PALAEOENVIRONMENT, SETTLEMENTS, FAUNA AND MIGRATION OF PEOPLE IN CENTRAL EUROPE IN QUATERNARY
95 researchers from 14 countries around the world took part in the teleconference “Quaternary Stratigraphy – palaeoenvironment, sediments, palaeofauna and human migrations across Central Europe” organized by scientists from the University of Wroclaw.
Section on European Quaternary Stratigraphy SEQS is a part of the International Union of Quaternary Research (INQUA) and the Commission on Stratigraphy and Geochronology SACCOM. This is an interdisciplinary group that studies the stratigraphy of the Quaternary of Europe, in a broad spectrum of environmental, faunistic and archaeological changes. Cyclical meetings allow scientists to discuss the stratigraphy as well as the classification of the Quaternary on the European continent. The last meeting of the SEQS-INQUA Group took place in July 2019 in Dublin during the 20th INQUA Congress. The section brings together researchers not only from Europe, but also from Canada, North America, Russia, China, India, South and Central America. This year, employees from the University of Wrocław organised a conference about the research on the Quaternary in Central Europe. The conference was dedicated to Professor Adam Nadachowski on his 70th birthday. Professor Nadachowski worked at the University of Wroclaw until 2019 (until 2016 as the head of the Department of Paleozoology). His work contributed to the development of the Department, and the cooperation with the Institute of Animal Systematics and Evolution of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, where he worked simultaneously, resulted in numerous collaborative research and publications.
The conference was opened by Professor Przemysław Wiszewski, Rector of the University of Wroclaw. “I think that many members of our community have some concerns associated with the pandemic. We cannot fly to meet each other. Nevertheless, initiatives such as this one prove that we will survive and our relations are stronger than any epidemic ,” as he said.
The scientists presented 30 papers and 98 posters. The speeches focused on geomorphology and tectonics, karstic areas, but also fossil fauna and flora and archaeology in the broad environmental context. The best presentations will be published in the post-conference volume in the journal “Quaternary International.”