Environmental Change: Pace, Magnitude and Impact
University of Chester, Chester Campus, Parkgate Road
Thursday 3rd January to Saturday 5th January 2019
Quantifying the pace, magnitude and impacts of environmental change are overarching themes in Quaternary research, allowing insights into system behaviour and interconnectivity, and fundamentally informing the effective management and stewardship of the natural environment. Impressive advances have been achieved across the discipline. For example, our understanding of the magnitude and regional expression of millennial-scale climate oscillations has improved as the geographical range and quality of proxy records has grown, whilst various methodological advances have permitted magnitudes of change to be more precisely quantified. Advances in chronology have led to increasingly precise quantification of pace, or rates, of change, whilst improved detection of cryptotephras has facilitated correlation between more distal marine, ice and terrestrial records, allowing further insights into system leads and lags. Detailed studies at the catchment scale reveal the potential for complex and non-linear impacts on systems as a result of environmental disturbance, with implications for effective management. Indeed, identifying the onset of profound and pervasive human impacts on the functioning of the Earth system is currently the focus of widespread debate surrounding the proposed recognition and definition of the ‘Anthropocene’.
We invite contributions which detail the latest research into the pace, magnitude and impact of environmental change as recorded in terrestrial and marine depositional sequences and in geomorphic records. We also invite contributions which focus on record integration and system simulation. The Annual Discussion Meeting at Chester aims to provide a platform to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and integration, and an opportunity to discuss emerging challenges.
You can access details of the outline Conference Programme, abstract submissions and joining instructions here
Please note that the booking deadline for this event is midnight on Monday 3rd December. All fees must be paid online ahead of the conference and by the stated deadlines. Unfortunately, we cannot accept or process conference registration payment at the venue.
Lunch and refreshments are provided.
Conference fees and options
Quaternary Research Association member price list
• Early Bird full conference: £150*
• Standard full conference £190
• Student / unwaged full conference: £100
• Early Bird day-rate: £85*
• Standard day-rate: £105
• Student / unwaged day-rate: £60
* Early bird rates are available until Wednesday 28th November
Non-member price list
• Standard full conference: £230
• Student / unwaged full conference: £120
• Standard day-rate: £125
• Student / unwaged day-rate: £70
The optional conference dinner will take place on the evening of Friday 4th January at Chester Cathedral. Delegates who have not pre-booked the conference meal by the Friday 30th November midnight deadline will be unable to attend. The event will begin with a wine reception at 19:30, with a finishing time of 22:30-23:00. Wine and water are provided with the meal, but there will be a cash bar at the venue for additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Menu Options and Booking
Accommodation fees and options
On-site accommodation in Astbury House or Fisher House is available for Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th January. Breakfast is included on the morning of Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January 2019. The cost of the en-suite accommodation, including breakfast, is £30 per night.
Alternatively, delegates may choose to stay in Chester city centre (a 15 to 20-minute walk (0.8 miles) from the Chester Parkgate Road Campus) where there is a wide range of accommodation options (please see https://www.visitcheshire.com/chester).
For further information please contact Dr Graham Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org). To proceed to make a payment online please complete the form below then click 'add to cart'