• 22nd QRA Postgraduate Symposium

    11th - 13th September 2017


    The QRA Postgraduate Symposium is an annual event which gives postgraduate students from any strand of Quaternary Science an opportunity to present their research. Whether you are an MSc, MRes or PhD student, we invite you all for 3 days of discussions of Quaternary Science in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We welcome abstract submission for oral and poster presentations but there is no requirement to present. The symposium provides a fantastic opportunity to discover what the Quaternary Science postgraduate community is doing and to meet fellow early career researchers from across the country.

  • Key Dates

    11th August 2017 *EXTENDED*

    Registration and abstract submission deadline (now extended by 1 week to 11th August). Registration is via the Royal Holloway online store which can be found under the Registration tab. Please submit the abstract submission form to qrapg17@gmail.com

    11th - 13th September 2017


    In keeping with QRA Postgraduate Symposium tradition we will be hosting three days of events with a friendly postgraduate atmosphere.

  • Programme

    Here you will find a day by day guide to events during the symposium

    All timings are a preliminary guideline and are subject to change

    Day One

    Monday 11th September

    12:00 Arrival and registration at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL)


    13:00 Welcome from the QRAPG17 committee followed by a keynote talk from Professor Ian Candy and Dr Alice Milner from the Centre for Quaternary Research


    Oral presentation sessions


    Accommodation check-in followed by a wine reception and BBQ

    Day Two

    Tuesday 12th September

    Oral presentation sessions


    Poster presentation session


    Demonstration of soil/sediment sampling equipment by Van Walt


    QRA Postgraduate Annual General Meeting


    Conference dinner at Prezzo, Egham

    Day Three

    Wednesday 13th September

    Depart Royal Holloway


    Arrive at the Natural History Museum, London around 11am


    Keynote talk by Professor Adrian Lister, followed by lunch and then afternoon tours and talks by museum staff including a talk on how 'Hope' the Blue Whale was restored and installed in the Hintze Hall.


    Depart around 4pm

  • Keynote Presentations

    Professor Ian Candy

    Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway University of London

    Dr Alice Milner

    Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway University of London

    Professor Adrian Lister

    Natural History Museum, London

  • Registration

    Registration has been extended!

    Please click here to register at the Royal Holloway online store

    Registration will now close on 11th August 2017!


    Registration cost is £30 for QRA members and £45 for non-members. Please click here for details on how to become a member of the QRA (Student membership is £10 per year).


    The conference dinner at Prezzo, Egham, is available to book at a cost of £20.

    Two nights on-campus accommodation is available to book for £60 (see below).

    Any queries should be directed to qrapg17@gmail.com or to any of the committee members listed.

  • Abstract Submission

    Abstract submission has been extended! We are accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Please fill in the Abstract Submission Form here, and email your completed form to qrapg17@gmail.com. The deadline for abstract submission is now 11th August 2017. More information is provided on the form.


    We will aim to give as many delegates the chance to do an oral presentation but as the Symposium is time limited it may be necessary to change your requested presentation type to a poster presentation. We aim to inform everyone of their presentation/abstract confirmation as soon as possible after abstract submission closes. Please note that there is no obligation to submit an abstract, you can attend as a delegate but it is strongly recommended that you consider presenting, whatever stage you are at in your postgraduate career, Masters or PhD!


    Please remember that in addition to submitting an abstract you must register through the Royal Holloway Online Store (see above).

  • Accommodation

    You will be able to add accommodation to your registration - this includes accommodation on the Monday and Tuesday nights and breakfasts on the Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The total cost of accommodation will be £60.


    Accommodation will be the historic Founder's Building on our leafy campus, minutes walk from the symposium's location.

  • Travel information

    On Monday the 11th September, members of the QRAPG17 organising committee will be at Egham station at 12:00 to welcome those arriving by train. We will then walk together to the Royal Holloway campus (15-20 minutes).


    Trains operate from London Waterloo to Egham every half an hour. The journey time is 37 minutes on the South West Trains service from London Waterloo to Reading. Currently the train timetable indicates that delegates would need to catch the 11:20 Reading service to arrive at Egham for 11:57. Please be aware that Egham station is outside the London travel zones - you will need a paper ticket for your journey and this costs £9.30 (as of 8th August 2017).


    For details on transferring between your arrival station and Waterloo please use the Transport for London journey planner found here. The cheapest way to travel on the Tube is using an Oyster Card if you have one already, or you can use contactless bank cards. If you do not have either you can purchase an Oyster card from any London Underground station for a £5 deposit and then top it up with credit. Alternatively, you can buy cash single paper tickets but these are much more expensive.


    For those arriving by car the campus postcode is TW20 0EX and car parking details will be provided soon. We will have event parking arranged for the duration of the symposium.


    The last day of the symposium is held at the Natural History Museum in London. We will be providing a coach to take us from Royal Holloway to the museum. After the museum sessions delegates will be free to depart home. The nearest underground station is South Kensington. Those travelling by car may have to return to Egham to collect their vehicles.


    If you are unsure about any travel details please send us an email and we will be happy to help.



  • The QRAPG17 Committee

    We are your organising committee from the Centre for Quaternary Research at Royal Holloway University of London.

    Palynology, quantitative palaeoecology, abrupt climate change

    Vertebrate palaeontology, Late Pleistocene climate

    Twitter: @DaveArnold91

    Varves, tephra, abrupt climate change

    Vertebrate palaeontology, palaeoecology, morphometrics

    Twitter: @AngharadKJ

    Glacial geomorphology, glacier modelling, palaeoclimate

    Twitter: @jlnmrtn

    Isotope chemistry, vertebrate palaeontology

    Twitter: @e_peneycad

  • Our sponsors

    We would like to extend thanks to the following sponsors who have kindly made QRAPG17 possible

    The QRA is an organisation comprising archaeologists, botanists, civil engineers, geographers, geologists, soil scientists, zoologists and others interested in research into the problems of the Quaternary.

    Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London

    The CQR was established in 1990 and has grown to become one of the leading international research centres in Quaternary science. The aim of the CQR is to promote interdisciplinary research based on three themes of major importance for understanding Quaternary environmental change: 1) the dynamics of global change; 2) the human dimension of environmental change, and 3) advances in geochronology.


    Leading supplier of environmental monitoring and sampling equipment

    Van Walt is a leader in suppling equipment for groundwater, water level, water quality, remote monitoring, soil & sediment sampling, augers and corers, window sampling & many other aspects of environmental research.