cosmogenic nuclide laboratory in Münster and discuss all aspects of 10Be separation and target preparation with R. Hetzel and T. Dunai.


Please find all details here.

Palaeoclimate research in Central Asia - a review

20 years paleoclimate research in Mongolia and China from RWTH Aachen University

07.06.2019, Aachen
Prof. Dr. F. Lehmkuhl
Chair of Physical Geography and Geoecology


The high mountain environments in Central and High Asia, especially the Tibetan Plateau, provide water resources for more than 3 billion people. They are water towers and reservoirs with high precipitation as well as ice and snow. Therefore, the interest in understanding the water cycles and related earth surfaces processes of this vast region, affected by the climate change, increased over the past decades. The paleoenviromental development, driven by changes in temperature and moisture, is recorded in the extent of glaciers and lakes. Geomorphological and biological environments such as loess, paleosols, lacustrine and fluvial deposits as well as trees and peat bogs are archives for the climatic development of the region. This small conference aims to review important geo- and bioscientific research issues and stimulate ideas for future research and cooperation.


Please download the workshop program and the registration form below.


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