News & Meetings

International Symposium on eolian Dynamics, Paleosols and environmental Change in Drylands

13–16 March 2017 – La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain

We are pleased to invite you to take part in this conference. It will take place on Fuerteventura Island where you are welcome to present your recent studies in oral or poster presentation. Furthermore we are looking forward to having interesting discussions and exchange of new ideas in a friendly atmosphere. The conference will last 4 days starting with two days of oral and poster presentations and two final days of field trips.).
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INQUA LoessFest 2016

22-25 September 2016 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, US

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this loess conference. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the beauty and culture of the upper midwest, US, and to network with colleagues in the loess community. There will be two days of papers/posters (Thu-Fri) and two field trip days (Sat-Sun).
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Loess2M - Modelling & Mapping

August 26-29 2016 | Novi Sad, Serbia

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. Read more about Loess2M here »

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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From the Past to the Future – Lower Austrian Quaternary type localities and their potential for paleoenvironmental reconstructions

Pre-Conference Fieldtrip – 1st circular | Krems, Lower Austria - 7-8 April 2015

This fieldtrip will lead to Krems/Danube, 70 km W of Vienna. Loess-paleosol sequences (LPS) in Krems, Göttweig, and Paudorf were popularized by J. Fink in the 1960s as type localities for Quaternary stratigraphy. However, these LPS are located in slope positions, therefore many paleosols are eroded or polygenetic. Since fundamental chronological revisions in the 1970s, these LPS were practically untouched.
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International course on "Micromorphology of deformation structures in Quaternary sediments"

John Menzies (Canada), Birgit Terhorst & Daniel Jäger (Würzburg/Germany)

Prof. Dr. Menzies (Brock University, Canada), Birgit Terhorst, and Daniel Jäger (both University of Würzburg, Germany) conducted the international course with 12 participants from Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Austria at the University of Würzburg between the 6th theoretical introduction was followed by applied lessons on the microscope, which were the main focus of the event. The thin section were described after international methods and systematics. While the analysis of glacial sediments is very well established, the use of micromorphology for landslide masses is relatively new and can be the basis of innovative future approaches. For further courses please contact Daniel Jäger (

International Workshop “IPPAS” in Krems (Lower Austria)

Birgit Terhorst (Würzburg/Germany) & Chrsitine Neugebauer-Maresch (Vienna/Austria)

The international Workshop IPPAS (Interrelation between Paleosols and Paleolithic Sites) took place in Krems (Lower Austria) on the 27th and 28th of June 2014. Christine Neugebauer-Maresch (ÖAW, Austrian Academy of Science) and Birgit Terhorst (Institute for Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg) were responsible for the management and organization of the well-attended conference. The program consisted of one half-day excursion to the excavation site “Krems-Wachtberg” and a visit to the loess paleosol sequences of the locality “Krems-Schießstätte”. The field trip was followed by international presentations on luminescence datings in Austria and Russia (Christine Thiel; Manfred Frechen), the classification of Austrian loess profiles using quantitative color measurements (Tobias Sprafke; Robert Peticzka), periglacial coverbeds and there meaning for landscape development (Susanne Döhler; Bodo Damm; et al.), and the paleosol formation in the late MIS 3. Chrsitine Neugebauer- Maresch and her team presented the results of the excavation at “Krems-Wachtberg”, showing the most important finds, Simon Meyer-Heintze and co-authors reported on the pedochemistry and granulometry of a new Wachtberg profile, for which Elizabeth Solleiro presented micromorphological analyses. Aleksej Rusakov and other Russian colleagues presented MIS 3 paleosols in NE-Europe, Alexander Makeev et al. talked about pedosedimentary stratigraphies in Saalian moraine landscapes in the north of Moscow.

The focus of the second day was exchanging and discussing the results of the famous “Krems- Wachtberg” archeological site, which were gathered throughout long-term excavations. The questions and discussions on future plannings and projects went on until evening. The conference was finished by a dinner at a typical Lower Austrian restaurant.

Altogether, the event’s program was diverse and its auditorium came from varying scientific disciplines and countries such as Russia, Mexico, Austria, Slovakia and Germany. Besides the support of the organizing institution the event was funded by DFG (German Research Foundation, DAAD (Geman International Exchange Office and DBG (German Soil Science Union). Further informations are available on the website of B. Terhorst, University of Würzburg.

