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AMQUA 2020 meeting

Registration is now available for the 50th Anniversary AMQUA Conference to be held in Seattle in June 2020 on the theme "Quaternary Futures".  We encourage registration and submission of poster abstracts as soon as possible. Poster Abstract deadline is March 20, 2020; Conference Early Registration discount deadline is April 18, 2020.  Procedures as well as information on applying for student travel award, volunteering for reduced registration, supporting student participation, field trip, and other details are available on the Conference Website: https://sites.uw.edu/amqua50/

COVID-19 updates

The AMQUA 2020 Biennial meeting organizers are monitoring the developments in the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At present we expect to proceed with the conference as planned and are actively recruiting speakers, arranging field trip and otherwise working towards making AmQua's 50th anniversary a showcase for the current state of the field.  However, much can change in three months, and we are developing a contingency plan should the situation change for the worse. This may involve online supplementing of in-person attendance/presentation for those not able to travel, completely converting the meeting to an online venue hosted by a web-conferencing platform, or postponing the conference to a future date. We will provide updates as our understanding of the COVID-19 situation becomes clearer.  For now, please save the dates in your calendar  (June 17-20); we may adjust registration deadlines to accommodate this evolving situation.


AMQUA 2020 biennial meeting organizers met March 17th to discuss the status of the June 17-20 meeting in Seattle.  A final decision on holding or cancelling/postponing the meeting will be made April 15. Because of this uncertainty, the registration and poster submission deadlines for the meeting will be extended

As noted before, several options are being considered in regard to the meeting format such as online supplementing of in-person attendance/presentation for those not able to travel, completely converting the meeting to an online venue hosted by a web-conferencing platform, or cancelling or postponing the meeting to a future date.

An informational poll is going to be sent out to the AmQua community April 6th to determine interest in attending an in-person meeting.   We will keep you updated on the status of the meeting as the COVID-19 situation evolves. As always, our primary concern is the health and well being of everyone in the AmQua community, but if the situation warrants, we are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AmQua with the events planned by the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington.

Please continue to consult University of Washington's COVID-19 guidelines, and CDC website for the last updates and information.

Quaternary Times Fall 2019 is out! 

The new volume of the American Quaternary Association Newsletter can be found here

AMQUA Distinguished Career Awards 2017 & 2018

It is a pleasure for the AMQUA Council and Executive Committee to announce that the 2017 and 2018 Distinguished Career Awards are Dr. Cathy Whitlock (Montana State University) and Dr. Gifford Miller (University of Colorado-Boulder), respectively. Congratulations!


AMQUA Distinguished Career Award Winners:

Dr. Cathy Whitlock (2017) and Dr. Gifford Miller (2018)

The American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) is a professional organization of North American scientists devoted to studying all aspects of the Quaternary Period, about the last 2.6 million years of Earth history. Studying the Quaternary is critically important because it has been a time of frequent and dramatic environmental changes, exemplified by growing and decaying continental ice sheets and mountain glaciers. Beyond understanding the forces that shaped our modern environment, studying the Quaternary Period is significant because the environmental changes accompanying past ice ages were the backdrop for global changes in floral and faunal communities, including extinction of a diverse megafauna, and for the evolution of modern humans and their dispersal throughout the world.

AMQUA was founded in 1970 primarily to foster cooperation and communication among the remarkably broad array of disciplines involved in studying the Quaternary Period. Major activities include a biennial meeting, professional awards, partnership with INQUA (the International Quaternary Association), and the Quaternary Times newsletter.