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.

Jahrestagung der AGPP der DBG in Jena

ACHTUNG: Deadline verlängert bis zum 15. Mai!

Die 39. Jahrestagung der AGPP der DBG wird in Jena, vom 16 bis 18. Juni 2022 stattfinden. Unter dem Thema "Quartäre Sedimente und Paläoböden in Thüringen" hat Herr Prof. Dr. Roland Zech ein attraktives Exkursionsprogramm zusammengestellt. Der Anmeldeschluss ist der 30. April - um zügiges Zusenden des Formulars an wird gebeten, da der Bus auf 40 Sitzplätze begrenzt ist und Plätze nach Eingang vergeben werden. Nach erfolgreicher Anmeldung erhalten Sie eine Zahlungsaufforderung der Universität Jena. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in der PDF Datei zum Download.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Anmeldung,

Birgit Terhorst, Heinrich Thiemeyer, Roland Zech, Simon Meyer-Heintze


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Postdoctoral Researcher @Tübingen

The Terrestrial Sedimentology Group at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (m/w/d; E 13 TV-L, 100%) for the duration of two years with perspectives for extension.

Your responsibilities will be

  • The development of novel methods for understanding desert dunefield morphology and relationship to climate using deep learning and remote sensing
  • Communication of results in scientific journals and at national and international scientific meetings
  • Contribution to teaching activities within the department to a limited extent (4SWS)

Please submit your application by 19 April 2022 to Prof. Kathryn Fitzsimmons ( using the subject line “Postdoc Aeolian geomorphology”. For enquiries regarding the post please contact Prof.
Kathryn Fitzsimmons.

All details can be found in the PDF below.


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INQUA 2023 - First circular

Dear Colleague,
We are pleased to invite you to the XXI INQUA Roma Congress which will be held in Roma between 13th to 20th of July 2023. We strongly believe that in-person conferences provide unique opportunities for networking and collaboration; therefore, despite the uncertainty linked to the circumstances related to the future pandemic in summer 2023, in agreement with INQUA officials, we are planning an in-person meeting with a full scientific program, including plenary talks, session keynotes, symposia, courses, and abstracts.

All the necessary information regarding workshop topics, event format and schedule, as well as online registration and abstract submission is provided in the attached First Circular. We offer a very ambitious program around the theme “Time for Change” emphasizing the critical role of Quaternary sciences in contributing the knowledge we need to face current societal and climate challenges. Please submit your proposal by 31th of March at, according to the instructions provided in the First Circular.

We look forward to welcoming you in Roma!

Sincerely yours,
Professor Francesco Latino Chiocci, President XXI INQUA Congress
Dr. Ilaria Mazzini, Secretary-General XXI INQUA Congress


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Short course: From photons to aeons

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 archaeological contexts. 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. Beginning with an overview of the principles of the method, 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 methods-based scientific papers and has basic knowledge about correct OSL sampling in geological and archaeological contexts.

Short course SS 2022 in English (2.5 hours equivalent, 5 ECTS points)
Date: 27th of June – 1st of July, 2022
University of Innsbruck, Department of Geology
Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer

Interested students may register for the course via an e-mail to