Announcements

WORKSHOP UPDATE:

The QGIS and Intro to R workshops are full.
Unfortunately, the TILIA workshop has been cancelled.
Spaces are available in all other workshops

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE CAPE PENINSULA FIELD TRIP!

Fieldtrips

Deadline to sign up is the 12 December 2014
Further details available here: http://afqua2015.com/fieldtrips/

Presentation format

Oral presentations are 12 minutes with 3 minutes discussion time
Poster specifications: ISO A0 size (841 mm × 1189 mm), portrait orientation

Conference dinner venue

The conference dinner (4th February, 7 pm) will be at Moyo restaurant in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
http://www.moyo.co.za/restaurant-moyo-kirstenbosch/map

Registration closed

Due to the overwhelmingly high number of registrations we have already received, we very regrettably have to announce that we can no longer accept new registrations as we have reached the capacity for the conference venue.

* Lead authors who have had their abstracts accepted please contact: afqua2015@gmail.com *

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AfQUA 2015

For some time now we have realised that there is a large gap between the four-yearly INQUA International Congresses and the local conferences of INQUA Members. We therefore have great pleasure in announcing the first continent-wide conference on the African Quaternary (AfQUA). We invite you to share your ideas and concerns, learn new things and develop projects from local to continental scales, and meet colleagues from across Africa and the world. The conference will include invited plenary talks on topics of particular importance, sessions with regular talks and poster sessions.Further, the AfQUA meetings recognise and specifically address the difficulties in communication when working in Africa. While these impediments can make things difficult for established researchers, they are even more serious for young scientists who are trying to learn their discipline and develop their careers. To help lessen these problems, we plan a series of training workshops to follow the conference. These will cover a range of topics, some practical and some academic, but all addressing skills that Quaternary scientists need to advance and express their science.

We hope that these inter-Congress AfQUA meetings will become a regular feature of the Quaternary calendar and look forward to your participation.

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Première conférence AfQUA et atelier de formation, Le Cap, Janvier 2015

Depuis un certain temps déjà, nous avons réalisé qu’il se passait trop de temps entre les différents congrès internationaux quadriennaux de l’INQUA et les conférences locales de ses membres. Par conséquent, nous avons le grand plaisir d’annoncer la première conférence à l’échelle continentale sur le Quaternaire africain (AfQUA). Nous vous invitons à partager vos idées et préoccupations, à apprendre de nouvelles choses et à développer des projets à l’échelle locale ou continentale, mais aussi à rencontrer des collègues de toute Afrique et du reste du monde. La conférence inclura des séances plénières sur des sujets de première importance, des séances avec des présentations et des séances de posters.

De plus, les réunions AfQUA reconnaissent et traitent spécifiquement les difficultés liées aux problèmes de communication lorsqu’on travaille en Afrique. Tandis que ces obstacles peuvent rendre les choses compliquées pour les chercheurs établis, ils sont encore plus sérieux pour les jeunes scientifiques essayant d’apprendre leur discipline et de développer leur carrière. Afin de faire diminuer ces problèmes, nous prévoyons d’organiser une série d’ateliers de formation après la conférence. Ceux-ci couvriront un vaste gamme de sujets, quelques uns pratiques et d’autres académiques, mais tous seront consacrés à des compétences utiles aux scientifiques du Quaternaire afin qu’ils puissent faire avancer et exprimer leur science.

Nous espérons que ces réunions AfQUA inter-congrès prendront dates dans le calendrier Quaternaire et nous nous réjouissons par avance de votre participation.

Venue

Baxter Theatre Centre, Lower Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa

Conference format

Oral and poster presentations will be primarily organised into general sessions according to topic and/or region, and it is not necessary for presenters to conform their abstracts to a particular session.
In addition, there will also be a series of Focus Sessions, which will highlight particular research themes. Follow this link to view the Focus Sessions: http://afqua2015.com/format/

Preliminary programme

30th January – 4th February 2015: Conference sessions
1st February 2015: Mid-conference field excursion
5th – 7th/8th February 2015: Training workshops

Updated important dates

May 2014 – call for presentation titles and abstracts; online registration opens
15th September 2014 – abstract submission closes
30th September 2014 – confirmation of abstract acceptance
30th September 2014 – early bird payment closes
1st November 2014 – final deadline for all registrations and fee payments

Workshops

Six workshops have been finalised, these include:
1. Research skills
2. Quantum GIS
3. Analysing palaeoecological data in R
4. Tilia/Neotoma/Bacon-Clam workshop
5. Stable isotopes for non-experts
6. Frequency analysis of Quaternary records

Field excursions

Two field trips are being planned, they are:
1. Cape Peninsula: Join us on a drive to the Cape of Good Hope, to see the impressive geology and landscapes of the Cape Peninsula, as well as the Fynbos of the Cape Floral Region. This trip will also allow an afternoon of leisure at Cape Point.
2. West Coast: The region northwest of Cape Town, the ‘West Coast’ boasts a rich archaeological record and a unique coastline. This excursion will include visits to archaeological and fossil sites, as well as geological localities of interest.

Publication opportunities

Contributing authors have the option to submit papers for publication as proceedings in one of two peer-reviewed journals:

Volume 34 of the series Palaeoecology of Africa

General information about the yearbook series can be found here:
http://www.crcpress.com/browse/series/poa/
http://www.routledge.com/books/series/poa/

Call for papers and instructions to authors:
PoA 34 – call for papers
Guidelines for Authors – Palaeoecology of Africa 34

NEW! Special volume of Quaternary International

Instructions for contributors

Funding

For details of new funding opportunities click here

Accommodation options

Download the contact details of various establishments that offer accommodation in the general vicinity of the University of Cape Town

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