Welcome to INQUA Loess Focus Group

PhD student position in Physical Geography: Source and age of Late Quaternary European loess deposits

Uppsala University, Sweden

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LoessFest2018: “Diversity of Loess: Properties, Stratigraphy, Origin and Regional Features”

Volgograd, Russian Federation from 23rd to 29th of September 2018

The Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group of International Union of Quaternary Research are pleased to invite you to participate in International conference in Loess research – LoessFest2018: “Diversity of Loess: Properties, Stratigraphy, Origin and Regional Features”. LoessFest2018 will be held in Volgograd, Russian Federation from 23rd to 29th of September 2018. The conference is jointly organized by the INQUA Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group in order to bring the international communities together to solve a number of contentious issues involving stratigraphy, geochronology, geological history, archaeology and climate change in loess regions.
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International Symposium 'Loess Deposits as Archives of Environmental Change in the Past'

National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan | September 15 to 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the International Symposium on 'Loess Deposits as Archives of Environmental Change in the Past' will be held at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan, from September 15 to 22, 2019. Please reserve this date in your schedule. The Symposium will be organized by the Institute of Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, supported by the Technische Universität Dresden (Institute of Geography), and the Justus-Liebig University Giessen (Institute of Geography). Further details for the symposium, including local arrangements, abstract submission and registration details will be provided in the Second circular towards summer 2018.
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INQUA–INTAV International Field Conference and Workshop: Crossing New Frontiers

Crossing New Frontiers - Tephra Hunt in Transylvania | 24-29 June 2018 in Romania, Europe

Dear colleagues,
The INQUA International Focus Group on Tephrochronology and Volcanism (INTAV) cordially invites you to participate in the Crossing New Frontiers - Tephra Hunt in Transylvania international field conference that aims to continue the long tradition of very successful inter-INQUA congress tephra meetings, as held previously in the USA, New Zealand, France, Canada and Japan. Crossing New Frontiers will be the first full INTAV-led tephra meeting since the Kirishima conference in Japan in 2010.
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LoessFest2017 - International Conference on Loess Research

Gorgan, Golestan Province, Northern Iran 8 – 12 October 2017

LoessFest2017 is announced by the Loess Focus Group of INQUA, Department of Soil Science at Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Institute of Geography at University of Cologne, the Section of Geochronology and Isotope Hydrology at Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Hanover . The conference will take place 08 to 12 October 2017, in Gorgan, Golestan Province. The main scopes are: Loess and climate change, Potential and degradation of loess derived soils and Methods in loess research.

LoessFest 2017 aims to discuss recent issues on loess research that will further understanding of loess formation and climate change dynamics. Moreover, building a bridge to other climate archives of Eurasia will be envisaged. Knowledge gaps due to spatial and analytical limits will be elucidated.

The loess record of Northern Iran reflects numerous cycles of climate change and landscape evolution for the Middle to Late Quaternary period. The loess/palaeosol sequences represent the most important geo-archive of climate change in the region and provide an important link between loess deposits in South-eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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The Loess Fest 2016

The University of Wisconsin, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA | September 22-26 2016

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Loess2M modelling & mapping - International conference on loess research

26-29th August 2016 | Novi Sad, Serbia | Organised by Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts & INQUA Loess Focus Group

This conference is dedicated to two main topics: Loess modelling and loess mapping. The conference will be held as a part of celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and they will be co-organizing the conference along with INQUA loess focus group. Two days of presentations. One day workshops related to Loess Mapping and Modeling methodology improvements and establishing preliminary networks for potential forthcoming project proposals applications and one day excursion.

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The International Symposium on Aeolian Deposits in Earth History (ISADEH)

12-13 October 2015, Beijing China

Increasing evidence shows that extensive aeolian deposits existed in the Cenozoic and the deep past of Earth's history. The aeolian processes including dust production, transportation, and deposition are closely related to regional tectonic and glacial activity, hydrologic and atmospheric circulation, and climate conditions. The aeolian sequences are unique archives of palaeoclimates and palaeoenvironments. Studies of aeolian deposits provide a unique opportunity to explore the interactions of geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. We solicit contributions on all aspects of aeolian deposits from modern time to the deep past, including (1) modern processes, (2) geologic records and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, and (3) modeling and methodology. Researches that focus on aeolian deposits on planets other than Earth are also welcome.
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International Symposium on Loess, soils and climate change in southern Eurasia

Gorgan, Northern Iran 15 – 19 October 2014

The meeting was held in Gorgan, Iran from 15th to the 19th October 2014. This conference continued the tradition of previous meetings of the INQUA loess community, bringing together the most relevant loess researchers worldwide and opening up the results of loess investigation to a much wider scientific community.
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Kukla LOESSFEST‘14 - 7th Loess Seminar

International conference on Loess Research | Wrocław, Poland | 8-9 September, 2014