International course "Paleosols and paleoenvironment"

Alexander Makeev (Moscow), Elizabeth Solleiro (Mexico City), Birgit Terhorst & Tobias Sprafke(Würzburg)

An international course for “paleosols and paleoenvironment” took place at the Institute for Geography and Geology of the University of Würzburg between the 19th conducted by Dr. Alexander Makeev, who is well known as long-time scientific secretary of the international commission on paleosols. Elizabeth Solleiro (Mexico City), Birgit Terhorst, and Tobias Sprafke (both Würzburg/Germany) were co-lecturers. 21 people, mostly associated with German universities and facilities participated in the course. Besides that Russian, Brazilian, Serbian and Iranian scientists attended the course. It consisted of a theoretical lecture on the basics of paleosols, one practical micromorphology lesson as well as an excursion to Frankonian (northern Bavarian) paleosols. The main focus were Quaternary paleosols and pedosediments with methodical approaches and concepts from long-time research history. Selected case studies gave an insight into innovative research methods and were debated lively.

The topic of the excursion were Pleistocene loess paleosols as well as Holocene fossil soil formations. In this context, the excavations in the Keuper gypsum of the German Triassic near Marktbergel are especially worth mentioning. Martin Nadler and Rita Beigel (Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) impressively explained the archeological finds in a filled karstic doline. Further courses are planned for the future – depending on demand. For further information contact Tobias Sprafke (tobias.sprafke@uni-

International Symposium on Loess, soils and climate change in southern Eurasia

Gorgan, Northern Iran 15 – 19 October 2014 incl. 3 days of excursion and Post-excursion to the Basin of Persepolis, Zagros Mountains 21 – 23 October 2014

Loess, soils and climate change in southern Eurasia

We are now inviting submission of abstracts for individual papers and posters to be presented during the symposium. We kindly ask you to submit abstracts of oral or poster presentations before 20 June 2014.
To read more on the conference visit the conference website
Download: The Second Call

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.
Download: The First Call | Registration Form
To read more on the conference visit the official website

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 »

Loess, soils and climate change in southern Eurasia

Conference (2 days) and excursions (1+2 days) | Gorgan, Iran, 15.-19.10.2014

Conveners: Martin Kehl, Farhad Khormali, Eva Lehndorff, Manfred Frechen.
Local Organizing Comittee: Farhad Khormali, Ali Shahriari, Stefan Vlaminck, Tobias Lauer.
First call will be published soon...
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INQUA Loess Focus Group Meeting in honour of Professor Ian Smalley

The University of Leicester, Leicester UK, 10th-12th September 2013

A meeting dedicated to interfaces between the various involved disciplines; also focussing on new regions where loess exploration and investigation is happening, geotechnical aspects of loess and new techniques to date and characterise loess material, and in particular aiming to look at the human/loess interface. Loess had a critical role to play in the development of human society.
The meeting will be held in honour of Professor Ian Smalley for his outstanding contribution to loess research over more than fifty years. Ian “pioneered fundamental studies of loess origin, lithologic characteristics and depositional processes” (Dodonov and Zhou, 2008).
For more information please visit the official page

2nd Würzburger Loess Symposium: Palaeolandscapes of Middle and Late Pleistocene

Programme of the conference download here »


AGU FALL MEETING 2009As it was mentioned in 1st Circular, the aim of the meeting is to assemble experienced and young loess researchers to study loess in Poland and western Ukraine and to apply advanced and comparable methods in joint research. We will focus mainly on the Late Pleistocene loess-palaeosol sequences, trying to recognize their spatial differentiation within the Polish and Ukrainian parts of the European loess belt. The properties of the major lithostratigraphic units will be examined in respect of their significance as a potential tool for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.
Oral and poster contributions dealing with new methods in loess research (including dating), stratigraphy, correlation, palaeopedology, periglacial features, loess sedimentology and other loess related items in regional or local context are invited.
Check the call for papers in PDF format here


AGU FALL MEETING 2009AGU is a worldwide scientific community that advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity. AGU is a scientific society with a membership of 50,000 researchers, teachers, and students.
Mark your calendars today to attend the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting! The Fall Meeting is expected to draw a crowd of over 15,000 geophysicists from around the world.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 03 September, 2010, 2359 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

Check the call for papers in PDF format here


by Ian Smalley

There should be loess in India; one would expect loess in India; the factors are all present to cause the existence of a large loess region in north India. What is required for the formation of a loess deposit? Some way of making the large amount of silt particles required; some way of distributing these across the landscape; some way of forming that characteristic deposit, and perhaps the right climatic conditions. To the east of High Asia is the iconic loess deposit in northern China, associated with the Yellow River; to the west of High Asia are the Central Asian loess deposits, associated with the Syr-Darya and Amu-Darya rivers; what loess to the south?... Find out more