LOESSFEST 2018

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

Dear colleagues,

The Loess Focus Group and Ponto-Caspian Stratigraphy and Geochronology Focus Group of International Union for 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 24th 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.

The main goal of the Loessfest2018 is to facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-regional correlation of geological, archaeological, environmental, and anthropological records in loess-paleosol sequences.

Loessfest2018 will also focus on observation of geological characteristics of Quaternary sections in Lower Volga valley, describing the eventful palaeogeographical history of the region and loess-paleosol formation in an area under an active transgressive-regressive regime of the Caspian Sea and fluctuations of Volga River. The sections scheduled to be visited during the field trip show the stratigraphy and palaeogeography of the northern Eurasian Pleistocene, they contain a unique record of major regional and continental phenomena (e.g. glacial-interglacial cycles of the East-European plain, the Caucasus and Central Asia), as well as of global climate change. The loess record in the Lower Volga region covers the Late Quaternary period and highlights dust accumulation from different sources, such as Volga River, Middle and Late Quaternary glacial deposits of East European plain, Central Asian deserts and Caspian Sea.

 

Book of abstracts of the conference: Abstracts_Loessfest2018

 

Important dates

15 February — First Letter

30 June — Abstract submission closes

15 July — Notification of abstract acceptance 

15 July — Submission of application for financial support opens

30 July — Submission of application for financial support closes

30 July — Deadline for early registration

1 August — Second Circular and the Preliminary Conference Programme