Kukla LOESSFEST ‘14 - 7th Loess Seminar

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Kukla LOESSFEST ‘14 - 7th Loess Seminar which will be held in Wrocław, Poland, 8-9 September, 2014. It will also be an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty and variety of the environment and the culture of Central and Eastern Europe.
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To read more on the conference visit the official website www.loessfest2014.pl

The symposium “The source area of Chinese Loess and Asian dust”

University in Nanjing Jiangsu, PRC | 27-28 November 2013

The symposium “The source area of Chinese Loess and Asian dust”

The symposium on “The source area of Chinese Loess and Asian dust” was hold in Nanjing University in Nanjing Jiangsu PRC during 27th to 28th November 2013. This colloquium was sponsored by the Chinese Association for Quaternary Research and organized by the Key Laboratory of Surficial Geochemistry of Ministry of Education and Key Laboratory of Coast and Island Development of Ministry of Education, Nanjing University.
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International Conference on Atmospheric Dust - DUST 2014

Castellaneta Marina (TA), Italy | June 1-6, 2014

DUST 2014

The Italian Association for the Study of Clays (AISA) and the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA) are pleased to invite you to DUST 2014, the International Conference on Atmospheric Dust. The meeting provides an unique opportunity for mineralogists, physicists, geochemists, engineering, volcanologists, chemists and for many other specialists to share ideas and knowledge on the boundless world of the atmospheric particles. More on the conference check the official conference website »

In the honour of Prof. Tungsheng Liu

Beijing, China, 21st October 2013

Wenying Jiang, (former Ph.D. student of Prof. Liu), vice president Shiling Yang and president of INQUA Loess Focus Group Slobodan Markovic visited the grave of one of the most important loess researchers which world ever had - Prof. Tungsheng Liu.
It is always a great honour to remember our teachers, people who gave us knowledge and open door to science.
It is just a cycle of the dust...

Archive for the Loess Letters of Dr. Ian Smalley

The page developed at Michigan State University, in the Department of Geography, to house PDFs of the Loess Letter collection of Dr. Ian Smalley.

Read and download all published issues of Loess Letters here »

In Memoriam: Professor Henryk Maruszczak

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you about the death of Professor Dr. Henryk Maruszczak doyen of the Polish geographers, geomorphologist, paleogeographer, physical geographer who has left us forever on October 12th, 2012 at the age of 90. Professor Henryk Maruszczak was a co-originator of the Lublin school of loess research. He studied relief of loess areas, lithology, stratigraphy and typology of loess, and also undertook regional investigations of the Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian and German loess deposits.

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Ed@80s - Loess in China & Europe | 27-29 Sept 2012 Novi Sad Serbia

On behalf of the INQUA Loess focus group and Local Organizing Committee, it is an honour and a pleasure to invite, you to a international conference on loess research entitled “ED@80: Loess in China and Europe - A Tribute to Edward Derbyshire“, to be held in Novi Sad, Serbia, 27-30 September 2012

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About Us - The History

At the 6th INQUA Congress in Poland in 1961 the INQUA Sub-Commission of European Loess Stratigraphy came into being as a specialist group operating within the remit of the Stratigraphy Commission. This initiative was due to Julius Fink of the University of Vienna and it was his vision of loess research in Europe which provided the structure and drove forward the activities of the sub-commission in the early days. In fact it was Fink’s vision which carried the Loess Commission through its entire 40 year existence. At the 8th INQUA Congress in Paris in 1969 the Sub-Commission was upgraded to full Commission status, and by then the programe was settled and a considerable amount of activity had occurred... Find out more »

Very interesting article about this organisation entitled "The INQUA Loess Commission as a Central European Enterprise" was published by Central European Journal of Geosciences in 2010 (authors: Ian J. Smalley, Slobodan B. Markovic and Ken O’Hara-Dhand). You can download the full paper here »

New Loess Focus Group officers

Recently new officers of INQUA Loess Focus Group has been elected. The new president is Slobodan B. Marković and vice presidents are Shiling Yang, Erick A. Oches and Paul Hesse.

New team and all members of INQUA Loess Focus Group kindly appreciate the effort and work of previous presidents prof. Ludwig Zöller (president) and prof. Liping Zhou (vice-president). Thank you!

Latest publications realted to loess research

Check out some of the latest publications related to loess research publiched in QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL and EISZEITALTER UND GEGENWART – Quaternary Science Journal. Find out more »


Aug. 31st – Sept. 3rd, 2009 | Novi Sad | Serbia

Lossfest’09 is planed as a conference which will consider all actual and will promote potential aspects of loess science. The concept is similar to the one presented at previous Loessfest held in Bonn and Heidelberg in 1999 organized by Edward Derbyshire, Ian Smalley, and Ludwig Zöller. Loessfest’99 has been probably the best ever organized international conference related to loess research. It has initiated several very successful scientific projects and resulted in two special issues published in leading international geoscience journals Earth Science Reviews and Quaternary International. Read more »

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