The scientific programme will be defined in collaboration with INQUA commissions. Hereafter a list of proposed topics, to be expanded and detailed on over 100 scientific sessions, which will make up the programme of the XXI INQUA Congress.

1. From Natural Processes to Geohazards

  1. Earthquakes, palaeo-earthquakes and seismic hazard
  2. Active volcanoes
  3. Tsunami and marine geohazard
  4. Active tectonics as multi-scalar driving processes
  5. Short to long-term environmental changes (flooding, landslides, desertification, tectonics), and societal response

2. Landforms, facies architecture and sequence stratigraphy

  1. Geomorphic processes and sedimentary record
  2. Glacial and periglacial geomorphology
  3. Wetlands and paralic environments
  4. Coastline changes under the effects of climate and geological processes
  5. Geomorphology and stratal architecture of continental margins
  6. Karst process, deposits, landforms, and landscape

3. Quaternary environments and Human evolution: fossil record, phylogeny, palaeobiology, palaeoecology and cultural models

  1. Geological and climate forcing on ancient societies and feedbacks
  2. Geoarchaeology: from landscape to site and back
  3. Preserving and disseminating the cultural heritage
  4. Palaeoantropology

 4. Ecosystems and biogeography from latest Pliocene to “Anthropocene”

  1. Response of biota to palaeoenvironmental changes
  2. Islands, continental bridges and drowned landscapes
  3. Palaeoecology as a tool for ecosystem management
  4. Human environment in the (paleo-) Anthropocene

5. Climate record, processes and models

  1. Climate proxies
  2. Palaeogeographic, paleoclimatic, paleoceanographic and paleoecological changes in marine and terrestrial systems
  3. Past global climate records in polar and mountain ice
  4. Reconstruct past abrupt and extreme climate changes
  5. Climate changes on sub-millennial to Milankovitch time scale
  6. Climate modeling and data assimilation: simulate past changes and future scenarios
  7. Global, regional and local sea-level changes and drivers

6. The Quaternary time machine

  1. Marine and terrestrial stratigraphy. Advances in correlation
  2. GSSPs and stratotypes
  3. Geochronology. Progress in dating technique
  4. Quaternary Mapping and modeling