Welcome to the XVIII INQUA-Congress

Quaternary sciences – the view from the mountains

21-27 July 2011 in Bern, Switzerland

During the Quaternary (the last 2.6 million years) the Earth has repeatedly undergone substantial climatic and environmental changes that interfered with ecosystems and social systems. The Quaternary therefore povides a rich and ever-fascinating palette for research that aims to better understand the dynamic processes on the Earth’s surface.



Once every four years, Quaternary researchers from all over the world meet at the INQUA Congress to exchange the latest research results and develop agendas for the years to come. In 2011, the Congress will take place in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The University of Bern is at the cutting edge of research on climate and climate impacts, among many other fields of excellence. Bern provides a quality of life other capitals can only dream of. It was made an UNESCO World Heritage site because of the unique beauty of its medieval city centre and its location at the foot of the Alps. All this will make for a stimulating ambience and a memorable stay in one of the most beautiful locations in Europe.



Since 1928, INQUA, the International Union for Quaternary Research, has promoted communication and international collaboration in Quaternary research. The current scientific scope of INQUA is reflected by its five Commissions:

  • - Coastal and Marine Processes
  • - Palaeoclimate
  • - Humans and Biosphere
  • - Stratigraphy and Chronology
  • - Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History

The Congress programme will address the themes of the Commissions during 6 days of oral and poster sessions, plenary presentations, and side meetings. The scientific programme will be garnished with social events at scenic spots, and of course, in the tradition of INQUA Congresses, with attractive field trips before, during, and after the Congress week.