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18–21 June 2018 IPA-IAL Joint Meeting 2018: Unravelling the Past and the Future of Lakes

University of Stockholm, Sweden


The joint meeting of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) and the International Association of Limnogeology (IAL) will be held on 18-21 June at Stockholm University (Frescati Campus), Sweden.

The theme for this year's meeting is "Unravelling the Past and Future of Lakes". For more details about the program and plenary speakers, please visit the conference website. Registration is now open until 16 May 2018.

Over 20 sessions will cover the whole range of topics involved in the study of lakes, from palaeoenvironmental reconstructions to present-day dynamics.


Quaternary will offer a Best Poster Award for Young Researchers who present a poster as first/corresponding author at the conference. You can find more information on this award here, or at the Journal Awards webpage.


7–18 May 2018 Postgraduate Course on Palaeoecology (CSIC, Spain)

Barcelona, Spain

Postgraduate course on the importance of time in ecology and its environmental context, as well as in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. The course includes the diversity of methods for paleoecological, paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstruction used in the Quaternary (the last 2.6 million years), the period in which present-day communities originated, with emphasis in the past as one of the more powerful tools for testing ecological hypotheses with empirical evidence, to calibrate and valiadte ecological models and to generate ecological principles. Ecological functioning started with the origin of life, and the structural and functional features of the present biosphere are not the result of short-term processes but of the interaction of ecological and evolutionary phenomena at different temporal scales. The main message is that past, present and future are not discrete time units but part of a temporal continuum of which the present is only a snapshot.

The course is intended for graduate students of biology, geology, geography, history, anthropology, environmental sciences, climatology, conservation and similar disciplines. Download the flyer of the course.


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